It’s well known that Just Flight has been hard at work on their Fokker F28 Fellowship add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator, whose development we’ve followed since it was announced almost two years ago. Thankfully, it seems we won’t have to wait another year for the release of this classic airliner, at least judging by Just Flight’s latest development update which reveals this project is now drawing closer to release for MSFS!
In the recent update, Just Flight revealed that the systems coding team has been finalizing the F28’s unique systems, while the flight model team has been working on fine-tuning the distinct flight models for each included variant. Note that four distinct variants of the aircraft, the 1000 to 4000, will be available, each with its unique characteristics.
The exterior of the aircraft has also received various improvements, such as better texturing, a full set of decals, highly detailed cargo holds and landing gear bays, additional compressor and guide vanes in the engine, extra detail added to the speedbrake mechanism, and added wear and tear where appropriate.
The team has also received a new build of the sounds, which are currently undergoing thorough testing to ensure they meet the high standards that Just Flight is known for. A dedicated in-development video focusing on the sounds will be shared once they are finalized.
In addition to these enhancements, the team has added a new feature to the interior that promises to bring an entirely new dimension to operating the aircraft. Just Flight didn’t reveal any additional details about this mysterious new feature, which is still being worked on, but the company promises to reveal it in an upcoming in-development video.
The F28 Fellowship project by Just Flight aims to bring the popular regional jet to life in the virtual skies. Announced in 1962, the F28-1000 first flew in 1967 and entered airline service in 1969. The stretched 2000, 3000, and 4000 variants followed in the 1970s, with production ending in 1987. The aircraft was popular worldwide, with the last commercial operation ending in 2018.
The F28 Fellowship for Microsoft Flight Simulator will feature native models with 4k and 8k textures for the highest possible texture detail and clarity. Realistic animations include dynamic wing-flex, all passenger, service and cargo doors, and the distinctive lift-dumpers and tail-mounted airbrake.
In terms of systems, the aircraft will come with complex custom-coded systems based on real-world FCOMs, including hydraulic, electrical, fuel, and pressurization systems. Highly realistic flight dynamics should complete the package very nicely and offer simmers another compelling aircraft to fly in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
As the release date approaches, Just Flight promises to share new insights into the capabilities of this aircraft, which looks to capture the unique charm of the classic regional jet. For now, enjoy the latest batch of screenshots of the aircraft, which showcase the growing level of quality and attention to detail that Just Flight has been putting into this model.