Stephen Posted November 30, 2021 Report Share Posted November 30, 2021 Aircraft Update : Airbus A319-112 v1.6.3 by ToLiSS The release of the Airbus A340-600 from ToLiSS was very significant aircraft for the developer. Most of the essential aspects including the modeling was brought in house by ToLiSS on the A346. And with those changes also came a more in-contact or hands on approach to more of the aircraft. This has created a breakthrough of more elements and systems being available and installed in the aircraft, plus the point that more external X-Plane features (like Libradio) have been released. The "Baby Bus" in the A319-112 was last updated back in April to v1.6 , but ToLiSS is never one to rest on his laurels and has here quickly done another update here to include a lot of the newer features, plus a few nice fixes to the earlier aircraft. In-between starting this update review, ToLiSS had then released another quick fix up date in v1.6.3 for the A319... notable is to update to the new version ASAP as it covers a few bugs like the ELEC system-DC BUS1 and BUS2 FAULT(s) and non-working GHD in the original v1.6.2 release. The changelog v1.6.2-v1.6.3 is quite long... Changes from build 1460 (V1.6.2) to Build 1462 (V1.6.3) Bug fixes: - Date button on the chrono works again - Changed chock and park brake logic for better compatibility with 3rd party addons - Reduced wing flex induced by landing gear shocks - Fixed the issue with the cabin disappearing when cockpit door open - Manual engine start now uses both igniter channels - CVR ground control is now reset on engine start as it should - APPR PROC underline on status page now has the right length - Improved list of inop systems for electrical bus failures - Correction of GW indication logic on the SD Minor new features: - ISI popup is now also scalable - Electrical system now allows both batteries to feed the same bus simultaneously - Electrical system now supports Battery charging test by switching them off and on. - Added cargo heating simulation - Added fuel temperature simulation - Added IDG temperature simulation - Rework of the SD COND, FUEL, and ELEC pages for better representational accuracy - Added overflow management for the SD status page - ISCS sliders now allow editing the values with keyboard for better precision - Cargo fire extinguishing test is now operational - Fault injections can now trigger on increasing or on decreasing values of altitude and air speed - Added approach procedure on status page in case of alternate or direct mode reversion - Added Backup Nav tuning to RMPs 1 and 2 - FCU lighting knobs below the FCU are now functional. - New external lighting - Addition of the smart thrust lever idle lock - Simplified CHOCKS option to allow switching off the park brake Bug fixes: - ISCS text entry boxes now display a cursor - ISCS dropdown lists are now constrained to remain within ISCS window - FMA capability indication for GLS approach in manual flight is now CAT 1 (was AUTO LAND before) - Correct runway course indication on arrival page to consider magnetic variation with the correct sign - RNP value for non precision approaches does nto drop to 0 anymore, but correctly becomes 0.3 or 0.5 depending on the approach type. - Changes to the Autosave algorithm to make it less susceptible to crashes. - Made the fms plan loading function more robust to plans with invalid data - Fixed excessive ground friction when landing with alternate braking or AntiSkid disabled - DC BAT indication on SD ELEC Page becomes invalid, if both Batteries are selected off - Generator is now cut off, as soon as the ENG fire push button is pressed, even if the engine is still running on the fuel in the line - Fuel system crossfeed works correctly now, feeding equally from both tanks even when all pumps are on. - When preselecting a heading on ground, the FCU heading window will initialize with the current heading - Reduced IRS drift values by half for more realistic values - Engine Fire lights now work on battery power to faciliate procedure completion on ground - Corrected behaviour of FADEC ground power switches, they are now momentary switches that will power the FADEC for 5 minutes when depressed once. - Made behaviour of CLR button XPDR panel more realisitc - When selecting flaps 1 for landing, the Status page will now be called (As it should) if status is not normal - When status paged called automatically, the STS key now lights up and can be used to remove the status page - When Using Auto Brake to full stop, pressing pedals won't disengage it like is the case in real life - Now properly converting fuel amounts from kgs to lbs on PERF pages when imperial units selected - Miscellaneous FMGS fixes - Fixed