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Developer Month: FlightFactor – The Best X-Plane Airliners?

The month of March is special for the team at FSElite, we are dedicating this month to the developers! A way of saying thanks for all the continuous development of products that really make flight simulation a truly unique and captivating experience. This article covers one of the most popular developers for X-Plane, a sim not heavily focused on here, but that’s about to change.


The Team

To the P3D/FSX community, FlightFactor might be a little shy of the limelight, but in X-Plane, they are the best in Airline simulation.

FlightFactor Aero is a team of experienced designers from across the world. It all began in 2011 when Roman, or “Ramzzess” as he is better known by in the community, and Phillip teamed up to create FlightFactor. Roman is best known for the stunning 3D modelling presented in the FlightFactor aircraft, utilizing the SASL engine to create stunning visuals and effects that bring the aircraft to life. Phillip on the other hand is better known for meticulously crafting the plugins and avionics and ultimately detailing the systems to address the hardcore sim enthusiasts.

Together, the team has over 15 years of experience creating models for X-Plane and will remain to continue creating high quality planes for X-Plane.


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Aerosoft on Airbus Products: No SP4, A32X 2017 Edition and AXXX 2017 Edition

Despite the fact we haven’t heard from Aerosoft in a while regarding their A330, Mathiks Kok has updated us with Aerosoft’s plans for the next year in regards to their Airbus line of products. We’ve been all aware that the A330 probably wasn’t going to be out this year, so a 2017 is now confirmed. What’s most interesting is that Mr. Kok has “dropped the idea” of doing the 4th Service Pack to the Aerosoft Airbus A32x family. Saying that it made “little sense” as all of the Airbus systems are now “standardised” so making it suit a specific aircraft will be a simple change to a config file.

As a result, 2017 will bring us a range of “2017 Edition” aircraft. The results are below:

  • Aerosoft Airbus A330 (2017 edition)
  • Aerosoft Airbus A318/A319 (2017 edition)
  • Aerosoft Airbus A320/A321 (2017 edition)
  • Aerosoft Airbus Axxx (hopefully 2017 edition)

Of course, as with all current Aerosoft products, you don’t pay for the same file twice. So if you already own the Aerosoft Airbus A318/319 range, then you’ll pay simply an ‘upgrade’ price.

Something that hasn’t escaped our attention is the inclusion of an “Aerosoft Airbus Axxx”. I remember Mr. Kok talking about the possibility of an A350, but I can’t imagine there’s enough data (or time) to release it in 2017.  It also doesn’t fit in with the fact it’s Axxx and not A3xx, suggesting it may be something other than a commercial Airbus aircraft.

Whatever it is, just makes us more and more excited for 2017.


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.

First External Images of Aerosoft A318 Research Edition

Aerosoft recently announced that they will be bringing to the masses a form of ‘open beta’ to test some new functionality to their range of Airbus of aircraft – in particular their A330.

The test bed for this experimental aircraft will come in the A318 form.

Below you can see the first P3D external images of the new Aerosoft A318: Research Edition

The A318:RE will be released later this month, with updates every couple of weeks.

FS2Crew: Aerosoft A320 Global FO Voice Pack Released

The team who provides the best virtual friend you can get in your aircraft, FS2Crew have released an expansion pack to their successful and damn good Airbus X Voice Control.

The virtual co-pilot will help you achieve the ultimate realism (outside of shared cockpit) in following SOPs and flows. With their new Global FO expansion pack, you’ll be able to communicate with a variety of accents from all over the world.

Costing 19.95eur, you can buy it now from FS2Crew’s website.

Flight Sim Labs A320 Released for FSX!

After a long and highly and ‘lengthy’ wait, the highly anticipated FlightSim Labs A320 has been released for FSX!

The FSLabs A320 includes an entirely custom animated external model, a complete 2D panel set and a fully immersive 3D virtual cockpit, which allows for an in-depth  realistic experience.  In the future there are many planned features for the FSLabs A320 such as  a robust Flight Management and Guidance System (FMGS) with proper SID/STAR tracking; lateral and vertical flight management which follows the ARINC 424-19 specification in full detail; the entire range of aircraft systems; and the complete custom Fly-By-Wire implementation featured in the actual aircraft.  The FSLabs A320 is  a pinnacle of simulation fidelity in add-on aircraft for Microsoft FSX  and Prepar3D!

Although at the moment there is no Prepar3D Version (However the P3D Version has entered beta). It is expected to be released for Prepar3D in the coming months, at a slightly higher cost than the FSX Version, but however will be worth it for such an excellent addon! In the future there are plans to cover the A318,A319 and A321. There are also plans to add Sharklets to the FSL A320 in the future. (The FSL A320 only has winglets at this moment).

This is a truly momentous day for flight simulation, never before has an Airbus product like this been released before for FSX! I personally cannot wait for the Prepar3D release (Being a virtual pilot in the skies EZY and BAW) this will truly provide everything I  could dream for in an A320 and I look forward to investing many many many happy hours into this magnificent creation!

Ensure to keep updated about the FSLA320 here at FSElite and await for our review on this product if you are unsure about purchasing it!

Pick up this excellent product for 99.95 USD from the FlightSimLabs store today!

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Airbus A318/319/320/321 HD Virtual Cockpit Released

Aerosoft’s Emanuel Hagen has today released his long awaited fan project to improve the texture resolution of Aerosoft’s Airbus series of aircraft. This HD texture set focuses on the virtual cockpit, and by the looks of it, he has been an amazing job.

As the texture size has been increased to 2048px, there is an additional load on VAS usage of 100-150mb in Prepar3d, but for the additional quality, this is to be expected.

You can download the A318/A319 set here and the A320/A321 set here.

They’re both free to download and use (at your own risk), but seeing as he spent over 150 hours on this project, I think it’s fair to say a donation for his hard work wouldn’t go unwarranted.

There’s a few notes to read before you rush and download (found after the jump).

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Aerosoft Are Having ‘Inside Discussions’ On Future Airbus Aircraft

We haven’t had much in the way of A330 previews lately, but some interesting tid-bits have been spotted on the Aerosoft forums.

User PaLx78 asked:

Since in real life Airbus has started to produce the next generation of the A330 series, “NEO” -800 , -900 versions. Regarding pictures and tech sheets I googled, a lot of the A350 technology, such as wings, engines and cockpit…, will be adapted to the A330 Neo. Can we expect Aerosoft to develop such a product in a near future or perhaps make upgrades to the current model. Any inside discussions about it ? Cheers

Surprisingly, Mathijs replied with the following:

But inside discussons? Yes.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of further Airbus aircraft coming out after the A330, but this is the first time we’ve had some idea where Aerosoft could take the series in the future.

This is by no means confirmation, but it’s reassuring to know that Aerosoft could possibly bring these new aircraft to a Sim.