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  1. 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
    52 points
  2. 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
    35 points
  3. Dear Aerosoft team, First of all, I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU for releasing such a nice aircraft as the A330. I can fully appreciate the immense effort that was put into this project. This aircraft has a lot of potential, and despite the initial bugs below described, I believe that after a few service packs, this could be a very good simulation of a great airplane. Let me introduce myself. I'm a RL A320 Captain, with about 2000 hours previously flown as an A330 F/O. I have even wrote a tutorial for the PSS A-330 for FS2004, back in those days. I've been flying your A330 strict
    25 points
  4. 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
    23 points
  5. A lot of accusations from Rob, but I cannot comment that as Aerosoft. I can only speak for sim-wings, using Aerosoft as a ditribution channel. As for sim-wings I have to say that we use most of the features listed: PBR Sloped runways Dynamic Lights Dynamic Reflections Material Scripting SpeedTrees despite sloped RWY´s and custom Speed trees. Sloped RWY´s (not working well and will surpress ground layers and custom RWY lights/TWY lights as all lights have to be "single lights" to be placed which leads to hundreds of library objects... simply sto
    21 points
  6. More images. I think these are one of the first that actually show the level of detail we are started to use. This is what MFS can deliver. There are 3D bits there that are 2 cm and the textures have some details that is only millimeters wide. We can do that because MFS uses 'decals'. Decals are by far the most exciting thing graphically in MFS. These are small textures that are glued on top of other textures. That means you can have a 1K texture for the whole wing and add all details with decals. If you would do that in P3D you would need 12K textures that would be impossibly h
    21 points
  7. We understand. You want that throttle. You ordered it 3 months ago and you have the idea some shipments have arrived in our offices (they did) and you want YOUR order to be one of the first. While we tried to limit expectations as much as we could, we understand the many mails we get asking why we cannot deliver. Let me try to explain. Basically, it is of course because we do not have them. We make money by selling hardware and software and having a sh*t load of customers who want something we cannot deliver is kind of a nightmare for our sales department. Now, why we do not have t
    18 points
  8. Rebirth of a legend It is with great pride that we can announce that Microsoft has chosen Aerosoft as its retail publishing partner for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator . Aerosoft will bring the two boxed versions of this venerable simulator to customers in Europe. Including 10 (!) double-layer DVD’s and a printed manual in a spectacular box, it is an ideal way of entering the new age of flight simulation. For the last few months, we have been working closely with the spirited team from Microsoft and the talented developers at Asobo. They have helped us in
    18 points
  9. The name is preliminary and everything you see here is work in progress (pre-pre-pre-pre-pre-pre-pre-(add a few more pre-'s)-pre-Alpha stage) First outside model shot in the hangar: P.S.: Don't ask for wingflex or release dates.
    17 points
  10. The A330 is what we call a 'stepping stone' release. It incorporates a lot of new code that is the base for several new product for several platforms. That means that even though we use a continuous test cycle there will be issues. We guarantee it. A lot will be fixed soon after release as we have a bit more time and more feedback. If this would be on steam we might consider calling it 'early access'. If you are somebody who gets easily annoyed by bugs we strongly advise you to simply not to buy when the product is launched. Give it two more weeks to mature. Important n
    17 points
