Since the last MSFS update, the Dash8 Q400 freeware posted on Flightsim.to has had an issue where the engines will not start. I have found a workaround for this, but it is a bit of a hassle and includes using slew mode. I have posted this solution here. This issue has been happening for over a month now, and the creator has not provided a fix or replied to any of the comments raising the issue, so it seems like the project has now been abandoned.
Would there be a way to turn this plane into something like the ATR 72 Community Version, creating a separate aircraft based off the same base model but improving things like flight dynamics and fixing bugs like the problems with the engines? The creator also made the original ATR 72 mod, which was improved in the ATR 72 Community Version. There is currently a Dash8 Improvement Mod which is amazing, and improves flight dynamics and adds doors and jetway functionality. However, the creator unfortunately does not know how to solve the issues with the engines.
I make liveries for this plane and it's a bit of a shame that it has now become obsolete in many people's eyes. I know that making an aircraft is not at all easy, let alone do I know if fixing the issue is even possible, however I would be extremely grateful if somebody takes on the challenge. There is a chance somebody will complete this request, however it is not that likely, therefore we can only wait for a payware Dash8 to be released without these problems.