• Review: Aerosoft A330 Professional

    Airbus A330 Professional

    Publisher: Aerosoft

    Review Author:
    Alex Dickinson

    Suggested Price:
    $75.99

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    Aerosoft - Airbus A330 Professional

    Introduction

    So at long last the Aerosoft A330 has been released and is now available for us finally to try out. I am a very big fan of their previous A320 series, so I cannot hide my excitement about this aircraft coming to the market and I am very keen to share my experiences about it. It is possible that this excitement has come from the fact that there are not many long-range Airbus aircraft available in Prepar3D v4 that come with the high level of immersion that Aerosoft can replicate. For some people it has felt that Aerosoft have taken their time to produce this aircraft, with some in the community comparing the development time to that of the Quality Wings 787. However, in the case of the Quality wings 787, the long development time equalled a superb product, so hopefully this time has been well spent.

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    Installation

    In regards to the installation, uncommonly I did experience an issue with trying to get this product installed. This was quite a surprise, as usually I find with just a few clicks of a mouse button I can install Aerosoft software very quickly and with no issues. However, with this particular aircraft, after installing it, I noticed that no external lighting was shown. After some investigation, I figured out that this was an issue with my system. I have also had similar issues with other aircraft so the end result was to reinstall Prepar3D entirely. I found this corrected the issue I was having with the Aerosoft A330. Even though this problem was an isolated technical issue with my own computer, I would still advise that anti-virus software is disabled when installing this product, and to follow all associated prompted instructions during the installation process.

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    Exterior Model

    One of the reasons why I like Aerosoft aircraft so much is the great job they do on the exterior model. The Aerosoft A330 lives up to this reputation, with a fantastic amount of detail shown on the aircraft. Everything you would expect to see on the exterior is there, such as 3D static wicks, pitot tubes and antennas.

    The use of PBR can be seen throughout the aircraft, especially on the fuselage and wings as they possessed a very heavy metallic look. The use of reflective textures has also been used throughout with a great amount of detail previewed on the wings, where at times they looked as if they were glowing from reflective sunlight textures. Of course, these reflective textures can be witnessed throughout the aircraft with a staggering effect. Already I have been able to take a number of great cinematic shots thanks to this feature.

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    Tags: a330, aerosoft, airbus

    10 Comments
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      "In my opinion Airbus aircraft feel less responsive and slightly sluggish in comparison to Boeing and Cessna aircraft. This is quite normal for Airbus aircraft"

      No, it's not normal in Airbus aircraft. They are just as responsive as Boeings. In fact Airbus aircraft are known for their responsive handling in manual flight. Please keep simming mythology out of reviews like this.
    1. pzl 104's Avatar
      pzl 104 -
      @flightman. No 'mythology'. In any FBW Airbus the maximum roll rate you can command is 15deg/sec in normal law which is really slooow. I've never flown a Boeing or Cessna with such a lazy roll rate.

      Contrary to the A320 I never had to apply full aileron multiple times in the 767 or any other jet during the approach.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by flightman View Post
      "In my opinion Airbus aircraft feel less responsive and slightly sluggish in comparison to Boeing and Cessna aircraft. This is quite normal for Airbus aircraft"

      No, it's not normal in Airbus aircraft. They are just as responsive as Boeings. In fact Airbus aircraft are known for their responsive handling in manual flight. Please keep simming mythology out of reviews like this.
      Before criticising the author of this article for certain opinions they might have, perhaps thank them first for the time and effort they put into writing it.

      In regards to the "mythology" as you put it, here is some further reading on the topic:

      https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...nd-airbus.html

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight...ope_protection

      https://scudrunners.com/home/airbus-...s-perspective/

      Many thanks Alex for a thoroughly enjoyable review.

      Dominic
    1. Christian Bahr's Avatar
      Christian Bahr -
      Hello Nels.

      Thank you for your detailed, balanced and above all fair review!
      I really like the Aerosoft A330 Airbus, it differs from its smaller brothers the A318-A321. Both technically, optically and in handling. Very well done add-on. I love the airbus

      Best Regards
      Christian
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      I'm just the publisher, please give credit for the review to author Alex Dickinson.
    1. Christian Bahr's Avatar
      Christian Bahr -
      Nels, now I've read it too. Review Author: Alex Dickinson

      Thanks to Alex for this great review!

      Best Regards
      Christian
    1. hivue's Avatar
      hivue -
      Maybe some of the problem is that everybody should make sure they understand the differences between how FBW and non-FBW flight controls operate. In AB FBW airplanes (which is all of them currently manufactured), stick deflection commands roll rate. The more you defect the stick left the faster the airplane rolls left. Once it's at the attitude you want you center the stick and it tends to hold that attitude. This is referred to as rate control attitude hold (the Space Shuttle used the same flight control philosophy). In non-FBW airplanes (and maybe FBW Boeing 777s & 787s, I don't know for sure) the more you turn the yoke left the further left the airplane will roll. When you center the yoke the airplane will tend to go back to level flight.

      I don't have this or any other AB airplane so I don't know how well it mimics AB FBW behavior (all airplanes in computer simulators are, per force, FBW). Maybe the article author can say.
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      Quote Originally Posted by pzl 104 View Post
      @flightman. No 'mythology'. In any FBW Airbus the maximum roll rate you can command is 15deg/sec in normal law which is really slooow. I've never flown a Boeing or Cessna with such a lazy roll rate.

      Contrary to the A320 I never had to apply full aileron multiple times in the 767 or any other jet during the approach.
      15 deg/s is not "really slooow" for a transport category aircraft. It isn't an F-16. How often do you need to roll anywhere near that fast? Anyway, my comment was about it being less responsive than a Boeing. Whatever you think of the max roll rate in Normal Law, the response is not sluggish, there's no lag, which is what the review appeared to suggest.
    1. pzl 104's Avatar
      pzl 104 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hivue View Post
      In non-FBW airplanes the more you turn the yoke left the further left the airplane will roll. When you center the yoke the airplane will tend to go back to level flight.
      That's about the worst description I've ever read and it couldn't be any more wrong.
      A non- FBW aircraft doesn't behave like a car! Have you ever used a flightsim?
      FBW or not, the greater stick/yoke deflection, the higher the roll rate.
      The only difference is that the FBW system sometimes limits the roll rate and/or the maximum bank angle.
      Aircraft designers aim to design their aircraft with neutral to slightly positive spiral stability which means that the present bank angle tends to stay the same with neutralized controls.
    1. pzl 104's Avatar
      pzl 104 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flightman View Post
      15 deg/s is not "really slooow" for a transport category aircraft. It isn't an F-16. How often do you need to roll anywhere near that fast?.
      15deg/sec is slow, especially considering that the A320 is capable of delivering a roll rate of 40deg/sec. How often? Did you miss the part about the required full sidestick deflection? Btw. the CRJ 100 had a roll rate of 90deg/sec, even at low speed.
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