  11. Friends, let me explain what we are planning in 2020 for the Airbus (and CRJ) series. First of all, let me say how incredibly lucky we are with so many simulators that are simply very good. Laminar (X-Plane), Lockheed (P3D) and Microsoft (FS) will all be superb simulators in their own right in 2020, while for many people FSX remains a viable (but unfortunately not any longer commercially viable) simulator platform. We are spoiled for choice and that is amazing. With these choices come the fact we need to make decisions. As we do not know what the biggest platform will be late this
    16 points
  12. Today I will talk about the flight (drive) model. I mention drive model specifically because perhaps the biggest change you will immediately notice it. We all know that FSX/P3D sucks balls on the ground. It is like driving on ice that is very sticky at low speeds. It takes way more power than it should to get moving and when you have some speed the nosewheel only has a modest influence on where you are going. It seems just as happy to go sideways than forwards. Complex aircraft add-ons have tweaks for that (FSUIPC also has) but they never functioned as they should. But
    16 points
  13. Here's a few screenshots from P3Dv5,
    16 points
  14. ... for being so positive about this release. It is remarkably stable (we can only pray the A330 is the same) but even so we have found some issue that need to be looked at. And Hans has been working on those issues and the testers already have updates to test. But in this day and age of anonymous internet rants it is a relief to see people reporting issues, feeding additional information when asked for without going berserk. It is rare that you do not have to step in strongly with moderation shortly after new release but even though we simply have very strong sales the tone is p
    15 points
  15. Dear Mathijs, Dear Aerosoft Team Today I recieved a nice sitemail from a person i tried to help in a forum, ending with the advice, „to write only when i can help the topic or else shut the *&%$ up“. It made me think. What times do we live in, where you insult people you don’t even know for trying to help you? I don’t want to rant, I pitty those people, they must have been growing up in an enviroment or family where you did not learn respect and thankfulness. If you even get those mails as user of a forum, I don’t want to imagine what you guys have to read or hear all day
    14 points
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  17. In this series of posts I will write down my personal (!) ideas on the new simulator that is at this moment on approach. They are a combination of what we learned over the last year working with Microsoft and Asobo and my personal experiences. I hope to make one posts a day, but you know, life.... I'll start with the big round thing. The world. As there are a kazillion images and videos (check out my good friend ObsidiantAnt on Youtube) that show it far better than I can so I will stick to text. Feel free to comment. Again keep in mind these are my personal views. ----------------
    13 points
  18. This is actually the ‘episode’ I wanted to close with, but I am moving it forward because I feel this discussion should be done now. It is a complex topic, and for many people it will be controversial, so moderation will be heavy. Feel free to attack any number I use here. Part are wild-ass guesses, some are based on information only insiders have, some are hard data that is not generally known. They might be 100% off, but as you will see, even that does not matter a lot. ------------------------------------ See, things are about to change. Way, way, way more than many current f
    13 points
  19. Because airports have no systems. And small aircraft don't have complex systems. Especially Carenado, Alabeo, etc. are just default system with nicer looks. I'm not an Aerosoft employee. Only a volunteering pilot, trying to help the flight sim community. I wrote my post in the same stlye you wrote yours. Try to reflect on it. As we say in Germany. "Wie man in den Wald hineinruft, so schallt es aus diesem hinaus". If you want a nice answer I suggest you to write in a nice tone next time. How do you believe those people who invest 10+ hours every day into get
    13 points
  20. Version 1.0.0

