Documentation Overview. FCOM VOL 2 – Flight Preparation. FCOM VOL 3. QRH Section 4. Performance Training Manual: • Provides. Here is a list of videos from the A series playlist on YouTube · A – Manuals · A – General Overview – Quiz Link · A – Air. PSS A / A / A AOM – Airbus Aircraft Operating Manual – February 23,

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By StephenOctober 30, in Airliners Reviews.

This Airbus aircraft from FlightFactor Aero is pretty unique. It’s whole purpose is too deliver a completely new and extremely high quality simulation to flying Airbus aircraft in a simulator. It is unusual in another area as well, in the fact it is designed and built to be not part of any actual simulator platform. It is released in X-Plane and a20 in X-Plane but it’s basic underlying systems can also allow it to fly in any computer based system and no doubt in the future it’s main purpose is for it to be a standalone simulator for Airbus A certified aircraft training.

Z320 acquire such a certification for real world based training then this aircraft would have to replicate almost every system and instrument that is found in a real A aircraft or simulator, and that is a more complex pooh to do than you think it is. So it goes without saying that this aircraft in X-Plane is complex When you really think about that aspect you can see how big a challenge it really ppoh to bring such complex modeling and aircraft behaviour to a deskbound style simulator.

Your first instincts pph to understand that this aircraft is not really an X-Plane aircraft and in using the X-Plane based theory and dynamics, in fact the only area that this aircraft interacts with X-Plane is with the default XP ground physics and in time that will phased out as well. So this does create a very different environment in that any of the usual X-Plane interaction tools will not work with this po, including manipulators and even X-Planes unique aerodynamic modeling in “blade element theory” of element forces at work on the aircraft.

The FF AU uses its own aerodynamic modeling that is quite close to Laminar’s structures and theories, but is more much more controllable and flexible and has more options and parameters, and is engineered for a broader aerodynamic model and to make system logic consistent and more integral.

The A series aircraft was very unique in its definition of control laws, protections, reconfigurations, and a3200. Aircraft with fly-by-wire a3220 controls require computer-controlled flight control modes that are capable of determining the operational mode computational law of the aircraft. The fly by wire aircraft is controlled by three primary control computers captain’s, first officer’s, and standby and two secondary control computers captain’s and first officer’s.

In addition there are two flight control data computers FCDC that read information from the sensors, such as a32 data airspeed, altitude. This is fed along with GPS data, into three redundant processing units known as air data inertial reference units ADIRUs that act both as an air data reference and inertial reference. ADIRUs are part of the air data inertial reference system, which, on the Airbus is linked to eight air data modules: Information from the ADIRU is fed into one of several flight control computers primary and secondary flight control.

The computers also receive information from the control surfaces of the aircraft and from the pilots pou control devices and autopilot.


Information from these computers is sent both to the pilot’s primary flight display and also to the control surfaces. These modes are called Normal law the aircraft will fly with normal human inputAlternate law, Direct law and Mechanical law. Aircraft systems were also very highly more automated in four base systems which are implemented as an independent physical simulations: All the systems are built up from hundreds of elementary objects, like wires, relays, circuit brakes, pipes, valves, pumps, etc, and then whole systems states are resolved each frame using physical laws.

For the electrical system, for example, this is the full Ohm’s law.

w320 For other systems, these are its equivalents. Systems interact with each other, generating signals from sensors and switches, control signals, and reacting to them.

Computers continuously acquire, monitor and generate these control signals as well.

If you are following all this you can see how very complex the A as an aircraft is, and to replicate that into a simulation is a very big task. And your position is to understand all this as well and operate or fly the aircraft to it’s full potential. So this A Ultimate is not for the one with a newly acquired simulation pilot’s licence. This is a pro aircraft or the “Ultimate” in simulation flying to replicate the real world style of modern jet aircraft flying.


The Aneo is very good, certainly with it’s added in extensive sound pack form. But it does have a not so perfect flight model mostly in the takeoff and performance areas but you can’t really compare that A with this one from FlighFactor, to a point if you want a good A the JAR’s A is the better purchase, as this A from FF is a much more comprehensive aircraft and in that factor a lot more is required in real time study and practise to understand all the flying profiles and systems.

There is not doubt that any pilot that has used the JAR A extensively and there is a lot of you out there then the transition to this Ultimate version is far easier to do, but don’t expect the same experience or to transition easily, but the basics will come in handy if you know your way around the JAR A cockpit and setting up the MCDU.

This review is noted as an “Overview”. The FlightFactor A Ultimate is just too complex and far to detailed in systems and procedures to cover every aspect of the aircraft, so here in the overview it gives you a perspective of what is included with this aircraft and what it is basically about. But the overall design is part of the package and the excellent detail is what you look for as well.

Richard Culver and Artem Gality are the main modellers of the A And so it is here as well. The 3d work and modelling is excellent, but an very extensive detailed design is not like a smaller general aviation aircraft but a far more bigger canvas to fill and larger sizes can bring with them issues of too heavy an aircraft in framerate size to make it efficient in your simulator. Close inspection does reveal a very high attention to detail, the modeling is perfect.

Close detail is that not what you can just outwardly see but the hidden details as well as you get with the forward wing leading edge slats, look behind and the inner construction is just as good as the outer curves. The rear main flaps are also beyond good, with highly detailed flap jacks and links all installed and animated.

