Recently, FDS pushed the highly anticipated MD-11/DC-10 update, and it’s incredible. The aircraft are stunning and full of detail, the devs went so far as to add Aerial Refueling, we have improved formation flying – the list goes on and on.
One of my favorite aircraft out of the new additions is the 10 Tanker Air Carrier. It’s a converted DC-10 (listed under DC-10F in IF) that is used to drop 11,600 gallons of water or fire retardant onto or in front of active fires. Each payload this aircraft carries with it can range from about 100,000 to 110,000 pounds, depending on what it’s carrying.
One of the features that comes with this aircraft is the ability to open and close the water doors on the bottom of the aircraft. Currently, this does not affect the flight characteristics of the airplane. No weight loss is reflected, despite the water being 1/4 of the aircraft’s total weight at takeoff.
I’m requesting that the water drop be reflected in the weight and balance of the aircraft. Another weight and balance category should be added to reflect the weight of the water. Once the water doors are opened, the weight of the water decreases to 0 at a constant rate over about 8 seconds. This will simulate the water actually being dropped from the aircraft.
Yes, this is a small feature request. But it will increase the realism of one of the coolest aircraft in this sim. And besides, I had to make this feature request. I’m tomthetank.