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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!

FSLabs Release A320-X v1.0.1.196 for Prepar3d and FSX

Since release, FSLabs have worked tirelessly to continue updating the A320-X based on user feedback. Today, they have released a new update which brings compatibility with the latest Prepar3d 3.4 hotfix, as well as some new features and fixes.

Here’s a quick rundown for you:

The AOC service has been improved to use less processing power on the CPU.

Fuel in the aircraft will no longer be effected by third-party applications.

The FMGC has had a significant amount of updates and fixes. The biggest feature is now the A320-X accurately handles circle-to-land procedures – something promised for SP1, but has been rolled out sooner. Other fixes include various logic fixes for vertical paths, later T/D detection and DEP RWY naming structure. Mach cruising fuel prediction has also been tuned.

The team have also worked on some new sound features including the ability to play the sound when Prepar3d looses window focus. Not sure if this is been carried over to FSX, but we imagine it has.

FSElite Exclusive: FSLabs A320-X First Impressions – Part 1

Something else pretty major is the way the brakes are handled in the A320-X. A new MCDU option page has been added to allow users to adjust the settings. FSLabs have stated that the logic between keyboard/joystick button braking has been modified, which has resulted in a much smoother experience in all surface conditions. It’s worth noting that braking is now dynamic depending on whether the runway is dry, wet or contaminated with ice or snow.

Other fixes include code optimization for a smoother frame rate and there’s been a fix for a memory leak when selecting an MCDU sub-system and then heading back to the menu page.

There are plenty of other key fixes as well, so check out the forums for the full detail.

Before you install, FSLabs advise that you backup any modified files you have made. This includes the A320ThrustLevers.ini and A320XGauges.ini files.

To update, head to your redownload area, download and install.

Don’t forget to read our FSLabs A320-X First Impressions; Part 1. Part 2 will be available soon!

PMDG 747 v3 release imminent

So just a few minutes ago, Robert Randazzo posted another update regarding the new 747 v3 on the PMDG General Forum over on Avsim. Boy is this a big one.

The update reads:

“Captains,

“Ladies and gentlemen, we will begin boarding PMDG Flight Operations, flight number 1 shortly.  Your flight today will operated onboard our brand new flagship 747-400 Queen of the Skies II, flagship.  We are just waiting on the crew to finish their preflight checks… We will have more information for you shortly!””

For more information, stay tuned to FSElite.

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!

FSElite 2016 User Awards

To celebrate the start of 2017, we take a look back at some of the “Best-of” 2016. Everything from aircraft, and scenery to utility and publisher of the year.

The selection below was carefully picked by the FSElite team, and we’re looking to YOU to pick the best from the best.

All the products below have been released or updated in 2016. We’ve narrowed it down to 5 per category to make the selection easier. Of course, some names may appear more than once, and we’ve tried to make it as varied and fair as possible. Not everything and everyone’s favourite is here, but hopefully there’s a good selection to pick from.

By submitting your name and email address, and completing the form, we’ll enter you into a competition to win some free Flight Sim merchandise!

Use the Google form below.

Voting will close on February 10th 2017 at 2030zulu!

(If it doesn’t work, then follow this link): https://goo.gl/forms/lO1TlpKKMsPklFU83

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MilViz release T-50 Bobcat

MilViz have released their latest military aircraft, the T-50 Bobcat. This little aircraft produced in 1940 saw an incredible rise in its popularity due to its construction requirements. However, after WW2 the popularity quickly declined and were considered obsolete in 1949.

The T-50 comes with a lot of detail and features from MilViz. There is a radio range system, a fully functional simulation of the Low Frequency Radio Range system. This is an early radio navigational system beginning in the 1930’s until replaced by VHF band VOR navigation in the 1950’s. The aircraft also comes with support for MilViz’ MVAMS (Milviz Aircraft Management System) that allows you to easily change configuration settings about your aircraft. Last but not least is the support for multiple avionics packages from different parties. The aircraft is available for FSX and Prepar3d. You can get the T-50 for $39.99 from the MilViz site, although there is a limited introductory price the first week that takes $10 off this price.

Win Aerosoft Airbus A320/321

Thanks to Real Flight Shop

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As part of our FSElite Christmas Giveaway, we’re offering you the chance to win some great prizes. You can win the prize below simply be signing up with your first name, last name and email. Check out our COMPETITION PAGE for more prizes that may be available.

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Contest Rules & Disclaimer

- Competition closes 72 hours after it opens
- You must submit your real first name and surname. We require a real email address to inform the winner the good news
- The product will be delivered within a reasonable timeframe through FSElite
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Why do we want this?

Simply so we can verify that the entry is legit and ensure that the winner is selected fairly. We won’t use the information to spam you.

How to win?

Except Orbx’s Catalina, all you need to do is enter the Contest Hopper entry. Just your name and email address is all we need. A random winner will be chosen 72 hours after the contest opens, so you need to be quick!

So for example, if the contest opens at 10:00am (zulu) on Saturday 10th December 2016, the contest will CLOSE at 10:00am (zulu) on Tuesday 13th 2016.

Want more chances to win?

That’s easy. The more you share, the more you can win! For every person who signs up with their name and email address via your ‘sharing link,’ you’ll automatically gain an extra 2 entries into the contest.

So for example, if you submit your email, share and your friend signs up, you will have 3 entries for the price of 1. Your friend, will still have 1 vote so you’ll still have more chance to win! (Unless of course your friend shares, in which case you need to continue sharing!)

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A HUGE thank you to Real Flight Shop for sponsoring this fantastic opportunity, as well as ALL of the developers and publishers.

Orbx, JustSim, UK2000 Scenery, TOGA Projects, FSFX Packages, TFDi Designs, HiFi, ImagineSim, Turbulent Designs, JustFlight and MORE.

We honestly couldn’t do it without all of their hardwork and dedication so we really urge you to check out their work.

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.

Rumour: QualityWings Beta Testing Starts Early December

With the announcement of QualityWings now working on the manual of their highly anticipated 787, we have managed to source from one of the testers that final beta testing will begin early in December. Although December 4th 2016 was given as a date, no further details were given. With the QW787 development being quite lengthy, this date may jump around, but we’re confident that this information is true and accurate.

We’re anticipating final beta testing to start December 4th or so. That date can change, but fingers crossed.

Quality Wings 787 Tester

Given the environment in, we’re unable to disclose exact details publicly. Within FSElite, we have confirmed the details and verified their credentials.

We look forward to announcing early in December the beta announcement!