    2898 downloads

    This is a .90 release. I wanted to release it for folks to fly on Christmas but do not have time to do all the little things I want to for it to be 100%. Its certainly flyable in its current state, and I hope you enjoy all the special features I added to this very unique paint. I used a gradient method to paint the surfaces to match as closely as possible to what you actually see when you view this paint in real life. I also created a special technique to emulate the sparkle you see when the sun glint's off the fuse in a certain way. Bar far one of the most complex pa
    13 points
  21. We got some questions about our commercial plans for Microsoft Flight Simulator recently and I decided to make a small comment. Because we are still early in the process (i.e. we simply have no copy to test on nor do we have an SDK) we have freedom to make the best decisions based on what we see in the new sim. It may very well be that we can 'import' the product easily, but we’ve never been fans of that. Our preference is to use the new options and features to make a product that utilizes the new sim. This has been a principle for all our aircraft and most certainly will continue
    13 points
  22. 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
    12 points
  23. Here's some work in progress screenshots from MSFS
    12 points
  24. I have sat by and watched this thread, hoping some contemplation of Emanuel's excellent explanation would lead to some education and understanding. Based on mustangcoyote's responses, especially the last one, I no longer hold any hope of this. I've placed mustangcoyote's account under moderation. We simply have no time for this type of nonsense. And... I am a member of of the Aerosoft Corporate team with 14 years in customer relations including as a vice president for a Fortune 100 company, so I do understand customer relations and as a parent, I understand setting a
    12 points
  25. Just got the plane..... I have this in work....... I'll try to showcase the wonderful PBR effects Stefan put into this plane....its simply stunning when the sun hits it just right! So far this is what I plan to paint: Lufthansa old D-AIKL (as seen above) Delta Hawaiian AirEuropa Philippines If the mods here approve....I'll post random progress shots and release notifications here so we don't have to navigate and monitor a separate posts.
    12 points
  26. As you might know we offer low cost (or even free) licenses for our products used in education. For example there are 15 US high schools with aviation courses that use our Airbusses. Recently we also assisted a Hong Kong based group with the A320. Thought you might enjoy learning about that. ----------------------------------------------------- CARE Charity for Aviation - Recreation and Education (CARE) is a non-profit body established at Hong Kong in 2015 by pilots from local airlines for providing basic training courses including Basic Aeronautical Studies, visiting a
    11 points
  27. (Yes, we are aware of the problem with the sunshade. It's a bug in MSFS - you can see it in the TBM930 too). Also: Work in progress!
    11 points
  28. Just a quick note on what's happening right now. We are at this moment testing full new installers for the A318/A319 and A320/A321 for P3d V4.5. As we have seen some issues that can only be explained by mix-ups in files versions we decided to do only a new full build. This version has a lot of small tweaks mainly intended to put all users on the same platform and should be out in the next few days. 1.3.1.0 Full new build Bug Fix: EFB folder path full unicode support to fix issue with special characters Bug Fix: Dive issue when speed increased Bug Fix: Small fix fo
    11 points
  29. Ben, with no disrespect, but which aircraft do you fly? Little toyplanes aka Cessna 172 or Piper 28 in CAVOK conditions or real aircraft with hundrets of souls on board with thunderstorms close to the airport and gusts up to 45kt and more? This one's a real story, happened a couple of months ago. An about 20 year old aviation geek visited my flightdeck during boarding who happened to be a simmer as well with a couple thousand hours on VATSIM. He told me how much he loves Boeings NGX. I asked him what an NGX is. He looked strange at me seeing that we were sitting in a 737-800
    11 points
  30. Very early days but at least you can see we have started the project. This is NOT a conversion but everything will be done new, to the latest standards. As we have expanded our internal aircraft development team we are now able to run tow full size projects at the same time.
    10 points
  31. Version 1.0.0

    460 downloads

    Recommend use with AIRAC 2011 for best result. Updates for RAD Restrictions and Directs are cumulative. Changelog Update: Route and Altitude/FL Restrictions Update: RouteCharges (Oct 2020) Update: Sub-Routes.txt Best regards David
    10 points
  32. Version 1.0.0

    1861 downloads

    TAP Air Portugal CS-TOU DO NOT ALTER, EDIT OR UPLOAD THIS PAINT TO ANY WEBSITE WITHOUT MY EXPLICIT PERMISSION. Follow the instructions in Readme! Requests are paid! http://www.texturasbrasileiras.com/ http://www.texturasbrasileiras.blogspot.com/
    10 points
  33. Version 1.0.0

    506 downloads

    Recommend use with AIRAC 2005 or newer for best results. Updates for RAD Restrictions and Directs are cumulative. Changelog Update: Route Restrictions and Altitude/FL Restrictions Update: RouteCharges (May 2020) Best regards David
    10 points
  34. Well to be honest, not every developers has invested in MFS as we have. Not only have we sold a sh*tload of boxed copies but we have also asked our developers to focus on MFS and work with Asobo. That is expensive (very expensive) but we can afford that. The CRJ we are now testing is more or less the same as the one in P3D V4.5, there are a few parts we are unable to use because the SDK is not there yet, but as said we are working every day with Asobo to fix that. But these are 'luxury' parts. Not really needed for standard flight. The issue we are most worried about right now are graphical a
    9 points
  35. Version 1.0.0

