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Aircraft Update : ToLiSS319 v1.1 by ToLiSS

 

Earlier in 2018 X-Plane11 had two big releases and both were Airbus aircraft. The first was the Flightfactor A320-214 Ultimate, then only a few weeks later then released was this A319 from ToLiSS. For just one significant release of either aircraft for X-Plane11 would have been a big deal by itself considering the depth and quality of either aircraft, but two at the same was very overwhelming. To a point the A320 Ultimate was still a work in progress as it still is, but that is not to take away the significance of the quality of it's release.

 

The ToLiSS319 was a quite different in many respects, but very similar in others and certainly in the depth of the systems provided, so overall both aircraft complimented each other, but in a lineball fight the ToLiSS was amazing simply because of the way it flew, it was certainly the more dynamic of the two aircraft, especially in the area of pure manual flight or in Airbus speak "Direct Law". And in the manual landing phase certainly one of the very best in airliners in X-Plane for control feedback and handling bar none.

 

The developer did note that the total focus here on this aircraft was on the dynamics, and not the pretty stuff or areas that were more for the short attention span user or toybox twiddlers. You accepted that, but you still missed the smaller animated fun stuff like the popout work shelf and the like in the A320U the dropdown compass, in flicking lighting switches and other mindless fun to pass the hours in the air.

 

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Like the constantly changing A320U from Flightfactor the ToLiSS319 was also quickly updated. First was to fine tune the release version of bugs and various small changes in v1.02 and here is now the more significant v1.04 update that covers a far more wider area of changes and bug fixes.

 

ToLiSS319 v1.04

One of the biggest complaints of the release aircraft were the sounds? To be fair the aircraft was in the sound department up against the excellent BSS - Blue Sky Star Simulations sounds on the JAR A320neo and since then a similar BSS sound package for the FF A320U that has been released as well. The original A319 sound package was of 80 different sounds, but they were not great, great if you know what I mean, the cruise aural sounds were like being in a washing machine and were badly repetitive and I didn't like them at all, and I sorta tolerated them.

 

In this update there is a completely new sound package from Turbine Sound Studios for the CFM engine, and for the IAE 2524 engine sounds there is available an addon package also from TSS that is noted as priced at US$9.50 and requires a separate registration that is done via the TISCS (ToLiSS Interactive Simulation Control System).

 

Sounds are now thankfully and nicely upgraded...  Well you certainly hear and feel the difference from startup, as switches click, click and levers thunk, but it is the more subtle sounds are what are most important here, pull your throttles back to the idle indent or up to any of the A/THR modes and you get a nice reassuring click. Environmental and cockpit sounds are also much more distinct, although I do adjust the enviro sounds a down bit (half) as they feel better that way. Engine volume is still only really external with no internal adjustment, so the engines can a bit quiet on the flight deck. 

 

Start up the engine and the aural differences are very noticeable from both the cockpit and external, background systems switching is excellent, as are the different engine startup stages. both in the cockpit and cabin the sounds are now 180º dynamic and move along the cabin rear to forward and the sounds change and move as in reality, and yes the PTU (Power Transfer Unit) sounds are authentic, flap change movements are also first rate.

 

The engine spool up behaviour from idle and there is now a more added distinction between ground/flight idle and approach idle, so those areas have had a lot of attention, this is also connected with the refining of the IAE engines shape profile, as there was a lot of complaints in that the IAE engines were not very well modeled well in their outline profile, so they have been completely redone, in sounds again the aural 180º engine sounds are now excellent in both engine versions.

 

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The IAE engines now look much more realistic, but the external vanes are still missing (but they are there on the internal side).

 

The cockpit textures have had a complete overhaul (again), this is the third reincarnation of the cockpit feel from the original version.

 

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This change is debatable if it is a forward or backward step, certainly the feel is now more flat grey, and even slightly bland compared to the greyblue of the original version and most of the earlier wear and tear that made that cockpit authentic has been eliminated, the one bonus through is that the cockpit is now a far, far brighter place to be in, gone thankfully is that deep dark pit feel when setting up the aircraft. The better drop down lighting on the panel helps as well...

