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  1. Dear friends, we are really sorry this message is released later then we hoped. We are excited to announce that the Aerosoft CRJ 550/700 for the Microsoft Flight Simulator will be released on Tuesday March 16, 2021 as the first complex and highly detailed aircraft expansion. The expansion will be available as a download from the Aerosoft Shop and the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace at the same time.
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  2. Hello everybody and welcome to the first tutorial video about the AS CRJ for MSFS! Volume 3 of the CRJ documentation describes a flight from Paderborn to Munich and in this series we will also perform this flight. You can first read the manual or just check out the videos, or do both ofcourse. We will have one topic in this section for every video. If you have any questions about the safety checks you can ask them here. In this video we will talk about the first thing a flightcrew does when they enter the cockpit; the safety checks: (ps, be sure to watch the video in 4K
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  3. I will add my support to Mathijs sentiment here. One of the things we constantly try to snuff out is this popular meme that developers are all in competition with one another like newspaper barkers on a street corner. We aren't. The entire market exists because there are so many developers, and so many shared development relationships in the community. The ecosystem as a whole needs a broad range of products and services in order to attract enough users so that it becomes self sustaining. If things get out of balance and they are dominated by a single developer, then creativit
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  4. My sincerest apologies for this situation - it was a couple members of our team who exercised rather poor judgement, and they have been spoken to. I assure you this won't happen again. We have the highest respect for your team and products, and like everyone else here, are eagerly anticipating the CRJ.
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  5. Your wish, our command.
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  6. Warning… this is work in progress and if you dislike us to toot our own horn, better not read on. As you know we have been working with Microsoft and Asobo to get the new sim into retail stores (with great success, it will be available widely in Europe) but less known is how our developers have worked with Asobo on making complex add-ons possible. The major credit goes to Stefan Hoffmann and Hans Hartmann here. But Asobo has been incredibly kind and it was a fair exchange of ideas and code. They helped us getting a product done, we helped them shape the SDK so it will benefit all
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  7. Wait.... and the Illuminati have nothing to do with it. Riiiiight.... Oh you poor misguided soul. _____________________________ Might I make a short personal comment? While it is frustrating not being able to give the release date and having to hide some stuff. I, and the complete team behind this project (I am really just the assigned figurehead, the real aces are the developers, I type, they code and model), thoroughly enjoy the conversation here. Sure, there are hiccups and sometimes tempers flare. But this is 2021 and the internet, right?
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  8. Friends, I was asked to posts this. ----------------------------- Dear FlightSim Community, We feel the expectation on us to give official information about the release of the Aerosoft CRJ 550/700 for the Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this regard we have a concern and we’ll keep it short: We made a really tough decision to postpone the CRJ release into the first quarter of next year. This decision wasn't easy for us, because we know how much anticipation there is in the community for this add-on. We have decided to do so, because we
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  9. Friends, there is one 'special' thing about this release that is new and will potentially cause serious support issues. We'll mention it in the installer etc but as it is so new we decide to mention it on the forums until you are sick of hearing about it. See, when you load the 550 and the 700 for the first time in the simulator there is a translation done from the C++ code to the WASM code the sim needs. Even on a high performance system this takes minutes. Now I know installers often say to be patient for 'minutes' to do something and it takes seconds, but in this case it will be
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  10. Okay okay, we'll admit. The CRJ has wing flex. But not the 'floppy' wings I see so often in other aircraft. This is pretty sophisticated stuff with it's own controller. Only that way could we get the 10 Hz 'vibrations' of the short wings. Very noticeable on the ground. We believe it is damned cool because it is not done as a gimmick but really as realistic as possible.
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  11. Okidoki, so I am sure you won't mind if we remove you from this topic for 36 months.
