ToLiss Updates Airbus A340 for X-Plane 11 to Version 1.1

Developer ToLiss released the first major update for their Airbus A340 rendition for X-Plane 11. This update aims to bring new aircraft features, cockpit reworks, bug fixes and XP12 compatibility.

Firstly, future users of X-Plane 12 will be pleased to know that Version 1.1 makes the A340 fully compatible with XP12.

Pictures of the pre-V1.1 version

Secondly, the new update brings a rework of the flight deck. This includes cockpit window and seat animations as well as improved 3D switch geometry.

Pictures of the pre-V1.1 version

In addition, the update brings many improvements to aircraft systems and behaviour. For example, there is an implementation of 249 different failure modes. Moreover, the ACARS now gives out additional TO and wind data.

Pictures of the pre-V1.1 version

Finally, the update is available for downloads from the X-Plane store or the Inibuilds store. The ToLiss A340 is available for purchase on the X-Plane and the Inibuilds store at respective prices of €85.01 and €78.46. The full change log is at the end of the article.

The Airbus A340-600 is the one of the last models of the Airbus A340 series. Able to carry 379 passengers in a three-class cabin layout, the A340-600 can travel up to 13,900 km. This variant aimed to rival Boeing’s 777s and older gen 747s. However, the A340-600 failed to gain as much popularity as expected. This was mainly due to its high fuel consumption and high operational costs. Major operators of the A340-600 include Lufthansa, Iberia and Mahan Air. To learn more about the ToLiss and XP12, have a read at George’s article.

Pictures of the pre-V1.1 version

Change Log of Version 1.1 (June 20th 2022)

Major new Features

– XP12 adaptations (available after XP12 is released)

– Custom engine model for more realistic thrust and fuel flow values

– FMGS plan editing overhaul, enabling temporary flight plans also for the alternate plan

– Database holds are now available – Offset function now available

– New ACARS functionality for direct download of Simbrief plans into the active or the secondary flight plan

– ACARS functionality to retrieve TO data for various runways of the departure airport

– ACARS functionality to retrieve wind data from Simbrief flight plan and enter them in the flight plan.

– Cockpit 3d model rework, including improved switch geometry and moving cockpit seats/arm rests

– Cockpit side windows can now be opened. This will affect air conditioning simulation.

– Addition of new failure modes for a total of 249 different failure modes, these include now recoverable computer failures

– Implementation of all in-cockpit RESET switches (Airbus long range equivalent to in-cockpit circuit breakers)

Minor new Features

– VLS increases with speed brake deflection – Made the engine inlets smoother. (Refined grid)

– Added new engine failure modes: recoverable flame out, engine failure with damage, hot start,

– You can now put on the oxygen mask by removing it from its container

– Added (ETP) circle on ND to display the Equitime point

– Option to control internal and external volume levels via x-plane sliders or custom ISCS sliders

– Added Filtering and rate limiting for FMGS position for more realistic ND behavior on ADIRU init completion

– Open pax doors or cockpit windows now have an effect on the temperature in the adjacent zone

– Added option to always have the display brightness rotaries starting at the 80% position, even for cold and dark start

Bug Fixes

– Fixed rear fuselage geometry to incorporated sloped windows and cabin floor. Unfortunately this requires rework of all addon liveries with the latest paint kit.

– Corrected trigger condition for NW STRG INOP status message

– Allow regular gear extension with ADR2 data only

– Reenabled constraint editing directly on the FPLN A page

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PMDG Updates 737 for MSFS and Previews 737-600

PMDG, a fairly well known developer in the flight sim community has recently released an update for their newly released 737 as well as previewed the 737-600 variant in a recent forum post. Their update post also details their plans for the 737 update schedule and a fairly extensive changelog with the latest update.

The company has stated they intend for small weekly or bi-weekly updates to their 737 and are wanting to provide more frequent updates and progress reports to the community, although this may be subject to change. The post also features details about the latest update, featuring a number of changes and improvements, including updated models and associated textures, a significant update to the sound engine and dozens upon dozens of small tweaks, adjustments and improvements.

The addon can be updated for existing owners in the PMDG Operations Center.