    465 downloads

    Recommend use with AIRAC 2012 for best result. Updates for RAD Restrictions and Directs are cumulative. Changelog Update: Route and Altitude/FL Restrictions Update: RouteCharges (Nov 2020) adjustments in RAD and Directs to ensure correct routing - e.g.: Toulouse-Blagnac LFBO departures north-east using correct SID Brussels EBBR departures east using correct SID Eindhoven EHEH departures south-east via Maastricht UIR Salzburg LOWS arrivals via Rhein UIR Hamburg group arrivals via Rhein UIR
    9 points
  36. Squeakyy clean. But that's where we start. we add bad paint and dirt on top of that. Again, we are modeling paint imperfections these days, how crazy is that?
    9 points
  37. FOR FREE: AS|Airport - Paderborn/Lippstadt - The first Aerosoft & German airport DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator! We are proud to present our first Microsoft Flight Simulator airport DLC and it comes for free! Located in Germany, North Rhine Westphalia, Paderborn Airport offers a short hop to most central European airports and hubs or it can just be your home base for scenic VFR flights in the local area. Features: Detailed recreation of Paderborn airport Custom aerial images covering the airport and surrounding area Current runway, taxiw
    9 points
  38. And to be clear, this is a full MFS model, not a port from P3D.....
    9 points
  39. Okay, I officially put a Beaver project on our project management system....
    9 points
  40. It is still impossible to determine because the SDK still has so many holes, what I can say is that we hired a new modeler next to Stefan for this project. When we interviewed applicants for that project we asked them all to create the front nose strut of the Twotter as a sample. Anne made by far the best one (see below) and we are very happy to have her in our team. Having a second high end modeler will make it possible for us to work on multiple projects at the same time.
    9 points
  41. So to be clear on MFS aircraft projects... our plan is to do the CRJ first, Twin Otter next (that one is seriously intended for the use on the Xbox) and then one of the Busses. Most likely the 320. Moving to a NEO model is considered.
    9 points
  42. Version 1.0.0

    446 downloads

    Recommend use with AIRAC 2007 or newer for best result. Updates for RAD Restrictions and Directs are cumulative. Changelog Update: Route and Altitude/FL Restrictions Update: RouteCharges (July 2020) Best regards David
    9 points
  43. PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM AUSTRALIAN AIRLINES VA We have been advised by AEROSOFT that some members at AAVA have been uploading pirated software via the Aussie Airlines public upload box, a system designed to share freeware aircraft and programs, that enhance the user experience of flight sim. This box was public and open, and not monitored or moderated by AAVA and this has now been seen as a gross oversight. Australian Airlines VA is a small community based VA, but will not be part of piracy and have advised members of the stringent and serious fines and consequences of software p
    9 points
  44. Should count as what? Shall we release an unfinished product which keeps crashing? I bet *then* you would express quite some different feelings. As it has been said a thousand times: P3Dv5 is not simply an updated v4. It's a new simulator with significant changes. If you are able to convert any product to the new sim within a matter of days Aerosoft will gladly hire you. You would probably become the lead developer in a matter of days. Now look at other complex aircraft addons. Tell me a single complex airliner which is fully compatible already. PMDG? No FSL? Nope
    9 points
  45. Considered...approved....now in process
    9 points
  46. Friends, there have been a lot of questions about how the DVD versions exactly work during installation and how the boxed sim differs from the download version. Here is the low-down. Do not worry about it. Insert the first DVD, click okay and follow instructions on the screen. Get a drink as it will take a while. The DVDs contain only the installer and the content (aircraft, world etc). The actual simulator software is downloaded during installation. That way you always have the latest version. For this the installer will guide you through the creation of an Xbox account (if you do not
    8 points
  47. As many people have seen our busses are to a high degree compatible with P3D V5, but there are things we are changing because the sim is subtly different in some aspects. For sure we will recompile them with the latest compilers to make use of the better fps. It could be the update will be in stages, first fixing things that do not work and then sorting out less important issues. Until that time, please understand the product is NOT sold as P3d V5 compatible, officially we do NOT support it. What we do like is if you would share your experiences in this topic. Make 101% sure it is
    8 points
  48. And the A330-300: Disclaimers: 1) These screenshots show a beta version of P3D v5. The NDA has been lifted, so we're allowed to show them. However, it might not be the actual final version that's going to be released on the 14th. 2) These screenshots were made on my PC. I don't really care about looks. The only thing that interests me, is the loading time. So, no weather, no extra scenery and otherwise default settings. I'm sure P3D v5 can me made look better quite easily.
    8 points
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