I just wonder if the devellopment of the great Caravelles is stopped. I do hope, that it will continue. I really miss the 12.er series. Carl
No, not stopped at all! (although admittedly slowed down by various real life events which we had no control over). However, we have been busy over the past few weeks to finish off the base textures, and we're just about ready to start putting together a paint kit (stay tuned, Mark!).
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 26, 2018 4:13:00 GMT
Here's a few more images of the developing 10B3 instalment of the CARAVELLE project.
This project is being undertaken by another 2 parties .... with HJG assisting both .... and with our ultimately hosting this project on behalf of these parties once it's been completed "to their satisfaction".
It's taken "quite a while" to advance this project to its current form .... we acknowledge that .... but .... we don't apologize for any perceived delay .... and nor do the other parties involved with this project owe any apology or explanation either since they, like us, are busy too and as is the case with anything planned for FS these projects can only advance "at the convenience of developers".
At the moment we only have the CARAVELLE 10B3 model .... representing then non-VHF dorsal fin equipped aircraft version. We're hopeful the developer will provide us with the VHF dorsal fin equipped aircraft version though too.
PLEASE NOTE: The above textures are BETA (non-release) versions only .... to analyse the model/s for any imprfections .... hence the "soft/lack of definitive detailing".
This project will be accompanied by 3 panel versions for the CARVELLE 10B3 .... each superbly engineered by Benoit GAURANT .... seen here flying the approach to RWY 04 at Pape'ete, Tahiti (PPE/NTAA) ....
As the -10B3 was APU equipped (unlike earlier CARAVELLE versions) this feature has been designed into each of these particular panels .... which despite looking similar (as presented above) they "DO" each differ in either their instrument standard and/or layout (and functions) on either the main or other sub panel views .... and these differences are sufficient to "trap the unsuspecting" if they don't first adequately familiarize themselves with each panel version prior to using them
I think these CARAVELLE 10B3 panels will be provided in separate "standard" and "wide screen" format versions of each too (the first of this panel line to be represented as such) .... and also supported by real world CARAVELLE flightdeck and instrument sounds too .... a nice little touch of realism recently applied by Benoit. These panels will also feature an AP which functions more like the real thing .... particularly in regard to AP controlled IL:S/GS couple auto-approaches to landing which now requires a slightly different procedure.
At this time we've no advice in regard to the FSX portability of these 3 panels .... so .... even though they might be found to function fine in FSX (and which will probably be the case) .... "unless we're first cleared by the developers to do so" we won't be actively marketing these panels as FSX portable, so, we'll advise further in regard to particular this matter later on and once we (ourselves) know more
These CARAVELLE 10B3 simulations will use our current CARAVELLE P&W JT8D EARLY soundpack .... for the time being.
So .... that's where we're at so far .... as development and flight testing of the -10B3 instalment of the CARAVELLE project continues.
"MANY THANKS" Esa, Ari, and Benoit for your splendid efforts so far .... and we/HJG "DO" appreciate patience will be rewarding
The CARAVELLE 10B became the first of the "SUPER CARAVELLE" versions .... a collective name applied to all later developments of these fine French aircraft. It first flew on .... August 31st 1964. It was was powered by 2X P&W JT8D-7 fanjet engines (quieter and more fuel efficient than the AVON turbojet series which powered earlier CARAVELLE models) and which were also rated at a superior 14,000 LBS thrust each .... and certified for a MTOW of 119, 050 LBS .... which was later re-certified for 121, 250 LBS. The -10B3 was capable of slightly faster performance than all previous and following CARAVELLE versions (up to MACH 0.83 as opposed to MACH 0.77) and featured a number of modifications/advances over the preceding models and the CARAVELLE 10B1/10R .... among which included an onboard APU generator, aerodynamic/wing improvements (in the form of an inboard LE glove and TE split flaps) .... as well as a 4FT 7IN fuselage stretch promoting increased capacity for up to 106 PAX. FINAIR became the launch customer for the -10B .... of which some 22 airframes were produced .... these also being operated by ALIA ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINES, IBERIA, LTU, STERLING AIRWAYS, and UTA .... with other operators (such as AIR CALEDONIE INTERNATIONAL) flying the type much later during its service history. The last CARAVELLE to remain in service was actually a -10B3 flown by WALTAIR (in the DRC) and which remained operational until 2005.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Apr 3, 2019 1:39:50 GMT
No reason why it shouldn't be .... but remember also .... technically speaking we're not the party responsible developing it/these.
We simply host it/them.
I can say though there are just 2 snags only that have been holding up the CARAVELLE SUPER 10B3 installment .... which, whilst small, are proving to be "a right royal pain in the arse" to fix, but, as I tend to think the glass is half full rather than being half empty, I'm also confident a resulution to these minor issues "will" be worked up.
Other than this "PRIORITIES" are the omly other influence