In an announcement on their forum, third party aircraft and scenery maker Aerosoft have announced that they are working on a series of Airbus models for Microsoft Flight Simulator centered around the A320 and A330. They have also released new images of the exterior model of their DHC-6 Twin Otter project. Let’s have a look!
Airbuses are coming
The opening of a thread on their forums effectively makes it official that Aerosoft will be following up their successful Airbus projects from FSX and P3D with ground-up rebuilt models for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Aerosoft are reporting that there are several models in the works – these are the A320/A321, A318/A319, and A330.
Aerosoft have previously sold these aircraft as packages with the A320/321 as one pack, the A318/319 as another and the A330 on its own. They have also sold the A318, 319, 320 and 321 together in a complete package as well. The groupings in this announcement suggest that they will be following this same method.
Mathijs Kok, the Aerosoft developer making the post, has indicated that the project are completely new builds that make use of the new Flight Simulator’s featureset as much as possible. He also mentions that there are three developers working on systems right now but that will quickly grow to six in the future.
As for release order, the CRJ project is nearing completion and is first in the pipeline. It will be followed by the Twin Otter and then focus will turn to the Airbuses. Read the announcement here.
New images of the Twin Otter’s exterior model
Having a good looking exterior model in Flight Simulator is key and Aerosoft appears to be keeping up a high standard. Yesterday, renders of the exterior model with a focus on testing the materials of the aircraft’s exterior (i.e. the values that give the aircraft its shine) appeared on their forum. It’s easy to let the renders speak for themselves so have a look.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter is a 19-passenger STOL (short take-off and landing) aircraft originally produced by DeHavilland Canada. It’s robust construction and short field capabilities make it ideal to operate from more austere airports. Aerosoft have said that they are doing a -100 and -300 series aircraft and the one pictured is a -300 operated by Norlandair, an Icelandic company.
This aircraft has jumped to my highly anticipated list.