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  1. 55 points
    Been a long while since I wrote a friday evening update mail but it's time to explain a few things. It's 18:20 and I got my glass of wine so let's get going. It will be about the CRJ, A320 series and the A330, they are all highly interlinked at this moment. As you know the magic word of the last two weeks was '64 bits' (okay, two words). And most of my time was focusses on getting 'my' products converted. My products as in the series of Aerosoft products I am responsible for. We had some issues but at least some scenery and aircraft like the Twin Otter etc are released in 64 bit versions. Of course the big projects like the old and new Airbusses are not that easy. Not only because they are more complex but also because they get more attention and we do not want to do straight ports but real P3D V4 versions with all the lights etc. The plan was to 'quickly' do the A318/A319 and A320/A321 and release them in 64 bit versions with (apart from all new lights) the same features as the current versions. But reality quickly raised its dirty head and we had to change the plans. See, because of some unfinished parts in P3d V4 the lights have to be done partly in code and not in effects. Lockheed is working on these issues but we think that doing the in code will be a better solution anyway. To give you an idea, if you do the in effects you have to change the model and recompile it for every test (often dozens to get something right), if you do it in code you just need to recompile the gauge and that's done in seconds and not 15 minutes as with the model. That means that if you feel the lights are too yellow or something it's an easy fix. But of course that means opening major parts of the source files. And that means the developers had to get re-acquainted with code they left two years ago. And of course they felt the new code that replaced it by now (for the A330) was way better then that old 'junk'. So after a lot of teeth grinding I (as project manager) decided to replace a lot of the old code that served us well for close to 6 years now (!) and use the newer codebase for the A320 series update. Project Managers always want it 'cheap, fast and stable' and we mostly settle for two of the three. This time we choose only 'stable'. It made no sense to release an update for the A320 series now and to overhaul it end of this year again. We have to move these projects to our new shared code base that handles all the Airbusses with one set of files, only with different config files. Just as Airbus does it actually. Now don't worry, this does NOT really delay the A330. The code still needs to be done for all models and as you have seen today the modeling is progressing nicely. The release and the massive demand for compatible add-ons for Prepar3D does affect all our schedules. I honestly told everybody in Aerosoft it would be big but even I am seriously surprised. Never a dull moment.... Damn, it seems these glasses of wine keep getting smaller every year, be right back. Where was I? Ahh right... As said the A330 is not really delayed, but the release order is. We were planning to do a new A320 series after the A330 but demand for the 64 bit version is so strong that we simply have to get things out as soon as possible. And that path is shorter for the A320 series then for the A330. So you will see updates for the A18/A319 and A320/A321 in the next few weeks first. Those will be full blown P3d V4 products. With all the lights (every single light can be controlled individually), installer that install in the documents folder etc (very cool btw, you can re-install the sim without re-installing the add-ons). The works. You will also get almost all of the aircraft systems in the new versions. As explained we dropped all the old code and rewrote most of it to the latest standards. It's faster, slicker, has far deeper sense of the systems behind what you see. You will get an MCDU that is, beyond any doubt, the most complete ever done for our sims (and yes that includes all our competitors). We spend a lot of time on that because as you know we focus on what pilots use and not on systems that have been only oned a few times (or never) in real life. The MCDU is the heart of the Airbus and no effort spend on that is too much. What it also means is that our idea to release this as a free update is out of the windows. You know that we would never ask you to pay twice for the same files but we had the idea that just new lights and a new installer did not justify an update fee. But now we are talking rather serious stuff. There is around 2 men year of work between what you have no on your disk and the new files. So we'll do what we always do, make the files, see what's new and what's old and come up with a update fee that's reasonable. My CEO will disagree, he will take my advice, lol. The A330 will follow pretty fast after those aircraft. And of course if you have the one (or all) of the A320 series you will get an discount because it shares some of the files. Again, we never ask you to pay twice for the same files. And of course it will come in FSX/P3d V3 versions that are similar and P3d V4 version that will have all the additional features. As we see it now the price will be the same for those versions. Of course the CRJ is still planned to be released before the busses. Please note we have NO plans to drop support for 32 bit sims at this moment. All the while Flight Sim World is very slowly getting some updates in it's Early Access stage but we still do not have an SDK and no good idea about the stability of that platform. As there seems to be zero demand from customers at this moment, we are more or less leaving that simulator where it is now. 19:10 now, been working since 08:20. Time for some food and then finish watching House of Cards Season 5. If you got any questions feel free to ask them here. I promise to answer them as honest and open as possible.
