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Aircraft Update : ToLiSS319 v1.2 by ToLiSS

 

Many updates come at set periods throughout the year, and some come regularly. Mostly the ones that come in the second category are interesting projects covering areas of updating the aircraft up to a full standard, were as the first category are mostly reactionary to global X-Plane changes and a significant version update.

 

The ToLiss319 certainly falls into the secondary category. When released earlier back in January this year, it was stated that the aircraft was completed to a standard, but wasn't finished to full completed standard. When you purchased the aircraft you took that on as a sort of "Gentleman's Agreement" that the developer will deliver consistent updates to bring the aircraft up to the full standard that you have paid for...  it is a trust thing, a handshake agreement between you and the developer on the fact you get the aircraft earlier, but not to the fully completed aircraft with every i dotted and every t crossed.

 

This is the third update of the year, and again it clears up a few bugs, but again it mostly adds in a lot of new (if small detail) features to keep the project going forward very nicely. As a reviewer, you enjoy these updates as you can see a significant movement forward in the developing process and there are certainly a lot of very nice little new features in here to explore.

 

Although this update is noted as v1.2... you need to make sure your release version is v1.2.1 as there was a significant bug in the MCDU that was fixed in the .1 change.

 

Update v1.2.1

When taken into context the changes from the original release version of the ToLiSS319 to this current version are quite significant. This update focuses more on detail than the overall larger changes, but they are all quite pronounced when they are added in together. 

 

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Visually externally there isn't much difference, except for one item... and maybe your eagle eyes out there see it above?

 

It is a Wi-Fi SatNav dome and it is about as ugly as ugly as it could be...

 

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... the Lufthansa system is called FlyNet® which is Lufthansa Technik's own system, but I suppose we will have to get used to them ruining the clean dynamics of our aircraft as these domes are here to stay. This version is done by Matthew MD, and he adds in a few other small visual tweaks on the wings, engine blades, windows and the strobe lights, and a few texture updates.

 

ECAM

The main focus of this v1.2 update is on the ECAM or to be specific on the ECAM status messages. They are not all here, but the main majority status messages and alerts are now implemented... and very good it all is as well. It will of course also go hand in hand with the failure system (Fault Intervention) that was implemented back in release v1.1.

 

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You are now starting to get more of the direct feel of how deep the aircraft systems that are available to you now on the A319. First are the temporary alerts (like the HYD PTU) which is the power transfer unit 'barking dog' that comes into action when the hydraulic power from one of an aircraft's hydraulic systems is transferred to another system (arrowed above right).

Here you can also see and resolve the systems logic and see the condition of the aircraft... there is an automatic call of system and status pages (the ECAM displays the system page of the alert), and EWD (Engine/Warning Display) overflow logic. The arrow notes (below left) that there are more alerts or status items lower to be addressed...

 

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....   Airbus logic notes that you work from top to bottom in fixing or addressing the faults, so to access the lower alerts you then clear (CLR) the list top down via the CLR button on the lower ECAM control panel (arrowed above right). The system depth now is now matching the A320 Ultimate, or study grade in operation.

 

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You could of course already pop-out the ECAM panels (also with the PFD & NAV)...  however now they have the more modern X-Plane11 design surrounds that makes it all look a bit more professional. Aircraft doors open alerts are now also implemented.

 

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It was promised from ToLiSS very early on at the original release for the feature of instrument panel display switching, and now here it is...

 

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...  the console far right ECAM/ND XFR switch (arrowed) will switch the ECAM to either the left or right and replace it centre with the ND (Navigation Display). The PFD/ND XFR (arrowed below) on the left LT CTL (Light Control) panel switch will swap over the PFD and ND displays and both pilot positions are independent of each other. Any display switching will cause the displays to go blank then show the new display positions, and it looks highly authentic.

 

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You can use the two sets of switches together to get the instrument layout you require. The TERR ON ND select pop-out has also been refined to the X-Plane11 panel design and the detail made more sharper, and it looks great and you get far better terrain detail in the smaller and larger form.

