Uncle Jack Simulations Announces Fairchild PT-19
Uncle Jack Simulations has announced on x-plane.org a brand new project development, centring around the development of a Fairchild Primary Trainer 19 for X-Plane 11.
The aircraft was a key part of training pilots for battle in World War II, developed by Fairchild Aircraft. It was by far their most-produced aircraft, with 6,397 built.
"Not many PT-19s are currently airworthy, and it's just sad to see such an important piece of human history just gather dust and...fade away," Dan Petrozziello said.
"With that in mind, Uncle Jack decided to preserve this magnificent aircraft in all its glory, with all its quirks and features, so it may digitally live on in our virtual skies for present and future generations of pilots to enjoy the thrill of Open-cockpit flight!"
The developer also listed some crucial features of the aircraft to bring it to life.
"We honestly couldn't settle for designing her "Factory new" or to actually aim for some worn out and currently airworthy iteration of the aircraft, so why not have both?" asked Petrozziello.
"With TrueVintage, you can feel the aircraft getting older as you fly her! Not only its systems get wear and tear depending on how you fly, but also physically see the the aircraft accumulating dust, leaking oil, getting its dope varnish crackled down, and the occasional bug splatters on the windscreen.
"Take care of your airplane by calling "Jerry", your personal mechanic, and arranging the repairs needed. If you want a crisp aircraft on the outside at all times, you can absolutely keep her shiny by ringing Jerry!
"If you just want her to work properly, with proper maintenance, but want to preserve the bird's old looks, you can rightly do so!"
All default liveries are to feature their TrueVintage aging system, with support for 3rd party liveries planned.
As well as that, an in-depth rendition of its engine - a Fairchild Ranger L440C-1 - is to be included.
"Cater to its needs by regularly getting some fresh oil in, watch as it will burn up residual oil when it first starts up for the day, and watch out for any oil that may have fallen down the cyllinders, since this engine is actually INVERTED to give pilots more visibility from the cockpit!"
Virtual Reality users will be pleased to hear that the aircraft has been designed from the ground up to support the technology.
Petrozziello notes: "There is nothing like pumping your wobble pump while also keeping an eye out for that pressure gauge! Oh yeah, let's not forget about hand cranking your starter, that's aviation workout at its best! The Fairchild PT-19 was built for VR.
"The thrill of Open-Cockpit flight, in a high quality aircraft, in VR, is one of the things that pushed this project into reality (or should i say virtual reality? No? Okay). Expect every interaction and menu to be as intuitive as possible while inside VR!
"Of course the plane will work just as fine in 2D, in case you were wondering 🙂"
The aircraft will contain 4K textures and PBR materials, as well as having its sounds powered by FMOD.
"Sounds in this aircraft are everything when it comes to immersion, so expect to HEAR your engine telling you signs that you are pushing it over its limits, or maybe a rusty screw will show signs of wear and tear.
"This aircraft is as organic as it gets, so don't think the engine sound is a dumbed-down mp3 of nonstop humming: You have sounds for each piston, you have sounds for a healthy engine, but also for an oil-depleted combustion.
"Keep close attention to the orchestra that plays under your hood, and master it!"
Finally, Petrozziello said the PT-19 will be suitable for all skill levels. Should the user wish to simply get in the air: "Call Jerry and off you go! He'll set your bird up for you in no time, and even lend you a helping hand during startup!
"Now, on the other hand, if you want to take your time and do everything just as it should, we give you the tools to do so! No one gets left out!"
Animations are currently the area of development is animations and coding. Uncle Jack Simulations cannot estimate a date of availability, but wants the aircraft to be available "in perfect conditions with attention to detail screaming all over it."
The developer is also working on a freeware Raytheon Premier IA, in which it was announced last year that the 3D model would be re-done completely. To add to this, Petrozziello also enrolled on programming classes to enhance the systems depth further.