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Following on from their popular Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer and PA-28 family of aircraft for MSFS, Just Flight's in-house team has developed this highly detailed simulation of the 146 regional jet following comprehensive, hands-on research with a real-world aircraft, G-JEAO, which retired from service with British European Airways in 2000 and is now preserved at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, and the CC.Mk2 and C.Mk3 aircraft of Royal Air Force, 32 (The Royal) Squadron.
Just Flight are excited to bring you the 146 ‘Whisper Jet’ – featuring the 100, 200 and 300 series of this classic British airliner. The design process of what was to become the 146-100 began under Hawker Siddeley in 1973, when the iconic high T-tail, short undercarriage, four engines and distinctive airbrake were chosen to produce a regional airliner with short-field performance and quiet operation. The 146-100 first flew in 1981, followed by the stretched 200 series in 1982 and the 300 series in 1988.
The Royal Air Force purchased three 146-100s in 1986 and these were operated by The Queen's Flight, designated the CC.Mk2 ‘Statesman’ and equipped with VIP cabins. The aircraft were used to transport the British royal family and senior members of the UK military and government.
The 146 was also popular with cargo operators due to its excellent capacity and low engine noise, allowing for night flights into city airports. Two cargo variants were developed: the convertible passenger and freight variant (QC) and the freight-only Quiet Trader (QT). The Royal Air Force also operated two 200QC aircraft, designated the C.Mk3.
Eight variants of the 146 are included in this product – the 100 to 300 passenger variants, the 200QC and QT, 300 QT, RAF CC.Mk2 ‘Statesman’ and C.Mk3 – offering a wide variety of configurations, ranges and flight operations across the globe.
The exterior models are stunningly detailed, featuring 8K and 4K textures for incredible clarity and the latest Physical Based Rendering (PBR) material technology to produce realistic metallic, plastic and glass surfaces. Realistic animations include trailing-edge flap mechanisms, spoilers, large tail-mounted airbrake and all passenger and cargo doors.
The Captain and First Officer positions in the cockpit are modelled with hundreds of functional switches, knobs and controls. The aircraft features complex custom-coded systems based on real-world FCOMs, including hydraulic, electrical, fuel and pressurisation, and the cockpit is also fitted with a functional Thrust Management System (TMS) and comprehensive navigation equipment which includes an FMS.
The aircraft are brought to life with immersive dynamic lighting and 3D Wwise sounds, with unique flight dynamics for each variant and custom effects from condensation and contrails to realistic exterior lighting.
The 146 was flown all around the world and over 40 airline liveries from the UK, USA, Europe and Australia are included, bringing you many iconic airlines and paint schemes.
See the Detailed Description below for full details of all the aircraft features and you can take a look at the PDF manual here!
New features - the 146 Professional has been available for some time in both Prepar3D and X-Plane 11, but the aircraft has undergone an extensive upgrade process to bring it up to the latest MSFS standards, with a significant number of changes to both the visuals and the aircraft systems. Click here for a list of the major improvements among the hundreds of updated features.
Video playlist - over recent weeks we have posted a number of tutorials and videos highlighting some of the 146's features - you can find them all together here.
Eight variants of the 146 are included:
146-200 QC & QT (cargo)
146-300 QT (cargo)
CC.Mk2 (RAF VIP configuration with countermeasure pods)
C.Mk3 (RAF cargo configuration with countermeasure pods)
Accurately modelled using real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft (G-JEAO, ZE701 and ZE708)
Numerous animations, including:
- Trailing edge flap surfaces
- Wing-mounted spoilers and tail-mounted airbrake
- All passenger, service and cargo doors, and integral airstairs
- Windscreen wipers
- Distinctive retractable tricycle landing gear
- Countermeasure pods, HF aerial and more
Physically Based Rendering (PBR) materials produce realistic metallic, plastic and glass surfaces
4K and 8K textures are used to produce the highest possible texture clarity
Authentic labelling and placards based on those found in the real aircraft, with decals used for high-resolution text
Ground services support (marshaller, fuel truck etc.)
Full support for MSFS visual icing effects
Passenger and cargo cabins
Captain and First Officer positions are modelled with hundreds of functional switches, knobs and controls. Even the pilot and observer seats, cup holders and sun visors are functional!
