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I read this forum several times a day to look for anything new happening with Fly!II. So now its my turn to share my project with you. As some of you know, I've been working on the Lancair Columbia 300 for quite some time now. This is a high-performance, single-engine piston aircraft. Its the same aircraft Eric Lindbergh flew in a commemorative flight for his grandfather's Spirit of St Louis trans-atlantic flight. I think its going to be a great, unique GA aircraft and a fun addition to Fly!II. I've been too busy to do it, but recently I lost my job, so I've had some extra time to get back to work. Also, Jarno Deken volunteered to do the external model and has done a fantastic job. I know many of you are already enjoying his Avanti. Here are a few pictures of our progress so far:http://home.earthlink.net/~finsdad/FlyII/p...mpletePanel.jpghttp://home.earthlink.net/~finsdad/FlyII/p...xternalView.jpghttp://home.earthlink.net/~finsdad/FlyII/p...ternalView2.jpgOn another note, we need someone on the team to work on the flight model. I have no experience in this area and would love to hear from someone willing to look at the model.

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Looks great!One question: Will Fly! II let you model the behavior of the "free wheeling" nose gear. It has no controls tied to it, its just a wheel on a castor... all steering is done via differential braking.Cheers---John R. SippyChicago, IL, USAPowerMacG4 -Dual 5001024MB RAMnVidiaGF2 - 32MB

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Congratulations Dannol and Jarno!Your work on this aircaft is amazing! I hope you find someone who can tweak the flight model to complete this beautiful job!Cheers!Pascal

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I'm not sure about FlyII's support for castor front wheels. You're right about this aircraft's castoring nose wheel. Jarno and I are working on it. I guess in the worst case, ours will be steerable.

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I love small aircrafts and this one looks wonderful.Nice job,Keyton Cabral

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With or without the castoring nose wheel, it looks like its going to be a great aircraftCheers---John R. SippyChicago, IL, USAPowerMacG4 -Dual 5001024MB RAMnVidiaGF2 - 32MB

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Hi Dan,Congratulations in advance for an excellent work, looking forward to seat in the cockpit of that beautiful aircraft.chris salviejorpll

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Sometimes you need to fly! to keep the engine in a good condition...... :-)Jarno

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Wonderful :-eekI think this bird will be put to good use in my flights around the UK and Europe. Im dreaming of the flights already.See Ya :-waveStevie :-bat'The best aid to navigation is having been there before'

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I've completed some additional work on the model textures. Now you can begin to see how this plane will really look. Adding environmental mapping to the spinner and doors refines the look of the exterior. I'll post more panel pictures soon.http://home.earthlink.net/~finsdad/FlyII/p...gress_Ext_1.jpghttp://home.earthlink.net/~finsdad/FlyII/p...gress_Ext_2.jpghttp://home.earthlink.net/~finsdad/FlyII/p...gress_Ext_3.jpg

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anychance u will have this airplane for fs2002?

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Wonderful plane!Hope you find gainful employment soon.Blake

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