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NEWS! - Aircraft Released : Airbus A340-500 by JARDesign


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After a very long development period, JARDesign have now released their Airbus A340-500 aircraft to join their already successful A320neo and A330 Airbus aircraft fleet.


The A340-500 model is the long-long range champion of long but thin routes, if you want that challenge, then this is now the best airliner currently in to do so...  and very good long-haul aircraft are also very thin on the ground in X-Plane and this aircraft fills in a nice niche that is missing from long-haul flying with a sensational 16,670 km / 9,000 nmi range.


JARDesign as a developer is one of the sort of pioneers and to a point even a renegade of development for the X-Plane Simulator, they have produced aircraft for as long as I have been in simulation, and mostly all are Airbus aircraft. Their aircraft in the A320neo and A330-200 have been the mainstay of Airbus flying in the simulator, but also there is the addition of some very clever addons, with Ground Handling Deluxe (GHD), FM (Follow Me) Car, X-Life (Traffic) and their latest in a fully operating Co-Pilot feature.


Feature list is extensive!

Beautiful and Detailed 3D Model:
  • External, Cockpit and Cabin 3D model based on real aircraft data
  • Hi-Resolution External 4K PBR textures with normal maps
  • Advanced wingflex simulation with ultra-smooth animation
  • Highly detailed Landing Gear animation
  • Animated cargo and passengers doors controlled via MCDU
  • 3-class passenger cabin with automatic controlled 3D lights
Virtual Cockpit
  • Animated Switches, Knobs, Levers and Tables in the cockpit
  • Animated wipers and windshield sun visors in the cockpit
  • Custom plugin based Realistic cockpit and external 3D lights
  • Advanced custom real-feeling FCU knobs control system
  • Pilots seen in cockpit in external view mode
  • Hi-Resolution PFD, ND, EWD and SYS displays
Flight Model and FMGS: 
  • Custom FMGS system with all main features required for normal flight
  • Common failures can be triggered
  • SID / STARS procedures based on NavData
  • Take off data - V1, V2, VR, DTo and THS/FLAPS calculated by helper on MCDU Perf page 
  • Multi-function MCDU for full aircraft control, optimum flight level, fuel prediction, etc.
  • Multiple ECAM pages for review and selection
  • Ground Handling operation via MCDU or automatically by Ground Handling plugin (by JARDesign)
  • Easy-to-use PayLoad and fuel loading via MCDU menu
  • Embedded Flight Plan generator based on navdata cycle
  • Enter Flight Plan manually or read from SimBrief/PFPX text file
  • Aircraft systems with real aircraft logic and indications
  • Custom Fly-By-Wire system with Normal law and Flight Envelope Protections
  • Custom terrain radar
  • Custom DCDU Metar reading
System modelled
  • Air Conditioning, Pressurization, Ventilation, Auto Flight,Communications, Electrical, Equipment, Fire Protection, Flight Controls, Fuel,Hydraulic, Ice and Rain Protection, Indicating/Recording Systems, Landing Gear, Lights, Navigation, Oxygen, Pneumatic, Information System, APU, Doors , Power Plant
Other systems
  • Weather radar for default XP weather
  • Custom Hot-Start function
  • MCDU 2D pop-out widget
  • Sound volume control 2D widget
  • Lateral and Vertical Flightplan 2D widget
  • Realistic 3D sound based on real aircraft sound recording
  • CoPilot (by JARDesign) plugin compatible (not included)
  • Ground Handling (by JARDesign) plugin compatible for free (not included)
  • X-Life (by JARDesign) plugin compatible (not included)
  • Better PushBack plugin compatible (not included)
  • Integrated tablet using popular Avitab plug-in










The long awaited JARDesign Airbus A340-500 is now available for the X-Plane Simulator from the X-Plane.OrgStore


Images are courtesy of JARDesign


X-PlaneReviews extended review of the new JARDesign A340-500 will follow soon... So look out for it!




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Yes! the Airbus A340-500 by JARDesign is Available from the X-Plane.Org Store here:


JARDesign 340-500 Airliner

Price is US$59.95



X-Plane 11 
Windows, Mac (Linux NOT supported at this time)
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 415 MB
Current version: 1.0R1 (August 1st 2021)



News by Stephen Dutton

1st August 2021

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