A truly 3D cockpit environment 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
Aircraft state system which will automatically save the aircraft state whenever a flight is saved and reload it whenever that flight is loaded
Aircraft configuration system which allows you to choose between 'Cold & Dark', ‘Turnaround’ or 'Ready for Take-off'
Many features have been added to help with usability such as the ability to hide the control yokes for a better view of the instruments and pre-set camera views for the overhead panel, centre pedestal and jump seat, hidden clickspot for setting all altimeters to standard and controlling all four N1 and TGT bugs, and automatic ground idle selection
Developed using the latest MSFS standards, including intuitive and easy-to-use controls for rotary knobs, multi-position switches and levers
Fully compatible with MSFS VR mode
The 146 comes with a variety of airline liveries from the UK, USA, Australia, Europe and more.
146 Professional features custom-coded aircraft systems with a high degree of complexity and depth, including:
Air-conditioning and pressurisation system
Automatic and manual pressurisation modes with control of outflow valves, barometric and cabin rate settings, indications and cabin altitude warnings
Cabin altitude and differential values based on real-world data
Automatic and manual flight deck and cabin temperature control – takes account of ambient temperature, air supply from the engines and/or APU, fresh or recirculated air and even whether the doors are open!
Autopilot and flight director system with multiple modes:
- Pitch - altitude arm and hold, vertical speed, IAS, Mach, glideslope and go-around
- Roll – VLOC, BLOC, LNAV (FMC) and HDG
- Turbulence mode
- Pitch and bank selection and hold
- Sync mode for quick changes to aircraft attitude
Fully-functional mode annunciations, engagement and disengagement criteria (including roll and pitch rate cut-out and stall cut-out) and integration with ADI and HSI
Simulated CAT 2 approach monitoring system
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)
The aircraft is equipped with a tablet EFB for controlling various aircraft options and payloads, including:
Set fuel quantity in individual tanks (including total fuel weight, automatically split between tanks)
Set payloads in passenger cabin and cargo holds (including Zero Fuel Weight)
Control the pilot and cabin announcements
Quickly select aircraft states (Ready for Take-off, Turnaround and Cold-and-Dark)
Toggle ground power unit (GPU) and chocks
Monitor CG position and automatically set take-off trim based on CG
Aircraft configuration menu with many options, including altimeter sync, traditional/TCAS VSI, state saving, cabin lighting, model options and much more
The EFB can also be used for flight planning and monitoring:
Import your SimBrief flight and view a summary or scrollable full OFP
Monitor your position in real time using a map view with tracking, zoom and pan options
Explore and view your Navigraph charts
Use a notepad for making notes during the flight, particularly useful for noting down clearances and taxi instructions
Flight Management System
Fully functional FMS for lateral navigation (LNAV), based on the popular Working Title FMS, allowing for realistic modern-day flight planning and operations
Up-to-date AIRAC cycles (via the Navigraph MSFS database)
Lateral navigation integration with LNAV autopilot mode and HSI
Ability to create full flight plans or import the default MSFS flight plan
SimBrief import function
SID and STAR support
Holding pattern support
Dual VHF COMM, NAV and ADF radios, with 8.33kHz spacing support
Cockpit voice recorder test and indication systems
Functioning audio selector and PA chime
Independent engine, APU and external power (AC and DC) sources
Generator and TRU loading, and automatic load switching
Standby generator and inverter power sources for non-normal procedures
Independent AC channels, including normal, essential and emergency busbars, and bus-ties facilities
Fire protection system
Engine, APU and fuselage fire detection and warning systems
Engine fire extinguishing system
Fully simulated test functionality
Servo-tab simulation – the position of elevator and aileron surfaces is dependent on servo-tab control inputs and airflow over the surface
Iconic tail-mounted airbrakes, roll and lift spoilers with independent hydraulic sources, realistic deployment times and custom AC and PTU pump sounds
Flight control disconnect and yoke control lock functionality