 

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...  but most of the individual lighting it is still not adjustable. You can lower lighting areas globally, but not individually and spot lighting like the side map lighting doesn't work, Dome lighting is still three way, but the worst is the OHP (OverHead Panel) that looks like it is switched off even when set at the full brightness setting.

 

Night lighting is improved as well, but again not as adjustable individually as say the A320 Ultimate, but it is a very nice place to in at night with the highlighted center console and the OHP is simply gorgeous and like night and day from the daytime view.

 

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So why highlight this lighting? Well I am very particular about lighting adjustments, and focusing here on the approach phases of the flight. To be able to find that sweet lighting position is the difference between a good night landing simulation and a poor one and in this high price bracket you expect and indeed require the lighting to be perfect, it is very good in here with the A319 so don't get me wrong, but it is yet not perfect.

 

The MCDU (Mulitpurpose Control & Display Unit) has had a few new features added (note the new better panel style to match the cockpit textures).

TO performance calculator now considers the runway shift change entered, DEST and T/D / STEP altitude information has been added to the CRZ PERF page and PERF Approach page now allows entering DH and MDA independent (now one or the other) of the selected approach. A nice new trick is if you have been scrolling through the flightplan, is that a press of the F-PLN button will reset the flightplan to the current next waypoint.

 

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The TCAS mode is now also operational! and any conflicts (when set in the TA/RA switch mode) and will show Resolution Advisories on the ND (Navigation Display), important is that you need to set the TCAS system to ON and not to AUTO for the correct operation mode and use the XPNDR selection on the ground and TA/RA selection in the air.

 

Fault Intervention

Although announced initially on release, in this v1.1 update the ToLiSS319 now has system failures, or fault injection. These failures can be set up on the TISCS Panel. This feature is listed under the "Faults Scenerios" tab.

 

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You can have a total random setting that covers a wide range of 90 faults over twelve systems, or you can set your own with options including: NOW, AT TIME(set time in Seconds from now), AT IAS (Speed), AT ALT (set altitude) or RANDOM, and you can set as many failures as you like.

 

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My choice was a Left No.2 Pump failure at an altitude of 34000ft.

 

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Once I hit the selected altitude the Left No.2 Pump failed, and the warning went off, the results were shown on the ECAM display system in pure Airbus style and on the lower ECAM display (Fuel Page) as the pump was now disabled as I turned it off....  impressive.

 

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The ECAM can now also display logic of LDG and TO Memos like in real life.

 

In Flight with the ToLiSS319

Routing with the A319 was EDDL (Dusseldorf) to EGCC (Manchester) and return EGCC back to EDDL. Mostly the outward bound service was to get to know all the new systems and feel the changes, so here we are on the return service back to Dusseldorf.

 

There is a lot of pre-flight setup work to be done, routing, performance and radio frequencies. But the fuel and performance information supplied on the TISCS Panel is invaluable. A save of the "Position Situation" at this engine start point is just beyond words...   It allows you to restart at this very point again... anytime, with all that hard work and inputted data already done and completed, so that all is now required is a pushback and engine start and you are on your way... I have cried in the ease of this feature.

 

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If the data is correctly inputted then the wealth of information at your disposal is breathtaking. "Takeoff info" and "Fuel Prediction" are all completed and ready for flight. The ToLiSS319 comes with its own pushback feature, but the BetterPushBack Truck is a more realistic experience, and is intergrated well into and with the aircraft.

 

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Hold and set the thrust to 50% and then let the brakes off, then when at a nice rolling speed then adjust the throttle to Flex(52) and your on the takeoff roll. The noises are far better with the news sounds, they are quite excellent as you power your way down the runway. Rotation is V2 + 10 or 161knts, climb can be set to auto (altitude push in) as set in the flightplan, and speed set to the same (speed push in) the lit dot says the system is in control. I personally do manual altitude, speed and vertical speed adjustments (more fun that way) but this aircraft can be flown in a pure Airbus mode as well...  or maybe I just don't trust machines!

