The FlyByWire A32NX, arguably the first high-fidelity airliner we got in Microsoft Flight Simulator (and for free!), has just received a major update to its Stable version, adding several important changes. Among them are the foundational layers for VNAV, new system simulations, air conditioning failures, and more.
Payware airliners like the Fenix A320 and the PMDG 737 have since captured much of the spotlight that once shone on the FBW A32NX. However, the truth is that the team continues to push updates to this still-very-popular add-on. After all, it’s free and offers an impressive set of features for simmers on a budget.
FlyByWire has a detailed page detailing all the changes introduced with the new Stable Release v0.11.0. Here’s a quick rundown of all the major updates:
Vertical Navigation (VNAV)
The new release introduces foundational layers for vertical navigation, offering precision in speed, altitude, time, and fuel predictions through all flight phases. Pilots can now see vertical predictions on the navigation screen, including the top of descent, vertical path, target altitude, and target speed.
flyPadOS Version 3.2
The flyPadOS has been updated to version 3.2, bringing several key enhancements. The system now uses reliable weather data from NOAA and offers new functionalities like “Pause at T/D” and multi-gate boarding.
Cross Bleed Engine Starts
Pilots can now initiate an engine start from crossbleed air, a procedure performed when the APU Bleed start is not possible. This feature is supported by a suite of new sensor simulations in the aircraft.
Air Conditioning Simulation
The air conditioning system has been realistically modeled, complete with system failures and intricate dynamics like Trim Air Pressure Regulating Valve (TAPRV) and Trim Air Valves (TAV).
Additional Features and Improvements
- Flight Instrument Improvements: Corrections and adjustments have been made to the Navigation Display (ND), Primary Flight Display (PFD), and System Display (SD).
- Flight Data Recorder: The virtual Flight Data Recorder (FDR) now includes secondary engine parameters, aiding in technical support and troubleshooting.
- General FMS Updates: The Flight Management System (FMS) has seen a host of updates, including setting a default RNP of 0.3 for RNP AR procedure legs and improved ILS selection.
- External Hardware Support: For users utilizing external hardware, remote MCDU protocol enhancements have been made.