Accurately simulated flap system with hydraulic and electrical power sources, baulk override, fault testing and iconic howl when deployed in the air
Stall identification and warning systems, including stick shaker and pusher, and inhibit mode
Simulated configuration warning system
Flap Trim Compensation (FTC) system on the 146-300
Realistic fuel load and burn based on real-world data
Simulated electrical normal and hydraulic standby fuel pumps, centre and wing tanks with feed tanks for each engine, and LP and HP fuel cocks
Fully functional centre-to-wing fuel transfer, cross-feed and common-feed valves
Auxiliary fuel tanks fitted (can be toggled via the EFB) to provide additional range - great for bizjet operations
Independent yellow and green hydraulic systems with realistic pressure, quantity and supply to other systems
Simulated AC- and DC-driven back-up pumps and power transfer unit (PTU)
Functional standby generator for supplying AC and DC electrical power in non-normal situations
Ice and rain protection system
Ice detection and accumulation simulation, anti-icing and de-icing functionality for exterior surfaces, warning systems for in-flight monitoring
Simulation of separate inner and outer wing anti-icing, and windscreen overheating
Indicating and recording systems
A vast array of annunciators, including accurately simulated Master Warning System (MWS) with amber and red cautions, audible warnings and ground testing for all systems
Flight Data Entry Panel (FDEP) for entering flight details (date, flight leg and number)
Normal and emergency gear extension, including gear down-lock override
Gear configuration indication and warning systems
Simulated brake accumulators supplied via the hydraulic power sources (yellow or green), anti-skid and brake temperature indicator with cooling down periods that are affected by ambient temperature, brake usage and brake fans
Captain and First Officer tillers for realistic nose-wheel steering
Transponder with TCAS (integrated with VSI TCAS display) and flight ID input functionality
Dual RMI/DBI and HSI navigation instruments, fed by two NAV and ADF radios, including DME hold function
Instrument source selector for NAV 1, NAV 2 or dual navigation via the ADI, HSI and auto-flight system
Choice of traditional or TCAS VSI
Fully functioning test modes on navigation instruments (e.g. HSI, radio altimeter and ADI)
Custom-coded GPWS with modes 1-6, steep approach mode, flap warning override and test functionality
Flight crew and passenger oxygen systems with valve and mask deployment controls
Realistic bleed air demand from engines and APU, and pneumatic supply to air-conditioning and ice protection systems
Realistic APU start and shutdown procedures, and bleed air and electrical power supply
RPM, TGT and fuel burn values based on real-world data
Doors and stairs
Animations panel for controlling passenger and service doors, lower cargo doors and fuselage cargo door
Deployable airstairs, powered by the Yellow hydraulic system
N1, N2, TGT, oil pressures and temperatures will all differ subtly between engines
Accurately simulated Thrust Modulation System (TMS) with take-off (full or flexible), maximum continuous thrust, TGT and descent modes. Takes account of engine bleed air requirements, e.g. for air conditioning and ice protection systems.
Realistic engine start procedures with external, APU or cross-start sources
Simulation of ground and flight idle baulks
Take-off and landing speed card which automatically displays reference speeds depending on current aircraft weight, and settable airspeed indicator and engine instrument bugs
Independent lighting controls for Captain and First Officer
Dimmable integral lighting for each panel
Dimmable dynamic flood and storm lighting for a highly immersive and customisable night environment (more than 10 individual light sources, including entry, lap, sill and flight kit)
Freely moveable lap and sill lighting
Accurately simulated exterior lighting, including wing, logo and runway exit lights, and taxi/landing and navigation lights with different intensities
MSFS-native (Wwise) sound package taking full advantage of the new MSFS capabilities
Studio quality Lycoming ALF-502 engine noise recorded from RAF C.Mk3 ZE708
Over 450 flight deck sound effects recorded from RAF CC.Mk2 ZE701
Detailed equipment audio such as the APU, brake fans, electrical circuits, hydraulic equipment and many more
Detailed physics-based effects on engine and wind noise
Accurately positioned 3D sound sources (best enjoyed in VR!)