 

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This aircraft started off as part as the QPAC project and the main feature of that project was to replicate perfectly the Airbus laws in Alternate and Direct Law on the FBW (Fly-By-Wire) system, now with this v1.1 version all the laws are now active, they are quite comprehensive as well and also have the built in "Protections", the note here is that this A319, will fly exactly like the real aircraft, and you feel that with the aircraft in flight, and if you would push your luck or the aircraft's it will respond exactly like a real Airbus system should.

 

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What these grade aircraft are all about is authenticity, that is what you pay for in the detail and the comprehensive features, and boy do you get that depth of systems here. Routing data is very comprehensive (below right), as is the CLB (Climb - lower left) in the PERF (Performance) phase pages and all phases from TAKEOFF, CLB, CRZ, DES, APPR and GO AROUND are all covered in detail.

 

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Hidden under "Data" are loads of information screens: GPS Position (above right), Complete "Position" (below left) and all three IRS positions (below right).

 

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On the PROG (Progress) screens you get info on every phase of your flight, from Climb (below left) and Cruise (below right) and all phases are again covered.

 

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To fly the ToLiSS319 is a two way engagement, one is if you have the skill in experience then the depth of the aircraft and its systems will reward you, but secondly if you haven't the ultra experience then aircraft can still be flown in a more manual and semi-auto way, as this is one of the very best handling heavy aircraft in X-Plane.

 

High in the cruise at m.80 and you now really enjoy the cockpit environment more, the sounds are far more realistic and yes even authentic, they now thankfully don't drive you batty, or give you a headache or worse both.

 

A lot of bugs were covered in this v1.1 update, and in my two flights the aircraft is feeling very, very complete...  smoooth and nothing now will creep out and put you off the simulation, this is now a very well prepared and overall comprehensive aircraft.

 

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Approach to Dusseldorf's RWY O5L is noted around 144 kts FULL flap, but I always give myself another 6 kts at around 150 kts which seems about more realistic, again the aircraft can be fully automatic and it is if you let the systems do all the work, then you just sit there and enjoy the ride with your hands poised above the throttles as you go through the G/S, LAND, then FLARE modes, or otherwise do all the flying and throttle work yourself as manual control flying in this A319 is absolutely amazing.

 

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Final Approach and it all feels so natural, X-Plane has come a long way now, and you feel and experience it here with aircraft and simulation of this caliber.... I adjust down to the lower 141 kts to give the aircraft a slight flare and at the "Retard, Retard" I pull back the throttles, and to note in that to hear the approach altitudes and final "retard" callouts you do need your speaker volume about at 80% up, or you won't hear anything?

 

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Select "REV", throttle up again and with the AUTO/BRK set to MED (Medium) the Airbus quickly rubs off the ground speed, again to note to have BRK FAN on as the brakes can quickly get quite hot.

 

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A quick flick of the brakes releases the AUTO/BRK mode as it should and you do the final braking manually, and once you go under the 40 kts speed then pull back the throttles and close the "REV" doors and your down at the correct taxi speed, the rest of the aircraft cleanup of airbrakes and flaps is all there is left to do.

 

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For my flying it is all about rhythm, almost sing-song in my actions, and each action has a place and a time, get it all right and it feels very, very good...  the really lovely ToLiSS319 helps here a lot as well, because it does everything at the right moment in time, and it is that feel and reaction to flying the aircraft well that is the best and final result.

 

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Summary

You know or sense something when you first look and then fly an aircraft, as it has it or it simply doesn't have that feel. That was the overwhelming feeling when I first flew this ToLiSS319, and no doubt back only six months ago when it was raw, really raw...  but the basics were also simply amazing and you knew it was something really special, and a coming game-changer in many ways and that overwhelming first feel has not gone away.

 

This v1.1 update fills in a lot of those raw qualities, as the earlier v1.02 update was just to fix the obvious items. Here the changes go further and fix the main core issues as in the hi-quality 180º Turbine Sound Studio's sounds, the cockpit textures, the lighting and the shape profile of the IAE engines, and then the update also covers a lot of bugs and earlier missing niche items.

