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.