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  12. Update from the previous post Stefan just did some quick test. Now settings and hardware do not really play a role as it is the comparison that counts. CRJ, fully loaded on runway: 45 FPS Default Airbus, fully loaded on runway: 52 fps Now I have the idea that internal memory is important. We have all 32 Gb or more. MFS loves memory. But all in al, we are not afraid of the performance. Interestingly enough the texture load of the CRJ is 12% less then the default Airbus. Now, okay, a larger aircraft, but still. For people with a graphics card with a moderate am
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  13. On Monday we will give all dates.
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  14. I felt rather unhappy about some of the discussions on our forums (and the accusations made) in the last week, so I decided to have a glass of wine and reflect on them. First, we do not remove a discussion from view without a lot of internal discussions. We only do so when we feel the discussion is unjust, contains incorrect information or simply violates our idea of what is right and wrong. Our forums are NOT ‘public’ forums like on other sites. We decide what is welcome and what is not. Now there are very few forums without commercial links (if a website has a shop you will see n
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  15. As some people felt the sides of the door were not in the level of detail they should be... At least it is clear we listen to what people comment on.
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  16. Check this out:, a preview of the Come Fly With me videos (https://forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?/forum/1061-come-fly-with-me-by-the-dude/)
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  17. I have seen some questions about wingflex on other sites. Now, readers here know why we do not care a lot but let me go over it one more time to close the discussion ones and for all. The CRJ has very stiff and rather short wings, it is not an A330 with huge floppy wings. That's why the CRJ is not the most very comfortable aircraft in turbulence. It is like sportscar with stiff suspension. We know exactly how stiff the wings are and we know exactly what force makes them flex. As we can calculate the forces rather easy we know how much the wing tip should move if it was to be re
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  18. 20:58.... started at 08:00. Time for some wine, some food, walking the dog, talking to the horses and perhaps some incredibly stupid TV. I can recommend that to anybody!
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  19. The first episode of the Come Fly with Me series is now online! Check it out:
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  20. Friends, might I ask for a Christmas cease fire on this topic? The reason I posted what I did was because when a company changes its communication I believe it is best to simply say so. It is part of my idea to be as open as possible to customers. You share the good and the bad. In my experience 90% of customers just understand things when you explain them and even are okay when you say that, for what reason or another, you are not able to explain. Aerosoft is not a small company any more. We got departments, offices, floors, managers. In 2020 I got two new full time employees
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  21. Please allow me a personal comment I have been cropping up for close to a year. We learned about the new sim at the same time as everybody else. It is utterly incredible Microsoft and Asobo managed to keep this such a secret for over two years. But very soon after the first announcement was done we were called by Microsoft to see if we had any interest in working with them. Uhhhh.... yeah! Now we had some luck. The development team, Asobo, is based in Bordeaux and I live close to Bordeaux. So we could set up a quick meeting (this is all before Corona, when we still co
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  22. Yes and I apologize for that. We have no idea what actually happened but it seemed we upset some people in the FBW Discord channel. Now that is weird as I promoted that project several times and still consider it one of the coolest things in MFS at this moment. Some of the people from that forum chat made several account to avoid limitations and used them to upvote there own posts. Something the FBW Discord channel frowns up on seriously. These are NOT public forums, these are our company forums. We decide what is acceptable and not. There are many forums where you can say what yo
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  23. Nice catch! That image was not supposed to be there and we have tracked down how it got there. Not a big deal but we got a pretty very marketing department who (as I as project manager) want to control what is shown. It is all a storm in a teacup, all solved, no harm. But the simple fact is that the aircraft is shared with a lot of people already. Not only with our core testers (people who we worked with for many years) or experts (real pilots, mechanics etc) but also with people that we want to keep informed. It is unavoidable that something like this slips out. We notice,
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  24. We have to start a preview post about our Airbus Microsoft Flight Simulator projects at some time, so why not now? As most people will know we have three aircraft projects for MFS in development at this moment. All of them are complete new builds using as much of the fantastic features of the new simulator as possible. In order of scheduled release these are the CRJ 500/700 (followed up by the CRJ 900/1000), the Twin Otter and finally the Airbusses. We have at this moment 3 people working on the 'systems'. Over the next few months that will grow to 6 people. Feel free
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  25. Since my last video YouTube has been so kind as to process my videos faster. Going from the upload to 4K streaming only took 5 minutes instead of the usual hours and hours. Here you go, Episode 4!
