Bristol 170 Frieghter

05 Dec 2012 22:37 #5203 by owen_canuck
Kicked off a Bristol Freighter project a month ago, will post progress here. I have the pilot and maintenance manuals to work from. Our mechanic for our Cessna 182 was also the last mechanic to maintain a Freighter (HawkAir, Terrace, BC, Canada) so I am getting lots of good information from him as well.


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05 Dec 2012 22:42 #5204 by StuartC
Interesting subject. looks good so far.

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05 Dec 2012 23:30 #5206 by Vodoun da Vinci
Looks like a great start! :woohoo:

I love to see new aircraft emerging and *Thank YOU* for making FGUK a part of your development project. I do love to see the progress reports here on the forum.

Well done!

VooDoo

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06 Dec 2012 11:32 #5209 by Moli
Wonderful aeroplane. Remember the old wonderfully named "Silver City Airlines"?

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06 Dec 2012 11:55 #5210 by StuartC
Yes. Silver City airlines flew from what is now Castle Kennedy airfield, where my club flies.
My mum flew from here to Belfast in one of there aircraft at the time.

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07 Dec 2012 22:44 #5238 by owen_canuck
Shall I take that as a livery request then? Some liveries I have on my list (starting with the Canadian ones of course!):

HawkAir
TransProvincial
Pacific Western Airlines
Wardair
Norcanair
RCAF
RNZAF
RAAF
RAF
Ansett
TAA
Australian National Airways
British European Airways
Atlantic Air Transport
British Air Ferries
Silver City
Hercules Airlines

Any other requests to consider?

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14 Dec 2012 15:49 - 14 Dec 2012 15:51 #5500 by owen_canuck
Took the Freighter up for its first flight today :)

Model looks good so far and FDM only has minor issues in terms of basic handling:
- a bit touchy in pitch
- stall ~20-30kts too high
- lacking drag, hard to slow down for landing

All flight controls are modeled, including flaps.

Next on the list is getting the nose doors to open, and detailing the gear.




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14 Dec 2012 15:53 #5501 by StuartC
What flight model are you using for it ?

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14 Dec 2012 17:14 #5504 by owen_canuck
YASim

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15 Dec 2012 00:43 #5534 by Vodoun da Vinci
Very interested..thanks for the update!! :)

VooDoo

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16 Dec 2012 07:18 #5561 by owen_canuck
I've got the nose doors animated. I asked Paul (the Freighter mechanic mentioned earlier) how long it typically took to hand-crank the doors open. Here is his detailed reply:

20 seconds would be about right to crank the nose doors open. Depends how
fast one turns the handle ! (please dont ask how many turns) Opening the
doors after the latches were undone was usually done by placing one foot up
on one of the 45 degree stays. Put your back against the other one and push
being careful not to fall out. Once the doors were moving they would
continue to open on their own so one had to move briskly over to grab the
vertical drive shaft connected to the winding handle gear box. By squeezing
the drive shaft the doors opening speed could be slowed so the chain
mechanism stops would not smash into the airframe stops. On C-FTPA when with
Safe Air the engineers had fitted a piece of leather around the shaft to
protect pilots soft hands or even gloves !
Closing the doors could be done by one person pushing on one door from out
side. They would close with ease with out slamming together. The unwritten
rule after doing that was to immediately go inside and secure the latches.

The nose doors never gave any trouble. They were well designed and built Bristol style!

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16 Dec 2012 07:40 #5562 by Avionyx
Brilliant insight Owen, thank you for sharing that.

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16 Dec 2012 13:05 #5566 by Vodoun da Vinci
I love the details...thanks so mush for them! :)

VooDoo

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21 Dec 2017 16:54 #37246 by owenpsmith
Hi all, sorry this thread went stale for a while. I had some FGUK access issues and couldn't connect with anyone to resolve it.

I published the first release of the Freighter last year to the main FG forum, after a few years of plugging away at it the little free time I can find. Posting it here now in case anyone missed it. I'll try to keep both threads up to date going forward. I plan the next release of the Freighter in the next few months.

The first release is in FGAddon and can be downloaded in-sim, or you can download it here:

http://flightgearcanada.altervista.com/forum_files/BristolFreighter.zip

and here are some screenshots from that release:







Enjoy!

Owen.
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