Taking a little break from the usual feature-based deep dives,today I thought Iâ€™d give you all a little update on how weâ€™re doing onthe development side of things.
SU5 has come and gone, and a lot of buzz has been going aroundabout the update and its impact on third party developers. From ourperspective, the airplane survived the update relativelyunscathed. Operationally, it worked immediately, with some tweaksrequired here and there for load balancing and performanceoptimizations â€“ but it was perfectly serviceable. The visual side ofthings also needed a quick little tweak and is back to workingfine. There are some oddities with the rendering of glass that we willbe taking a look into a little later, but overall, weâ€™re happyenough. This has been quite a nice demonstration of our externalarchitecture affording us some reliability benefits.
From a performance perspective, we too have benefitted. Our A320 isnow running better than the default/stock A320. There is yet some workto go, and in the interest of absolute transparency â€“ we donâ€™t know ifand when this will change due to a future update, so donâ€™t quite takethis to the bank until the Fenix A320 is on your system.
Weâ€™re happy enough with where the performance is, but we willcontinue to find and extract every frame we possibly can as we movethrough this alpha period.
On another note â€“ hereâ€™s something a LOT of you have come into ourDiscord to ask about. CPDLC. Present and correct, as youâ€™ll see. Weonly really started development of this last week, but we expect tohave it complete and ready for testing very shortly. Weâ€™re lookinginto ways we can elevate the CPDLC experience beyond the basics forall our users, but more on that later. When looking at these, pleaseremember itâ€™s hugely WIP. Stuff will probably be incorrect, but Iwanted to confirm that we are, indeed, implementing CPDLC!
With that, on to the second last item â€“ some liveries. Today, Iwill show some older stuff from defunct airlines of an age gone by(and an old Airbus house livery!), but I think itâ€™s still nice to seethis gorgeous airplane wearing something a little different.
Where possible, all these liveries have correct exit signage,markings, decals, and warning symbols, often translated to theoperatorâ€™s native language on non-English speaking basedaircraft. More details on all this work in the exterior featurereview, for another day.
I will wrap this post up by saying I know this has been a very,very brief update â€“ but the team is hard at work for a very goodreason. We expect the Fenix A320 to enter beta in a few shortweeks. The push is on.
See you next week for an actual feature review!
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