PA-38 Tomahawk MSFS

Compatibility: Microsoft Flight Simulator
Following on from the popular PA-28R Arrow III, PA-28-161 Warrior II and Hawk T1 for MSFS, this highly detailed simulation of the PA-38 Tomahawk is being developed by Just Flight's in-house team following comprehensive, hands-on research with a real-life Tomahawk, G-BNKH, based at Goodwood Aerodrome with SportAir. Already a very popular aircraft on other platforms, we are exciting to bring you this incredibly detailed rendition of the Tomahawk, complete with realistic wear and tear, and cockpit configuration.
 
The PA-38 Tomahawk is a two-seater, piston-engine aircraft equipped with a fixed tricycle landing gear, 112hp four-cylinder engine and fixed-pitch propeller – an ideal aircraft for touring and flight training.
 
The PA-38 is flown all around the world and our add-on reflects that global popularity. The package features liveries from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Australia and Germany.
 
The PA-38 Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator features a native model and 4096 x 4096 PBR materials for the highest possible texture detail and clarity.

Features:

Model
  • Accurately modelled PA-38 Tomahawk, built using real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft
  • Numerous animations including passenger doors, cockpit window, sun visors and engine exhaust
  • Ground equipment including chocks, tie-downs and pushback towbar
  • 4096x4096 textures are used to produce 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
  • Ground services support (marshaller and fuel truck)
  • Full support for MSFS visual icing effects
 
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
  • Dimmable instrument lighting
  • 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 switching of the fuel tanks for use on those long distance cross-country flights
    • GPS unit selection – GNS 430/GNS 530 and GTN 650/750 (requires freeware PMS-50 GTN 750 or payware TDS GTNXi)
    • Aircraft failures (spark plug fouling, vapour lock, oil use and battery failure)
    • Flight computer with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
  • Fully functional and comprehensive IFR capable avionics fit including:
    • GMA 340 audio selector
    • SL30 COM1/NAV1 radio
    • SL40 COM2 radio
    • GTX 328 transponder
    • Support for freeware PMS-50 GTN 750 and payware TDS GTNXi
  • 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

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
  • Functioning carburettor and primer controls
  • Failures including spark plug fowling, limited battery life, vapor lock and more
  • Lighting system includes separate lighting control for instruments and radios
  • Many other details, such as passenger doors that automatically close with airflow and vibrating engine exhausts!
  • Full support for MSFS checklists (manual and automatic/co-pilot modes)
 
Sounds

Our Tomahawk 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 a real life PA-38.
  • Original Lycoming O-235 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
  • Background panel rattle on low engine RPMs and more!
 
Liveries

The Tomahawk is supplied in the following paint schemes:
 
  • G-BNKH (UK)
  • G-BMVL (UK)
  • G-BNNU (UK)
  • N2432G (USA)
  • N7803Q (USA)
  • D-EEQI (Germany)
  • C-GTAO (Canada)
  • F-HVFA (France)
  • PH-MEC (Netherlands)
  • VH-UFA (Australia)
  • G-BPES (UK)
  • G-GTHM (UK)
  • G-LFSN (UK)
  • G-LFSU (UK)
  • OO-IWA (Belgium)
  • S5-DAZ (Slovenia)
  
Other:
  • Realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real world performance and handling data, and input from Tomahawk pilots
  • Comprehensive manual with panel guide and performance data
  • PSD Paint Kit included so you can create your own paint schemes

Development Updates

27 May 2022

Alongside the much larger and more complex 146 Professional, our development team have also been busy working on the next GA aircraft to join our MSFS fleet – the PA38 Tomahawk, here's the next update for you.

As with our other MSFS aircraft, the Tomahawk has undergone an extensive upgrade to bring it up to the latest MSFS standards, especially in the areas of modelling and texturing. Work on those areas is very nearly complete as shown in these screenshots, with the focus now shifting to the systems coding, flight dynamics and sounds. Our testing team, including real-world Tomahawk pilots and instructors, have been evaluating all those visual upgrades whilst our sound artist recently spent the day recording a real Tomahawk for the brand new Wwise sound set. It might not be as complex as a 146 but there is still a lot of work and attention to detail required to bring you our best GA aircraft yet!

Please note that default radios are shown here, which are to facilitate testing whilst we work on our custom avionics.
 

          

 


21 March 2022

Here's the initial Development Update for the PA-38 Tomahawk showing off the interior and exterior visuals. All shots at this stage should be treated as WIP but you can start to get a feel of what's on offer here in terms of quality.

Enjoy the shots.

 


PA-38 Tomahawk MSFS
Microsoft Flight Simulator