 

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To round off the faults the actual displays can now fail as well... via the failures menu. The failure does not take effect until you close the TISCS screen...   the restart "test" notice looks great as well.

 

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There is now full synchronisation of baro settings between the Captain, Copilot and ISI, and that is set in the TISCS/Settings page (below left)

 

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Installing realism is an area that most developers don't do, others try but fail. Let take one action to highlight this point...  starting up the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit). Many times you click on the switch or button to start the APU, and instantly it is there working and producing power... is that realistic, no not really. But getting the feel and timing just right can add into the simulation experience. In that frame the APU has had a lot of attention in that now it is not the actual startup that takes the right amount of time (that is already correct), but the APU now runs for another 120s after switches it off to cool down as in real life. (Generator and bleed not available during this time.). There is also now the possibility to start the APU off batteries when in mid-air and... a new battery model allowing the proper charge/discharge procedure to allow the APU start in the air off those batteries. It is total realism 101. More fine tuning allows PACK 1(2) OFF ECAM messages now have a 60 second delay to allow the pilot to switch them off after thrust reduction. There is a lot of these fine tuning elements now in situ in the aircraft with this update version including Probe and Window heating to the electrical bus loads.

 

One last note is the "Resume from last time" setting in the "Positions Situation" feature. This new setting can be used to restore the last autosave (in case of crashes) or the last aircraft state when X-Plane was shut-down/with the ToLiss unloaded. In other words if you load up the aircraft at the same place you shutdown X-Plane, the A319 is restored itself to it's last flying condition, another lifesaver from an already very clever and usable feature.

 

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The replay mode can do strange things to the aircraft, one was the stutter gear movement...  so the Gear animation in the replay mode is now much smoother, and the non-linear stick-to-command mapping for the FBW control laws to approach the real-life implementation is now even closer...

 

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...  and this aircraft was already one of the best handling airlines in X-Plane, and another area more finely tuned is the custom ground effect model to make landing flare even more realistic.

 

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You can make the Airbus A319 as easy or as difficult as you want. That is the flexibility you have at your disposal here. The good news is that if you want to access that system depth then it is all built in here, and to an almost perfect Airbus simulation. And the differences between the FlightFactor A320 Ultimate and the ToLiSS319 are closing closer every day. Like I said earlier in the year, it is that one Airbus or the other is not a better simulation, but in reality they compliment each other depending on the route you want to fly...  both are excellent simulations.

 

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Summary

Like most previous updates this year since the initial release back in February earlier this year, the v1.2.1 is full of new features, nice tweaks and the cleaning up of some bugs.

With the introduction of a failure systems in v1.1, here in v1.2 we get the ECAM failure alerts and system diagnostic status with EWD overflow logic on the centre displays, and a very fully indepth system it is now. It will be an interesting scenario with the inclusion of the X-Plane11.30 features when sorted later (Engine fire anyone!).

 

Systems including electrical and APU have had serious attention, as the Baro setting is now global and not singular. All instrument displays are now switchable, including PFD, NAV and ECAM screens. All pop-out screens are now in X-Plane11 layouts (3d cockpit only).

 

Fine tuning covers tuned cruise-fuel consumption, mapping for the FBW control laws and manual flare. And visually the addition of a Wi-Fi SatNav dome.

 

Every update just adds in a little more in features and fine-tuning, but overall from the original release aircraft it all starts to add up to a full and comprehensive simulation, this is the third and although it has taken for most of the year to get here, there are no backward steps, but just good development going forward, and that is in reality all you can ask for to cover your investment.

 

I'm not going to shout again how great a little airliner this ToLiSS319 is as I am getting raspy in doing so, but it is brilliant.... and if you already don't have the aircraft, then Christmas is coming....   so go on and treat yourself, as you won't regret it.

 

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Yes! the ToLiSS319 (A319-122) v1.2 by ToLiSS is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


ToLiss A319

 

Price is US$69.00

 

Note make sure you have v1.2.1 when downloading, All previous purchasers can now update via your X-Plane.OrgStore Account


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 1.2.1 (Nov 24th 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 V1.2_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.

