It is good to hear that you are planing to contribute. I hope the AC-130
goes well. My thoughts are that the AC-130 is a bit of a large project to
start of with. I am in a similar situation to you, just starting off in
flightgear and the learning curve is pretty steep.
Perhaps you should start off simple, perhaps run through the cub or build a
simple plane. Perhaps you could tart off with a simple AC-130 but design it
to be extensible. In any case taking such a large project straight away is
a bit ambitious.
Goodluck with your AC-130, I hope it all goes well.
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