Watch the trailer for the iniBuilds Airbus A300, coming to MSFS in just a few days!

Some may have forgotten this already, but iniBuilds is reminding us today that they have an A300 lined up for release in Microsoft Flight Simulator this year. The historic widebody airliner, the first aircraft from Airbus, has been in development for a while and the iniBuilds team has unleashed today a long list of details about the product and an exciting trailer video to go along with it!

iniBuilds explains that the development team has been rigorously beta testing, refining features, and preparing for the imminent launch. iniBuilds as a staged launch prepared that will see the initial version of the A300 deployed before the end of the month.

Subsequently, the team is gearing up to issue a hotfix patch in January (including a submission of the Xbox version), followed by a new update with the Pratt & Whitney Engines and full CPDLC/ACARS simulation during Q1 2024, and finally the EPIC Mod Variant later in the year (presumably featuring more features and in-depth systems).

As for the initial version coming this month, iniBuilds details an impressive list of features:

Authentic Systems

  • Detailed custom FMS with SIDs, STARs, SEC flight plan, custom VNAV and LNAV, altitude and speed constraints and holds
  • Independent FMS with state-of-the-art high-resolution cockpit displays
  • Custom system rendition including bespoke hydraulic, electrical, pressurisation and fuel operation including unique A300-600R trim tank functionality
  • Cautions and warnings triggered by poor maintenance
  • Realistic RNAV and autoland capability modelled
  • Unique behavioural characteristics of the A300-600R simulated throughout each system for the most excellent immersive experience
  • Extensively tuned flight model to capture A300-600R characteristics including accurate performance; landing and takeoff behaviour
  • Accurate rendition of General Electric GE CF6-80C2A1 [Pratt and Whitney PW4158 variant engine coming soon!]
  • Custom maintenance functions: Engine oil levels, APU oil level, Hydraulic fluid level, wheel brake wear and tire wear
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Outstanding Visual Fidelity 

  • New and optimized PBR textures up to 8K quality. With performance texture packs available for lower-end systems via iniManager.
  • A reworked cockpit 3D model and new exterior of the A300-600R (Passenger) and A300-600RF (Freighter) variants.
  • A plethora of Easter eggs and eye candy associated with maintenance options and other abnormal situations. (brake wear indicators, fueling panel, openable APU cowling, openable engine cowlings [GE ONLY], APU Mechanic, visible tire wear, RAT, reactive windshield rain)
  • Realistic door arming simulation with emergency slides modelled on passenger variant only. 
  • A contemporary set of realistic and fictional liveries courtesy of the iniBuilds Painting Team available for free. 

Immersive sounds:

  • Authentic WWise soundset with full 3D environment using recordings from the real aircraft
  • Advanced implementation of sound environments for the exterior, cabin, and cockpit, creating an immersive audio experience.
  • Authentically modelled the CF6s “Buzzsaw” sound dynamically balanced depending on N1
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Additional features:

  • Pre-set cargo loads with visual models (racing team charter, horse stable transport, cargo transport, aero parts, humanitarian charter, postal freight)
  • Basic iniBuilds ground handling set (freighter stairs, chocks, ground power unit)
  • Feature-rich onboard Electronic Flight Bag (EFB); including Navigraph and SimBrief integration, performance calculators and load manager 
  • Panel State functionality 
  • The most critical and important feature of all: Fally Blocks! 

The trailer… and a teaser?

The trailer for the A300 offers a stunning look inside and out of this aircraft. It’s clearly a mighty effort from a team that has already brought us the A310.

Besides the excitement of seeing Airbus’ very first creation come to the simulator, we can’t hope but wonder what that uncharacteristically detailed A380 is doing in the trailer… a sign of things to come?

Stay tuned for further news from iniBuilds this week, as the team promises a packed informational schedule this holiday season!