Aero Dynamics, the group of passionate enthusiasts dedicated to developing a freeware KC-10 and DC-10 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, has released its first development update for the year 2023. In the update, Aero Dynamics expressed their appreciation for the outstanding flight simulation community for their continued engagement, recommendations, and support for their endeavor. The group also emphasized the value of the feedback they receive from the community, urged them to continue sharing their thoughts, and reiterated their goal of creating “the most authentic DC-10 platform for commercial flight simulation“.
Since the last update, the team has directed their efforts towards advancing the system integration and expanding on the interior designs for all variations of the aircraft. The group acknowledges that there is still a considerable amount of work remaining before they unveil the aircraft to the public.
Regarding the interior model, Aero Dynamics has invested a substantial amount of effort in recent months. They have created a complete interior for each variant of the jet, including the KC-10 Bravo configuration interior with ARO access, the DC-10-30F cargo interior, the DC-10 Tanker interior, and the DC-10-30 upper galley passenger variant. The team is exploring options for physical cargo storage and is also enhancing the KC-10 cockpit. They are focusing on ensuring that all systems function and appear as realistic as possible before shifting their attention to the DC-10 cockpit.
The team has also made significant improvements to the exterior appearance and realism of the aircraft. They have meticulously replicated every label and marking on the jet, from small access doors to refueling ports and various maintenance jack ports. Priority has been given to the development of the passenger version of the DC-10, specifically the upper galley variant for the DC-10-30. They will ensure that these areas of the aircraft are highly detailed, with lighting that can be controlled according to the user’s preference.
Significant efforts have also been devoted to refining the lighting systems of the aircraft, which is quite extensive. The KC/DC10 uses multiple lights that activate under various conditions. Aero Dynamics shared a few images showcasing the cockpit lighting, including simulated gauges measuring voltage, frequency, and amperage based on accurate references. The team intends to produce a video in the near future to showcase the intricacies of the light system interacting with the electrical system. Moving forward, they plan to focus on the fuel system and APU.
Looking ahead, the team is committed to leveraging new tools and techniques to further improve the aircraft’s visual aspects. Their approach will take cues from popular features of other aircraft while also incorporating their own unique innovations to improve the overall simulation experience. Aero Dynamics ensures the community that they remain steadfast in their commitment to delivering a product of the highest quality to Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Even though development appears to be slower than simmers would like, this project continues to evolve in an interesting way. Given the level of complexity and depth promised, the lengthy development time appears to be entirely justified. This is without a doubt one of the most exciting freeware projects currently in development for MSFS, so we’ll continue to keep an eye on it and bring you all the latest news! The next development update is scheduled for June.