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Fenix Simulations: MCDU/FMGS

Fenix Simulations: MCDU/FMGS

More details on the Fenix Simulations A320 MCDU have surfaced – their latest blog post details an example of their working RNAV/RNP system for complex departures (Queenstown, New Zealand), FLS modelling, RTA (Required time of Arrival), AOC + ATSU functions and Simbrief integration. Their Airbus technical advisors (real world A320 pilots) include well known YouTube … Continue reading

Fenix Simulations MSFS Airbus A320

Fenix Simulations MSFS Airbus A320

A surprise – Fenix Simulation reveals a ‘study-level’ Airbus A320 CEO for MSFS. Developed in secretly for many months until its public announcement today, Fenix Simulation intends their aircraft to be a “comprehensive and complete A320 simulator available to desktop consumers” when published. The detailed modelling – both on the graphical frontend and systems looks … Continue reading

Cockpit Concept ATC/TCAS Board

Cockpit Concept ATC/TCAS Board

Cockpit Concept has now released their LAN ATC/TCAS board compatible with JeeHell, ProSimA320, ProSim737 and FlightFactor A320. The board will be appropriate for more advance simulation such as valid/fail, air/ground and test; along with fail light illumination. Alternatively the Cockpit Concept AIRINC board can also be used with the standby/on switch interfaced with a joystick … Continue reading

FS Academy – Jetliner

FS Academy – Jetliner

UK based Captain Chapman has produced an Airbus tutorial series for Microsoft Flight Simulator introducing the basics of airline flying across 12 missions. A review of the series can be found here – The tutorial series would be useful for users unfamiliar with the Airbus environment and standard operating procedures. More information on the FS … Continue reading

Cockpit Concept Connect Update

Cockpit Concept Connect Update

The latest Cockpit Concept Connect software update (1.2.4.0) expands on support for X-Plane Flight Factor-A320. In addition to OEM FCU support, the software now supports the OEM brake pressure gauge, rudder trim, voltmeter, ACP and RMPs. With the additional hardware support, Flight Factor-A320 can now be a reasonable option for flight deck builders and an … Continue reading

PFD ND Transfer – Relay Box

PFD ND Transfer – Relay Box

Switching of the display screens on early Airbuses were performed by the SDACs (System Data Acquisitions Concentrators) and the Display Management Computers. The PFD ND XFR pushbutton found on these aircraft would act as a hardware switch (relay operated) for these systems. The purpose of the XFR transfer (auto or manual functionality) is to allow … Continue reading

Airline Training Orientation Program

Airline Training Orientation Program

Aviation101 has produced an informative video segment on the Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP) available at JetBlue (Orlando) and American Airlines (Dallas). The 3 day course ($495) is available to FAA certified U.S. pilots and includes the following – 1. Comprehensive Tour of the Pilot Training Center2. Ten hours of B-737/800 or A-320 Systems & Procedures Familiarization3. Two … Continue reading

Solenoids and EMI

Solenoids and EMI

There are 3 solenoids used on the Airbus flight deck – one for each sidestick, and another for the gear lever panel. The sidesticks are locked in a neutral position by the solenoids when autopilot is engaged. The solenoid in the gear lever panel is activated when the aircraft is airborne (wheel strut pressure logic) … Continue reading

Flight Factor A320 – Hardware Support

Flight Factor A320 – Hardware Support

Flight factor (X-Plane) has now become a feasible option for cockpit builders with the support for a variety of hardware avionics equipment (OEM and replica). Users of an OEM Flight Control Unit can now interface directly with Flight Factor using Cockpit Concept’s latest FCU drivers. In addition, Flight Deck Solution MCDU can now be interfaced … Continue reading