Mathijs Kok has shared a small statement on the current development status of their long-awaited A330 Professional. In the forums, Mathijs spoke about some of the things going well with development as well as one of the biggest show stoppers right now. He also commented a little on their stance on Microsoft’s upcoming sim, Flight Simulator 2020.
“Things are going well,” Mathijs opened his forum post with. According to him, the team are mostly working on enhancing the systems for the EFB, which will handle the manuals, flows, checlists and also Navigprah and NavDatapro charts. He said that this work has been “time consuming, but [is] all doable.” They have seen few minor issues with the co-pilot working with GSX level 2, but they believe these issues can be solved soon.
Whilst that does paint some good news, it was then met with a bit of information on what is currently being regarded as a “show stopper.” As announced before, the Aerosoft A330 will make sure of TFDi Design’s RealLight to enhance the night lighting in the cockpit. However, it doesn’t yet work with Prepar3D V4.5 when PBR is used in the optimal way. As mentioned before, the team want to make sure that PBR is implemented throughout the aircraft and not just a simple layer over the existing model. It is said that this will make for better performance for the end-user. Aerosoft are hoping that both TFDi Design and Lockheed Martin are able to resolve this issue soon. However, he did say that in a few weeks, we will see some images showing off the difference with the new PBR applied.
Finally, Mathijs spoke about different simulators the aircraft could come to. Right now there are no plans for an X-Plane version. However, he did say that “when the software allows it [we] are very interested in a version for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.” This isn’t the first time he has alluded to being open about bringing the A330 to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. When we spoke to Mathijs, he said that “as you know we work on every flight sim platform, FS2004, FSX, XP11, AFS2 and soon World Of Aircraft, so it would make no sense if we would avoid a massive new platform.” Right now, the only confirmed platform for the A330 Professional is Prepar3D V4.
Based on Microsoft’s current developer roadmap for FS2020, we may see further information regarding third party support next week.
Head to the Aerosoft forum preview to check out the whole thread. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any further information.