  2. 33 points
    I gave you exactly as much information as I intended. Asking for more won't get you anywhere. because we're currently discussing A320 series high altitude takeoffs in the CRJ forum. If you want to talk A330, please use the Pilatus PC-6 preview forum
  3. 31 points
    Oh yes... try flying these procedures... As I recently said in a presentation, when our customers see these issues they close the sim and start to write an angry post on the forum. A real pilot digs up a paper chart, disables the AP and starts to fly the aircraft. Probably enjoying himself and feeling smug.
  4. 26 points
    And yes, will do internal as well. And yes, taxil ights need to be dimmed for sure.
  5. 25 points
    Hello, After reading this thread I decided to reply officially. About two weeks ago we found a small number of 3D objects in the update of the FSL Airbus. So we contacted Lefteris and found him really surprised. I talked to him on the phone as we didn't want to do anything without having talked and I found out that he didn't knew about it before we told him. So the files may be used by accident (honestly it was a mistake by comparing some objects between the two airbusses and some wrong objects were deleted) "The good coments were really a nice compliment to our 3D artist Stefan" ;-) We decided together not to make a big deal out of this and FSL has solved the problem with a new update."Shit happens" ;-) I am sure FSL doesn't need to use Aerosoft objects in an update because they have the capacity to do them by themself. So for everybody, for me this is no longer an issue. We have a good relationship to FSL since many year and no reason to change it. Btw.: I was surprised that this thread was opened anonymously. I don't like this kind a usage of forums because it is cowardly. I wish you and all our customers a contemplative Christmas season and a Happy New Year. Kind regards Winfried Diekmann Aerosoft, CEO
  6. 22 points
    The CRJ can also be found in Africa ...
  7. 14 points
    We do indeed. But do note we do NOT use photorealistic textures as some other do, we find they look horrible in most lighting conditions and totally horrible when you use real lights or shadows. Just take a photograph of your living room and try to use a small flashlight to make it look like it is night. We are in a modern age where we model the object, put a texture on it that is neutral, add bumpmaps to make the surface more or less uneven, add a certain amount of reflectiveness and let the graphics card do it's work. To explain this better. Just recently I seen an aircraft where I could see 'my own' feet while cruising at FL355 around noon. So the most light as possible in the pit. Believe me, a pilot only sees a dark hole beyond his knees. The incredible high light level in the cockpit at that altitude (they wear those cool shades for a reason) and the way human eyes handle contrast make the cockpit a very strange environment regarding light. Have you EVER a cockpit in full light well represented in a photograph? I have not. It's impossible.
  8. 14 points
    Ok, I know it's a 600, but I like it also as a 700!
  9. 14 points
    I don't have a life! Yes, it is.
  10. 13 points
    No, we got 26 liveries included (at this moment) and these were just the few we decided not to include in the base package. Here is list of the included models (most made by Holgi as always). There will of course not be any payware add-on packages for this project. 700 models: Lufthansa Regional D-ACSB American Eagle N508AE HOP! Air France F-GRZH Lufthansa Regional Star Alliance D-ACPT United Express N770SK Alaska Airlines N215AG American Eagle N508AE OC Brit Air F-GRZG Conviasa YV2088 Delta Airways N367CA Horizon Air N613QX SA Express ZS-NLT Styrian Spirit OE-LSF 900 models: Lufthansa Regional D-ACNN Lufthansa Regional D-ACKI US Airways Express N247LR Air Nostrum EC-JYA Delta Airways N806SK Adria Airways S5-AAK Air Canada Express C-GOJZ Air Nostrum EC-JZS Air One EI-DOT AtlasGlobal TC-ETC Binter Canarias EC-MEN PLUNA CX-CRA SAS Scandinavian Airlines OY-KFI
  11. 13 points
    I have a couple of jokes to pass the time: Q: What does a pilot say halfway through a first date? A: "Enough about flying, let's talk about me" Q: How do you find out if someone is a pilot? A: Don't worry, they'll tell you Q: What's the difference between a pilot and god? A: God doesn't think he's a pilot
  12. 13 points
    Everything you know from the A31x/A32x series will also be part of the A330.
  13. 13 points
    All the work this week was spend on getting the A320 series ready for 64 bits (but of course that is the same for the A330), Also progress has been very good on our new Connected Flight Deck system that will be seamless and not require any peer to peer connection with firewall problems etc.
  14. 12 points
    Well looks like the current state of our CRJ Ah no, we are a bit further.
  15. 12 points
    Q: What does a First Officer and Jesus have in common? A: Both are god's right hand.
