Black Square Duke development update

Black Square Simulations has released a development update for the piston and turbine Duke for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The Black Square Duke is due to release in March 2024.
The Black Square Duke is due to release in March 2024. Black Square

The developer, Nick Cyganski, explained a lot of work has been done on new features for the Dukes over the last few months. Many of these new features will also find their way into earlier Black Square releases in future updates.

A new in-cockpit EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) tablet is a sophisticated interface for monitoring aircraft systems in Microsoft Flight Simulator. This includes configuration options, payload and fuel management, piston and live status pages for the engines, electrical schematic, cabin environmental system and failure options. It features real-time graphical representations of some of the most complex systems in general aviation aircraft so they can be more readily understood by experienced and novice simulator pilots alike.

Black Square has modelled external animations such as chocks, doors and engine plugs.
Black Square has modelled external animations such as chocks, doors and engine plugs. Black Square

The Piston Duke will also feature Black Square's new reciprocating engine simulation, which completely overhauls engine starting and propeller feathering, in addition to the fouling, vapour lock, flooding, backfire and turbocharger simulations featured in previous Black Square aircraft. The crankshaft is now driven by the physics of cylinder compression, fuel ignition, propeller drag and friction. Propeller feathering now depends on engine oil pressure and is affected by oil temperature.

The EFB features detailed schematics of the aircraft's system.
The EFB features detailed schematics of the aircraft's system. Black Square

The Piston Duke will also feature instrument 'stiction' and friction physics, meaning that needles can become temporarily stuck and unstick with engine vibration. The instrument's glass can be tapped to free a sticky needle and get a more accurate reading. All gyroscopes in Black Square's aircraft are now physics-based, driven by a coupled quadrature oscillator. Electric and pneumatic gyroscopes behave differently as they spin up and down and precess with the motion of the aircraft.

Black Square has partnered with Boris Audio Works for the entire Duke soundscape. For example, while starting the engines, you will hear individual layered sounds, each controlled by an underlying simulation, from the starter solenoid to the friction on the flywheel.

Support for the KLN-90B GPS navigator will be added.
Support for the KLN-90B GPS navigator will be added. Black Square

The freeware KLN-90B GPS navigator, developed by Falcon71, is supported. It is one of the more accurate pieces of avionics for MSFS. The Dukes will also support PMS50 GTN 650 and TDS GTNxi 650s, providing 12 hot-swapping avionics combinations. Avionics selection has also been moved to the tablet interface, which offers more reliable hot-swapping and easier selection for multiple GPS providers.

The Piston Duke and Turbine Duke are planned to release concurrently in March this year. The two aircraft will be available separately and also as a discounted bundle. More information is available on Just Flight's in-development section.