Ever since FlyByWire Simulations announced they were developing a high-fidelity Airbus A380 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the community has been buzzing with anticipation. The team’s exceptional work on enhancing the default A320 has already set a high bar, and watching them take on a massive project like the A380 has been nothing short of inspiring. The glimpses we’ve seen of their progress over the past months have fueled hopes for a groundbreaking long-haul, wide-body airliner in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Today, we’re shifting the spotlight back to this eagerly awaited project, focusing specifically on a feature that FlyByWire is integrating into the A380’s cockpit: the EFB. A recent update on GitHub provides intriguing insights into this piece of equipment and its seamless interconnectivity with the aircraft.
Look and feel
The preview images and videos of the EFB in FlyByWire’s A380 show that it takes design cues from modern tablets, resembling an iPad Pro in its aesthetic. The mount is less blocky and more streamlined compared to its counterpart in the A32NX, possibly indicating a larger screen size. This sleek design not only adds to the visual appeal of the device but also hints at a user-friendly interface.
Weight and Balance page & Boarding in Progress
The actual screen of the EFB showcases a few pages, including a ‘Weight and Balance’ section along with a ‘Boarding in Progress’ indicator. These features are likely to offer real-time data, enhancing the immersion and realism that FlyByWire aims to achieve.
One of the standout features is a new tab that allows pilots to switch views between the main deck and the upper deck. The seating layout varies between the two, with the upper deck featuring what appears to be a luxurious first-class section. This dual-deck functionality is a nod to the A380’s unique architecture and offers an added layer of complexity for future virtual pilots of this aircraft.
GSX Integration and multiple gate boarding support
According to the GitHub page, the EFB will support GSX integration and offer multiple gate boarding options. This means pilots can look forward to a more dynamic and interactive boarding process, potentially involving over 500 passengers.
The FlyByWire A380 is arguably one of the most highly anticipated projects right now for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Seeing the EFB advancing through the development cycle is certainly an indication that the project is moving forward consistently. Let’s hope we hear more definitive news about this exciting airplane in the near future!