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 is 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 30 airline liveries from the UK, USA, Europe and Australia are included, bringing you many iconic airlines and paint schemes.
See below for full details of all the aircraft features!
New features – Just Flight’s 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 Just Flight 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 backup 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 an 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 were 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
Microsoft Flight Simulator (i.e. the 2020 Standard, Deluxe or Premium Deluxe edition of Flight Simulator)