Flight Factor has revealed that two years ago they began a cooperation with a group of developers to work on a real training simulation for pilots. They are now close to the completion a training level simulation of the Airbus A320, and are planning to port it to X-Plane 11.
According to Flight Factor: “this model is totally different than their other aircraft. This comes from “the real world” so to speak.”
The simulation has its own flight model, rather than coming from X-Plane and the focus in the development of this model was not the flight sim world but for training real pilots.
The ambiance in the real cockpit has been recreated with each sound accurately replicating the real aircraft. Each switch and fan in the cockpit has a sound recorded from the actual A320, and the same is true of engine.
They continued: “The software running inside the model is a duplicate of the real thing, unlike other models (including FF Pro models) which only approximate the system.
“For example, when you press a switch, it doesn’t simulate the action of a valve but simulates an electrical impulse sent to the valve, which reacts accordingly. This is again of high benefit to real pilots, who can learn the actions of simulated systems not only in their result but in the way they work, speed, sound and changes according at the moment of action.”
Features planned for release includes:
- 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 behaviour.
- 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.
No price has been revealed yet but the company said: “due to the complexity and the accuracy of the systems expect to pay more than with our current models”. No release date has been announced yet but the company said they “were getting close”.