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  26. The Delta, one of the last liveries we wanted to add is ready,
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  27. Quick note..... No need to F5 right now. It will be very clear when we are days from release. Right now things are going great. I just completed the complete release document for our departments. That document helps to get every things aligned. From the people who need to add the product to the shop pages, via the people who make the installers, the people who add it to the Microsoft shop, the marketing department, the server people (as they will need to get enough bandwidth) ending up with the support crew. Fact is we are close to going to Release Candidate. That's th
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  28. Mathijs, If you wouldn't mind, I would take back to the higher ups that this is quite a shame and I think a poor strategy in both marketing and sales. What you're doing in this thread is actually typical of modern marketing for boutique products such as the CRJ. I actually decided to purchase the CRJ specifically because of your open communication and insight into the process and development of the product. There was no other factor that played more of a role in my decision. I've also seen the Aerosoft CRJ featured in multiple videos on YouTube and multiple news articles on large f
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  29. Going to defend PMDG here. Robert is a good friend and PMDG and Aerosoft have been working together for a very long time. Although PMDG and Aerosoft aim for different goals in aircraft simulation (they want to simulate the aircraft, we focus on being a airliner captain) we have a very good idea about the costs in development and support. In the very limited market we have all been working for, what they asked was a solid price. If there are 30.000 potential customers for your product and a good deal of those are not 'ready' for a complex add-on like the PMDG 737, you are left wit
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  30. Proof is the pudding. Just check the vids https://forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?/forum/1061-come-fly-with-me-by-the-dude/. If you believe this is not complex enough for you, just wait. For me it is. Keep in mind that what you read might have a reason. Development teams that did not jump on MFS and now are late, development teams that were refused access to MFS channels etc. For our internal aircraft development we made a very clear decision, while we still update P3D projects (like the busses with CPDLC) our focus is on MFS. Everybody makes his own choices and just as I am pushing M
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  31. Now that is a post that I seriously appreciate. When we release contact me on Mathijs.Kok@aerosoft.com and I'll see that the core team at your side will get a free copy.
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  32. This is what really sucks about the flight sim community. Aerosoft does something awesome and shows us previews PRE RELEASE which they don't have to and are extremely open to suggestions . They build an aircraft that looks to be AMAZING quality for only the price of lunch at a nice restaurant. And what do some people do? they complain about the most absurd shit. "the wingflex" "the cockpit door" and funniest of all "the inside of the door texture" which is about the dumbest thing to complain about yes we get it its not 90K quality but who cares it's the inside of a door you never look at,
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  33. Just some more images as I got nothing else to report today (we are awaiting some files later today). We have also had some discussion on the lighting. MFS does a pretty good job of simulating the very harsh light conditions over 10.000 feet. So when you look outside the pit will look dark, if you look down it will look far brighter. Up Something in between..... Down.
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  34. There will be another way to learn about this aircraft. A good friend, a real pilot with thousands of hours on the CRJ will be doing short training 'sessions'. These will consist of short (say between 5 and 10 min) video's about certain aspects of the aircraft.The first one will be called, 'Bring Your Coffee and Let's Sit Down".
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  35. Alexander was working on views and his screenshots are really nice and crisp...
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  36. As project manager I am only losing a moderate amount of sleep over this. Fact is that these are things you try to calculate in but that only works up to point. Look, I do follow the chats where this is discussed. I actually get paid to read these things. Sometimes it feels like I am not paid enough. But we feel the changes that Asobo made are correct. They fix problems and we will end up with a better simulator. Unless you build your own OS and application you are always working in a fluid environment. Remember FSX? After 2 years we had two patches and were left
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  37. On behalf of Majestic Software, I agree entirely with Mathijs. It is so important to cooperate especially on a challenging subject of MSFS2020, because every addon that is available for any sim platform constitutes to the interest to flight simming in general, and indirectly benefits all the addon developers. And if we think how much the complexity of addons, especially aircraft addons, have increased since FS9 - I wouldn't be surprised if we soon consider sharing the knowledge on a regular basis in order to help each other. There is a lot in the addon development that is not aircraft specific
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  38. I (and Vanessa who handles the marketing) could not agree more. It is just not in our hands. But standby, things will happen.