FBW roll angle limits - Improved AP turn direction depending on FCU heading rotation knob - Corrected altnernate law reversion and AP loss logics for elevator loss cases - Fixed erroneous ECAM fault messages for center tank pumps - Fixed ECAM action logics for dual pack faults - Fixed Air conditioning sound loop in XP10 - VR manipulator improvements The integrated standby instrument system (ISIS) is now scalable via scrolling, it doesn't make it bigger, but does make it far more smaller. The SD (Systems Display) has had the COND, FUEL, and ELEC pages for better representational accuracy and also added is overflow management for the SD status page. On the ELEC, the electrical system now allows both batteries to feed the same bus simultaneously and you can do battery charging test by just switching them off and on. Switch off both batteries and then turn them back on to see the test and the voltage irregularities. On an Airbus aircraft the IDG(Integrated Drive Generator) is an aircraft power generation device which houses a Continuously Variable Transmission(CVT) to generate 400Hz constant frequency power regardless of the engine speed. That generation temperature (one per engine) is now simulated on the ELEC page. Fuel temperatures are also now simulated (on the SD ELEC page). Cargo Heating temperatures are also now simulated (on the SD COND page). And the Cargo fire extinguishing test (button) is now also operational. On the "ToLiSS Interactive Simulation Control System" TISCS pop-up Menu panel. You can now insert the numbered data directly into the slider selections. Certainly a big fan of this aspect as I like to insert the correct Fuel Load to the EXACT block amount required for the flight, I find that sliders are just a little too wishy washy. When the STBY NAV button is selected it enables remotely tuning the respected navaid and desired course. Each RMP (Radio Management Panel) tunes to it's respective navaid. Tuning and ILS on either RMP tunes both ILS receivers if both RMPs have their NAV button pressed. Notable missing from v1.6.2 was the GHD (Ground Handling Deluxe) addon... it didn't work at first simulator setup (in an odd situation the GHD DID work when you got to your destination?) however that bug has now been fixed in v1.6.3 (JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe addon is required) I will note the v1.6.2 lighting changes in flight. This is a service from Heathrow (EGLL) to Kastrup (EKCH). The "Baby Bus" was always a seriously nice aircraft to fly. Most will stay in AUTO mode throughout, but that is missing out on a great manual handling aircraft. The aircraft just responds to what you want, and when you want it. Highly recommended is the option of the "Baby Bus Symphony A319 BSS IAE soundpack" from BlueSkyStar. The ToLiSS sounds have certainly improved, but still get nowhere as close or as realistic as the BSS IAE soundpack. There are the extremely nice pretty images and they certainly show off the quality of X-Plane as a realistic simulator, but that is not why we are up here. We are waiting for the light to fade. Now in v1.6.3 the two under glareshield knobs work. These adjusts the FCU (Flight Control Unit) lighting. The right knob adjusts the brightness on the display, the second left knob adjusts the main instrument back lighting. Unlike the A320 Facia. The A319 has four instrument downlights connected together. These downlights are adjusted via the FLOOD LT knob (Captain's Side). Were as in the A320 has the down lighting knob adjusters are situated both under the glareshield. The A319's external lighting has had some nice tweaking. Turn on your main landing lights and get now two beams striking boldly forward into the distance, brilliant in cloud. The Navigation lights,Tail and Wing lighting is all far tighter and better, but the strobes are still a bit too blobby for me... they look like the same style strobes as on the A346, but that is a far bigger aircraft, and as the A319 is far smaller so it doesn't quite work as well. On approach the forward lighting is more effecient and on the ground the Taxi lights are better, as is the Runway Turnoff lighting. So overall a great improvement. Not that there is more work to do, as there are still dead overhead lighting in the cockpit, and the cabin lighting is certainly far too brightly lit... but it is still a nice forward improvement. ____________________ Summary ToLiSS has updated the Airbus A319-112 to v1.6.3. The updates are really in two parts, in the earlier v1.6.2 then a patch update to v1.6.3. Mostly this update was to bring to the A319 some of the features presented on the newer A340-600, that was released back in October 2021. There is nothing really outstanding