PMDG have also given some previews of the -600 variant of their new 737, in the form of two screenshots and some information about the release. The release of the new variant is anticipated to occur in mid June, and PMDG stated the new variant was behind by seven to nine days. Additionally, PMDG is trying to get a concurrent release between the MSFS marketplace and the PMDG website for the new variant but that is not completely confirmed.

More information about the new previews and the new update can be found on PMDG’s forums.

Changelog

  • 0011282: [General – Documentation] Documentation – Remove mention of Keyboard command option in FMC until function restored. (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011289: [External Model – Liveries] Decal Mapping Error on engine cowlings (jbrown)
  • 0011336: [General – Documentation] Various Corrections in the Tutorial Flight Document (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011360: [External Model – Geometry] Touchdown Landing Gear Effect reversed laterally. (jbrown)
  • 0011327: [Systems – Electrical] External Airstairs should be allowed to receive power from ship batteries. (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011280: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Various geometry and texture gaps reported by one very eagle-eyed customer. (vscimone)
  • 0011341: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] OFF text on GEN Panel incorrect (vscimone)
  • 0011354: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Overhead Panel separation lines missing (vscimone)
  • 0011368: [External Model – Geometry] plug door pressure relief flaps appear doubled in some instances. (jbrown)
  • 0011307: [Virtual Cockpit – View Presets] View Preset zooms need adjusting (jbrown)
  • 0011249: [External Model – Geometry] N1 Disk transparent, when Rain/Snow WX (jbrown)
  • 0011292: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Missing textures along base of windshield frame covers (vscimone)
  • 0011276: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Triangle punch out in area over master caution creates a light gap in panel (vscimone)
  • 0011251: [General – Ground Operations] Fuel truck connecting function and transparent fuel panel when fueling door is open. (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011227: [AFDS – General] AP constantly micro trimming (emvaos)
  • 0011232: [External Model – Geometry] PIP options incorrectly connected to selection of LED lights option. (jbrown)
  • 0010547: [Sounds – External] External engine start bleed hiss sound loops incorrectly and causes other start sound layers to fail. (acholakian)
  • 0011350: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] VC Yoke clipping and backfacing geometry needs attention (vscimone)
  • 0011283: [General – Suggested/Missing Features] Displays should be able to function as pop-up 2D displays (vscimone)
  • 0011225: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Trim wheel animation fails under certain circumstances (not related to rotation speed) (vscimone)
  • 0011312: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Alternate gear extention cords can be pulled throught the closed Alternate Gear door (abashkatov)
  • 0011194: [Main Panel – PFD] “Single CH” indication has green frame instead of yellow (abashkatov)
  • 0011302: [Main Panel – Aural/Visual Warning Systems] A/P disconnect light not operational when disconnection A/P (abashkatov)
  • 0011352: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] LED Landing Lights not turning ON with clickspot (vscimone)
  • 0011325: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Flickering on various Instruments (vscimone)
  • 0011340: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Missing Arrows Ovd and CB Light selector (vscimone)
  • 0011339: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] ALT CUTOUT missing part of a letter (vscimone)
  • 0011361: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Pedestal ADF panel no backlighting. (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011338: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] CVR Light Plate missing text (vscimone)
  • 0011358: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Screw alignment rudder floor panels (vscimone)
  • 0011367: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Wrong animation on Captain FMC Key (vscimone)
  • 0011369: [FMS – Route/Legs Pages] RTE page should show in the scratchpad the airport entered in REF page (emvaos)
  • 0011326: [General – Unsure] Loading Approach State on BDSF load the planes with blank screens and yoke hard over (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011366: [Systems – Electrical] Provisiom for APU auto shutdown if loading a panel state with APU online after loading C && D (emvaos)
  • 0011273: [Docs – Other General Observations] Typo in readme included with the Release candidate (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011279: [General – Documentation] Incorrect work folder paths in Intro (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011286: [General – Ground Operations] Air Start Unit is able to be called when Stairs 1L is connected (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011304: [General – Documentation] Introduction document Amendment – TO/GA (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011308: [General – Documentation] Introduction Document references to P3D license (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011319: [General – Unsure] ILS DME readout not correct (emvaos)
  • 0011353: [Docs – Need to Tell Customers This] Introduction refers to cabin light page in FMC. (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011357: [FREEZES – All Types] Sim freeze when using EBBR CIV5C (emvaos)
  • 0011315: [External Model – Geometry] Texture Mapping Issues MSFS 737-700 (jbrown)
  • 0011356: [External Model – Geometry] APU exhaust textures needs touch up (jbrown)
  • 0011363: [External Model – Geometry] Wing gap during flexing (jbrown)
  • 0011364: [External Model – Geometry] FWD Cargo hold gap (jbrown)
  • 0011343: [Systems – Flight Controls] Reduced AoA for stick shaker onset (emvaos)
  • 0011248: [FMS/AFDS – LNAV] Provision for successive DTO’s and adding airways to start of STAR after STAR is defined(!!) (emvaos)
  • 0011196: [Main Panel – Aural/Visual Warning Systems] Below G/S warning should be inhibited below 200ft RA (abashkatov)
  • 0011051: [General – Unsure] Pane state save – When master lights switch is saved in DIM, lights still load BRT (abashkatov)
  • 0011337: [General – Documentation] Erroneous reference to 2D popup in tutorial (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011313: [External Model – Geometry] Need thumbnail for MSFS “content manager” screen (cbpowell)
  • 0011301: [External Model – Geometry] BBJ SSW – Missing tailpipe component R ENG (jbrown)
  • 0011291: [External Model – Geometry] Texture gaps engines (jbrown)
  • 0011266: [External Model – Liveries] negative pressure relief valve cut (jbrown)
  • 0011267: [External Model – Liveries] Strange texture on the left MLG door. (jbrown)
  • 0011076: [External Model – Liveries] Engine Texture Mapping Anomaly (jbrown)
  • 0011274: [AFDS – Roll Modes] Disable mouse wheel scrolling for HDG SEL Bank Angle limiter (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011277: [General – Documentation] Sound settings – Default volume levels and Active Spatial Sound should be set to NO in the documentation (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011270: [FMS – Setup/Options Pages] DISPLAY Options page 9/9 FUEL/CTRLS empty (abashkatov)
  • 0011263: [FMS – Setup/Options Pages] Change display order to options back to original (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011252: [General – Ground Operations] Air Start Unit colliding with Airstairs (hvanrensburg)
  • 0010749: [Sounds – Internal/Cockpit] Trim sound keeps getting triggered inflight (emvaos)
  • 0010840: [General – Engines] FS Engine takes way too long to start at high altitude (emvaos)
  • 0011216: [External Model – Liveries] Delta Livery Blue is too light (psterling)
  • 0011228: [External Model – Liveries] Fuse3 Mapping Anomaly (jbrown)
  • 0011180: [Sounds – External] Hydraulic Pump sound missing (acholakian)
  • 0011328: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Clickspots on FMC do not align correctly after change to PMDG mouse logic (hvanrensburg)
  • 0010678: [General – Engines] MSFS side – Engines take too long to stabilise to idle after engine start (emvaos)

