Massive Aerofly FS2 Update 7/26/2017

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Changelog https://www.aerofly.com/aerofly_fs_2/dokuwiki/doku.php/manual:early_access_changelog

2017-07-26

  • Fixes to the shimmering buildings and houses seen by some users
  • Improvements to the night lighting and a fix to the flickering lights seen at night
  • The ability to now define a user folder in a new location/drive
Advanced autopilot (AP in C172, B58 unchanged)

  • completely overhauled
  • increased functionality and greater realism for all aircraft
  • reduced pilot work load, prepared for usage in takeoff, clean and landing configuration
  • basic modes for each aircraft is now corrected
  • improved LNAV/VNAV functionality (e.g. automatic descent at T.O.D. in Boeing)
  • added manual navigation source selection in LJ45, Q400 and C90GTX
  • added fully automatic landing for A320, B737, B747
  • added managed RNAV (GPS) approach with lateral and vertical deviation from FMS
  • added mode reversions for A320
Auto-thrust system overhauled completely

  • disables with levers at idle in A320
  • is set on in A320 by applying FLX or TOGA on ground, features stall protection: A.FLOOR and TOGA LK, ground speed mini principle
  • added B747 and B737 have reduced thrust during climb
  • added FMS like features to the navigation displays of all airliners, e.g. top of descent, vertical and lateral deviation from flight plan
  • added crew alerting system (CAS) added to LJ45 and B747 with takeoff configuration warnings, autopilot and auto-throttle disconnect warnings
Improved the fly by wire of the A320 but not finished yet (WIP)

  • faster roll rate
  • better turn coordination
  • features basic protections, like pitch, bank, stall and over-speed protections
  • trim reset on landing
Modernized A320 displays, more realistic look and greatly increased functionality

  • adjusted flight models:
  • reduced drag in A320, B747, LJ45
Controls:

  • added auto throttle disconnect
  • added TOGA button assignment
  • added spoiler move two directions (incremental)
  • added spoiler arm
DETAILED AUTOPILOT CHANGE LOG:

  • advanced autopilot completely overhauled
  • added lateral modes: bank hold, track, go-around track, localizer capture, runway (takeoff), runway track (takeoff), rollout, vor capture, RNAV/GPS approach
  • added vertical modes pitch hold, go-around pitch (takeoff), flight path angle, altitude capture, altitude cruise, MACH hold, FLCH climb and descent (OP CLB, OP DES)
  • added flight level profiles for LJ45 (high speed and normal), expedited CLB or DES, SRS (takeoff), step climb, VNAV path (auto-descent after top of descent), FINAL (similar to VNAV path but for approach), glide slope capture, flare (autoland), rollout (autoland)
  • added throttle modes:HOLD (levers can be moved in idle or during takeoff roll), MACH hold, “A. FLOOR”, “TOGA LK”, “THR REF”
  • added correct basic modes for all aircraft (BANK, HOLD, HDG)
  • added autopilot can auto-land certain aircraft: A320, B747, B737
  • added automatic auto-throttle engagement with thrust lever when flight directors are on (A320)
  • added auto-throttle is set off when levers are retarded to idle (A320)
  • added auto-throttle locks current thrust value when it is set to off.
  • added support for manual navigation source selection in LJ45 and King-Air
  • added voluntary and involuntary disconnect
  • added autopilot disengages at MDA -50ft if not in LOC/GS, also disengages at 50ft AGL if it can't auto-land
  • added support for 360 deg turns depending on direction the knob is turned
  • added “ground speed mini” principle (in manged mode the speed won't be allowed to drop very far, remains above flap retraction speeds)
  • added acceleration height and thrust reduction height (1300 and 1500 ft)
  • added automatic switch over from speed to mach in climb (reversed in descent)
  • added support for aircraft without specific flight director key (Q400, LJ45 FD clear only buttons)
  • added RNAV (GPS) approach
  • added correct behavior for multiple autopilots at once (multiple AP's only allowed during approach and go-around)
  • added vertical and lateral deviation from flight plan, incl. top of descent warning, drag required, etc.
  • added mode reversions (e.g. target altitude is changed during altitude capture phase)
  • added for A320: when FD is in ALT and the autopilot is engaged it will do a level off at current altitude when the deviation to the target altitude is greater 250 ft.
  • added auto-throttle maintains speed above VLS (low speed) and below VMAX
  • Added intelligent automatic initialization:ready to go in takeoff configuration (LNAV/NAV armed, CLB/VNAV armed), cruise altitude set in landing configuration: automatic ILS capture or final approach (LNAV/VNAV) armed, ga-altitude set altitude hold in cruise configuration and armed LNAV/VNAV and managed speed, current selected,altitude synchronized
  • adjusted vertical speed hold modes to be more subtle
  • adjusted loc-capture and hold to be based on ground track, not heading (for crosswind landings)
  • fixed selected speed below allowed minimum value
  • fixed selected/managed speed target always above minimum allowed value
Fly by wire (FBW): (Work in Progress)

