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Stable Release v0.9.0

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We are happy to announce our latest Stable Version 0.9.0. This release contains plenty of quality of life updates that enhance the user experience when using the A32NX. We now support SimBridge across all our versions allowing us to utilize external systems more easily. The aircraft has also seen major work across a variety of systems bringing an even more realistic simulation of the A320neo to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

This release now includes these major features:

  • Brand new EFB with flyPadOS 3 bringing an expanded feature set and quality of life updates
  • Realistically simulated Flight Control Computers: ELAC/SEC/FDCD/FAC
  • Major improvements to the FMGC resulting in better leg and navigation management
  • Fully realistic hydraulics simulation across all aspects of the A32NX
  • Improved logic, visuals and elements in the PFD, SD, and MCDU
  • Air Conditioning System Controller connected to our custom electrical system
  • Further CPDLC and ATSU improvements with new features
  • FBW's SimBridge external features
    • Company Routes Support (New)
    • flyPad Local Charts Support (New)
    • MCDU Remote Display (migrated from old implementation)
    • External Printer (migrated from old implementation)

Previous Feature Releases

See Previous Release - v0.8.0

See Previous Release - v0.7.0

For a full release changelog - see here

Recommended Settings

Before your first flight please make sure to read our Recommended Settings guide.

Important User Experience Changes

Please note the following changes:

  • SimBridge is now required to use the MCDU Remote Display, external printer, and the new Local Files feature.

    SimBridge Guides Here

  • Custom Flight Management System

    • See the Special Notes Section on our custom FMS page for details on the topics below:
      • Weather and Terrain are now inoperable as we wait for Asobo implementations.
      • MSFS Built-in ATC and VFR maps are on limited support.
  • Discontinuities may now appear in your flight plan — they are a feature and not a bug.
  • Throttle calibration is mandatory.

Downloads available through our installer.

Please see our Support Guide and Reported Issues.


Feature Shortcuts
Realistic F/CTL Computers
Onboard Systems
flyPadOS 3
Hydraulics Simulation
Air Conditioning System Controller
CPDLC and ATSU
SimBridge

Realistic F/CTL Computers

Various EFCS computers have been implemented in the A32NX to facilitate realistic data acquisition from the correct sources (ADIRS, RAs, SFCCs, LGCIUs etc.) and compute their logics and laws from this data. Additionally, they will realistically communicate with each other via busses and discrete data.

In this first version we have also included the laws used within the computers themselves selected accurately via the built-in logic. It also performs other functions such as monitoring of the peripherals,(ADIRS, RA etc), and computation of miscellaneous logic, for example Aileron Droop, Ground spoiler and speedbrake functions.

The main takeaway of note is having the F/CTL computers now in the A32NX will allow for accurate representation of various system logic on aircraft displays and realistic communication between these systems.

Onboard Systems

FMGC Updates

Further tweaks and refinements have been implemented. We have fixed various issues related to holds, turn directions for course / path capture transitions, and navdata loading and path planning. We've also improved the navdata performance when loading various procedures. Alongside these fixes we have implemented PI legs (procedure turns).

One of the more nuanced additions is support for RNP at or below 0.3 NM. This means the A32NX is capable to calculate its position with a radius of 3 tenths of a NM in a circle with its navigational system.

We've also reworked the departure pages to ensure it handles tmpy correctly. NO SID is displayed correctly and there is a distinction between no selection made yet, no selection available (NONE) and no SID/TRANS selected. ILS information is available for runways alongisde magnetic bearings. A fix has also been implemented to ensure transition pagination is correct.

A couple of new features added is preliminary wind request support and CO RTE (available through SimBridge).

  • Wind request is available via WIND/TEMP on INIT A to request wind data via AOC if you have a SimBrief OFP generated. This can pull the relevant wind data provided by SimBrief. You are always welcome to enter this data manually. While this is a simplified implementation for now, it is a nice quality of life for our sim-pilots utilizing SimBrief.

