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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!

Aerosoft A330 Preview 25 Nov 2016

Aerosoft have kept their tradition of revealing preview screenshots of their up and coming A330.

Extremely similar to what we’ve seen before, we can see that the Dragonair livery is getting lots of use. This time, we can see some detail in the tail.

Posted by Stefan, he explains that the details have now been completed for the A330-300. Despite the challenges of creating a complex part of the aircraft, he is now happy with the tail and will be moving onto the last section – the wings. Because the area is so large and he has to complete the research, it will take longer than the usual 5 days. This may mean no screenshot update next week.

Finally, he said that there will be a detailed paintkit manual come release, which we’re expecting to take place in 2017.

Until we see something new from Aerosoft, these will be the last shots FSElite post.

Keep an eye on the Aerosoft forums for more details.

Black Box Simulation Widebody Updated to v0.85.2

After the launch of the Black Box Simulation Widebody package last month, the team have been busy working hard ensuring the product is stable. As a result, the Black Box Simulation Widebody package has been updated to version v0.85.2.

Whilst the full fix list has yet to be shown to us, you can download it from the link here.

Of course, why not read our brand new “Should you buy It?” article to see if it’s worth your money. Or you can just try their demo. Choice is yours.

Blackbox Simulation Support Centre Now Open!

After the recent V0.85 update A LOT of you headed over to the BlackBox Simulation Facebook page to get technical support with certain aspects of the product, but unfortunately it appeared Facebook wasn’t an effective way of handling so Blackbox have made a Customer Support Centre.

It takes the layout of a forum where questions can be answered, or problems can be solved. BBS have learned that Facebook and 8,000 + needing technical support isn’t the most effective way of helping people, so this ‘Support Centre’ will be an effective way of helping people, so Kudos to them!

This will be a great way of handling questions about the A330/40 BBS package as it provides solutions and answers to FAQ’s in one place. It also means that problems are solved much faster additionally it stops people asking the same question over and over again.

Try out the Support Centre here and stay tuned for further BBS updates here at FSElite!

 

 

BlackBox Widebody update v0.85.1

BlackBox Simulation has informed us that they have released v0.85.1 of their WideBody package. This update aims to fix issues some users were reporting related to registration. Good to see that BlackBox is so quick with pushing out an update to make sure everyone can enjoy their latest update. Users that have purchased this product will receive their update through an e-mail send out by BBS or their vendor of choice. Users that have purchased this package at SimMarket will need to contact BlackBox Simulations. You can check out the full post including a complete change log over here.

 

BlackBox Simulations released v0.85 of their WideBody package last week and is a major update including new and updated textures, models and a brand-new pre-flight manager amongst other things.

More Aerosoft A330 Interior Preview Shots

…but it’s not Friday!

In response to comments posted by Black Box Simulation on Facebook, Aerosoft have taken the time to post some fantastic looking shots from the cockpit of their upcoming A330.

Although the displays are still not shown to be active (we know that they are), we can see the MCDU taking shape (and notice the split information across the three!).

Combine this with their recent shots of the exterior modelling, things in the widebodied Airbus arena are heating up.

In the mean time, why not pick up the recently released v0.85 copy of the Black Box Simulation Airbus series.