  • angle of attack protection
  • over-speed protection
  • high and low pitch
  • bank protection
  • added automatic trim reset on ground
DETAILED AIRCRAFT CHANGE LOG:

A320

  • added auto-thrust can be disengaged by pulling levers to idle
  • added thrust lever indents
  • added flexible takeoff (FLX)
  • added A.FLOOR and TOGA LK
  • added thrust lock when auto-thrust set off via FCU
  • added auto-thrust limited to lever position
  • added autopilot disconnect warning can be cancelled if disconnect button pressed twice
  • added fly by wire resets trim on touch down
  • added a lot more moving buttons to virtual cockpit (autopilot, ecam switching panel, auto-brake, chrono and clock, etc.)
  • added spoilers retract at high angle of attack
  • added slat retraction inhibited at high angle of attack
  • added MACH and FPA selection to FCU
  • added auto-thrust now protects speed from dropping below lowest selectable speed
  • added ground speed mini principle during approach (speed is kept high depending on selected flap setting)
  • changed total mass of aircraft to 60t
  • changed total drag (now lower)
  • changed gear lever is locked on ground
  • changed radar altitude callouts now quieter
  • corrected FCU display, e.g. dashing values after 10 or 45 seconds
  • corrected v-speeds for increased takeoff-mass of 60t
  • fixed auto-brake not on MAX in takeoff configuration
  • fixed baro-pull knobs, now push and pull
Primary flight display (PFD)

  • changed display colors
  • changed flight mode annunciation
  • changed names of autopilot modes
  • added new modes are boxed
  • added comm modes LAND, FLARE, ROLLOUT, FINAL APP
  • added approach capability (e.g. CAT 3 DUAL)
  • added flashing LVR CLB warning (action required: reduce throttle position to engage auto-thrust system or disable auto-thrust)
  • added amber THR LK warning (action required: move thrust levers to gain manual control)
  • added “DECELERATE” warning when flown past the top of descent and not stated descent yet
  • added “MORE DRAG” warning (action required: extend speed-brakes and monitor vertical deviation)
  • added “DH 100 ft” to PFD default enabled when approach phase is set (Baro minimum is prepared as well, can't be used yet)
Changed speed tape

  • completely re-done
  • fine tuned design
  • added V1 digital readout
  • changed numbers (V1, VR, V2, VLS, green dot…) to more realistic values
  • changed speed-bug appearance
  • vls, low speed and alpha protection tape now moving depending on load factor
  • mach number now correctly positioned
  • all overflow clippings or pop-ins simulated correctly as in real world
Changed attitude indicator:

  • completely re-done
  • changed to a more authentic look
  • fine tuned pitch ladder
  • added high and low pitch red arrows
  • added amber tail-strike warning arrow
  • changed pitch and bank protection angles now dynamic
  • added flight path vector and BIRD (flight path vector) when in TRK/FPA
  • added flight director failure warning and selected heading tick
  • added mode reversions (flashing flight director on PFD and audible “3-tick”)
  • added flight director failure text (big red “FD” in top left)
Changed altitude tape

  • completely re-done
  • accurate magnifier size
  • accurate font-size
  • accurate altitude-bug roll-in
  • added altitude alert
  • added flashing QNH/STD barometer reference when above/below transition altitude/level (action required: pull/push baro STD)
  • added vertical deviation (green dot on altitude tape)
  • added brown low altitude awareness
  • adjusted radar altimeter red low altitude awareness rendering
  • added support for latest A320 yellow MDA/baro-minium bar
  • added qnh/std transition level/altitude flashing warning
  • added/adjusted metric altitude readouts
  • support for negative altitudes
Changed compass

  • completely re-done
  • changed heading bug appearance
  • changed ILS overflow to a box
  • changed ILS values in lower left to look more realistic
Changed vertical speed indicator