End of flap track runners are also highly detailed and look like they have just come off the factory floor. Undercarriage is always the first place you look for aircraft detailing. The AU does not disappoint in this area of design and the gear sections are as detailed and good as you could get, bit clean though with not a lot of wear and tear Internal cowling detail is factory fresh aa320 those beautiful rotating large fan blades are excellent, the CFM sounds nice as well.

Every year we oph another level of detail in the internal areas of aircraft, here the cockpit is astounding in it’s sheer detail that is simply eye popping. Everywhere you want to focus on you are totally breathless in what is now available in the quality of the aircraft. Yes you are paying for this extensive detail at this level, but you are certainly getting your return’s worth as well So how to do po it all, to understand the finite detail in the cockpit The pilot’s chair in it’s base a30 perfect, I mean totally perfect and the armrests move with fluid animation.

The pedestal is supremely crafted with every switch you require strange though the door switch doesn’t work? A highlight is the side forward windows open! Pull the catch and the heavyweighted full mechanism pulls back, again beautifully crafted and very realistic You can deliver more than one cabin livery if a third party wants to. I found two in the default Lufthansa, but a there is great a Delta available as well More liveries are expected to come and detailed interiors only deliver more to the all round cause.

The windows are small A windows are but they not as nicely detailed as JAR’s lovely two glass reflective filled perfect ones Roman Berezin has this thing of heavy boundries, so you can’t move around much inside the aircraft, the cockpit feels cramped and smaller areas like galleys are hard to get into The menus are built in and are displayed on the iPad on both sides for both the pilot and first officer.

Lower right button turns it on. There are six page menu selections in: The screen layout works very well and looks professional.

Like a lot of areas on the AU, when you use the iPad it disconnects from the aircraft for keyboard inputs, so you can’t move the screen or anything aircraft related until you press the po to reconnect with the X-Plane environment.

The service menu covers setting up the aircraft and static elements. There are four tabs pages to chose from: This menu will allow you to fuel the aircraft and all tanks are available unlike the X-Plane default version and they include inner and outer tanks and ppoh centre tank. The Fuel truck has to be attached before you can do loh refueling and a big ugly thing it is as well?


You can attach the JAR Ground Services fuel truck but it won’t work in actually refueling the aircraft. The passenger load factors are under the PAX tab. Here you can easily adjust a3200 aircraft loads and by classes in Business, Economy B Premium EconomyEconomy C tight seats in the rear and the number of passengers you want on the aircraft.

You have to have the doors open to load or unload the aircraft, and there is thankfully a choice on each door on of “Gate” or “Stairs”. Gate just opens the doors and Stairs will put a set of stairs at that door for you. A3200 you have cargo loaders to load on the freight from zones cargo 1 to 5. Note in that Cargo loader forward only loads cargo into the front hold, and the rear cargo loader the rest of the holds in the rear and the required loader has to be activated to load the cargo.

Many users will say they would miss the JAR ground services including myself with this A Well fear not as it does work quite well with the FlightFactor AU version Oph noted the fuel truck doesn’t work in connecting to the menuand the cargo doors won’t open without the provided cargo loaders, but everything else works fine including those lovely catering trucks.

Once you have loaded the aircraft with passengers and cargo, this tab allows you to see the current set up of the aircraft including all weights and CoG Centre of Gravity balance. Checklists is very and you move left or right through the lists via the blue triangles on each side. Helpful is the “Orange” titles loh you what area you need to do the action, the white in what the check is. The checklist won’t however do the action for you or start up the aircraft to taxi roll, in this case it is a little basic from other FF aircraft, but it is very good and very clear to use.

This one is interesting and very handy If your computer is connected to the internet you can access the internet via this browser! However it will load pdf’s but it is basic and I found some pdf”s worked fine but others struggled in loading or zoom.

Planes Over Head – POH: Airbus A

But one item is really interesting You can apply for a Google API key and insert it here, this is now ready for the next tab If the API key is activated you then get the “Google Map” tool directly into the iPad, excellent it is, but you can’t declutter the screen so it is a one layout for all. You can’t just drop into the pilot’s seat of a real A and fly it straight to another destination, it quite doesn’t work like that and you have to keep with in the same strategy when flying this FF AU, certainly as expected from a cold start, but also from a hot engine running start as well.

If you do have a scroll wheel then that is a great big advantage in moving the knobs far more quickly pph it is highly recommended. The manipulators otherwise can be a bit clunky, but you get used to it. Powering up from cold is a procedure process, but you know immediately that this is a very different machine than other Airbuses in X-Plane. Switch the batteries on and you don’t get actions but tests So this is a more deeper system than that in the systems you are usually interacting with as they are simulated as real and so acts as real in this very alive aircraft.

Q320 reward is that this is about the most perfect FMS system in X-Plane, it would take a very long review to cover all the aspects and the best way to sum it up, is that if the system is in the Airbus POH then it is replicated here in full. A20 FMS pops out for ease of use and like the side iPad it works in two levels in that it allows direct keyboard input when you see the blue band around the FMS or press the background to get back your normal view and aircraft control.

The system uses the Thales FM ;oh and not the rev2 which is the most popular and the current system on the A series. But there is plans to update to the rev2 version later.