Airbus 319 by Flight Sim Labs, Ltd. Review
Airbus Industries, The Boeing Company’s European rival, was founded in December of 1970 with its headquarters located in Toulouse, France. Airbus Industries is equally dominant to The Boeing company in the market of airline transport aircraft sales. The Farnborough International Air Show at the Farnborough Airport in Farnborough, United Kingdom is the annual aircraft sales extravaganza for both Boeing and Airbus.
The Airbus 319 (A319), a member of the Airbus 320 (A320) family, is airline narrow body transport aircraft which first flew on August 25, 1995. A total of 8,074 A320 family aircraft have been delivered, including 1,514 A319 orders, with 7,722 in service, as of March 31, 2018. The A319 is 12 feet and 3 inches (3.73 meters) shorter than the A320. The first A319 delivery was to Swissair on April 25, 1996. United Airlines (U.A.L.) has configures the A319 for 128 seats in a three class configuration (United First®, United Economy Plus® and United Economy®) 8, 42 and 96 seats, respectively. American Airlines employs a similar 128 seat three class configuration. The Airbus 319 and Airbus 320 have an average list price of $90.5 million United States Dollars (U.S.D.) each and $99 million U.S.D. each, respectively, according to the Airbus corporate 2017 price list that can be viewed by clicking here.
Flight Sim Labs Ltd. (F.S.L.) was founded by Lefteris Kalamaras a long-time Personal Computer (P.C.) flight simulator add-on aircraft developer. I recall Lefteris being a senior developer with the renowned Precision Manuals Development Group (PMDG). The legendary founder of PMDG, Boeing 747-400 type rated pilot and former airline pilot, Robert Randanzzo worked closely with Lefteris, according to the product credits. Specifically, PMDG had only been working on manuals, as the company name eludes, and had made a breakthrough high fidelity Boeing 747-400 aircraft add-on for the innovative FLY! P.C. flight simulator, which was released on August 24, 1999. FLY! was developed by Terminal Reality and published by Gathering of Developers. This was prior to the PMDG diving into the Microsoft Flight Simulator market. F.S.L. defines their self as “A company made up of passionate flight simmers, we specialise in creating the highest-quality, most immersive add-on products and services available for the Microsoft Flight Simulator and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D families.”
F.S.L. previously developed the Concord X (FSX and P3D up to version 3) and their flagship Airbus 320. The F.S.L. A320 was the first to implement genuine high-fidelity Flight-By-Wire (F.B.W.) flight control systems into P.C. based flight simulation. The previously purchased both the F.S.L. Concord X the A320. The F.S.L. A320 is priced the highest on the market at a premium of $139.95 and $99.95 United States Dollars (U.S.D.) for Lockheed Martin’s P3D and Microsoft Flight simulator, respectively. The A320 is the base product and is absolutely required to have the A319 work. The A319 expansion is priced at $49.95 U.S.D. and is currently on sale for $39.95 U.S.D. and is only available for the Lockheed Martin P3D version 4. Together, the package costs $179.90 U.S.D. the highest of any aircraft add-on, including any PMDG aircraft and expansion combinations. While not mutually exclusive, the subject and focus of this review is on the recently release F.S.L. A319X as an expansion (extension) for the F.S.L. A320. F.S.L. was generous and kind to provide a copy of the A319X for this review at no cost.
The F.S.L. A319X provides a robust and wide reaching array of new innovations including: 1) “Ground Breaking Custom Aircraft Icing Model”, 2) De-Icing and Anti-Icing, 3) “The Most Realistic Rain Effects seen to date”, 4) Dynamic Windshield Dirt simulation, 5) Windshield bug splatter effects “Trueblood”® modeled for atmospheric, landmass and weather season dynamic variables, 6) Atmospheric St. Elmo’s Fire simulation. The F.S.L. A319 can be purchased by clicking here. The required base product F.S.L. A320 can be purchased by clicking here. The Lockheed Martin Prepar3D version 4 (P3Dv4) can be purchased by clicking here.
Setup (Purchase, Download, Install):
The purchased procedure is straightforward through the F.S.L. website. A completely independent credit card transaction company eSeller (LINK) handles all the C.C. card numbers and transaction processes.
