I write this out of concern of a new trend. We have seen old aircraft being reworked over the years e.g the CRJ, the A330(proposed), the 757(also proposed) and the 777 family.
However, in as much there has been a fair bit of work on old models, the rest of the family has been left abandoned e.g the E-jets, the A340, the 767 as well as the 747 (surprisingly).
Fast forward to November 2020, we have an opportunity to vote for new aircraft to be reworked. The 747, 767 and E-jets are among the featured aircraft. On the other hand, the A220 is among the proposed clean-sheet versions to be introduced. Votes are cast and we are left with the A330 vs the A220.
Fast forward to this evening, the votes are revealed and the A330 marginally wins, but the A220 camp isn’t too pleased as the variety of regional aircraft is dwindling.
Many reasonable reasons were given for voting for the A330, with the main ones being that it’s an old aircraft and the variety of liveries is robust. On the other hand, the A220 voters wondered why many would vote for a long-hauler instead of a regional aircraft. IMO, the A220-300 isn’t a regional as its of a similar size as the A319 and the 737-700.
In the corner, in the first round, we had the E-jets, which with its variety of liveries and ability to land at smaller airfields like London-City would have done the job. Either way, at the bend of the day, everyone’s decision has to be respected.
My question is, considering that aircraft selection is based purely on user votes and the fact that there are many new users here, does it mean that the likes of the E-jet, 767, 747 would never get reworked?
One proposal I have in mind is if it is possible to allow 3rd party developers to work on the aircraft, maybe similar to how we have the IFAET, considering the depth of talent in this community. These aircraft could then be reviewed by the devs and maybe the alpha-testers and could be rolled in when ready.
This is not a #features feature request, but I’m really curious, with the voting patterns recently observed, does it make some feature requests dead on arrival especially when it doesn’t involve heavies?