 

Then you have again new features, and you know when ToLiSS delivers new ideas they work and are quite exceptional. LIke all new features on this aircraft the system failure idea looks quite basic, but it is actually quite powerful, dynamic and is quite versatile to use...  effective as well. The TCAS system also missing on the release version is also delivered here and the TCAS also comes with full resolution advisory notes in the ND, and again it is very good and realistic setup and both these new items really fill in the aircraft systems wise, which was very deep and authentic in the first place.

 

Negatives, not many, the new cockpit textures are to a taste and much more grey than the original blue/grey, lighting is far better, but still needs some more individual functionality and there are still a few blank pages left to fill out on the ToLiSS Interactive Simulation Control System panel.

 

My initial thoughts were "What would this A319 aircraft be like with the new coming X-Plane particle effects", it has to be something amazing, and you would just want to destroy an engine in flight just to see all the effects it will all have not only on the outside, but with all these systems in operation on the inside as well...  but that is in the immediate future.

 

This v1.1 release certainly brings the ToLiSS319 to a much more completed and more fully rounded aircraft, as you feel that in the flying and in the use of the systems, so this update here is highly significant to the aircraft, and for those sitting on the fence, then "boy, you don't know what you are missing here", as this aircraft is now becoming one of the best simulations in X-Plane, certainly not totally finished or even totally perfect yet, but it is still way, way up there as an experience...  highly, highly recommended.

 

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Yes! the ToLiSS319 (A319-122) v1.1 by ToLiSS is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


ToLiss A319

 

Price is US$69.00


IAE Sound Pack for Toliss A319

 

Price is US$9.95

TSS IAE Sound Pack is activated by inserting the key activation code in the "ADDON" tab on the ToLiSS Interactive Simulation Control System panel.

 

Features Include:

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)
  • Custom sounds from Turbine Sound Studios (TSS) included for the CFM engine. IAE engine soundpack available as addon for a small fee.
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 (or X-Plane 10)
Windows (64bit) , Mac (OSX 10.11 and up) or Linux (tested on Ubuntu 14.10)
2Gb VRAM Minimum - 4Gb+ VRAM Recommended
Version 1.1 (June 25th  2018)
 
Installation
Download of the ToLiSS319 is 488mb and it is installed in your Airliner Folder as a 1.30Gb folder. On start up you will have an activation screen presented to enter your Serial Number (Key), and then press the "Activate" bar to authorise the aircraft. I recommend to restart the aircraft from your desktop to realign all your plugins and load the aircraft cleanly.
 
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There is extensive full instructions on how to set up the aircraft to your X-Plane settings (commands) and addons (Joysticks/Throttles) and other 3rd Party items in the ToLiSS A319 V1.1_SimulationManual.
 
Documents
There are Three Manuals Included with the package. All are extensive and well laid out with great details
 
  • Simulation manual : Describes installation, and setup of the model as well as usage of the “Interactive Simulation Control System”.
  • Tutorial flight, which provides a step-by-step description of a complete flight from cold & dark to aircraft shut-down after landing. This is the best manual to learn flying the aircraft.
  • Aircraft manual, which is primarily intended as a reference after the tutorial has been completed. It provides a reference for standard operating procedures, as well as a more in- depth look into the different systems of the aircraft.

 

Extra Airbus system information is highly recommended and SMARTCOCKPIT is a great place to start.

 

Version 1.1  (June 25th 2018)

 

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Review by Stephen Dutton
28th June 2018
Copyright©2018: X-PlaneReviews
 
(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)
 

Review System Specifications:

Computer System: Windows  - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD 

Software:   - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.20

Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose  Soundlink Mini

Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro US$69.90 : XPRealistic Pro v1.0.9  effects US$19.95 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : BetterPushBack - Free

Scenery or Aircraft

- EDDF - Airport Frankfurt XP11 by Aerosoft (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$32.99

- EGCC - Manchester Airport by Aerosoft (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$22.00

 

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Airbusalitalia - hello guys .... start by saying thank you for accepting me in this very beautiful  forum. I wanted to ask a question, in fact, a kindly advice. the A319 Toliss would like to buy it, could someone tell me if it is worth buying it? thank you  - Note - Moved to correct forum.

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