Please stringently adhere to installation and optimization procedure (3 pages) for the F.S.L. A320. F.S.L. highly recommends in their installation documentation to shut down all maleware, virus and security software for download and install. Malewarebytes users are strongly encouraged to completely temporarily uninstall Malwarebytes for the entire installation procedure. Apparently, even when disabled Maleware bytes still have some interfering on-going processes that damage the installation for some users. For EZdok version 2 users make sure to carefully update, following directions, to the v4.3 compatible version (LINK). Also, FSL’s Mike Ionis recommends disabling fuselage effects in EZdok2, as the effects interfere with the flight dynamics of the aircraft. and disable motion effects, etc. After selecting each fuselage effect, simply drag the mouse cursor done until there is no value (disabled) for each effect (video tutorial is available by clicking here). The most current version of F.S.L. Spotlight should also be installed.
F.S.L. A319X install was straight forward. I did have Webroot running during the activation process that caused the activation and installer program to hang. After disabling Webroot, activation and installation went very quickly and smoothly. Please note order verification(s) in the user setting menu (My product subsection) of the F.S.L. forum is required for support, livery/utility, etc. downloads. Livery installation is straight forward. Each individual livery is downloaded unzipped and installed as an executable file. Each livery can be installed with either normal resolution (2048) or high (4096) resolution textures. However, there is a note on the installer will only install Higher resolution 4096 textures into Prepar3D v4. Therefore, make sure to select the High-resolution texture or it will not be installed into the sim. I installed fourteen liveries for the A320 and six liveries for A319X, for a total of twenty liveries. F.S.L. needs to make a livery manager program with intuitive Graphical User Interface (G.U.I.) that can install and uninstall liveries in a batch file dependent manner. United Airlines, a legacy carrier, has always been my favorite airline, with their Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin music (playable at the top of this review), will be the theme throughout this review.
It’s not a bad idea to make sure your video drivers are current with a clean in stall of the most current Nvidia (LINK), for example. For clean -up and wrap of with a robust installation like this I typically will do a thorough cleaning with CCleaner, System Mechanic Pro and defragment (Fragmented files only option) all appropriate hard drives with Ultimate Defrag by DiskTrix Inc. The defragementation of Solid State Drivers (S.S.D.) is highly not recommended, since this causes excessive wear. Don’t forget to update and enable all virus and malware software. Finally, I like to do a hard reboot with full power off (not reboot button) for a few seconds to conclude the installation procedure.
First initial long load time (20 minutes) “FSLabs Runways.bin database still initializing / loading – please wait…” green message bar. I have reasonably extensive scenery library. This must be FSLabs version of Pete Dowson’s MakeRunways program, which constructs a complete database of all runways in the simulator. Numerous liveries can be downloaded by clicking here. The F.S.L. forums provide a wealth of information for technical problems and anomalies can be accessed by clicking here.
Hardware: Intel i7 950 running at 3.07 Gigaherz (Ghz), ASUS P5B motherboard, 12 Gigabytes (G.B.). HyperX Ram, 2 x Nvidia 770 GTX (4 Gb each) in Scalable Link Interface (S.L.I.) configuration, Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, OR. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and Dell 4K Ultrasharp 27 inch monitor.
Software: P3Dv4.2 Professional Vesion, Active Sky for P3Dv4, Active Sky Cloud Art, REX Sky Force 3D, Pilot’s! FS Global Ultimate Next Generation FTX Mesh (Global land elevation points generated from orbiting satellite reconnaissance mapping in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [N.A.S.A.]) and EZdok 2 (Head tracking software), Windows 10 Professional (64-bit).
Notes: 1) Purchase of Lockheed Martin’s Prepare 3D version 4 is required for this aircraft add-on to work and can be purchased here. 2) All testing herein was conducted at 4K (4190 x 2160) resolution. 3) All flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of United States of America (U.S.A.). 4) All testing was conducted at 4K resolution and screenshots in this review were taken at 4K resolution.
The base F.S.L. A320 documentation includes an installation guide, introduction guide, normal procedures manual, flight checklist and a basic tutorial flight guide. New documentation for the F.S.L. A319X includes the following in pdf format:1) A319X Introduction Guide P3Dv4 (5 pages), 2) A319X Key Difference (2 pages), 3) A319X Flight Checklist (2 pages).
The forty-three page A320 tutorial manual for a flight from Vienna Schwechat (LOWW) to Copenhagen Kastrup (EKCH) is thorough, systematic, intuitive, comprehensive and reasonably detailed. The specific instructions and detailed labeling of screenshots with numbers associating the instruction with the exact switch or knob is very nice.
