One-Eleven Rolls Out of Just Flight’s Hangar

The British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) One-Eleven is now available for FSX, FSX: Steam Edition and Prepar3D.

The package comes with 10 airline liveries and includes the 300, 400 and 500 variants with hush kit options. A standard paint kit for creating your own liveries can also be downloaded from the Just Flight website.

The virtual cockpit features ‘baked’ textures for a weathered look and the windscreens come with reflective effects and Perspex splintering when viewed in direct sunlight.

The systems have been recreated in detail and warning annunciators illuminate on fault detection and a engine fire warning system can be used to put out fires. The electrical and fuel systems have been authentically modelled along with a cold and dark option for realistic APU and engine starts.

Other features include toggle yokes, pre-set views for the overhead panel, throttle quadrant and radios along with a stick shaker/pusher. The distinctive sound of the Rolls-Royce Spey engines has been recorded in full stereo along with switch click and knob effect sounds.

The package comes with a comprehensive guide on aircraft operation and handling along with a tutorial.

• Realistic lighting effects and full cockpit lighting with instrument backlighting
• Accurate gear and flap action
• Built-in forward door and rear air stairs
• Animated passenger and ground services doors
• Ground Power Unit (GPU), baggage tug and trollies
• Wheel chocks and ‘remove before flight’ flags

Click here for more information over at Just Flight











India Finally Signs Contract to Buy 36 Rafales from France

INDIA HAS finally signed a firm contract for the purchase of 36 Dassault Rafales from France. An official ceremony took place in New Delhi today, September 23, during which French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves le Drian and his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, signed the formal documents for the deal. The order will comprise 28 single-seat and eight twin-seat aircraft.

As we reported previously in AFM, final clearance for the long-delayed order was given on Wednesday, September 21, at a meeting of India’s Cabinet Committee on Security. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery within 36 months, with the remainder to follow within 60 months. The estimated total cost of the deal is around 7.8 billion euros, including weapons and equipment.

Indian defence officials said the terms of the contract include a requirement that France must ensure that 75% of the fleet (27 aircraft) are operational at any one time. There is also a penalty clause for late deliveries. Although details of the weapons being ordered have not been announced, they are expected to include the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM and Scalp stand-off cruise missile.

India had originally planned to buy a total of 126 Rafales after selecting the type on January 31, 2012, to meet the Indian Air Force’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) requirement. Several years of fruitless negotiations over the deal followed, but disagreements over production in India and other complications led to the announcement on April 10 last year that the MMRCA programme was being abandoned in favour of a direct, off-the-shelf purchase of just 36 Rafales to meet the IAF’s urgent operational requirements.

Small African Regional Aircraft

South African state-owned aerospace and defence technology conglomerate Denel has completed a full-size mock-up of its Small African Regional Aircraft (SARA) concept.  Launched in 2014 to help retain and develop South African aerospace design capabilities, it was originally a paper exercise, but its full potential is now being realised.

Denel, together with the Departments of Public Enterprise and Trade and Industry as well as the Joint Aerospace Steering Committee, commissioned a feasibility study from Lufthansa Consulting, the results of which confirmed there’s both a market and business case for developing the 24-seat aircraft.

Denel believes there’s a potential African market for 140 new and 170 replacement aircraft over the next 15 years, plus a global demand for 1,500 units over the next 20 years, and is seeking both domestic and international risk-sharing partners to help progress the programme into the production phase.  It hopes to have a prototype flying in the next two to three years.  Denel

First Sharklet Retrofit for ACJ319

Comlux has become the first operator to retrofit an Airbus ACJ319 with Sharklets.  The work was carried out by TAP Maintenance and Engineering and is the first retrofit of the performance enhancing devices on any variant of the A319.

“Comlux has always been a leader in Airbus corporate jets, and our Sharklet retrofit highlights our innovative approach to offering customers one of the world’s most modern and handsome corporate jet fleets,” says Comlux Chairman and CEO Richard Gaona.

Airbus claims Sharklets provide up to 4% fuel saving as well as an improvement in range.  The devices are standard fit on all A320neo Family aircraft and can be retrofitted to A320ceo family jets from c/n 1200 onwards.

Airbus Corporate Jets Managing Director Benoit Defforge, added: “Airbus has a reputation for innovative solutions and long-term relationships in the airliner world, so it’s great to have the opportunity to echo that with this one with Sharklets in corporate jets, with a leader such as Comlux.”

A321neos for Air Arabia

Low-cost carrier Air Arabia has finalised long term agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six Airbus A321neos.  The new jets come from ALC’s existing order book and are scheduled for delivery to the Sharjah-based airline between January and October 2019.

“We are delighted to have signed these six new A321neo aircraft leases with our good friends at Air Arabia.  These new jets will complement the core A320 family fleet that Air Arabia operates,” said Steven F Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation.  “Air Arabia will now be able to expand into new destinations as well as increase capacity on their highest density routes with the most modern aircraft in this category.”

Air Arabia currently operates 37 Airbus A320ceos.  It also has subsidiaries in Egypt (one A320), Jordan (two A320s) and Morocco (five A320s).

Monarch Flies On…

Monarch Airlines has dismissed “negative speculation” concerning its financial health.  In a statement issued on September 26, the Luton-based carrier said its flights were “operating as normal.”  The airline added it was “trading well” and is expecting to make more than £40m in underlying earnings by the end of its financial year in October.

