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Aerosoft Update us On A330 and A320 64-bit Progress

It’s Friday and the past few weeks have see the Aerosoft forums become eerily quiet of A330 previews. As you well know by now, each Friday brought a small update detailing us the modelling work that had gone on. But fear not, as both Stefan and Mathijs have provided some insight into what is going on with the A330 and the other Airbus family aircraft by Aerosoft.

It’s no secret that Aerosoft have been working hard on bringing their Airbus series to Prepar3D V4. It’s been made clear several times that the update from 32-bit code to 64-bit won’t be a simple port. Stefan confirmed that the A318-A321 will receive a more “modernized modular” version of the software base. In addition to this, there has also been some big changes to the 3D modelling of the smaller Airbus family of aircraft. This has included a overhauled virtual cockpit model, which now preforms 30% better than the older version, even though the average resolution has also been increased. Furthermore, as P3DV4 requires a different shadow model on the ground, the wing and engines have now been included into the VC view – a much requested feature! Finally, the virtual cockpit has been adapted to suit HDR viewing so that the textures stay at the same colour and brightness levels. Stefan hopes to share some images next Friday.

From a systems point of view, Mathijs said that they have a ‘good deal of the code’ running in 64-bit and the A330 is coming along nicely. Furthermore, he said that they have seen the first good results from the new Connected Flight Desk system, which uses a server instead of P2P software.

Back to the A320 series, Mathijs wants to make it clear they decided not to do a quick port of the current models, but invested in importing all their new development technology. The elextrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and APU systems have all been completely rewritten. The MCDU and AP systems have also had ‘massive’ enhancements. With all these changes, the documentation will be updated.

For now, the A330 remains TBA on Aerosoft’s Prepar3D V4 compatibility list, whilst the A320 series is still listed for August 2017.

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Aerosoft A330 Video Sneak Preview – Taxi Preview

We’ve been subject to a few model teases over the past few months showcasing minor progress on the grander scheme of things with the Aerosoft A330. Well today brings a new sneak peak in the form of video! At least we can see the aircraft in motion for the first time, complete with sounds.

The Dude was extremely forthcoming in providing some video footage of the aircraft in its current “late alpha” state. As such, things are missing or functioning incorrectly. However, this is the first time we’ve heard the sound pack of the trent 700s as well as a glimpse of the flight deck complete with displays.

The video shows a short look at taxiing, and sadly no take off footage. This was simply to whet the appetite for hopefully more footage in the future.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’re certainly excited to see continued progress!

Aerosoft A330 Previews and Fuel System Information

Aerosoft continue to work on their upcoming A330 with modelling progressing with the cargo bays. As usual, Stefan’s work continues to impress and the level of detail is some of the best we’ve seen from Aerosoft. You can see his progress below, which he describes as the “forward hold is so far complete”. Work continues on the aft section, with walls covered and details in place.

Further to the update, Mathijs stepped in to provide information regarding a new feature for the Aerosoft line of products. In particular, he was asking the community what “temperature you would want the fuel to be when it’s loaded into the aircraft”.

He admitted the question sounded “silly”, but his logic is sound. Basically, the fuel temperature of the A330 will change during the flight depending on a host of features and calculations. Examples include the initial temperature, mass of the fuel, the ambient temp and the speed you’re moving. Even the inner tanks will cool down slower than the outer ones. It sounds complex and adds a degree of realism to their upcoming project.

As for why the question what temperature of the fuel when loaded, it matters as the world is a massive place with huge variation in conditions. Not only that, but the fuel storage will also impact the overall temperature of the magic aeroplane juice. Right now, Mathijs is suggesting that they should use ambient temperature -10 degrees for the initial temperature of the fuel. If you feel different head over to the Aerosoft forums to give them your opinion on what you believe would be best.

They’re willing to listen, so be sure to give them your opinion.

 

Aerosoft A330 Cabin Night Lighting Previews

Aerosoft are back again today with some new shots of their upcoming A330 for FSX and P3D.

Today, we’ve been shown some of the night lighting for the cabin in external view. Work is still to be completed on the lighting for the passenger windows, but as you can see, the galley sections are coming along nicely.

We won’t have any updates next week as the developer is working on some other stuff for the time being.

In the mean time, read Mathijs’ interview with us.

Aerosoft A330 Update – New Images

More previews of the Aerosoft A330 have surfaced.

As part of Developer Month, I mentioned how much I love how often Aerosoft showing off constant previews of their products and giving insight to the community on progress. A few days ago (sorry, we missed it), Aerosoft gave us some more preview pictures of the door and galley area of the A330.

Alongside the previews, a brief update on current beta testing progress was given. So far, switches in the virtual cockpit are being placed and finetuning to the FBW system is being made. Other areas like AOC, step climbs and AOC pages are also progressing well. There’s also been some talk of performance, with ‘The Dude’ claiming that FPS are already terrific!

As testing goes on, I’m sure more will be revealed and talked about.

Make sure you check out the Aerosoft forums for more updates.

Oh, don’t forget, we interviewed Mathijs a few weeks ago, so make sure you read that as well!

We have a new batch of testers that are checking the plane out as we speak. They are all very excited to fly the bird but as we are in an early alpha state there is a lot to be done.

A lot of VC switches must get a clickspot for example and we are finetuning the FBW. There after the VNAV part will get a lot of attention. Functions like ETP, constant Mach, holdings, Step climbs and AOC pages are coming along nicely.

The real brunt will be the betatesting that has not yet begun.

