• Review: Just Flight - HS-748 Propliner

    HS-748 Propliner

    Publisher: Just Flight

    Review Author:
    Michael Hayward

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    The Hawker Siddeley HS-478 is a twin-prop airliner built between 1961 and 1988. Designed to be a potential replacement for the DC-3, a total of 380 were built until it was developed into the British Aerospace ATP.

    Just Flight released their own rendition of the aircraft for both FSX and P3D in mid-2017 and in this review, I will be looking at what this aircraft has to offer, as well as whether this aircraft would be a good addition for your virtual hangar.

    Just Flight - HS 748

    Aircraft Specification

    • Two pilots and 40-58 passengers
    • Length: 67 ft 0 in (20.42 m)
    • Wingspan: 102 ft 5 1/2 in (31.23 m)
    • Height: 24 ft 10 in (7.57 m)
    • Empty Weight: 27,126 lb (12,327 kg)
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 46,500 lb (21,092 kg)
    • Powerplant: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart RDa.7 Mk 536-2 turboprop

    Aircraft Performance

    • Range: 1,066 miles (926 nm, 1,715 km)
    • Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
    • Max Cruising Speed: 281 mph (244 knots, 452 km/h)

    Download And Install

    Installing this aircraft is the same easy process as with any Just Flight aircraft. When purchasing the aircraft from the FSPilotShop, download the zip file and extract the installer. When running the installer, simply select whether you use FSX or Prepar3D, accept the license and input the key provided to you. The aircraft then installs into Flight Simulator and it's ready to use.

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    A 46 page PDF manual is also included with this add-on. It is full of facts about the aircraft and contains a tutorial on how to operate it.

    Exterior Model

    Textures are all at 2K resolution which for this model is more than enough to show off the high detailing this aircraft exhibits. Bump mapping also allows for smaller details to be clear such as panel gaps and bolts across the body. This on top of the high-quality model gives us an accurate representation of the aircraft, and it does look very good!

    The Hawker Siddeley was built to operate on rugged terrain, which meant the aircraft had to have thicker wing roots and stronger landing gear - both of which Just Flight have taken into account. From a purely external viewpoint, the aircraft looks highly authentic.

    Animations on the model include all doors and hatches, all animated flight surfaces and extending fowler flaps.

    A feature of the Hawker Siddeley 748 was that the propellers were mounted above the wing rather than below.

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    One small glitch I noticed however, was that the shadow mapping was slightly out of place. The rear portion of the aircraft (when it comes to shadows) seems to split and appear on the opposite side of the aircraft (at least on my review system), and this is something I would like to see patched in future.

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      jgmustang -
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      stretch -
      Hey, nice to see a comment like this out of the blue!
      Thank you jgmustang!
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      Zigarten -
      I was a little intimidated to try this one out, but after opening and reading The Best Manual EVER! that walked me through from start to finish, I took off from a short runway in mountainous terrain and landed in a major city without breaking a sweat one my first try. Complete joy.
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      squiremel -
      An accurate review of a fun plane to fly. I like the older prop liners and as a regional airliner the HS 748 is awesome. I love the sound of those Dart engines which is why I also fly Just Flight's Fokker F27. Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, and a previous destination for both of these aircraft, offers a couple of real interesting approaches for them
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