In this update you'll find a description of the new content we've added, bugs we've addressed, and an updated list of known issues.
We know many of you have been waiting to fly jets, and today we're incredibly excited to announce the wait is over!
In close partnership with Airbus, we're proud to release the Airbus A320 for community testing. This is a key step in our development process as we work together with the community to finalize this aircraft for launch.
Though this is the first version of the plane, we hope you will help test many of the systems we’ve already included. For example:
- Fly by Wire system including some of the flight-envelope protection features and new airliner-specific autopilot and auto-throttle functions.
- MCDU (flight computer)
- FCU (Autopilot control panel) functions implemented.
- SID’s and STAR’s
- High altitude flight
- Long range missions
- Land with autobrake and ground spoilers
- Newly implemented ground handling features such as jetways, refueling trucks, baggage and catering, pushback and ground power carts.
There are some complex systems in the aircraft that we did not include at this stage in order to ensure focus on the ones that were ready to be tested. You should expect that some indications may be missing or not final, and some displays may show anomalies. Many of the autopilot and auto-throttle functions work but some are still WIP. You will be able to fly ILS and visual approaches, but full approach functionality is not included in this version. Expect updates to the MSDU functionality and audio during our next round of updates.
It has been an incredible experience partnering with Airbus to bring the A320 to the next iteration of microsoft flight simulator . And we are looking forward to working with the community to ensure the very best flight simulation experience across all our aircraft.
Alpha testers, Airbus A320 is cleared for takeoff!