Oh yeah, did I already say that the FPS are terrific?

Aerosoft A330 previews

More A330 previes from Aerosoft! And it’s not even Friday yet! Crazy world…

Aerosoft have taken a short trip from Frankfurt to Munich in their new Bus . And during that trip they made sure to make some very cool screenshots of the A330 in action. Coolest thing yet? We finally get to see the dual MCDU in action! Very nice shots! We’re getting more and more excited for this addon.

Don’t forget to check out their forums to keep an eye on progress.

Calum loves how Aerosoft show off previews, which you can read about here.

Or you can read our interview with Mathijs Kok as part of Developer Month.

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Aerosoft A330X Connected Flight Deck – More Details

Aerosoft have been excellent in updating the community with their progress on the A330 and today, has been no different. We saw some more previews this week, but what’s got me excited is the next level of Connected Flight Deck that Aerosoft are bringing to the table! In a post on the forums from Mathijs, he gave some great insight into what we can expect when the A330 is out later this year.

First, he confirmed that during a team meeting that took place recently, things seem to “be on schedule”. Not sure which “schedule” as this was originally planned for 2015 (and then 2016), but whatever, it’s coming and seems to be moving at a nice pace! Afterwards, he posted some great new detail into the Connected Flight Deck.

So what features? Well, first, just to reiterate what was expected anyway, it’s 100% free. No ifs, no buts, completely free alongside the purchase of the Airbus A330. Something that is quite different from what they currently use on their A320 models is there is no need for to change settings for firewalls or routers. Makes a welcome change and is promised to be a “transparent” connection.  Not only that, but you can expect weather and time to be connected as well (although navigation databases will not be). What’s pretty exciting is the fact you can store ongoing flights and pick it up later (in the cloud) AND an optional voice channel as well. No longer will you need to rely on 3rd party applications just to do a checklist.

Moving on, if you’re unfamiliar with the aircraft and just want to kick back and chill, well now you and 49 of your mates can! Observer mode will allow you to do just that. Literally load the Sim and the plane, find a ‘session’ and sit back and relax as the pilots do all the work. Mathijs compared it to live streaming. Just instead of watching a video, up to 50 people can join your flights and be in the cockpit with you. This is INSANELY cool and will allow VAs to perform ‘check flights’ and give people a chance to learn exciting and challenging approaches without fear of doing something wrong. A great learning tool.

Of course, the immediate concern is the usual: frame rate, VAS and lag. According to Aerosoft, the code isn’t a megabyte in size and will use cores not used by Flight Sim. The amount of data without voice chat is tiny. Of course, I think the concern is if 50 people are all in the same connection, it will vary depending on who has the best speed. As for your online networks, the CFD is “100% compatible” and can be ran at the same time.

I’ll quote from Mathijs on how it’s all used:

How it is used

  1. Start a session (by the Captain): Use the drop down menu option, type in a description, select [PUBLIC] or [CLOSED] and click [HOST]. That’s all.
  2. Join a session as First Officer: Use the drop down menu to select a session and select [JOIN AS FIRST OFFICER].  The Captain will need to confirm. That’s all, no IP addresses to enter to rules to enter in your router.
  3. Join a session as observer: Use the drop down menu, select [JOIN AS OBSERVER]. This is only possible for public sessions.

Finally, as you don’t need to login anywhere, there’s no concern for data and security. All the information is kept within the sim, and compared to weather engines, does the same thing. If you use the “Temporary Store” option, it will stay there for 2 weeks and then vanish.

Aerosoft also want to assure you it’s not some form of DRM to find out who has pirated the software as it will work just fine for pay customers and those who…don’t pay.

So there we go, loads of detail and great stuff to come. I hope it’s as smooth as it sounds because I think some FSElite A330 flights would be pretty damn cool!

Aerosoft A330 – Interior Table Preview

UPDATE 03 Feb 2017: Been some concerns with VAS etc. We’ve been assured that it will have minimal impact due to the low poly count of the modelling. Also, it hasn’t packed development time at all, as it was done for a bit of fun during the specific developer’s downtime.

 

We stopped doing weekly updates on the A330 a while ago, but this caught my attention and thought it would be worth sharing as it is a little different.

So the team shown off some renders for in-flight entertainment for the pilots during the flight. This included a “newspaper”, a coffee and some other bits all laid out on the pilots tray. The modelling itself looks pretty basic, but Mathijs described a bit of interaction that can happen during the flight.

 

 

So during less busy phases of flight, such as cruise, the paper and telephone will appear. However when things get busier, you will just see the checklist underneath.

It gets more interesting when coffee is involved! There will be sound effects and even the door chime along with the image of a cabin crew standing outside of the door (as per many airline’s SOP). It doesn’t mean you’ll get virtual coffee vouchers, or that a you’ll feel more awake, it’s just another quirk of the Aerosoft products which help to immerse you that little bit more.

It’s been confirmed that this will be rolled out across all 5 Airbus products when the A330 is released.

 

Aerosoft Show First A330 Screenshots of 2017

The first Aerosoft A330 preview screenshots of 2017 have appeared over the Aerosoft forums.

A quick progress check showing off the details on the lower wing parts of the giant aircraft. Stefan was quick to inform us that work is currently focusing on flap track fairings as well as rivets. For those counting, yes the number of rivets are correct as photography of the wing was taken in extremely high detail!

More information to come for soon.

Why are we covering this after we said no more A330 until something significant?

Personally, after a long-ish break from updates, first screens of the new year were kind of exciting!