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News! - Aircraft Update : King Air 350 v1.5 by AirFoilLabs

 

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The Airfoillabs team, an X-Plane 11 addon developer from Brno, Czech Republic has released the v1.5 update of their King Air 350. The team from Airfoillabs has spent quite a bit of time in this update release focusing on the physical model, avionics, performance and general handling of their airplane. The 5th in line, this update introduces a new Quick Look feature, which allows the Pilot to use predefined views to navigate around the flightdeck. This feature should significantly reduce the workload for the pilot during critical phases of the flight. The KA350 is based on the new technology XJet plugin system.

 

Changelog v1.5 is quite extensive

  • NEW FEATURE - Views - New Quick Look system.
  • NEW FEATURE - Quick view mapping, pilot does not have to hold the key to stay in outside view
  • NEW FEATURE - Torque. The aircraft is now less prone to over torque.
  • NEW FEATURE - Switches. When switched to single momentarily, surface de-ice is powered for 10s until the de-ice cycle completes.
  • NEW FEATURE - Switches. The Exit switches are now spring loaded to the neutral/middle position.
  • NEW FEATURE - Switches. The voltmeter is spring loaded from BAT to TRIPLE FED.
  • NEW FEATURE - Switches. Wipers park is spring loaded.
  • NEW FEATURE - Rudder. Only slight movement in rudder pedals when the aircraft is at a stop.
  • NEW FEATURE - Re-fueling. Fueling nozzle can be locked during refueling. Once full, it will disengage automatically.
  • NEW FEATURE - Performance. Engine power slightly adjusted.
  • NEW FEATURE - Performance. The aircraft is now less prone to over torque.
  • NEW FEATURE - Ground effect. Adjusted ground effect, aircraft won't float so much during the flare. (I hated that one)
  • NEW FEATURE - Assigning commands. Added on/off commands for each and every Two State Switch in the aircraft for better HW mapping. So far only toggle commands were supported.
  • NEW FEATURE  - Annunciators. Bleed Fail Annunciators implemented.
  • NEW FEATURE  - ALT 2D panel. ALT SELECT PANEL added in the A/P pop up window.
  • NEW FEATURE  - AFL side panel. AFL side panel, implemented delay function.

The rest are bug fixes:

  • Weight and balance - W&B, fixed issue where passenger showed instead of cargo
  • Walking function - Walking during flight disabled. Pilot won't fall out of the aircraft anymore when he/she decides to stand up during flight.
  • Virtual Reality - Added VR configurations.
  • Towing - Issue which occurred during aircraft towing fixed.
  • Taxi - Aircraft sliding while taxiing in harsh meteorological conditions.
  • Sun visor - Sun visor not positioned on its rails.
  • FO Call outs - Issues with Co-pilot callouts fixed.
  • FHD resolution - FHD resolution.
  • External Views  - Ability to map external views to NUM keys.
  • Electrical - Triple-fed bus 1V less when fed from the battery.
  • EHSI  - EHSI now displays correct information from the FPL (GTN + G530 + FMS). EHSI will now show the correct waypoint and distance from FPL (works for all avionics options). EHSI will now display the FPL when in MAP mode (For FMS and G530 option).
  • Annunciators - Low fuel pressure annunciators fixed in crossfeed.
  • Altimeter - Altimeter BARO adjusted, issue with high QNH setting fixed.
  • A/P  - The A/P is too sensitive to turbulence / often disconnects itself
  • A/P - A/P climb, descent tweaked (I didn't like that one either!)
  • 2D panel - Maximalized A/P pop up window which did not show correct values.

There are also noted known Issues, but not corrected in this update;   

  • VR  - Still not possible to control the airplane with VR controllers.
  • Failure system  - Whole failure system, this feature is under development and will be released at a later stage.
  • Performance - Aircraft performance to be added into the flight manual.

 

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AirFoilLabs have also produced a video to cover the update v1.5 changes and show you the new Quick look Feature;

 

 

The update covers many new features and changes including the as noted brand new quick view system, tuned power and over-torque performance, And thankfully two areas have had attention. First was the nasty ground effect so the aircraft won't float so much during the flare, if you check out the review, and in there was the comments "you had to almost bang the airframe down on to the runway", horrible, second area was the A/P (Autopilot) climb and descent which was not so great either, as was the performance, other AirFoilLab notes include;

 

"All IFR pilots will welcome adjustments they made to both the FMS, G530 and Reality XP avionics, where the EHSI will display correct information from the Flight Plan. Changes were made also to the A/P, which is now less sensitive to disengage during heavy turbulence, systems such as De-icing, various switches operations now feel more real-like.

 

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If you already own the AirFoilLabs King Air 350, you can now update to the new v1.5 version by going to your X-Plane.OrgStore account and downloading the improved version or using the built in Airfoillabs 'Product Manager" and update the version from there. The AirFoilLab's King Air 350 is also available for US$49.95 from the X-Plane.OrgStore.

 

Support forum for the King Air 350

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The King Air 350 v1.5 by AirfoilLabs is a new release for X-Plane11 and is NOW available here at the X-Plane.OrgStore


King Air 350

Price is US$49.95

 

Requirements:

X-Plane 11 (Fully updated)

Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 Gb+ VRAM Recommended
Download size: 800Mb
Current version: 1.5 (April 16th 2021)

If you already have purchased the AirFoilLabs KA350, then go to your X-Plane.OrgStore account to download the v1.5 of the KingAir 350

 

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News by Stephen Dutton

17th April 2021

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