Custom crash and scraping effects
FDE and effects
Realistic and accurate performance in the air and on the ground, using unique flight models for all variants based on real-world performance and handling data, and input from real-world 146 pilots
Custom effects for enhanced immersion, including engine, GPU and APU exhaust haze
Complete exterior lights package as seen on the real 146, including landing, wing, runway, logo and taxi lights that illuminate objects and the ground, for ease of operation during the hours of darkness
258-page PDF manual with flight tutorial, systems guide, procedures, limitations and handling notes
Multiple interior and exterior camera presets, including wing views
PSD paint kit (1.4GB) available included so you can create your own paint schemes
Full support for MSFS checklists (manual and Automatic/Co-pilot modes)
Support for numerous control assignments for compatibility with controllers and hardware
23 April 2022
A quick development update for you as we reach the very final stages of development on the 146 Professional. We're now busy having this pre-release build go through rigorous testing to identify any issues and to check that all of the new content that has only recently been added to the plane is all working as expected.
Here are some images to show off the new content such as the Full MSFS checklist support, New EFB features, New Variants including cargo variant door and associated liveries such as Cobham and Cello, new Cockpit features including 8k textures and cup holders, sun visors and seats and of course the FMS integration. Details of the FMS is covered in the product specs on this page.
We plan to get more videos out prior to the release to show these off in more detail but in the meantime we hope you enjoy the new pics and they suitable help to whet the appetite!
20 April 2022
146 PROFESSIONAL MSFS FEATURES DOCUMENT
A slightly different kind of Development Update for you this time - As we're sure you're aware by now our 146 Professional for MSFS has been massively improved over the original P3D & X-Plane versions. To help you get a handle on what's new and improved here's a handy little guide that lists everything that's new. You can download and read the document via this link. Enjoy!
Here's our next update for you. With the 146-100 beta testing progressing well, the development team have been working to add the other variants - the 146-200 and 300 passenger, QC and QT freighter (including RAF CC3) and RAF CC2 (VIP/Royal Flight) variants.
With passenger variants ranging in capacity from 80 (-100) to 128 (-300) people, two sizes of freighter (-200 and -300 QC/QT/CC3) and a RAF CC2 with space for 15 VIPs, there is a huge variety of flight types, ranges and operations possible with our 146, from regional airliner routes to night-time cargo operations and even flying the UK Royal Family!
The 146 is one of the most versatile airliners to have flown and with a total of 39 liveries, and optional equipment such as the auxiliary fuel tanks for extended range and integral air-stairs, you'll never be short of something to do or somewhere new to go.
Here are a selection of screenshots showing each of the variants.
25 March 2022
Here's the first of a number of prerelease videos we'll be sharing for the 146 Professional MSFS. This one is designed to show off all the important sounds that you'll be using and encountering during a flight. Hope you like it and look out for more videos soon.
04 March 2022
146 Professional Development Update - Part 3 of 3
So we've reached the third and final part of this week's extensive development update for the 146 Professional where we see Martyn approaching and landing at Bournemouth (EGHH). Follow closely with the aid of the shots and accompanying text.
1st shot - With Bournemouth Airport now in view to the south, we can get ourselves positioned for the ILS runway 08 approach.
2nd shot - Instrument flood and integral lighting, and the movable sill light fitted to the glareshield are just some of the cockpit lighting options, all fully-dimmable.
3rd shot - We’ll start our descent as Poole Harbour comes into view. The light being reflected off the overhead panel demonstrates the stunning detail that we’re able to achieve in MSFS.
4th shot - During descent we can restart the APU and configure the TMS. Selecting DESC (descent) mode on the TMS ensures that the engine N2s remain sufficiently high to supply the required bleed air for pressurisation and anti-icing. The speeds card is automatically updated based on the current aircraft weight, and clicking on it automatically sets the speed bugs on the ASIs, and the engine instrument bugs to the relevant TMS values.
5th shot - Levelling off at 2200ft, we begin our turn to intercept the ILS. GSL (glideslope) and V/L (VOR LOC) modes are armed on the autopilot, as confirmed by the flight annunciators above the altimeter.
6th shot - Established on the localiser, we can start to reduce airspeed in anticipation of glideslope capture. The flightdeck is equipped with a jump seat whose view is shown here. We’ve included a variety of camera presets for the interior and exterior views.
7th shot - Passengers in front of the wing have a great and unique view of Poole Harbour on the approach.
8th shot - The view from the front isn’t bad either!
9th shot - Another unique aspect of 146 operations is coming in over the fence with the distinctive tail-mounted airbrake extended, providing excellent speed control.
