All of the FSX models and most of the FS2004 models on this site
were designed by Jean-Pierre Brisard.
JP, as he was known to us, contacted PAD in 2004 with a view to
co-operating on some partially completed models of a CRJ700
and Socata TB10 that he was working on. His obvious skills with
FSDS design tools and his willingness to work with us as part
of a team soon led to him becoming a full time PAD designer.
When Barry retired due to poor health JP also set himself the task
of learning panel design and XML programming.
JP was a retired industrial architect and his keen eye for design
showed in the FS models that he made.
As well as an interest in aviation JP was a keen sailor and at one
time owned an ocean going yacht which he crewed with his family.
It is an indication of his modesty and generosity that he insisted on
staying in the background of PAD, providing whatever models we
asked him to make, he never imposed his wishes or preferences.
Nothing was too much trouble for him and he enjoyed finding solutions
for tricky problems when they arose.
JP passed away suddenly on 20th July 2011, he was working on a
new model until the day before.
We were fortunate to have him as a friend and colleague for seven
years and I know from the tributes paid to him that the wider flight
simulator community also appreciated his talent .
Barry passed away on 3rd October 2012 after a long battle with heart
disease and diabetes.
Aviation played a large part in Barry’s life from an early age. As a youngster he joined the Civil Air Patrol and as soon as he was able he joined the U.S.A.F. He flew F-100 Super Sabres and F-105 Thunder-
chiefs on combat missions in Vietnam. He was invalided out of the
USAF after being seriously wounded when his F-105 was shot down
by a SAM missile. He evaded capture and after recuperation he
joined the US Army and trained as an observation and gun ship pilot
flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He returned to the front
line in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. During his time in the Army he also
acquired his airborne wings.
When his flying career was ended by a heart attack Barry took up
virtual aviation as a hobby and started to design models for FS5.
Barry’s design period spanned seven versions of MSFS from FS5
through to FSX and on the flightsim.com web site there are over
1,100 model files bearing his name.
Barry founded Premier Aircraft Design in 1995 and led the team until
2008 when poor health forced him to take a back seat.
As well as the sheer volume of his work Barry will be remembered for
the kind and patient way he encouraged new designers and painters
who asked him for help and advice.