  16. 12 points
    Mathjis not gonna believe this, I just checked our VA out on Skytrax.... Yep our airline is now officially 0 stars at skytrax because FS Bombardier (Aerosoft) failed to deliver our fleet. Every flight has been delayed for 7 years we still have a CRJ waiting to take off on runway 5 at Saginaw International, they have been holding short for 6 years. Not sure if the plane disintegrated or if they gave up and just opened the doors and walked back to the terminal on foot from the taxiway. We were even on the news the first airline to be holding short 6 years, the plane is still sitting there and it's rusting. Now the passengers want a refund & there yelling at me where's the plane? I told them it's getting cleaned. If Bombardier doesn't deliver the fleet in the next coming weeks I don't know what to do, our pilots & engineers are now on strike because they are fed up of waiting! But I guess the saying is true: good things come to people who wait! Hans stated the CRJ is "close" I don't know how close like a week, month, or even year we can't speculate due to the lack of evidence but it's getting there.
  17. 11 points
    Current situation: WIP Relese date: 42
  18. 11 points
    When? I have been following this thread for 9 minutes and did not see anything yet.
  19. 10 points
    It contains questions about the SDK, so it's fine. At least for me. No idea about the moderators... we all know they're extremely evil people EDIT: Post #8000 in this thread
  20. 10 points
    Check this out.... Never in the history of flight simulation has bump mapping been used so much!
  21. 10 points
    I don't see any problems with people trying to think aloud on what we should or might do. This is 2017 and customers are not just people that buy but also people to speak their minds. Besides, it's also fun reading.
  22. 9 points
    If I were an admin I would deactivate the downvote function. Sometimes it is just not fair and not legit but thats the A330 preview topic.
  23. 9 points
    Yeah, we mods can see who he is and he does that a lot. It will get him vote ban soon if he continues this behaviour.
  24. 9 points
    not entirely correct. It wasn't found by you, it was caused by you!
  25. 9 points
    According to Emi, you managed to break most of northwest germany's navaids today without even being in the country... I'm sure you can break the VNAV from anywhere in the world
  26. 9 points
    Hans is aiming for the title of most unreliable developer. And we are aiming for most delayed project ever. And I am the project manager. About engines, personally I think the more engines the better. As the B-52 driver said to his crew, "Engine 6 is running a bit hot, let's shut her down and declare and emergency. With only 7 left you never know."
  27. 8 points
    I know with my 1070 GPU I am lucky but I do not share the pessimism about dynamic lights at all. We are all still learning to deal with it but if you use reasonable settings (as always) things work out fine for me. Why do you want P3d to draw thousands of trees you will never see at night? Here is our CRJ on our Genoa running at what are for me fully acceptable settings, using dynamic lights, looking good and running at 80 fps. Sure I can get that down to single digits with all sliders to the right, but why the heck would I want that? Don't ask the sim to draw things you won't see or that would make little sense.
  28. 8 points
    WPFKATD is currently on holiday so Hans can finally finish the CRJ without fear of WPFKATD breaking it. Ofcourse next week all bets are off again and WPFKATD will most certainly break some VNAV stuff that was in yesterdays new beta.
  29. 8 points
  30. 8 points
    An E190 would be very nice yes. Maybe Hans could make one after the CRJ. I am guessing an 2025 release.
  31. 7 points
    Connected Flight Deck (CFD) remains one of our most important features (we feel flying an aircraft alone is simply unrealistic) and it is being completely revamped to solve the open issues with connections. firewalls etc. It will be totally transparent and a shared module between all our aircraft, all busses, CRJ and we are even checking the Twin Otter for this. RAAS is indeed open, but we are 100% sure it will soon be updated.
  32. 7 points
    Guys I'm so sorry, I don't know why but reading the Mathijs post I didn't understand immediately what he exactly meant. I'm not a native english speaker so maybe this is the reason. Anyway I apologize for making you waste your time.
  33. 6 points
    https://www.planespotters.net/photo/749758/n613qx-expressjet-airlines-canadair-cl-600-2c10-regional-jet-crj-701er I just put N613QX back together a few months ago. And Holgi, she's actually a CRJ-700 or a 701 (CL600-2C10). Above is a picture of the cabin pressure floor removed. You're looking at the center fuel tank/wing box from the cabin. :) That plane was living in the desert for the past few years. She was resurrected and (absolutely insane amount of money spent) is flying out of Dallas. I managed this project and we had her up and running in 2 months. Hint Hint Mathijs! kidding. We love you guys!
  34. 6 points
    That happens indeed, but behind the scene that is being dealt with. we believe the current voting system, when used correctly, is a valuable tool for users to show us what posts they find useful and what posts they find disruptive. The vast majority of users here are simply friendly and good willing. We trust them to do the right thing.