10th shot - Touchdown! The wing-mounted lift dumpers can be extended with weight on the wheels. In combination with the brakes, the 146 has excellent stopping power for short field operations such as London City.
11th & final shot - We end our test flight parked at Bournemouth’s terminal building, from where this roof-top shot was taken. We’ll leave the aircraft in its turnaround state with the brake fans running, ahead of our return to Southampton.
Thanks for joining me on this quick test flight in the latest 146 beta build. Just like the real aircraft, our 146 is a joy to hand-fly in MSFS. The mixture of ‘old and new’ technology, unique configuration and operations, and stunning visuals and true-to-life Wwise sounds combine to make an incredibly immersive experience!
Keep an eye out as we share more previews of our 146 in the coming weeks. The other variants will soon be added (including the QC/QT freighter and RAF VIP configurations), along with some new liveries to reflect current operators.
04 March 2022
146 Professional Development Update - Part 2 of 3
Welcome back. Here we go with Part 2 of this week's Development update where Martyn gets airborne and heads towards Bournemouth (EGHH). Shots and accompanying text again. Hope you enjoy it.
1st shot - The cockpit is equipped with extensive engine instrumentation but the start-up procedure is logical and quick to master.
2nd shot - With all four engines started, the flaps extended to 18 degrees and ground equipment clear, we can begin our taxi to the runway. The brand new Wwise sound set, complete with over 500 custom sounds, really adds to the immersion!
3rd shot - Unlike most aircraft, we’ll keep the APU running after engine start. We’ll use APU air for the air conditioning and pressurisation until we switch to engine air during the climb. As well as powerful landing lights, the 146 is fitted with taxi, turnoff, wing, logo, strobe and two-intensity level navigation lights.
4th shot - A variety of pilot and cabin callouts can be triggered manually via the EFB tablet and overhead call buttons, or automatically based on the stage of flight and aircraft configuration. A short time after pinging the cabin crew to take their seats for takeoff, they let us know the cabin is secure and set the aft pedestal indicator accordingly.
5th shot - With a wing surface and trailing edge flaps this large, there’s no need for leading edge slats to achieve the 146’s excellent short field performance, ideal for operating from airports like Southampton.
6th shot - Lined up on the runway, we can take a movement to admire the view prior to takeoff. Note that the elevators are deflected upwards despite the controls being at neutral. Another quirk of the 146 is that the control columns are linked to servo tabs on the elevators and ailerons, rather than directly to the surfaces, resulting in various deflections caused by the wind direction and speed until the aircraft has built up enough speed for the servo tabs to bring the surfaces to the commanded position – all fully simulated here.
7th shot - We’re airborne! Here’s a passenger view of the impressive wing and flap structure as we climb over Southampton.
8th shot - Shortly after takeoff we can engage the autopilot. The autopilot modes will be familiar to all pilots and include IAS, MACH, LNAV and CAT 2 approach. The 146 isn’t equipped with an autothrottle but instead something called the Thrust Modulation System (TMS), which is essentially a replacement for the traditional Flight Engineer in helping you to achieve selected thrust settings.
9th shot - With the autopilot now in control and flaps retracted, we can begin a left turn to intercept the Southampton VOR outbound towards Bournemouth.
10th & final shot - We can also switch over to engine air and then shut down the APU. Note that, similar to an Airbus, there is a ‘dark cockpit philosophy’, with nearly all of the hundreds of annunciators remaining unlit unless the pilot’s attention is required. The Master Warning Panel (MWP) on the centre instrument panel will indicate which section of the overhead panel to check, and annunciators on that section will indicate the issue.
And that's it for Part 2 of the update. The final part will follow soon where you can join Martyn onboard again as he approaches and prepares for landing at Bournemouth.
03 March 2022
146 Professional Development Update - Part 1 of 3
Here's a new Development Update direct from Project Lead Martyn Northall. This update sees Martyn undergoing a short test flight. He'll run you through it via screenshots and some text for each shot. Given the length of this update we'll split this into three parts. This will be part one. The others will follow tomorrow. Over to Martyn...