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  39. No, I would say we are at the gate and preparing to start the engine. I do not want to create ideas that are not intended. We are at the hugely complex stage where we need to decide if what we got is good enough. As you will understand this is a hugely important project for us. You have really no idea how much effort and how much time was poured into this. It is by far the most complex project I have worked on in the 20+ years I am doing this. Not because the add-on is the most complex but there are so many bits and people that had (have) to work together to make this happen.
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  40. Yes, we hear that more often. But in my (our) minds it makes no sense. See, we are playing airline pilot here, and they do not get to play with their aircraft to see when they break when they are abused. It also leads to massive support issues because many hobby pilots simply would not understand the relation between something they did 10 minutes ago and an effect later. Our average customer watches a lot of YouTube videos and has a beer, a real airline crew consists of two highly trained professionals who are sober. I know many people do not like to hear this, but it is a bit si
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  41. No, I do not agree. Customers are customers. Even if we (i) do not always agree, if we have some time to fix the issue that bugs them, let's just do it. We always said customers shape our products. The first person who asks for passengers in all seats gets banned for live. Just saying.
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  42. Challenge accepted! Can we get passengers for all seats please?
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  43. Hello from the test laboratory! Few more screenshots from various test flights that I have done the past few days to celebrate passing 100 pages on this thread.
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  44. Good comments. Like TheDude I am not a fan of making PC simulation more than it actually is. We use real pilots to assist us in the development of products. And each of them knows that there is simply no add-on that a real pilot would call 'study-level'. It's a term that popped up a few years ago for no good reason. I do not think I ever seen a development team use the term, it's always customers. There is one PMDG product a lot of pilots speak of with great respect about because it was pretty damned accurate if you combined two non standard things (or failures). And that is extr
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  45. This is honestly a real pity. The open communication was absolutely refreshing. 🤔
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  46. I think Mathijs has hit the mark on his description of the environment within our industry. It's just as he describes it. There is an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie, but respect and honestly over all. For example about 3 months ago I wrote to Mathijs asking if his team had discovered how to perform a trick with the wind in FS2020 and a few weeks ago I asked him about developers to hire. That helpful and collaborative environment is not common in other industries and it really makes work very enjoyable. From Carenado, there is nothing but gratitu
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  47. I just had a skype chat with a friend. he is a long time customer, flies PMDG737 most of the time. I found his comments so intriguing I asked if I could post them, he said yes. Mathijs: I am sorry, I do not understand what you mean. You must have 500 hours on the PMDG 737 on IVAO, why would you think the CRJ is too complex for you? It is a less complex aircraft (more demanding to fly, but technically less complex). myfriend: make that 616hours! And yes, I know the CRJ has less automation and I love that, a pilot is a guy with his hands on the controls, not a button pus
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  48. Whaaat?? Oh wow, that's too bad. Something that i always loved about your company was the fact that you where open about your projects. We always had insight about what was going on behind the scenes. From the point of view of us, your customers, this isn't good news at all
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  49. Some more images... nothing really new to see but do compare this to default aircraft and you see we are learning some new tricks.... Still a lot missing, but we are getting there! As you will see the current model is one that is brand new and highly polished. It still needs to get its dirt and paint imperfections. Can you believe we are now talking about imperfections in a paint layer? When I started with Flightsim Paris was one huge uniform polygon with 7 corners. London was cool as it had a river and 15 corners. And as said, we will not do cheap ports from P3d V4, this is all br
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