I had previously been flying the Boeing line of transports for about 30 years now in-flight simulation. I was reluctant to move expand into Airbus aircraft until the F.S.L. A320 came out. I had not done a significant amount of flying with the left had stick or used their Flight Management and Guidance System (F.M.G.S.), Auto flight system, etc.
Just Planes has been producing real life cockpit videos of actual airline operations for many years. Airline captains and first officers frequently train and explain the operation of the aircraft and their systems. For the F.S.L. A319 I highly recommend the Air Canada A319 Extended-range Twin-engine Operation Performance Standards (E.T.O.P.S.) video that can be purchased for $30 U.S.D. by clicking here. Air Canada and Just Planes have had a longstanding collaboration. I have had this on Blu-ray disc for some time. The first flight is a E.T.O.P.S. checkout flight by Check Captain Brian Bartlett for a newly assigned A319 Captain Michael Rhados, whom is getting certified (checked out) for E.T.O.P.S. Atlantic Ocean operations. The video is very educational including systems training throughout and was very helpful to me for learning and understanding the Airbus systems.
Exterior Modeling and Textures:
Exterior modeling of aircraft and textures look fantastic, especially at 4K resolution. Visual details to the airframe, probes, etc. down to the individual rivets are extremely detailed and clear with no anomalies. I noted from the Just Planes A319 video, the training captain mentioned on the exterior aircraft inspection that both ailerons should be hanging in a full down deflection “drooping” when the aircraft is not running and has no hydraulic pressure in the system. The Air Canada Check Captain Brain Bartlett, in the Air Canada A319 video, states that this is an effect of the Fly By Wire (F.B.W.) flight control system. I shut the engines down in the F.S.L. A319 and the ailerons were not in drooping they were in their neutral position. While this has no significant functional effect, it would nice to see this aesthetic visual corrected in a future update. I used the United Airlines livery throughout the testing other liveries appeared equal in quality and detail.
Virtual Cockpit Modeling and Textures:
The Virtual Cockpit (V.C.) is exquisitely modeled to the finite detail with every nook and cranny looking fantastic. Essentially, all switches, buttons and knobs are animated and fully functional, as expected. I have not however, set aside a four-hour block of concentrated time to systematically test and check very item in the V.C. The V.C. textures at 4K look super fantastic. The flight displays are super sharp, crisp and vibrant with color. My only recommendation for textures would be to upgrade to 8K resolution. The foot warmer switch to the main left panel of the captain’s side is not even animated. The switch for this should be at least animated and have an associated fan blower sound if available. The red autopilot disconnect button on the stick controller is not animated and is non-function. I could imagine and think this would be embarrassing to F.S.L. I would hope F.S.L. would fix this item by adding button animation and functionality on a future update. Most of the V.C. lighting appears as it should. I wasn’t able to get the front panel flood light to work, which made the flight very difficult.
Flight Testing Program:
Flight #1 (Local Area): (KSFO) San Francisco,CA [FlightBeam] Local area: Familiarization and in-flight aircraft ice modeling effects.
Flight #2 (Line Flight): PHLI (Lihue,HI; FS DreamTeam) to PHKO (Kona, HI; FS DreamTeam): CrossWind landing
Flight #3 (Line Flight): PHKO (Kona,HI; FS DreamTeam) to PHLI (Lihue, HI; FS DreamTeam).
Flight #4 (Local Area): (KEDW) Edwards Air Force Base . Single Engine Takeoff’s, landings, steep turns, stalls and slow flight.
Flight #5 (Line Flight): KDEN (Denver, CO) to KTEX (Telluride, CO); High altitude maximum weight takeoff, terrain radar testing and short field landing.
Flight #6 (Line Flight): KPDX (Portland, OR) to KYKM (Yakima, WA).
Flight #7 (Local Flight): KTPA (Tampa, FL); Weather Radar Testing.
Flight #8 (Ground Test): KMSP (Minneapolis St. Paul, MN); GSX De-Icing Testing in snow storm.
Flight #9 (Local Flight): KMSP (Minneapolis St. Paul, MN); Traffic and Collision Alerting System (T.C.A.S.) and Dynamic 3D Lighting Testing.
Flight #10 (Local Flight): (KSFO) San Francisco,CA [FlightBeam] Local area; Photoshoot for cover picture for review.
Flight #11 (Emergency Egress from Hurricane Florence): (KNCA) Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL (KJAX); Hurricane Integrity Testing.