Hello. I'm going to take you along on a short test flight from Southampton (EGHI) to Bournemouth (EGHH), discussing some of the recent work and additions to the aircraft along the way. Testing has been underway for several months now, with this flight featuring the latest beta build. The aircraft systems are fully operational but will continually be improved with reference to all the FCOMs and real-world 146 pilot input. Just like our Hawk T1, the MSFS version of the 146 will be a significant upgrade not just in terms of the stunning visuals as shown here, but also the systems depth and realism.
As the Project Lead and coder, I’m often carrying out a very specific task, such as operating a system whilst parked on the ground, so it’s a welcome break when I’m able to fly a full A-to-B route, even if it’s a mere 21nm!
One of the things I love about MSFS is the ease with which I can fly using real-world weather, seasons and times, providing the opportunity to test our aircraft in a wide variety of conditions. So let's get started...
1st shot - We start today’s flight on a winter’s afternoon at Southampton’s small terminal building, in front of our cold-and-dark 146-100.
2nd shot - With door 1L open, we can extend the integral airstairs and climb aboard. They extend under their own weight but require hydraulic pressure from the yellow system to retract. One of my examples of the versatility offered by the 146!
3rd shot - Entering the very spacious flightdeck, those hundreds of controls and gauges can be an intimidating sight at first, living up to its reputation as a mini Jumbo! Despite all that detail, performance (FPS) remains great.
4th shot - Jumping into the Captain’s seat, we can use the EFB tablet to quickly configure the aircraft doors, payload and ground equipment.
5th shot - We’ve recently added our own chocks and GPU for more realistic ground operations. The GPU exhaust heat blur is one of many effects that we’ve included.
6th shot - Turning our attention to the huge overhead panel, we can get the electrical system online, first from the two batteries and external AC, and then the APU. Note the AUX tank annunciator lights on the fuel panel – these are another brand new feature for MSFS, extending the range of the aircraft, particularly useful for VIP operations.
7th shot - The overhead panel doesn’t stop there! Moving to the upper overhead, we can configure the air conditioning, external lighting and hydraulic systems. We can set a low cabin altitude for the pressurisation system given our 6000ft cruise altitude.
8th shot - We can now configure the glareshield, radios and navigation instruments for our departure. The 146 is equipped with two NAV and two ADF radios, RMIs, HSIs, a very capable autopilot and FMS/GPS, offering a mixture of old and new navigation methods.
9th shot - Taking advantage of the excellent visibility from the flightdeck, we can monitor the pushback ahead of engine start.
10th & Final shot - With pushback complete, we will start engines 4, 3, 2 and then 1. The high-wing, four engine configuration makes for a very interesting aircraft to operate, especially given its small size relative to similarly configured aircraft like the mighty C-17! The extremely sturdy landing gear is also shown here, ideal for rough field operations.
So that's it for the first part of this extensive update. I hope you're enjoying it so far. The next two parts of the update will be posted tomorrow so do stay tuned.
23 December 2021
Our final In Development Entry of the year and it's a quick look at the 146 Professional MSFS and what's going to be on offer in terms of interior lighting - the preview video shows various aspects and how it's all operable. Hope you like it.
16 December 2021
Here's another Development Update and the latest screenshots for our 146 Professional for MSFS.
These show the 146’s extensive cockpit lighting options which are fully-functional in MSFS – dimmable and independent Captain and First Officer instrument and flood lighting, hundreds of annunciators (which all work like the real thing), dome and emergency lighting, pilot lap and flight kit spotlights and more. This huge array of options provides you with the means to tailor the cockpit lighting to your exact requirements for each stage of the flight.
The exterior lighting is also nearly complete, with realistic landing, taxi, turn-off, navigation (with high or low intensity options), strobe, wing, logo and cabin lights for a highly immersive night flying experience.
We aim to bring you a video showing off all aspects of the lighting pretty soon. Stay tuned!
04 December 2021
Here are some new in-dev pics taken from our latest build. These focus on the 146-100 variant with a completed exterior (model/textures/animations) and some early work on the cockpit animations and systems.
Coding work continues and there's still plenty of work left to complete. We hope to bring you the next development update prior to the Christmas break.
Hope you like the way this one's shaping up!
09 November 2021
We're glad to announce that development work is now well underway for the MSFS version of our 146 Professional. Here's an initial set of WIP screenshots to whet the appetite.
Look out for regular updates over the coming weeks/months. Hope you enjoy these shots.