    More Info Available Here

  • CO RTE support through SimBridge allows you to locally store company routes on your PC. You can now type in the name of your company route into the CO RTE field or select one after typing in a FROM/TO pair.

    Guide Available Here

Multipurpose Display and Control Unit

We have added both functional and visual updates to the MCDU. Functionally we have corrected the scrolling behavior on the arrivals/departure now true to life, added imperial runway lengths and implemented the Wind Request feature if you have generated an OFP on simBrief. Formatting across various pages have been improved and corrected to more accurately represent the version of software we are modelling on the MCDU.

While we continue to work on other aspects this release further solidifies many of the realistic and accurate MCDU features we released in Stable Version 0.8.0.

PFD

Barberpole indicators on the PFD are now more performance friendly and include a neat little visual effect when going too fast or too slow - the bar will stop moving with the speed scale.

The yellow GS reference line will also always be displayed if pitch and role are valid (even when the LS Pb is not active). In an effort for simulation convenience we have also created a setting on the EFB to allow users to sync the FD/LS buttons between the CPT and FO.

flyPadOS 3

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Our latest operating system for the onboard Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) has been completely revamped with a refreshing new user experience and plenty of integrated convenience features for loading fuel and weight, accessing charts and local files, aircraft presets, and many more. Additionally, a first in flight simulation the EFB now supports over 30 different languages!

We previously wrote an extensive NOTAM on our website detailing all the new features that shipped with flyPadOS 3. Please click the button below to read more!

NOTAM: flyPadOS 3

As we have continued to make improvements since that NOTAM was published the two most notable inclusions to date would be our new method of loading fuel and passengers onto the aircraft. You now have a great animated user interface to see passengers filling seats with a high degree of customization for both seat and weight allocation complete with dynamic CG and payload chart.

See Fuel and Weight Guide.

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Another notable inclusion would be our new Local Files feature shipped with SimBridge. You can see an example of this in the SimBridge section further below. This allows you to store a variety of PDFs and images for use during your flight. Get access to your own personal charts without requiring a 3rd party subscription!

See Local Files Guide.

Hydraulics Simulation

All actuators of the plane are fully physically modeled, and will react to solenoid valve command signals. Good news is that all of those signals are simulated realistically by the new flight computers implementation. This means the entire flight controls and hydraulic system now forms a cohesive set, able to simulate the behaviours of the real plane, including complex failure modes.

The whole gear system is physically simulated including a fully functional gravity extension backup. It will react to aero forces and accelerations accurately, and can also have failures. Small details in the hydraulic simulation are now included, such as fluid movement inside the reservoirs and negative G feeding: you can't always trust the gauges!

Hydraulics have now reached what can be considered a high fidelity level, and we believe this is the most accurate to date.

Air Conditioning System Controller (ACSC)

Our previous releases that feature our fully custom electrical system has allowed us to begin connecting systems properly with improved functionality and better integration for true to life simulation which would further support failure scenarios.

The ACSC is now connected to our electrical system providing differing levels of functionality depending on what systems are powered to drive the primary and secondary computers of the ACSC.

Scenarios with Electrical Issues

If electrical systems are shut off or in an inoperable state where the primary computer is not available, you can note that temperature cannot be changed from 24 degrees and flow is set to 100% / NORM. Additionally, if both computers are not functioning each zone is "fed" directly by the packs resulting in zero temperature control and the pack flow valve controller no longer operable due to lack of power.

ECAM warnings are not yet implemented

CPDLC and ATSU

CPDLC enjoys a more rounded out implementation encompassing plenty of new features and improvements to those that were shipped with our previous Stable release.

If you would like to learn how to utilize CPDLC with Hoppie ACARS and see the entire feature set please see the page below!