Flight Model (Flight Dynamics):
The flight model and flight dynamics for the F.S.L. A319 is fantastic. I’m not an airline pilot or type rated in the A319. High altitude, 5,450 feet Mean Sea Level (M.S.L.) at Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., at Maximum Takeoff Weight (M.T.W.) with full fuel tanks, maximum passengers and maximum cargo (172,000 pounds [lbs]) resulted in a lumbering and long takeoff roll. I rotated at 135 knots (kts) Indicated Air Speed (I.A.S.) and the A319 was airborne and initially struggled to climb. Shortly after after some airspeed was built up and the climb rate was much greater. After looking into this, the takeoff was over the M.T.W. for the A319. The M.T.W. for the A319 is 166,000 lbs. This would explain the very sluggish initial climb rate. Next, on the same flight was some significant amount of turning for an approach into the highest altitude commercial airport in the United States of America (U.S.A.) Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX) in Telluride, Colorado at 9,070 feet M.S.L. and is as frequently used for high altitude testing. The approach into KTEX was challenging and the short final was difficult with the cliff at the end of the approach runway. You’ll notice in the second screen shot below the KTEX runway threshold is adjacent to a steep edge. The first screen shot is prior to approach into KTEX.
The terrain radar works great and is of the highest quality and fidelity. The flight envelope protection systems of the Airbus F.B.W. flight control systems modeled by F.S.L. is impressive. The A319 is very hard to stall and when it is deliberately stalled the stall is quite controlled and controllable. Moreover, when the airspeed approaches the stall speed and a stall is imminent the auto-flight system automatically engages and applies maximum continuous takeoff thrust to prevent the stall. These added systems provide both reassurance and comfort. Steep turns and slow flight seem reasonable and realistic. Single engine climb performance tests and single engine takeoffs and landings were conducted at Edwards Air Force Base (KEDW) in Kern County, California, U.S.A. just north of Los Angeles and performance was very reasonable and realistic with full load of fuel, with a passenger cabin occupancy of 6 in the cabin. The landing bounce and touchdown effects are very nice and realistic for a normal operating range. However, for very hard landings, where I purposefully slammed the A319 down on the runway, the effect didn’t seem very realistic and seemed to max out at a moderately hard touchdown. It would be nice if F.S.L. added a hard rebound and/or near crash effect with very hard hits to the runway as effects candy.
Dynamic Ice Modeling “Super Cool“®: To test the icing I loaded up San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) and with a snowstorm. I turned off all de-ice systems in the A319. The icing built up on the airframe quickly and I was barely able to takeoff. I climbed for bit and stalled with a steep decent and crashed within a few minutes due to the excessive ice accumulation and no deice systems enabled. Member in the F.S.L. forums were forensically recreating previous real-world ice crashed. I didn’t spend allot of time looking at the visual effects as the previews and the F.S.L. forum members have posted numerous screenshots for the de-icing. The very detailed deice procedures are modeled with different deice solution that can be chosen in the Multipurpose Control Display Unit (M.C.D.U.) or Flight Management System (F.M.S.) in the Boeing orbit, located in the center console. Both the visual effects and the ice modeling is are fantastic and a grand slam by F.S.L.’s. I have not taken the time to test the various deice procedures and options available within the M.C.D.U. and administered through FS Dreamteam GSX or GSX Level 2.
Time to call the United States (U.S.) National Transportation and Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) “Go-Team.”
I would also highly recommend consulting the following Elite airline transport category aircraft crash experts: Gregory “Greg” A. Feith, Captain John M. Cox, Captain Chelsey B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III and National Aeronautics and Space Association (N.A.S.A.) Commander Story Musgrave M.D.
Windscreen dirt and the very first to the market blood splatter effect modeling “Trueblood“®: The effects are very detailed realistic and add a very surprising visual immersion and sense of depth to the V.C. The windshield wipers do not clean the windshield and there is no window washing fluid. The windscreen can only be cleaned by the maintenance crew by selecting the option in the M.C.D.U., when stopped. Again, this a fantastic effect and a grand slam by F.S.L.’s.
Rain Effects: The rain effects are the best I’ve seen today, bar none. The rain splatters lightly and then drain down the windshield in lines. The wiper blades range of motion, rate and sound are spot on to the real Air Canada A319 video. Again, this a fantastically delivered effect.
Dynamic 3D Lighting:
The Dynamic 3D Lighting looks excellent. The volume effect of the lighting is very good and when stopped next to the runway with a landing transport category aircraft the 3D lighting is most evident.
