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News! - Aircraft Announcement : Ultimate A320 from FlightFactor


FlightFactor has announced the coming of a Ultimate Airbus A320 of a real world training compatible aircraft for X-Plane. If you go right back a few years this was part of the original QPAC (QualityPark Group) initiative to bring a fully working A320 simulation to X-Plane.


It was a bold experiment and the outcome was mostly all the current X-Plane A320/A380 aircraft (except JARDesign) use the flight control systems created from that original initiative to cover flight areas of Fly-by-wire, Alpha Floor, Flight Control Laws to give simulation a realist feel when flying Airbus aircraft and that initial investment has gone a long way over the years in the X-Plane simulator.


This A320 aircraft from FlightFactor is the realisation of that original concept although I don't think QPAC is involved any more, but it is also a very different concept in the fact it does not use the X-Plane code or flight basics for the flying of the aircraft in the X-Plane Simulator.


This means the aircraft is totally plugin active and in reality is not connected at all to the laws and rules that is the basis of Laminar Research's X-Plane Simulator, so even a simple point of noting that if the aircraft is in the air or on the ground is not feasible and neither is any other connection to the aspects of simulator.


This provides both points of interest, in one the developers can do almost anything to replicate the A320 aircraft and it's systems, that is in the positive. But also is the fact the developers can also not use the set laws and ease of use of the built in X-Plane system that is provided (inbuilt) either. So even any provided simple area has to replicated and you don't have the X-Plane famous "Blade-element theory" to use either and in that is seeing the size and complexity of the project.


In reality the A320 is then disconnected from its X-Plane base, and the project may be a future way of adding in more features or in either finding its limitations or the sheer complexity in trying to fly on your screen alone.


FlightFactor note these features...


·         Hi quality and realistic interior and exterior visual model.

·         Hi quality and realistic sound pack with hundreds of sounds from the real aircraft.

·         Hi quality display graphics (4K panel).

·         Unique rain effects.

·         Fast access popup panel system.

·         Precise aerodynamical model with unique features like transonic effects, hi speed stall etc.

·         Specific engine model with realistic performance and dynamics.

·         More than 10,000 simulated objects like computers, sensors, units, data buses, busbars, relays, etc. with its own logics and behavior.

·         Simulation of data exchange in ARINC data protocol between aircraft computers with precision loss and delays.

·         Realistic simulation of transition effects, self-tests and other real aircraft undocumented features.

·         Physically based implementation of electric, hydraulic, fuel and pneumatic systems with realistic responses and state transitions.

·         Precise flight management system with full profile predictions and modes of operation.

·         Autopilot, indistinguishable from real aircraft, with all modes, transition effects and undocumented features.


A point made by FlightFactor is that this A320 is a heavy based systems simulation, and so it is not aimed at users that are new to simulation or don't understand complex aircraft systems and the flying aspects of these aircraft.







One interesting aspect from this project is that it may trickle down to FlightFactor's A350 aircraft also, as the developer has noted it will get the "Ultimate" title as well.


So this is going to be one very interesting release, and FlightFactor also notes...


"Price point: Due to the complexity and the accuracy of the systems - unheard of in x-plane - expect to pay more than with our current models.
Since we will first release it in 'beta' form, first customers will get a discount (and we expect initial customers to take this sim very seriously)."


In other words it won't be cheap....


Release date is near but not yet finalised, so watch this space and I would read up on Airbus operating and system manuals in the meantime.


Images are courtesy of FlightFactor

Developer A320 Forum : A320 Ultimate




Stephen Dutton

13th May 2017

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