Just Flight Releases PA-28R for MSFS

After weeks of teasing the flight simulation community with previews and video trailers, Just Flight has finally announced the release of the PA-28R Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The Arrow III features accurate modeling, based on an actual Arrow III aircraft (based at Conington Airfield), and realistic wear and tear (such as the left-hand joke handle being more worn than the right – due to real-world pilots mainly flying using their left hand). It also includes various options of GPS, from the older GPS 100 to the more modern GNS 430 or 530.

The developers have also included a EFB tablet that gives options for opening doors, starting the aircraft, and selecting a co-pilot, as well giving information such as wind speed and direction.

Also comes with a number of liveries. A full catalogue of features are listed below.

The Piper PA-28R is available for download from Just Flight, priced at EUR 35.04.

The PA-28R Arrow III is a single-engine piston-driven aircraft, giving a constant speed propeller. It has retractable landing gear and comes with seating for four persons. It is the perfect aircraft for flight training and VFR flights.

Features

Model

  • Accurately modelled PA-28R-201 Arrow III, built using real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft
  • Numerous animations including passenger door, baggage door, cockpit storm window, sun visors and oil cover
  • Ground equipment including chocks, tie-downs and pushback towbar
  • 4096×4096 textures for the highest possible texture clarity
  • PBR (Physically Based Rendering) materials with real-time environment reflections for superb quality and realism
  • Detailed normal mapping for down-to-the-rivet precision of aircraft surfaces

Cockpit

  • A truly 3D virtual cockpit right down to accurately modelled seat belts and screw heads – every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
  • Cockpit textures feature wear and tear based on reference photos taken in the real aircraft to produce an authentic environment, with optional ‘clean’ textures for a less worn look
  • Dimmable instrument, radio and dome lighting, with separate control circuits
  • Tablet EFB for controlling various aircraft options, and checking aircraft and flight information:
     – ‘Cold & Dark’, ‘Ready for Take-off’ and ‘Ready for Start’ aircraft states
     – Persistent aircraft states, allowing you to always return to your cockpit in the same state that you last left it
     – Automatic fuel tank switching for use on those long distance cross-country flights
     – GPS unit selection – GPS 100, GNS 430 or GNS 530
     – Direction Indicator (DI) or Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) instrument options
     – Aircraft failures (spark plug fouling, vapour lock, oil use and battery failure)
     – Passenger, baggage and oil inspection door controls
     – Flight computer with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
  • Fully functional and comprehensive IFR capable avionics fit including:
     – KMA 20 audio selector unit
     – KX 170B COM 1 / NAV 1 radio
     – KX 175B COM 2 / NAV 2 radio
     – KN 62 DME unit which can display information from NAV 1, NAV 2 or its own inbuilt receiver (NAV 3)
     – Piper Autocontrol IIIB autopilot unit with navigation, heading and roll hold (altitude hold clickspot included)
     – KT 76A transponder unit
     – KR 85 ADF unit with ADF/ANT/BFO modes
     – GPS 100, GNS 430 and GNS 530
  • Yoke-mounted flight timer/clock
  • Independently operated left and right (standby) altimeter
  • Developed using the latest MSFS standards, including intuitive and easy-to-use controls for rotary knobs, multi-position switches and levers

Aircraft systems

  • Custom-coded fuel system including the option to have automatic switching of the fuel tanks for use on those long distance cross-country flights
  • Custom-coded electrical system with functional circuit breakers
  • Realistic landing gear system with emergency and automatic release at low airspeeds
  • Functioning alternate air and static source controls
  • Failures including spark plug fouling, limited battery life, vapour lock and more
  • Lighting system includes separate lighting control for instruments (via rheostat) and realistic implementation of navigation light / radio light rheostat
  • Functional electric trim control on yoke (requires electric trim button to be pushed)
  • Functional ELT which is automatically triggered above 4.6G
  • Many other details, such as a passenger door that automatically closes with airflow and vibrating engine exhausts!

Sounds

The Just Flight Arrow III features a MSFS-native (Wwise) sound package taking full advantage of the new capabilities. Every little detail has been faithfully recreated based on high fidelity recordings from real life PA-28s.

  • Original Lycoming IO-360 engine samples
  • Detailed physics-based effects on engine and wind noise
  • Authentic audio for every switch, button, lever and electrical systems
  • Accurately positioned 3D sound sources (best enjoyed in VR!)
  • Custom crash and scraping effects
  • Authentic retractable gear whistle
     

Liveries

The aircraft is supplied in the following 11 paint schemes:

  • G-BGKU (UK)
  • C-GQYI (Canada)
  • N4131C (USA)
  • G-BNSG (UK)
  • F-GJCB (France)
  • HB-PJA (Switzerland)
  • VH-SGE (Australia)
  • D-ERIN (Germany)
  • G-TEBZ (UK)
  • G-TSGA (UK)
  • N751LU (USA)

A PSD Paint Kit is included so you can create your own paint schemes.

Flight dynamics

The Arrow III features realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real-world performance and handling data, and input from Arrow pilots.



Author: Ray

I have been an avid aviation enthusiast for about eight years since I first started using FSX. Apart from flying in the sims (now X-Plane 11 and MSFS) I enjoy reading about aviation through the many periodicals and books available. I live in South Yorkshire in the northern half of the UK.

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