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.
Shall I take that as a livery request then? Some liveries I have on my list (starting with the Canadian ones of course!):
Pacific Western Airlines
Australian National Airways
British European Airways
Atlantic Air Transport
British Air Ferries
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!
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: