Fans of X-Plane have been calling for more variety and more depth for their business jet types of aircraft and it seems that Aerobask is aiming to try and meet that request with their new Falcon 8X. A new teaser was released today along with a few tidbits of information on when the aircraft will be released to X-Plane.
Though the new Aerobask aircraft was announced months ago, it’s just now that the module is beginning to come together enough for them to show off a teaser of their work. And it looks really good!
Business jet fidelity
X-Plane aircraft are capable of being high fidelity, full simulations of an aircraft from top to bottom with all procedures, systems, and more mapped out. More often then not, things are simplified for one reason or another and systems aren’t always fully featured. If you’re coming from a combat flight sim experience, think about the difference between an aircraft in IL-2 and one in DCS World. Things are a bit more grey for X-Plane but you probably get the idea.
Aerobask’s Falcon 8X comes with some serious potential, however, as Aerobask have already established themselves as capable of producing some good quality modules and this one appears to be their new flagship offering.
Aerobask has partnered with Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Falcon 8X and Falcon series jets (oh and the Rafale as well), to produce this aircraft for X-Plane 11. From the press release, it sounds like Dassault is providing some serious resources to make this happen with the intent of producing a very high fidelity option.
Dassault Aviation and Aerobask are proud to announce they have entered into a partnership agreement for the development of Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X for the X‑Plane 11 platform from Laminar Research. The Falcon 8X is Dassault Aviation’s flagship and best in class, ultra-long range tri-jet, and the longest bizjet ever built by Dassault Aviation. You can find all details about this fantastic aircraft on its official page.
Our model is developed in collaboration and under the supervision of Dassault Aviation, with step-by-step validation according to their specifications. With a strong experience in development of glass-cockpit airplanes and thanks to privileged access to the real aircraft, we aim at delivering the most realistic experience flying the Falcon 8X.
This is certainly encouraging for people who want a high fidelity business jet experience. Of course the proof will be when it arrives and everyone can get a chance to go over the fine details but it does sound like this will be a must have X-Plane 11 aircraft.
The other options
Carenado, a prolific maker of X-Plane aircraft, has types like the 390 Premier IA, the Falcon FA50, and the Cessna S550 Citation II. There’s also the Embraer Legacy 650 by X-Crafts and Bombardier Challenger 300 v2 Captain Edition XP11 by DDENN as well.
There are even more but these are just a taste of what’s out there. Perhaps more exciting for those wanting the highest fidelity option, aside from what Aerobask is teasing today, is the Challenger 650 being developed by X-Plane 11 developer Hotstart. Hotstart is well known for their TBM which is largely regarded as the best and highest fidelity GA aircraft in the series to date.
So there are great options out there both in development and already available for fans of X-Plane. I have little experience with any of them but I’m looking to add at least one to my hangar sometime so I can write a bit more about the experience. If you have a favourite or one that I should steer clear of, let me know in the comments!