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NEWS! - Aircraft Updated : Leonardo Aermacchi M-346 AJT v1.0.0_1r1 by Deltawing


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Of all the excellent releases since the start of the year 2024, a few really stood out, but one was simply sensational and showed off the X-Plane 12 Simulator at it's maximum capacity. This was the European Trainer Leonardo Aermacchi M-346 AJT by Deltawing, brilliant it is, breathless even.


The M-346 is designed for the main role of a lead-in fighter trainer, in which aircraft's performance and capabilities are used to deliver pilot training for the latest generation of combat fighter aircraft. Powered by a pair of Honeywell/ITEC F124-GA-200 turbofan engines of 28 kN (6,300 lbf) thrust each, and designed to reduce acquisition and operating costs, the M-246 is capable of transonic flight without using an afterburner.


As good and comprehensive the initial release was, there was always going to be a developer follow up to do adjustments and address the few bugs outstanding. And here it is with the update version of v1.0.0_1r1.


Like the aircraft the update is very comprehensive. It has three sections; Fixes, Additions and Improvements. In "Additions" there is now a more realistic canopy open/close switch and Pressure lever. and a better Realistic Nose Wheel Steering system....  (I found the nosewheel didn't turn very wide), so it is related to this. There were added in more "Format" pages into the three MFDs (Multi-Function Display), covering the CNI, COMM1 SET & LIST, VOR/ILS SET & LIST, TACAN SET & LIST and Implementation of the IFF SET MFD format page.


There are also Flight Model and Autopilot Improvements. Thrust and Drag, Airfoils Behaviour and Roll & Pitch rate improvements. Particle and Sound Adjustments...   and a Plus+ is the new extra livery "BLUE".
 ⁃ Fixed LEF working according to AOA when TEF or Gear is down.
 ⁃ Fixed Speed Brake limiter when full flaps to be 40 Degrees instead of 50.
 ⁃ Fixed GHD display not using the standby barometric setting.
 ⁃ Fixed LEF and TEF Markings on the fuselage to show the correct positions.
 ⁃ Fixed COMM1, COMM2, TACAN, VOR/ILS & IFF format pages on both UFCP and MFDs to not show if the corresponding system is not operating.
 ⁃ Fixed Elec System not powering down the displays some times.
 ⁃ Fixed AoA HUD symbol during Landing to much 8 minimum, 10 optimal and 12 maximum AoA.
 ⁃ Fixed FPM, CDM, FRL HUD indication.
 ⁃ Fixed Roll Axis being on the bottom of the plane.
 ⁃ Fixed Ailerons and Elevators providing braking during landing.
 ⁃ Fixed black clouds coming out of the engine.
 ⁃ Fixed Blank spaces in all displays.
 ⁃ Fixed mach indication on CADI.
 ⁃ Fixed turbine rotation animation.
 ⁃ Fixed internal and external fuel to match the real jet.
 ⁃ Implementation of a realistic canopy open/close switch and Pressure lever.
 ⁃ Implementation of a realistic Nose Wheel Steering system.
 ⁃ Implementation of the CNI MFD format page.
 ⁃ Implementation of the COMM1 SET & LIST MFD format page.
 ⁃ Implementation of the VOR/ILS SET & LIST MFD format page.
 ⁃ Implementation of the TACAN SET & LIST MFD format page.
 ⁃ Implementation of the IFF SET MFD format page.
 ⁃ Implementation of a realistic Anti-Ice system.
 ⁃ Implementation of 53 authentic sound warnings.
 ⁃ Flight Model Improvements.
 ⁃ Autopilot Improvements.
 ⁃ CTR adjustment on all displays.
 ⁃ Thrust and Drag Improvements.
 ⁃ Airfoils Behaviour Improvements.
 ⁃ Roll & Pitch rate improvements.
 ⁃ MFDs System Overhaul.
 ⁃ COMM1 & 2 format pages on UFCP more accurate representation.
 ⁃ Refuel probe state is now being saved after changing it.
 ⁃ Extra Free livery.
 ⁃ Textures adjustments.
 ⁃ 3D adjustments.
 ⁃ Particles adjustments.
 ⁃ Sound adjustments.
X-PlaneReviews did a comprehensive review of the Aermacchi M-346 release here:

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This is a totally value priced simulation for under US$40 and now newly updated. What you are getting here is the total best of both worlds, higher quality and systems, for that very credible price. The Deltawing Aermacchi M-346 certainly delivers massively in both or all areas. It's nice to fly and nicely balanced as well... but the thing that comes across more than anything in the Aermacchi is the higher realism...  with projects like these, the real world gap to simulation is closing in even more....   Highly Recommended!



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Yes! the Leonardo Aermacchi M-346 AJT v1.0.0_1r1 by Deltawing Simulations is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


Leonardo Aermacchi M-346 AJT

On sale: US$39.95


Main Features:

  • Highly detailed 3d exterior model
  • Highly detailed 3d cockpit model
  • Highly detailed landing gear system
  • Highly detailed pilot figures
  • Dual cockpit
  • Custom remove before flight objects
  • Custom particles system
  • Realistic FMOD custom sounds
  • 4K textures
  • Realistic startup sequence
  • Custom cockpit lights
  • Custom external lights
  • Custom external fuel tanks (droppable)
  • Fully custom electronics system
  • Fully custom environmental system
  • Fully custom autopilot
  • Fully custom Fly-By-Wire system
  • 3 individual fully custom MFD displays, as close to the original as possible
  • Supports Skunkcraft updater
  • 11free 4K highly detailed liveries included
  • Supports VR


X-Plane 12 (not for XP11)
Windows, Mac (M1 and M2 are supported) or Linux
8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 800 MB
Current version: 1.0.0_1r1  (March 6th 2024)



NEWS! by Stephen Dutton

9th March 2024

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(Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All Rights Reserved


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