The cat is out of the bag! Just Flight appears to be moving fast with the development of the BAe 146 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, if judging by the surge of preview images and videos in recent weeks.
The latest teaser comes from thecorporatepilotdad, a Youtube channel run by an ATP-rated pilot who brings his real-world expertise to the virtual landscape of Microsoft Flight Simulator. In the last few days, he published a couple of videos of the 146 in action in MSFS, with the latest being the more interesting one, showing some shots of the aircraft during a flight between Aspen and Denver, in the US.
While obviously depicting a work-in-progress aircraft, this video serves as a teaser for what to expect from the model, thanks to the variety of external views over the airplane and also some interior shots from the cockpit. It showcases very well the United Express livery that will be included in the package, along with some of the sounds, but also the distinctive rear-mounted air brakes in operation.
Also recently, Just Flight gave us a sneak-peek into the night lighting that is being implemented in the BAe 146. There will be a wide variety of lighting options, which are fully functional in MSFS and accurately replicate the lighting on the real-world airplane. The Captain and First Officer, for example, will have dimmable and independent instrument and flood lighting, hundreds of annunciators, and more. This will enable the setup of the right configuration for each of the stages of flight.
The BAe 146 should be Just Flight’s next project to be delivered to Microsoft Flight Simulator, following the success of the Piper Arrow family and, more recently, of the Hawk T1/A. The British studio has definitely set very high standards for third-party aircraft, and the BAe 146 should be no exception. As an airliner, albeit not a very modern one, it should draw the attention of experienced simmers, who look to expand on the still limited offering of authentic and realistic jetliners for MSFS.
That said, Just Flight is still shy about a potential release timeframe. Historically, we’ve seen such details to be given quite close to the actual launch, so stay patient and keep following the development updates: both here on our feed, and also on Just Flight’s official development page.