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Microsoft Flight Simulator Add-on Package,
Scandinavian Airlines DC-9-40 OY-KGR

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In early 2000, after a somewhat scary flight while on a business trip, I became interested in air-planes which led me to purchase Microsoft Flight Simulator. I learned that Microsoft had designed the Flight Simulator so that programmers and air-plane enthusiasts could create and add their own aircraft to the game. I saw an opportunity to develop my own add-on package and thus started what has become known as Project OY-KGR. My project is centred on the Scandinavian Airline Service DC-9-41 air-plane OY-KGR. It has evolved over the years from a simple flight simulator experience to something that is much more sophisticated and graphically intense. The project has included the assistance of many flight simulator developers and enthusiasts from around the globe.

John O'Keefe: Project OY-KGR advertising graphic
Advertising Graphic

2D COCKPIT

There are two main components to my project: 2D cockpit and 3D cockpit with external air-plane model. The 2D cockpit is composed of hundreds of computer generated renderings and image files that I had to create. These images range from the cockpit panel backgrounds to the tiny needles found in the flight instruments. Using XML programming code, I merge all of the image files in real-time so that when the game is running it gives the person playing the experience of sitting in a real DC-9 cockpit.

John O'Keefe: Project OY-KGR cockpit layout
2D Cockpit Overview
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR in-game screenshot 1
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR in-game screenshot 2
In-Game Screenshots

3D COCKPIT AND MODEL

The 3D cockpit is much more complicated to design than the 2D version. Using 3D modelling and animation software, I had to construct the entire cockpit. The development process is time consuming and my only reference materials are from photographs found on the Internet. Most of those photographs are of poor quality so careful analysis and planning is required when building certain features into the game environment. Below are screen-shots of the 3D cockpit environment taken during game testing.

John O'Keefe: Project OY-KGR development screenshot external gmax model
External Model Development
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot 3
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot 4
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot 8
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot 9
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot 10
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot virtual cockpit 1
John O'Keefe: FSX - Project OY-KGR development screenshot virtual cockpit 2
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