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Fenix Sim Releases Patch For The Airbus A320

Saturday morning Captains of the Fenix Airbus A320 woke up to a patch that addressed several issues. This was one of the fastest rollouts of an initial functional patch in flightsim history.

Aamir, Founder and Owner of Fenix said “The aim of this update is to address issues preventing proper use of the product, e.g. installation errors, performance, EFB and display glitches, and expanding controller support.“.

Included in this update is an explanation of how Fenix tested the performance and how the user should handle support issues. Other items in the release, the paintkit for livery artist. They also updated the community regarding payment issues with Paypal and ApplePay. Some of the highlights of the update are.

  • Added gamepad controller support for rudder and jeyboard rudder control
  • Fixed anti-icing
  • Resized window to reduce instances of overflowing long TAFs/ATIS
  • Fixed ECAM N2 display glitches
  • Improved performance on low-end machines
  • Fixed displays going haywire in some situations
  • Fixed EFB switches glitching out
  • Improved performance on 4-core machines
  • Reduced performance impact of the contrails
  • Fixed taxi light turning off with cabin
  • Fixed doors doing their own thing

The update was given to the development team on Friday night to test, they gave Aamir the OK to release it Saturday. The update came out as a download and install via the Fenix App.

You can purchase the Fenix Airbus A320 for £49.99 GBP here.

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Magknight Releases New Engine Variant and CDU Improvements for 787

Magknight 787 is not known for being the most accurate depiction of the original aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Nonetheless, the developers are continuously working on the addon, and have yesterday released a new major update, bringing the aircraft to v1.8.

