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Cremonasoft Airbus A310: The FSElite Review

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PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Cremonasoft
Purchase From
X-Plane.org
Price
$59.95
BUY HERE
Version Reviewed
1b
Press Copy Provided By
Self Purchased
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

We really are in the golden age of the classics within the X-Plane community at the moment. We’ve recently had FlyJSim update both their 732 Twinjet and 727 Series, while we have Felis working on a 747 Classic, along with Rotate’s MD-11 looking like it may make a release in 2019. We were also recently graced with the Cremonasoft A310, which was announced drawing much anticipation from the community looking to get into a classic Airbus. Following the release some days later, the criticism started flowing in. In this FSElite review, we’re going to take a closer look at the aircraft and find out if the criticism was justified.

The A310 was the successor to the first ETOPS-compliant aircraft, the A300. Both were designed for medium-to-long range use by Airbus, which was then a joint-venture between a number of European aerospace companies. Following the prototype’s maiden flight in 1982, Airbus sold 255 of the model to a number of commercial and military operators before being discontinued in 2007 and existing freighter orders being replaced with the A330-200F.

 
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Finally, X-Plane is getting a taste of old Airbus technology, as – courtesy of CremonaSoft – an A310 is announced. Being one of Airbus’ first developments, the A310 was first introduced in April 1983 with Swissair. With a range of 5,150nmi, the A310-304 is powered by two General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, which are set to be faithfully recreated in this product, among many other aspects of the aircraft:

  • Accurate 3D model (Including Guages and Cabin)
  • 4K and PBR textures
  • Door animations
  • Custom APU, electrical and pneumatic simulations
  • Fuel system logic simulation
  • Accurate weight distribution and flight model
  • Custom sounds
  • Airbus flight phase logic included
  • Custom PFD, ND and ECAM systems
  • Custom Vertical Velocity Indicator (VVI)
  • Independent pilot/ co-pilot electronics for shared cockpit operations
  • Multiple autopilot modes including autoland and Control Wheel Steering mode

CremonaSoft will also include a plethora of documentation as well as 5 default liveries:

  • Airbus House colours (F-WZLK)
  • Air Transat (C-GSAT)
  • Air Jamaica (N837AB)
  • S7 Airlines (VP-BSZ)
  • Luftwaffe, Hans Grade (10+26)

The developers have stated that they intend to expand the feature list for the product over the course of future updates and are working to include a custom Sperry FMS with autopilot integration. Unfortunately, the post did not include confirmation of a price or release date, so we’ll just have to wait and see, although it has been confirmed that the A310-304 will be available for both X-Plane 10.5+ and 11.

 
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