  35. 6 points
    My resentment comes from the fact you want a refund after accepting that refund are impossible for download products, you posted a forum post, send us three (!) tickets, all demanding a refund and stating our support is bad. And all that in 6,5 hours. Night hours for our support team. I take offense to my support team being called bad after these facts. And I stand by that judgement, I think any reader will agree that your judgement was very harsh and incorrect. If you feel we should offer 24/7 support inside 7 hours I am afraid that our opinions on what good support is differ. If you consider that amateuristic so be it. It will not change however, we try to reply inside 24 hours.
  36. 6 points
    There might be some speed to gain but as P3D V4 uses forward rendering instead of deferred rendering there will be serious limits in the use of lights. Unlike in X-Plane it will never be possible to use hundreds or even thousands of lights. We are not sure why this method of rendering was selected. But this method favors very fast GPU, which is of course a acceptable choice for a professional sim. P3D V4 simply loves fast graphics cards and it adores fast graphics cards with a lot of memory. GeForce 800 and up. And just so you do not get the wrong idea about me, all this information came from Stefan who actually knows about these things because he is a professional and trained modeler. Those are pretty rare in our scene.
  37. 6 points
    Nope. I am not willing to do that, remember what happened last time?
  38. 6 points
    Why do you refuse to read the post you were pointed to? In there is the direct answer to your question. It couldn't be stated more clearly actually:
  39. 6 points
    That is not the best idea. My Documents folder for example sits on the system drive, whereas everything else, like P3D sits on a much larger HD. My system drive gets constantly clogged by programs that dump everything in the Appdata or the Document folders. I'm down to 1,5Gig on that drive although I actively did not install more than Windows itself on that drive. You should choose the FSDreamteam route. Only the add-on.xml sits in the documents folder the rest of the actual add-on data can sit wherever the user wants it to.
  40. 6 points
    Oliver, Would you consider this one in the next update? It has 10 "likes".
  41. 5 points
    This is by far my favourite avionics suite! I'm going to modify my CRJ to match this. That other pic of yours looks like you're about to add a concrete floor
  42. 5 points
    False, the RAT is located unter the right wing in one of the flap track fairings.
  43. 5 points
    This is my standard night setting. I often got to zero autogen when an airport is not located inside a city or when you hardly see anything outside the airport. Keep in mind that the sim has to calculate all objects and then decide if it should show them or not. I normally keep car traffic high and aircraft traffic low.
  44. 5 points
    Shhh! We don't ask questions like that... Uhm, come to think about it... ... why are we discussing the CRJ in the A330 thread?!
  45. 4 points
    bayern, generiert aus 10 unterschiedlichen gebäuden, sieht schon ganz gut aus :-) die gebäude, die ich für bayern über sketchup selbst erstellt habe, sind in der world models integriert, genauso, wie blacky75 das mit seinen gebäuden gemacht hat. zum test habe ich nur meine objekte und wald generiert, mehr nicht. wenn ich mit meiner arbeit fertig bin, werde ich die bayern scenery zum download bereitstellen aber bis dahin ist noch viel arbeit.
  46. 4 points
    As you may know we sometimes run into projects that we think are major cool but that are just not suitable for a commercial release. This was the case with a set of Prepar3D avatars that Christian Bahr send me a while ago. So in the end we bought the files from him and will make it into a gift to the community and customers of simWare and Aerosoft. A mix between an End-of-year/ Christmas gift and a thanks to all our fine customers who have been buying our products for 25 years. In case you would not know simware, it is our Belgium daughter company that handles the French and Belgium market, check them out here: http://www.simw.com/blog. They are very strong in hardware btw, the manager Cedric is one of the few persons I know why actually knows what works with what. You can download your copy here: http://freeware.aerosoft.com/forum/downloads/AS_AIRPORT-AVATARS_P3D.zip. It's a very simple installer, no adds, registration or anything. If you want to check out the manual first: http://freeware.aerosoft.com/forum/downloads/Airport_Avatars_Manual_English.pdf
  47. 4 points
  48. 4 points
    Keep in mind I have NEVER said anything about a new Airbus project. I always said we got our hands full with the current 16 models of 318/319/320/321/330.
  49. 4 points
    Jeez, you guys are no fun...
  50. 4 points

    Version 1.0.0


    Recommend use with AIRAC 1706 for best results. Changelog Update: RAD and Directs Update: minor fixes in RAD to ensure correct routing Update: added Free Route Airspace Georgia (FRAG) to Black Sea Free Route Airspace Update: added first set of directs for cross-border Free Route Airspace between Norway and Denmark/Sweden Regards David