Hoppie ACARS

You are now able to use the following additional features:

  • Automatic position reports
  • Controller report-requests and automatic preparation of pilot replies
  • Controller to pilot: All Instructions including requests, confirmations, etc.
  • Datalink status
  • Flight Monitoring for conditional reports
  • Pilot requests: All kinds, incl. emergency
  • Simulation of FANS-A+ and FANS-B with automatic mode selection based on logon-code of ATC

We also released a NOTAM: ATSU VDL3 Simulation describing in detail how our new datalink works.

SimBridge

We have released our custom-built application SimBridge, which enables our users to connect various external devices and data for use with MSFS.

SimBridge is launched through the FBW Installer and runs silently in your taskbar during your flight. This Stable release includes a new feature that allows users to utilize local files on your PC in PNG or PDF format.

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Additionally, we have transitioned both the MCDU Remote Display and printing function to utilize SimBridge. Configurable settings are now easier to modify through the FBW Installer user interface.

To learn more about the various features implemented with SimBridge, guides on usage and configuration, and troubleshooting see our SimBridge section.

SimBridge Guides

Changelog

  • [ADDON] Simbridge Integration - @lucky38i (Alex)
  • [ATSU] Fix cargo weight is not set on manually PAX - @Revyn112 (Revyn112#1010)
  • [BLEED] Added custom Wing Anti-Ice model - @omrygin, @Eagle941 (Joe)
  • [CDSS] When off no longer displays door video - @davidwalschots (David Walschots)
  • [COND] Connect Air Conditioning System to Electrical System - @mjuhe (Miquel Juhe)
  • [ECAM] Fix erroneous SLATS NOT IN T.O CONFIG warning during flaps 3 takeoff - @beheh (Benedict Etzel)
  • [ECAM] Move EWD to correct AC bus - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [EFB] Add automatic loading of a lighting preset - @SpiritZephyr (Ben)
  • [EFB] Added Local Files support - @ErickSharp (Erick Torres) @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [EFB] Added Payload Loading to EFB - @2hwk (2Cas#1022)
  • [EFB] Added SimBridge Health Check icon to Status Bar - @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [EFB] Fix default unit to match UI and other consumers - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [EFB] Improved Aircraft Presets procedures - @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [EFB] flyPad pushback option to ignore controller inputs - @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [ELEC] Make battery voltmeters update one digit at a time - @beheh (Benedict Etzel)
  • [ENGINE] Fix Engine Flex Calculations - @Taz5150 (TazX - [Z+2]#0405)
  • [ENGINE] Fuel persistency between each flight - @juliansebline (Julian Sebline#8476)
  • [ENGINE] Improved engine model at TOGA - @Taz5150 (TazX - [Z+2]#0405)
  • [ENGINE] Improved engine primary parameters performance (EGT & Fuel Flow) - @Taz5150 (TazX - [Z+2]#0405)
  • [EWD] E/WD visual improvements - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [EWD] Use FPPU angles for flaps/slats display - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [FCTL] Add realistically simulated F/CTL computers: ELAC/SEC/FCDC/FAC - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [FLIGHTMODEL] Add SU10 crosswind parameters - @donstim (donbikes#4084)
  • [FLIGHTMODEL] Flight Model update - @donstim (donbikes#4084)
  • [FLIGHTMODEL] Improve pitch trim and manual braking level - @donstim (donbikes#4084)
  • [FMGC] Allow stringing of STARs with non-runway approaches - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Basic RNP at or below 0.3 support - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Fix ident for CD legs - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Fix inbound leg time for holds - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Fix unnatural turn direction for course capture transition - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Fix unnatural turn direction for path capture transition - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Implement procedure turns (PI leg) - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Improve procedure loading performance - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Make DES SPD LIM available prior to descent - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Map leg course with station declination where required - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Only emit decel point when an approach is selected - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Rework f-pln departure page - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [FMGC] Update spoiler CD for MSFS SDK clarification - @donstim (donbikes#4084)
  • [GPWS] Alt callouts now finish before altitude is reached - @2hwk (2Cas#1022)