 

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Review by Stephen Dutton
27th November 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 Dusseldorf XP11 by Aerosoft (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$32.99

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

 

Full v1.2.1 Update list:

Changes from build 971 (V1.2) to 973 (V1.2.1):
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the "Crash during loading of city pair" crash
- Removed the spurious "Gravity feed only" Status message during startup from cold + dark
- Improved sequencing for SD pages when more than ECAM message is shown at a time
- Improved representation of Terrain on ND for the popup windows.


Changes from build 939 (V1.1.1) to build 971 (V1.2)

Major new features:
- XP11 style windows for the popup displays - you can move your MCDU or your popup to another screen now.
- ECAM rework: Automatic call of system and status pages, and EWD overflow logic.
- Implementation of the majority of ECAM status messages.
- You can switch PFD, ND and ECAM around like in the real aircraft. (3D cockpit ONLY)
- Added display units as failure modes to the Fault injection screen
- Custom ground effect model to make landing flare more realistic. (You will have to retune your flare technique!)

Minor new features:
- Added option to synchronize baro settings between Captain, Copilot and ISI
- APU now runs for another 120s after switches it off to cool down as in real life. (Generator and bleed not available during this time.)
- Warnings for DOORS open is triggered now if you forget to close them before takeoff.
- New battery model allowing proper charge/discharge procedure and allowing APU start in air off batteries.
- The different engine types now also have the appropriate individual oil pressure, EGT and fuel injection time during startup. (Besides N1, N2, Fuel consumption and thrust which were already different in previous versions.)
- Addition of non-linear stick-to-command mapping for the FBW control laws to approach the reallife implementation even closer.
- Ice detection system to warn you of the impeding performance degradation if you don't switch on Anti Ice.
- Some visual tweaks from Matthew on wings, engine blades, windows and strobe lights plus addition of a SatCom Antenna. (Thanks!)

Bug fixes:
- Fixed the QNH reset to zero when popping up the ISI
- Fixed the spurious MCDU resets during power transients.
- Fixed issue that rotating the BARO knob in mode STD had an effect on altimeter.
- Added Probe and window heating to the electrical bus loads
- Fixed possibility to start APU of batteries when in mid-air.
- Fixed saving of the XPDR compatibility preference setting.
- CVR ground control switches off now, when starting the engines or being off ground.
- PACK 1(2) OFF ECAM messages now have a 60 second delay to allow the pilot to switch them off after thrust reduction.
- Retuning of the volume levels between TRU and air conditioning in the cockpit.
- Fixed the bug that SIDs are not available if the runway designator in the apt.dat file and the procedure file are off by 1.
- Fixed the import of altitude constraints that are stored in the CIFP file in the format FLxxx instead of altitude in feet.
- Improved pitch trim wheel mapping between animation and actual stab position.

Changes from build 936 (v1.1) to build 939 (V1.1.1)

Minor new features:
- ESC key can now be used to close the ISCS.
- Improved CI-Mach relationship
- Implemented an external volume slide to adjust external vs internal volumes to users preferences.
- The default x-plane commands for EFIS mode change and Map zoom in now work on the captain ND
- "Resume from last time" - can be used to restore the last autosave (in case of crashes) or the last aircraft state when Xplane was shut-down/the ToLiss unloaded.
- Gear animation in replay mode is now much smoother.
- Texture updates from Matthew


Bug fixes:
- Fixed the issue with Crashes on Take-off when random faults are enabled
- Fixed automatic Sharklet/Winglet selection based on livery string.
- Fixed the crashes occuring when scrolling through the flight plan with ND set to mode PLAN
- Made display of AUTO BRK Memo more accurate
- Added performance parameters to the list of parameters to be cleared on FMGS reset after landing
- Increased park brake pressure to value listed in AMM
- Some FMGS bug fixes for particular SIDs/STARs/VIAs.
- Fine tuned cruise-fuel consumption.
- Fixed a FMGS bug leading to the program hanging in the vertical prediction under certain circumstances.
- Fix for Transponder issues with third party traffic/ATC add-ons.
- Increased lighting distance for landing, taxi, and runway turn-off lights.

 

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