BK117 B2

The MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 is a twin-engined medium utility–transport helicopter. It was jointly developed and manufactured by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) of Germany and Kawasaki of Japan. MBB was later purchased by Daimler-Benz and eventually became a part of Eurocopter, which was later rebranded as Airbus Helicopters.


On 25 February 1977, MBB and Kawasaki signed a cooperative agreement to abandon their independent efforts to design twin-engined general purpose helicopters in favour of a collaborative venture to development of a new rotorcraft for that role. While the programme's costs were shared equally, the workshare was divided into certain areas of the design. MBB utilised their expertise with the rigid rotor system used on the earlier Bo 105 to develop the majority of the dynamic systems and flight controls, while Kawasaki focused on the airframe, structural elements, and various other components. On 13 June 1979, MBB's flying prototype conducted its maiden flight at Ottobrunn, Bavaria, Germany; months later, it was followed by the Kawasaki prototype at Gifu, Chūbu region, Japan on 10 August 1979.


Each company established their own final assembly line, producing the BK 117 for their respective regions. The BK 117 has proven to be popular for passenger services and VIP-transport, the cabin can be outfitted with various seating configurations, seating between seven and ten passengers. It is also used for a diverse range of operations, such as aerial crane and sling work, law enforcement, and military transport, and is exceptional as an air ambulance and search and rescue platform. During the 1990s, due to its popularity, a refined derivative, initially marketed as the BK 117 C-2 before being rebranded as the EC 145 and later as the H145, was developed from the BK 117 C-1 version; this improved version of the rotorcraft has since succeeded the original BK 117 in production.

This is a Fork of the original BK117 from Flightgear. 

RELEASE NOTES:-

V1.45

Heli Autopilot V3 fitted. See in sim help before use.

Introduction of limited HDR compatibility.

V1.4

Instrumentation upgrades and  function improvements.

Updated interior sound FX for blade interaction and wind effects.

Bump mapping applied to the paint work.

Slight changes to the fuselage reflection effect.

Compositor  external lighting  now functional ( requires an FG version with the Compositor rendering enabled ).


V1.3

FDM - Slight changes for tail authority and payload for Long line use.

Long Line payload option available . For use with the Cargo Towing addon :- https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/fg ... wingAddon/

New Autopilot.

Updated main rotor animations.

SAR recovery script. Just for fun so you can recover your friends crashed chopper over Multiplayer.


V1.25

Fixed some instrument lighting issues.

Helimap now has a functional moving map in it.

Rotorwash on grass effect added ( requires ALS + Grass overlay to be active ).


V1.2

FDM tweaks.

Autopilot tweaks.

Changed the interior cabin texture to get rid of the spotty texture it had.

Emergency Floatation system available ( see aircraft help ).

Livery specific fuselage reflection.

Rain on Glass ALS effect.

Animated wipers.

FLIR view available on FLIR equipped aircraft configurations.


V1.1

Fixed the Autopilot, or lack of it to be more precise.

Autopilot modes that work:-

Heading, Heading bug, GPS heading, V speed, Alt hold.

Autopilot works best with the SAS disengaged or it fights against it.

Also, added crash n burn effects with the appropriate sound FX ( for mp as well ).

Updated the rotor dust effect to the latest mp compatible version.


V1.0

Changes over the original FG BK117:-

Extensively reworked cockpit.

New sound pack.

FGUK Advanced lighting kit

Multiple Mission configurations - all viewable over multiplayer including mission specific pilots/crew

Tuned FDM

Working Winch man.

Multiplayer passenger option.

15 liveries included. Optional HD versions available:-

http://www.fguk.eu/index.php/hangar/download/11-liveries/542-bk-117b2-hd-alternative-liveries

Suitable for FG 2016 + versions.