It brings a number of long-awaited features to the recently released 787-8 variant, which wasn’t initially as detailed as the original 787-9. Owners of the 787 for X-Plane can now enjoy a completely new flight model, new engine variant (Trent 1000-G3), and reworked FMOD sounds for the 787-8 variant of the long-haul aircraft.

For both variants (-8;-9), the developers have added new custom CDU pages. Custom FMC (part of the CDU) is probably the most-anticipated feature Magknight is currently working on. With v1.8 of the addon, we can now enjoy three new custom CDU pages and various visual improvements to achieve better authenticity. Unfortunately, no custom FMC just yet.

  • Added NAV RAD and POS INIT/REF CDU pages
  • Custom IRS/AHRU simulation
  • Added CDU button highlights
  • Added CDU help box
  • Added custom nav radio simulation
  • Added new CDU graphics

Along with a bunch of small other fixes and optional Avitab integration, Magknight has introduced a completely reworked ND displays adding a number of components authentic to the real counterpart.

  • Added custom PFD minimap, including TCAS
  • Added DU startup sequence
  • Added MFD screen popups
  • Added ND/minimap turn rate indicator
  • Added new custom moveable ND, including, terrain, weather and TCAS views
  • Added PFD ADF visuals
  • Changed MFD keyboard entry to not require focused components
  • Increased ND max range to 1280nm

If you own the addon, the update is already available to you. You can update it either through the Skunkcrafts Updater or by simply downloading the files from the X-Plane.org Store.

If you want to purchase the addon, you can do so through the X-Plane.org Store for $55.95 when not discounted.

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World Update 9: Italy Released for MSFS

The developers of Microsoft Flight Simulator have recently taken to their website to announce the newest world update for the relatively new simulator, this time being Italy. As like previous world updates the world update is focused on vastly improving the accuracy and beauty of Italy in the simulator.

The update brings a vast amount of hand crafted airports such as Palermo Airport (LICJ) As we as many new point of interests in Italy and Malta like Vatican city and countless others, all which were hand crafted by bespoke developers Gaya Simulations and Orbx. As well as the new hand crafted airports and point of interests. The update also comes with improved photogrammetry in various cities, new bush trips, new landing challenges, and more.

The Italy world update is the ninth instalment in the series of updates aiming to improve various countries by adding new assets specific to different countries as well as hand crafting new airports and points of interest.

The update is free for all Microsoft Flight Simulator users using version 1.25.9.0 and can be downloaded in the content manager in game.

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FlightFactor Further Improves A320 Performance

Known for the high system requirements, FlightFactor’s A320 simulation for X-Plane 11 received a new update today focusing on improving the end-user experience.

The new version 1.2.7 of the aircraft, still in BETA, comes with serious optimization steps for the better overall performance of the addon. The developers have also focused on the EFB by reworking some of the assets to achieve better performance while browsing through the interface.

Thus, users should have easier life while using the addon even on slower systems.

Other than that, the update also comes with an array of various fixes concentrating on the general stability of the aircraft. Needless to say, the complete changelog can be found at the end of the article.

If you want to update, you can easily do so through the included X-Updater utility. However, keep in mind, that it is not a new stable version release, however, a beta version release available to all owners.

You can purchase the FlightFactor A320 for X-Plane 11 through the X-Plane.org Store for $89.95, or about €85 when in not discount.

FlightFactor is currently far from not active. While working on their addons for X-Plane 12, they have also recently teased the -400 variant of the 767 as a potential expansion to the current 767 for X-Plane.

Changelog

Improvements:

  • serious optimization for better overral FPS
  • better EFB performance
  • implemented PROG REPORT page

Fixes:

  • restored A320 functioning for MacOS by disabling cockpit EFB
  • for other OSes added possibility to switchoff cockpit EFB if necessary
  • aircraft cannot enter NAV mode after making DIR-TO from HDG mode
  • DIR-TO page contains identical points if holding pattern ahead
  • fixed spontaneous crash when DIR-TO legs and HOLDs present on flight plan
  • cannot set HOLDs inbound course if flight plan contains discontinuity after HOLD point
  • T-P position is not continuously updated on temporary flight plan
  • plane sometimes freezes when using EFB in external browser

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MSFS World Update: 8 Iberia Released

Following World Update 7 that took place in Australia, the Microsoft Flight Simulator team has yesterday announced the release of World Update 8, this time with focus on the Iberian peninsula.

