Development of the Airbus A380 for Microsoft Flight Simulator continues to go well by the FlyByWire Simulations team. The group of developers who are making the freeware Airbus aircraft has shared a short development update on how things are going. Specifically, the update showcases the new technology they are implementing to create a realistic looking wing flex on the giant wings.
With each wing weighing 50 ton on its own, the characteristics of each wing is very unique in the world of aviation. Couple that with the fact around 150 tonnes of fuel can be carried in each one, it means there’s a lot of mass being carried in one area. Therefore the physics of each wing drastically changes during all phases of flight. In order to replicate this effect, FlyByWire Simulations have been creating a custom wing-model that provides the most realistic wing flex possible.
Whilst there is still a lot of work to do, according to them at least, they wanted to share progress with the short YouTube video above. They said on their brief development update, “there’s still a lot of work to do, and the wing model is being reworked for full immersion, but we believe it’s the only way to bring you something as close as we possibly can to the real mighty A380!”
FlyByWire Simulations has been slowly showcasing the A380 over the past few weeks, giving us previews of the cockpit, exterior modelling and now some of the animations that will come with the freeware aircraft. With the team being present at this year’s FlightSimExpo, we expect to see more from them at the show. You can also read our original piece from when we spoke to them at FSWeekend last year.
As usual, FSElite will keep you updated on any development news.