The full spectrum detailed systems are robust throughout the F.S.L. A319.
Ram Air turbine (R.A.T.): The R.A.T. is automatically deployed upon complete electrical system power failure and provides emergency power. The R.A.T. can also be manually deployed in the case of a bleeding complete electrical system. The R.A.T. can be deployed manually either in the air or on the ground. Below you can see the R.A.T. deployed on the lower left (port) side of the aircraft underneath the wing.
Weather Radar: The weather radar testing was conducted over the Gulf of Mexico just northwest of Tampa, Florida. The weather radar functionality is full of high-fidelity features including a turbulence detection mode. The weather radar has two systems available and only one can be selected at a time. The gain knob is full adjustable and accurate from min to max. The tilt of the radar is also fully functional and accurate from min to max. The precipitation radar returns are highly accurate, when coupled with Active Sky. Both the captains and the first-officer’s radar displays can be selected by not having the terrain radar (TERR) button off. One can only have either radar or terrain displayed at one time. I selected a short range on the Captains display 20 nautical miles (n.m.) and a long-range display 180 n.m. on the first-officer’s side, which is a nice feature. Surrounded by thunderstorms in all directions and the weather radar on two primary flight displays brought my aging system to its limit, while running at 4K resolution. The simulation was functional though there were significant stutters in this maxed out loading scenario. One consistent problem I had was in changing the range on the radar display. The precipitation returns were adjusting fine and proportionally. However, the blue labeled numbers on the rings were incorrectly labeled to the previous setting. This was very annoying and may be an effect of my slow system being constantly bogged down and handicapped greatly. Hopefully, this is an isolated and/or singular case and not widespread….
The weather radar is top-notch quality with the highest level of realism. Together the bug splatter effects, rain effects and radar all come together and provide a very dynamically orchestrated immersive environment.
Traffic Collision and Avoidance System (T.C.A.S.): The T.C.A.S. system works flawlessly and includes T.C.A.S. with Resolution. Ground and arriving traffic targets were properly displayed on the Primary Flight Display (P.F.D.). Upon chasing another airline aircraft, I was given the initial “TRAFFIC! TRAFFIC!” aural warning followed by very clear resolution aural instruction including: Descend! Climb! Keep Climbing! Keep Descending! Numerous color-coded warnings were given on the P.F.D. depending on the collision course trajectory. The T.C.A.S. was very easy to use and worked very well.
M.C.D.U.: The M.C.D.U. is meticulously modeled and greatly detailed. I haven’t spent the time or the energy to dive deep into this system. Complete flight plans can be easily loaded into the system from various third party flight planning programs such as Professional Flight Planner X (PFPX). A very nice feature of the M.C.D.U. F.S.L. installs a desktop link on that allows for programming of the M.C.D.U. outside of the simulator. The M.C.D.U. can also be accessed and programmed on a portable device through a web browser. I used my Apple iPad Pro for this. One problem I found is that when the iPad is rotated, for example from widescreen (horizontal) orientation to vertical (tall) orientation, the number key mapping is incorrect in the widescreen orientation. Depressing the number 7 button results in the number 4 being displayed in the M.C.D.U. input line. This may be a connectivity anomaly in the coding for the intra(inside)-web browser app pointed toward a specific web address for your specific network. Not a big deal, however it would be nice to have this issue resolved in a future update. The external (outside the aircraft) refueling panel may be accessed through a desktop link and/or a portable device web browser using a distinctly different web address from the M.C.D.U. website address. Numerous failures can be enabled in the M.C.D.U.
Airbus 319 Versus Hurricane Florence (Category 2)
Result: Airbus 319 survived.
The Active Sky program downloads real-time weather and infuses it accurately into Lockheed Martin Prepar3D version 4. Active Sky also developed a hurricane simulation for the program a few years ago. I took off from Jacksonville, North Carolina (KNCA – McCutcheon Field/New River Marine Corps Air Station) on 9/13/2018 at approximately 9:00 Eastern Daylight Time (local time). Climbed out north and headed direct to Jacksonville, Florida (KJAX). Cruise was at 32,000 feet M.S.L. (FL320). Considerable too extreme convective activity was present from takeoff to 40 nautical miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. The Active Sky weather was fantastic and very similar to current weather reporting. The frame rates were pretty good and tolerable for most of the flight dipping down to single digit frame rates only once or twice in the most extreme thunder and lightning of the hurricane.