  • [HYD] Accelerations impacts hydraulic reservoir fluid movement - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Actuators damping chambers can be asymetrical - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Added a new THS mechanism simulation - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Added optional auxiliary hydraulic section in core hydraulic circuits - @Crocket63
  • [HYD] Added possibility to lock or limit hydraulic actuators velocity - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Aerodynamic forces applied on gear system - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Default discrete of failed ADIRs impacts gear safety valve correctly - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fix fluid return handling of actuators - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fix gear extending whith dual lgciu power loss - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fix incorrect gain in down pitch commands - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fixed Lgciu state machine when reverting gravity extension - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fixed SFCC computer failing to send FPPU commands - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fixed actuator position control demand consistency - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fixed autobrake controller tuning - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Fixed opened gear door wobbling - @Crocket63
  • [HYD] Fixed too slow leak measurement valves operation - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Gear system now supports spawning in flight gear up - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Implemented Electro Hydrostatic actuators - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] More prox sensors and gear actuator failures - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Now allowing reverting gravity gear extension - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Randomised per actuator flow restrictions at plane init - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [HYD] Refactor plane accelerations and added filtering to handle ground collisions - @Crocket63 (crocket)
  • [ISIS] Added temporary ISIS font with arrows - @aweissoertel (Alexibexi#7550)
  • [LIGHTS] Increased max brightness of cockpit displays - @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [LIGHTS] Redone cockpit emissives panels and ambient lighting -@FinalLightNL (FinalLight)
  • [MCDU] Added 4:3 aspect ratio compatibility to remote mcdu client - @tyler58546 (tyler58546)
  • [MCDU] Added formatter to improve text alignment and ease integration - @derl30n (Leon)
  • [MCDU] Added imperial runway length - @derl30n (Leon)
  • [MCDU] Allow Wind Request from Simbrief flight plan - @USA-RedDragon (Jacob McSwain)
  • [MCDU] Fix padding of arc radii on F-PLN - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [MCDU] Hide stored elements on A/C Status when there are none - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [MCDU] Improved arrivals/departure page scrolling, more true-to-life behaviour and cosmetic apperance - @2hwk ( 2Cas#1022)
  • [MCDU] Improved visuals of Init-A and Init-B page - @derl30n (Leon)
  • [MCDU] Refactor and improve input handling and conversions in MCDU W&B - @sidnov (Sid)
  • [MCDU] Support coroute loading and viewing - @lucky38i (Alex)
  • [MISC] Fix FDR data for support analysis - @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [MODEL] Add Wheel Chocks and GSE Safety Cones - @bouveng (Johan Bouveng)
  • [MODEL] Added new animated gear gravity extension handle- @tyler58546 (tyler58546), @MoreRightRudder (Mike), @Crocket63 (crocket), @Lantarius
  • [MODEL] Fixed screens flickering in SU10 - @tyler58546 (tyler58546)
  • [MODEL] Improved rivet mesh with more variation and detail - @Grinde (Grinde#4017)
  • [MODEL] Remove blue highlights in lock mode - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [MODEL] Visible pilot avatars via flyPad setting - @frankkopp (Frank Kopp)
  • [PFD] Added option to sync FD/LS buttons between CPT and FO - @Eagle941 (Joe)
  • [PFD] Improve PFD barberpole rendering and behaviour - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [PFD] Improve appearance of L/DEV and V/DEV scales - @tracernz (Mike)
  • [PFD] Show yellow GS reference line in correct conditions - @saschl (saschl#9432)
  • [RMP] Fixed the behavior of the RMPs and ACPs (VHFs only) - Julian Sebline (Julian Sebline#8476 on Discord)
  • [SD] Improve COND page visuals, fix some visual bugs on the SD - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [SD] Improve F/CTL and WHEEL SD pages visuals - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [SD] Visual and functional improvements/fixes to the HYD SD page - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [SFCC] Add SFCC bus outputs - @lukecologne (luke)
  • [TCAS] Fixed issue when turning to STBY while RA is issued - @2hwk (2Cas#1022)

Last update: January 5, 2023