here, but still includes those small intricate system details that create a whole experience, the main feature is the far better tweaking of the cockpit and external lighting, the RMP STBY NAV intergration and TISCS Menu panel direct numbered data input. Over the last few years this shortened but very popular version of the Airbus A320 Series has become extremely popular in X-Plane, and it is not hard to see why as it is a brilliant small airliner to fly. And not only for it's complex systems but even in manual flight it is dream handling aircraft, and certainly a must have if you love short-haul airliners. This v1.6.3 update just adds even more of those intricate features on to the cake, like a lot of airlines at this development stage the ToLiSS versions are moving into a more mature context, certainly more features can still be added (and probablt will be)... but it is already extremely good aircraft, and certainly now a firm fan favorite... Highly Recommended ________________________ Yes! the ToLiSS319 (A319-122) v1.6.3 by ToLiSS is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Airbus A319 by ToLiSS Price is US$79.00 Note make sure you have v1.6.3 when downloading, All previous purchasers can now update via your X-Plane.OrgStore Account Officially licensed Airbus product Highlights: FMGS with SID/STAR, Airways alternate flight plans, performance prediction, etc. Out of the box with TSS (Turbine Sound Studios) custom sounds for the CFM engine Realistic FBW with Alternate and Direct law reversions Fault injection interface with support for roughly 90 different failures and probability-based random failure injection Choice of CFM and IAE engine, and wingtip fences or sharklets. Choices affect aircraft performance and FMGS predictions. Detailed list of features: FMGS: Support of SID/STAR, including all leg types (Arc, course or heading to intercept, Radius to Fix, Holdings, etc.) Temporary and alternate flight plans Full VNAV guidance with TOC, TOD, Deceleration point, speed limits, fuel prediction, etc. Altitude and speed constraints as the real aircraft deals with them Ability to change the selected STAR while already in the STAR Support for go-arounds and diversions Step altitudes Airway support 2 independent MCDUs and autopilots Top-notch aircraft systems ToLiss uses the QPAC Fly-by-wire and autopilot module, augmented to support Alternate and Direct Law Unique feature: Control Surface hinge moment modelling allows the surfaces to float to the appropriate position after loss of all actuators on a surface. Fault injection interface allowing to inject custom selected failures, or randomly selected failure based on fault probabilities. Custom TCAS with resolution advisory function. Terrain on ND and Weather radar available (WX radar works with default X-plane weather engine) Brake temperature model based on the detailled physics of heat transfer between the individual brake components Hydraulics model in which the pressure is dependent on usage. This is most notable when dropping to RAT mode Detailed model of each ADIRU including alignment, small pressure sensor differences between the units, switching of sources for PFDs Custom air conditioning model supporting high altitude operations at airports like Cusco in Peru or La Paz in Bolivia without spurious warnings Flight warning system with ECAM actions supporting numerous system failure scenarios, e.g. engine failures, generator failures, hydraulic failures. Eye- and ear-candy Detailed 3D cockpit 3d exterior model with CFM and IAE engine Choice between classic wingtip fences or modern sharklets (controlled via livery names) FMOD 3d Sounds Custom sounds from Turbine Sound Studios (TSS) included for the CFM engine. Usability features Situation loading and saving. It is possible to save the flight at any point in time and resume it another day. This can also be used, e.g., to save the position just before approach and practice just the approach many times. Autosaving allows recovering where you left off, should the X-Plane session end unexpectedly. Jumping waypoint-to-waypoint through the cruise phase: Shorten your flight to focus on the more interesting parts as you like. Integrated takeoff performance calculator supporting the use of flex temperature. Requirements X-Plane 11 Windows (64bit) , Mac (OSX 10.11 and up) or Linux (tested on Ubuntu 14.10) 4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended Version 1.6.3 (November 30th 2021) _________________________ Update Review by Stephen Dutton 1st December 2021 Copyright©2020 : X-Plane Reviews (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) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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