Seat belts buckled, shoulder harnesses secure.
Less turbidity and turbulence after making some progress south of Hurricane Florence.
The sounds in the F.S.L. A319 are very detailed, numerous and extremely immersive throughout. Takeoffs and landing in particular are very impressive with the ground surface bumps.
Issues: The F.S.L. Airbus 320 and 319 are very heavy on the loading of the system. Providing the highest level of fidelity with respect to systems and the flight model takes a load and handicap on the system. However, on my highly loaded and older system it handles it very well and is consistently functional and fluid most of the time. This should be expected and is a warning for those purchasing to have a modern and reasonably up to date system for it to be very functional. I just bought the Flight 1 Cessna Citation Mustang. The F.S.L. A319/A340 Greatly outperforms the Flight 1 Cessna Citation Mustang, where I was consistently getting a stuttering, jerking single digit frame rates. This was probably due to the excellently modeled Garmin G1000 avionics package. Overall, given the enormous load the F.S.L. A319/A320 put on the system it does an excellent job with frame rates. I’m sure F.S.L. will continue optimizations for frame rates.
As this add on is very complicated there are numerous isolated technical issues in the F.S.L. forums. I personally did not have any major issues that were not easily resolved with a quick look in the forums. I could not get GSX to sync properly with the F.S.L. A319 for ground deicing operations, though they were functional through the GSX menu. I think there are a few rough edges and several small technical bugs that more extensive beta testing would have uncovered and resolved easily. Regardless and Reassuringly, F.S.L. has provided regular updates and fixes to the problems in a proactive manner.
Suggestions: F.S.L. has been on the cutting-edge regarding implementation of high fidelity systems and innovations. They were the first to have a genuine and bona fide fly by wire flight control system for the Airbus 320, which is also implemented in the Airbus 319 and customized accordingly. F.S.L. has loaded the A319 with an innovative package of features that will be extremely hard to match. I would suggest regular bird strike simulations. Also, an occasional Pterodactyl strike would be a great addition and asset.
Flight Model: 10/10
Breadth of Features and Functionality: 8/10
Value: (8/10 General Flight Simmers), (10/10 for Pilots)
Overall: 56/60 (93%)
Final Grade: A-
I’ve been waiting for many years to work with a high-fidelity Airbus simulation. F.S.L. has delivered it with their Airbus 320 and Airbus 319. The F.S.L. A319 reviewed here is the complete package that provides the highest level of fidelity with respect to the flight model and systems, while also providing an array of immersive innovative features. The visuals in 4K resolution look fantastic!! The sound package is also fantastic! The new innovations in the F.S.L. A319 include rain effects on the windshield, bug splatter effects, and full ice modeling in the flight model, which all are of outstanding quality!!!!! I think the short comings of a perfectly pristine and polished product could easily be resolved with a more detailed and expansive beta testing program. For current owners of the F.S.L. it’s pretty much a no brainer to get the A319 add-on for $39.95 U.S.D. For new F.S.L. A320 customers, understand there is a premium financial investment in acquiring and maintaining this level of detail, fidelity and quality, like all things in life. Moreover, an understanding of the infrastructure of a reasonably modern and newer computer system will be required to run at a pleasant and enjoyable level. New customers will have to invest and fork over $179.90 U.S.D. of expendable income for the premium package, though it is very worth it. Overall, the F.S.L. A319 is the flagship of high-fidelity airline transport aircraft add-ons. The only reasonable and realistic market competitive product will be the long awaited and highly anticipated Precision Manuals Development Group (PMDG) Boeing 747–8. I’d love to see F.S.L. develop a high-fidelity Airbus 380 (A380) for Lockheed Martin‘s P3D version 4. The Magnificent Airbus 380 is Championed by Emirates Airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and can be viewed by clicking here. Emirates currently has 104 A380‘s operational in their fleet, with 162 on order. Emirates Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum placed an order for 20 with an option for an additional 16 in January 2018. When all orders are delivered, Emirates will have a total of 266 A380‘s out of a total of 331, or 80.3%, of all A380‘s delivered.
For flight simmers whom not so interested in super detailed and deep systems and the high premium cost, I highly recommend the Quality Wings Boeing 787. I previously reviewed this excellent add-on and the review can be viewed by clicking here. The QualityWings Boeing 787 is a product of Great quality and Outstanding value at $69.69 U.S.D. and can be purchased by clicking here.