Sorry for my absence, but we've been terribly busy getting our first add-ons for MSFS ready. And boy are we close to it!
The Lockheed Vega
We ran into some technical difficulties with the Lockheed Vega that take a bit longer to resolve. That's why the Vega will be the second aircraft released for MSFS .
The Bleriot XI
In the meantime, we'll be bringing another iconic, but even older aircraft to the sim! The Bleriot XI was a French aircraft that first flew in 1909. It was a milestone in aviation technology and the first aircraft to successfully conduct a flight across the English Channel, the first aircraft to fly a loop-the-loop and the first to cross the Alps.
I first started this project together with Alexander Metzger around 12 years ago for FSX , but was never able to finish it. For the new MSFS , I overhauled EVERYTHING - there's a new 3D model, of course new textures and a second completely new variant of the aircraft, with a rotary Gnome Omega engine.
The flight model is being done by veteran aerodynamics engineer Pamela Brooker and I can't overstate what an excellent job she's been doing for this project!
What is so much fun about this aircraft is that it is extremely light (~270 kg fully loaded) and under-powered - especially when you're flying with the 25 HP Anzani two-stroke engine! Your stall speed is at around 35 knots and your cruise speed is at around 42 knots. This gives you a margin of error of only 7 knots - so you need to constantly stay on top of your aircraft and react to every little wind gust that easily pushes your aircraft around. It makes the Bleriot XI a very interesting flying experience - you will learn to appreciate the elements even more and you will be left in admiration for the courageous pilots that flew those early aircraft-contraptions!
The Bleriot XI will be out soon, so stay tuned for release!