Monarch’s comments came a day after its social media channels were bombarded with claims the carrier had run into financial difficulties.  The speculation was fuelled in part by a series of charter flights positioned into various airports in Europe, believed to have been organised by the UK CAA and apparently in preparation for a repatriation airlift.  At the time of writing, several of these aircraft remained in situ, though no official explanation has been forthcoming from either Monarch or the CAA.

Though the carrier was bullish in its response, it did acknowledge the wider leisure sector was enduring a “difficult period”, citing “terrorist incidents, Brexit and the resulting devaluation of the sterling.”  It added: “To weather tougher market conditions and to fund its ongoing growth, Monarch expects to announce a significant investment from its stakeholders in the coming days.”

In June, parent Monarch Holdings confirmed it was seeking to secure £35m in short-term financing, despite the airline posting a £19.2m pre-tax profit for the 12 months up to October 2015.  This marked an impressive reversal over the £57.3m loss a year earlier and followed a significant restructuring programme launched by investment firm Greybull Capital, which rescued the carrier from the brink of collapse in October 2014.

A330neo Takes Shape

Final assembly of the first Airbus A330neo has begun at the manufacturer’s facility in Toulouse, France.  The wings of the jet, an A330-900, have been mated to the centre fuselage at the station 40 position of the assembly line.

“We have started with a very tight development schedule and are today right on time,” says Odile Jubécourt, Airbus Head of the A330neo programme.  “I am happy to say we are in good shape to meet the high standards of maturity and reliability our customers expect from us and I want to thank the teams for this outstanding achievement.”

Both the A330-800 and -900 will have a new A350-inspired wing with Sharklets coupled with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines which Airbus claims will reduce fuel consumption by 14% per seat.  The neo also offers an additional 400nm range over the existing ceo, giving the A330-900 a 6,550nm range and the A330-800 7,500nm.   The manufacturer added the -800 and -900 will share a 99% commonality, while the entire A330 family is 95% common.

Ten customers have ordered the new variants, totalling 186 firm commitments.

Thrustmaster Announces New Throttles

The TWCS Throttle from Thrustmaster is now available.

The TWCS features smooth S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Tracks) technology with five axes, 14 buttons and an 8-way Point of View HAT switch. It also features a mini-stick, which can be used for strafing or slew control and a rotary wheel can be used for menu selection or radio antenna control.

The unit is based on the S.M.A.R.T technology, developed exclusively by Thrustmaster, which uses a system of slide rails, offering a travel range of 3.2in/80mm with smooth, high-precision speed control. The resistance can also be adjusted to suit your preference.

The throttles are compatible with the T.A.R.G.E.T (Thrustmaster Advanced pRogramming Graphical EdiTor) software and when combined with the new T.16000M HOTAS Joystick & TFRP Rudder Pedals, they are recognized as a single USB controller. In addition, the TWCS features a toggle rudder with a 15° angle and mechanical return to neutral.

With its two M6 screw threads and four rubber foot pads for improved stability, enabling it to be fitted on your desktop or in a cockpit.

The TWCS Throttle will be available on September 30 at the suggested retail price of €79.99 (taxes included).

The TWCS is part of a range of flight simulation peripherals that can be used in conjunction with the FCS flight stick, TWCS throttle, TFRP rudder pedals and MFD (Multi-Functional Display) cockpit panels. They are compatible with or without the T.A.R.G.E.T advanced programming software.

Click here for more information on Thrustmaster’s website

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New GNS 530/430 Available

Flight One Software has released the GNS 430 and GNS 530 avionics packages for FSX and Prepar3D.

Based on the GTN Series, Flight1 has produced the GNS avionics with such detail, that they are nearly identical to their real-world counterparts.

The GNS 430 and GNS 530 series gauges have lead the industry with multitasking, integrated avionics and cutting edge WAAS navigation for many years. A single GNS 430 or GNS 530 functions as a communications radio (COMM), a VOR/ILS/GS receiver (NAV), and a moving map GPS. Combining one of each makes a common dual-GPS avionics suite for IFR-certified aircraft.

The Flight1 GNS Avionics Series doesn’t use FSX/P3D internal processes. All avionics data structures and calculations are performed using external processes that are separate from FSX/P3D. This results in a smoother simulation experience with a minimal impact on framerates or VAS.

The GNS Series avionics feature high-contrast color displays, built-in terrain and navigation databases to provide you with a clear, concise picture of where you are and where you are heading. A detailed basemap shows airports, cities, highways, railroads, rivers, lakes, coastlines, along with color coded gauge displays that graphically alert you when proximity conflicts loom ahead.

The GNS system also includes full WAAS approach support to fly LPV glideslope approaches, Terrain Proximity Warnings and Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) alerting. The package has full NAVCOM integration along with a GNS Gauge Configuration Utility and Stack Gauge Controller. For those who currently use the “other” GNS Series system out there, our GNS Config Tool will replace them with ease in both 2d cockpit and VC panel modes.

Click here for more information on the Flight1 website



New team joins Worldflight 2016

A team from Jet Sim School Boeing 737-800 is taking part in World Flight, a sponsored flight around the world.

The team will raise money for Magpas Air Ambulance, an emergency medical charity which provides frontline services by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies in the east of England and beyond, flying Jet Sim School’s Boeing 737-800 simulator.

For seven days and nights the team will fly the jet over 45 separate sectors with real world weather. The crew, a mixture of professional and amateur pilots, will follow realistic airline procedures with full VATSIM Air Traffic Control coverage.

The team will join more than ten other simulator teams worldwide and the world tour will be live-streamed on Twitch. Anyone can get involved, watch and interact with the pilots, ask questions and comment on the destinations and route. You can even come and watch for a small donation.

See the Facebook page for more information.