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Aircraft Update : Airbus A321-231 V1.3.1 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 have since been released.


The Airbus A321 added on the NEO or the "New Engine Option", in the more modern new-generation engines developments like with a larger by-pass ratio (around 10-11:1. ) and Geared Turbofan (GTF) technology engines in exactly one year ago.


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So here is update V1.3.1 including an update to the NEO addon package.


Changes from build 1373 (V1.3) to build 1463 (V1.3.1)

Minor new features:
- 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
- Improved manual engine start procedure
- Added NavAid Deselection capability to MCDU
- A321 NEO now features appropriate NEO-specific pitch rotation and derotation laws

Bug fixes:
- 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
- Removed CTR TK FEEDING Memo from ECAM (exists only on aircraft with 5 wing tank fuel system config)
- On FLS approaches, the message "DISCONNECT AP FOR LDG" disappears now on GA initiation
- The SEC PERF page of the A321 NEO now correctly shows BARO and RADIO instead of the old MDA/DH
- Improvements to the list of inop systems for electrical bus failures
- Manual engine start now uses both igniter channels
- MCDU Prog Page shows flight number again
- If landing without retarding the thrust levers, firewalling the levers correctly changes A/THR modes
- Added missing wind field on Data/IRS page


The A321 aircraft feature changes almost mirror the A319-112, so many of the images shown and notes below are the same as we reported in the A319 update v1.6.3

The integrated standby instrument system (ISIS) is now scalable via scrolling, it doesn't make it bigger, but does make it far more smaller.
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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.
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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).
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Cargo Heating temperatures are also now simulated (on the SD COND page). And the Cargo fire extinguishing test (button) is now also operational.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The downlights are  still adjusted via the FLOOD LT knob (Captain's Side) and improved here. In the A321 it has the secondary down lighting knob adjusters which are usually situated both under the glareshield of which provide illumination for the pull-out work-shelves, that are available now in the A346, but with a hope they will also become available also on the A321 (and the A319).
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The A321'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, exactly again like the A319.
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On approach the forward lighting is certainly more efficient with very nice effective wing and tail lighting. I really like the cockpit atmosphere for the night landings, almost perfect now...
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...   and on the ground the Taxi lights are certainly better, as is the efficient 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 still far too brightly lit... but it is a nice forward improvement.
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It is already Christmas in Vienna, with lots of pretty snow.
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ToLiSS has updated the Airbus A321-231 NEO to v1.3.1 The updates include both the Basic A321 package and the addon year old NEO option.
Mostly this update was to bring to the A321 some of the features that were presented on the newer A340-600, that was released back in October 2021 and the A319 which was updated last week. 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 very popular version of the Airbus A321 Series has become extremely popular in X-Plane, and it is not hard to see why as it is a brilliant airliners to fly in both CEO (Current Engine Option) and the NEO (New Engine Option). 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 v1.3.1 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 probably will be)... but it is already extremely good aircraft, and certainly and will always be a firm fan favorite...   
Highly Recommended



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Yes! the ToLiSS321 (A321-231) v1.3.1 by ToLiSS is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


Airbus A321 by ToLiSS

Price is US$79.00


A321 NEO ADD-ON to the ToLiss Airbus A321

Price is US$29.95


Note make sure you have v1.3.1 and both CEO and NEO Packages when downloading, All previous purchasers can now update via your X-Plane.OrgStore Account


Officially licensed Airbus product
  • Detailed FMGS with SIDs/STARs/Airways, performance prediction, temporary, alternate and secondary flight plans, fix info, etc.
  • Choice of CFM or IAE engine, affecting aircraft performance and fuel burn
  • Choice of sharklets or classic wing tip fences. (Affects aircraft drag.)
  • Very accurate FBW implementation, including reversion to alternate and direct law
  • Detailed systems including fault injection for currently about 90 failures. (Electric, hydraulic, flight controls, engine, etc.)
  • Officially licensed by Airbus
  • Commercial “Turbine Sound Studios” sounds for CFM and IAE engines included.
Detailed 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
  • Secondary flight plan
  • 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
  • Fix Info page
  • Latitude/Longitude crossings
  • 2 independent MCDUs and autopilots
  • Drag, thrust and fuel consumption models adapt to selected engine type and wing tip device
  • Choice between new FMGS with temporary flight plan even during preflight phase or old FMGS with direct editing of the active plan during preflight phase.
Top-notch aircraft systems:
  • ToLiss uses the QPAC Fly-by-wire and autopilot module with numerous improvements
  • Flight control system with hinge moment modelling giving realistic float angles for surfaces that are lost due to system faults
  • Custom TCAS with Traffic and Resolution Advisory based on real aircraft logic
  • 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 or with and engine wind milling
  • Detailled 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
  • Fault injection system allowing to trigger system faults either at a specific point in flight or randomly during a flight phase
Eye- and ear-candy:
  • Detailed 3D cockpit with high quality texturing
  • 3d exterior model with CFM and IAE engine
  • Choice between classic wingtip fences or modern sharklets (controlled via livery names)
  • Each aircraft comes with licensed high definition sounds from Turbine Sound Studios, the market leader for aircraft sounds in the FSX/P3D world
  • Rain effects thanks to the librain library provided to the x-plane community by Saso Kiselkov
  • Custom particle effects for engine heat trail, landing gear smoke on touch-down etc. 
  • Standby compass that can be stowed, cockpit door that opens, fully modeled cabin, etc.
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 Xplane session end unexpectedly
  • Jumping waypoint-to-waypoint through the cruise phase: Shorten your flight to focus on the more interesting parts as you like
  • 4 different startup configuration from Cold and Dark to engines running and ready to go
  • In-screen popup displays or use of x-plane windows for popups 
NEO Highlights:
  • 2 additional engine types for the ToLiss A321
  • The 3 subvariants of the A321 NEO family: the NEO, the LR and the XLR
  • 3 new exit configurations aligned with the Airbus Cabin Flex concept for the A321 family.
New engine types
  • CFM LEAP-1A33 and PW1130G-JM
  • Accurate aircraft climb performance as function of engine selection
  • Appropriate fuel burn as function of engine selection
  • System adaptation to reflect new engine functionalities, such as PW engine cooling cycles
  • Detailled 3d model for each engine model
  • Specific TSS sound sets for each engine type
A321 NEO subvariants
  • Configurable to A321 NEO, LR and XLR
  • Fuel system adapted to the individual configurations
  • Specific weight envelopes for each subvariant
  • System specific changes per subvariant, e.g. single slotted flaps for the A321 XLR with improved aircraft drag
Airbus Cabin Flex exit configurations
  • Choice of three additional exit configurations 
  • Maximum number of passengers changes in accordance with the selected exit configurations
  • Doors system and DOOR page indications adapt to exit configuration
  • Separate 3d models for each exit configuration


X-Plane 11

Windows , Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 680 MB
Version 1.3.1 (December 8th 2021)




Update Review by Stephen Dutton

9th December 2021

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