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De Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 Air New Zealand ZK-NEH

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This is a major update on my previous Air New Zealand DHC-8-300.

Development

This plane started as FatPilotOne's Q300 (DHC-8-300) with just a blue tail and the Air NZ koru slapped onto it. On a flight from Wellington to I can't remember, out the window I saw ZK-NEH itself, so I adjusted the livery to make it more accurate. Then, about 7 months ago, I shared the aircraft to the SP public. I tried to delete it (can't remember why), but it didn't because I had another tab of it open, meaning it didn't, but thank god that happened! I then released it again the next day with new headlights. After that, I gave it a big update, using specifications from the real aircraft to make this more accurate, and this is what I got.

List of upgraded things:

Landing Gear
Exterior and Interior Lights
Air New Zealand Koru
Passenger Cabin(2 more passenger seats means the total is now 50, just like the real thing, with the same layout)

Cockpit (big custom update here)

Landing Cam!

Controls

Roll (Ground): Steering (So that VR users can taxi properly)
VTOL Down: Flaps
AG1: Left Engine
AG2: Right Engine
AG3: Passenger Door
AG4: Cargo Door
AG5: Taxi Engine, Pitch to Drive (Locks Pitch and Roll control surfaces)
AG6: Headlights/Landing Lights
AG7: Interior Lights
AG8: Strobe Lights

Credits

FatPilotOne for the original Q300
RealSavageMan for the original Koru on the tail.

Screenshots



End of an Era

Air new Zealand says it's the end of an era, eight DHC-8-300s (including this one) continued to carry the Pacific Wave livery when the rest of the fleet began to swap to the silver fern livery in 2013 (except for the retiring Beechcraft 1900D, 737-300, 767-300ER, and 747-400ER). This was done to respect Air New Zealand's history. Painting an aircraft costs a lot, so Air NZ probably thinks the DHC-8s still have quite a few more years left to go, despite them being between 14 (ZK-NFB and ZK-NFI) and 18 (ZK-NEA) years old (as of 22 June 2023). And that is what has happened; Most or all of the 8 aircraft have already been reliveried, including ZK-NEH.
Here's ZK-NEH earlier this month (early June 2023):

And here's it just a few days ago (mid June 2023):

To moderators: This is NOT a memorial post (in case you were wondering)

Enjoy your flight!

Spotlights

General Characteristics

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.166
  • Wing Loading 35.0lbs/ft2 (171.1kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 854.6ft2 (79.4m2)
  • Drag Points 15188

Parts

  • Number of Parts 474
  • Control Surfaces 9
  • Performance Cost 2,166