  • overhauled
  • displays digital readout correctly now
  • changed font size
  • changed ILS display of localizer and glideslope
  • overall look fine-tuned
  • parked position/overflow points outwards
  • added V/DEV for None-ILS managed approach on PFD (magenta brick instead of ILS glide slope)
  • added flashing “ILS” warning - push LS button
  • added flashing “V/DEV” warning - push LS button
Navigation display (ND)

  • added “TA ONLY” box at the bottom
  • added MODE CHANGE and RANGE CHANGE when switching settings
  • added selected approach “ILS APP” or “RNV APP” depending on available auto-tuning availability
  • added top of climb, top of descent, end of descent, 10,000 ft acceleration and deceleration point, approach speed deceleration point, ETP etc.
  • changed route now drawn only partially (remaining route)
  • changed chrono time look
  • changed bearing needle pointers and tables in left and right bottom corners
  • changed GS and TAS readouts in top left corner
  • changed next waypoint into in top right corner
  • changed LS and VOR modes now display course deviation only if signal received
  • changed the look of LS and VOR mode
ECAM

  • added set lever to climb warning on ECAM memo
  • added autopilot disconnect (voluntary) and auto-thrust disconnect (voluntary and involuntary)
  • added “cabin ready” annunciation
  • changed fuel on board, fuel flow and gross weight now rounded
  • prepared engine display for shut down engines (not enabled yet)
Changed N1 display

  • adjusted look
  • changed lever position to a circle
  • added auto-thrust command arcs
  • added amber “REV” when reversers are in transition
Changed EGT display

  • adjusted look
  • added max EGT tick
Changed flap display

  • completely redone
  • more realistic look
  • displays now selected flap and slat target
B737

  • added flight director priority lights on MCP
  • added moving buttons for MCP
  • added mach selection in MCP
  • added autopilot disconnect warning light
  • added altitude alert
  • added gear lever now has an off position
  • added auto-brake disengage warning
  • added HSI mode can be changed to view lateral and vertical deviation from flight plan (toggle switch in glareshield, left and right of autopilot selection)
  • added flight mode annunciator
  • changed automatic nav-tuning disabled per default
  • changed vertical speed can be stepped in 50 ft/min increments
B747

  • added crew alerting system (CAS) with messages like auto-break status, autopilot warnings, takeoff configuration warning for spoilers, flaps, etc.
  • added THR REF limit for the auto-throttle system. Uses full thrust for takeoff and reduces to 90% after thrust reduction height
  • added buttons on glareshield are now moving
  • added vertical deviation to navigation display
  • added airport elevation visible on PFD
  • added autopilot bank limit selection
  • added auto-throttle keeps speed at or above flap retraction speed in VNAV during the approach\
  • added VREF display
  • changed flight mode annunciator on PFD highlights new modes and displays correct names
  • changed flap retraction speed visible on PFD speed tape
  • changed top right information on ND
  • changed trend arc for turn doesn't overlap with center line and is white
  • changed total drag of the aircraft is reduced
  • changed when set to runway selected speed is V2
  • changed ND plan mode
  • changed MCP buttons light up
C90GTX

  • added navigation source selection: FMS, NAV1, NAV2 including coupling to left or right HSI
  • added autopilot target vertical speed to vertical speed indicator
  • added autopilot buttons now move in virtual cockpit
  • added label “next page” to radio management unit
  • changed HSI displays course even if no signal is received, only course deviation indicator is removed
  • changed flight mode annunciator on PFD displays correct names for modes
  • changed navigation source legend on primary flight display now displays more realistically if no signal received or no if data present
  • fixed ADF frequency on radio management panel now visible again
LJ45

  • added crew alerting system (CAS) with info like status of auto-spoilers, warning spoilers extended, take off configuration warning: flaps, trim, etc.
  • added take off warning affected items boxed in red on EICAS
  • added altitude alert
  • added FMS mode (TERM, APPR or enroute) displayed on PFD
  • added reduced bank limit for autopilot
  • added animated buttons in virtual cockpit
  • added approach capability displayed on PFD
  • added MFD TCAS view
  • added AP and YD disconnect warnings now flashing
  • changed flight mode annunciator highlights new modes and displays correct names\
  • changed selecting vertical speed mode hides selected speed and vice versa.
  • changed trim display on EICAS
  • changed MFD top left FMS information hidden when no route available
  • fixed auto-spoilers now only deploy above 60 kts ground speed
Dash 8 Q400 Details

liveries;