The update brings a number of landmarks, cities and custom airports throughout Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar. The developers have also introduced new bush trips, landing challenges and discovery flights to get you more familiar with the area.

Cities and airports

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, has received some much-needed attention besides Malaga, Bilbao, and Coimbra, to name a few out of the six. As for the airports, the company has detailed that there are four new hand-crafted airports in this update. They are:

  • LESU – La Seu d’Urgell Airport
  • LPPI – Pico
  • LPFR – Faro
  • LECO – A Coruna

Landmarks

As for the landmarks, there are 99 new custom points of interest around the Iberian peninsula. Flight simmers can now enjoy views on the pristine Puente Nuevo bridge from the 18th century in Ronda, Sagrada de Família in the centre of Catalonia’s Barcelona, or the oceanarium in Lisbon.

It might not be known by many that the Canary Islands are also part of Spain, although situated west of Morocco. Hence the update also brings new models of the famous local observatory or the Tenerife Concert Hall.

The list of all landmarks is very extensive, hence we would suggest exploring the area yourself. You can share screenshots from your journeys on our Discord server!

Download

The update is, as usual, free of charge for all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator. It has to be however separately downloaded from the in-game Marketplace.

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SSG Releases New Cockpit Improvements for 747

The team at SSG has released a new update for their B747-8 Anniversary Edition. The current version is V2.5 this update has been in public beta since the 20th of February. They have announced it in a post on their Facebook page.

In this update, the developers have designed a new cockpit with full 3D and PBR textures, they have also added some details and integrated a new cockpit light design as well as added a functional tiller.

They have also reworked the audio console. On the screenshots, we can see the improvements in the cockpit textures. The team has stated that this update might have an impact on the performance.

The developers have also improved the FMC and the systems. They have improved the LNAV, fixed the false invalid entry in the FIX page and improved the track drawing. The full changelog can be found here.

The existing owners can update the aircraft by running the updater or by downloading the add-on from the store. If you wish to purchase this aircraft you can on the X-Plane.org store for $54.90.

If you want to learn more about this aircraft, you can by reading our previous articles on it here.

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FlyTampa Releases New Toronto for MSFS Update

FlyTampa has a few days ago released the first update of their recently released rendition of Toronto. The developer announced the update through their Facebook page and other social media.

In this update, the FlyTampa team has focused on various fixes across the whole rendition. For that reason, the changelog is quite rich. The team fixed the PAPI lights at the airport, as well as windsocks. The airport got many new 3D models, which adds to the immersion that the airport is alive. Among those, we can find 3D passengers in Terminal 1, deicing trucks, as well as landside road traffic. Furthermore, FlyTampa changed the runway’s open/close setup, adjusted Skylink train speed, and more.

Changelog

  • Fixed Papi lights
  • Fixed windsocks
  • Added passengers to T1 front section
  • Added dashed parking lines (A/B)
  • Relabeled deicing pad signs
  • Added static deicing trucks Added star to world map
  • Added airline parking codes
  • Changed runways open/close setup.
  • Added landside road traffic
  • Updated hotel and office logos
  • Adjusted Skylink train speed
  • Evened out terrain mounds
  • Changed exclusion code for LVFR static

You can get this scenery for approximately €16.48 through Orbx Central and the website. And if you would like to learn more about FlyTampa’s work, you can read our other article here.

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TorqueSim Updates Cirrus SR20/22, Ready for X-Plane 12

TorqueSim has updated their Cirrus range renditions in the event of X-Plane 12 being released. The products were released 26th of March 2021 and included two planes with two variants of each.

The update includes a vast array of improvements including FMOD sounds and overhauls to the model. Surround sound is now supported and audio compression is fixed, sound space and positioning is reworked and engine and prop sounds are also refined for a more immersive enviroment.

Some bug fixes were involved within the update including the tab fuel option on the SR20 should now work correctly and exterior lights should now work when the “hide 3D details” setting is enabled. Support for simultaneous DFC90 button press functionality is available for the hardware created by RealSimGear.

If you wish to view more about this product you can on the blog for this here.

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