  • Austrian Airlines, Canada Express, Flybe, Horizon Alaska, Celebration and Green, Sata, SkyWork
  • full rigid body simulation of the fuselage, wings, stabilizers, gear and propeller with Aerofly FS 2 engine natively accurate flight model which is fairly close to real world numbers during climb, cruise and descent
  • simulated prop wash effects on wing, gyroscopic effects of the large propellers which require a bit of trimming on pitch, yaw and roll axis when power changes
  • custom engine physics for the PW150A turboprop engine using real world physics laws and no “lookup table” calculations
  • realistic engine shut-down and preliminary failure of other systems with engine off
  • engine start: physically accurate simulation with starter connected to high pressure shaft
  • engine has realistic heat capacity and cools down when its off
Custom FADEC simulation

  • all real world derates implemented: MTOP, NTOP, MCL, MCR, reduced TOP TRQ selection
  • power lever with audible detents
New governor implementation

  • fully feathering
  • reduced prop rotation speed for landing (REDUCED NP LANDING)
  • beta range and reverse
Autopilot

  • requires manual click on “ALT SEL” button to arm any altitude capture. can also be used to arm the flight director, right click (temp. workaround) to disarm altitude capture
  • fully simulated navigation source selection including “DUAL FD” during ILS CAT 2 approach
  • lateral modes: bank hold, heading hold, heading select, LOC*, LOC, VOR, LNAV
  • vertical modes: GA pitch guidance, pitch hold, V/S, ALT*, ALT, IAS, VNAV PATH, G/S*, G/S
  • as in real world: no auto-throttle, no auto-land, no VNAV climb, deselection of modes possible to return to basic modes
Custom rendering algorithm for all displays

  • top of climb <TOC> and top of decent <TOD> displayed on ND
  • navigation source selection on PFD, vertical and lateral offset from flight plan
  • formatting of ND allows ILS preview and whilst autopilot still follows FMS routing
Glass cockpit functionality

  • all system pages, and display swaps
  • full mode of ND, data toggles
  • formatted mode to pretune ILS/VOR course, right-click (temp. workaround) the FORMAT button to engage this view
  • MDA/DH, V-speed and pressure selection
  • altitude alert
  • raw data needle bearing selection
  • increased reference speeds with switch on ice protection panel
ARCDU (audio radio control display unit)

  • default: FMS autotune engaged, can be disabled to set ILS or VOR frequencies manually
  • has multiple pages as well as expand features
  • tuning of VHF, VOR/ILS, ADF, ATC as well as adjustment volume levels
  • change ATC/TCAS from ON ALT to off and vice versa using right-click
  • can be set off
all click spots have been prepared and are available, most switches already work but not all systems are modelled yet. A lot of the pushbuttons are animated to give better feedback

Other implemented features

  • control lock
  • stick pusher (stall protection), can be set off
  • spoilers and rudder control are lost when engines set off in flight
  • flight controls can be manually set off using the “powered flight control surfaces” buttons
  • nose wheel steering can be set off
  • spoiler switch with automatic “set on” function when power levers are advanced
  • parking brake
  • chrono and elapsed timer (ET automatically runs in flight)
  • warning panel with a lot of warn indications and warning/advisory light test
Sounds

  • blade pitch effects such as DISC condition of props, reverse, RPM changes, etc.
  • engine turbine and ignition
  • wind, ground roll
  • bleeds
Warning sounds

  • overspeed warning
  • gear warning horn
  • stall warning
  • takeoff configuration warning - tests trim, condition levers, flaps and tiller centered
  • beta range warning in flight - leave power lever above flight idle detent in flight
  • master caution, master warning and fire test sounds
  • pitch trim warning sound
  • seat belts and no smoking signs, audible “ding”
  • detent sounds, switch sounds, and button sounds
  • altitude alert
  • autopilot disconnect
  • altitude callouts
Partial Functionality

  • pressurization: panel working but has no affect yet
  • hydraulics: hydraulic panel for STBY and PTU selectable, when engines are off some flight controls fail
  • bleeds: mostly audible sound, no affect on cabin conditions modeled yet
  • APU: has self test, can be started and shut down, has no affect
  • electrics: mostly static, some failures due to engines off are shown
  • deicing panel: automatic and manual selection can be made, has no affect on aircraft what so ever, icing not modeled yet.
  • fire test: sound and warnings shown
  • auto-feather: shows as armed but actual feathering is not implemented since currently the only way to turn off the engine is through moving lever to cut off anyway
  • animations: tablets left and right of pilot and f/o can be folded down
 
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