Fenix Simulations Shares Deep Dive into the Upcoming Features of the Airbus A320 Block 2 Update

Fenix Simulations has provided an extensive look into the forthcoming “Block 2” update for their acclaimed Airbus A320 simulation in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Through a detailed video presentation, Fenix showcases the wealth of enhancements and new features that will soon come to the A320, which are once again set to significantly enhance what is already one of the most impressive achievements in flight simulation history so far.

While the release date of the Block 2 Update remains undisclosed, the preview has highlighted several key areas of improvement and new functionalities that warrant attention. Watching the full video is highly recommended, but we summarize below the most significant changes. Note that Block 2 will introduce the IAE engines, a new 3D model, and more.

Advanced Passenger Announcement System

The first highlight is the revamped Passenger Announcement system, designed to offer dynamic and immersive audio experiences within the cabin. This system is sensitive to the listener’s location, adjusting volume based on proximity to speakers and integrating with the aircraft’s electrical systems for realistic audio interruptions during power transitions.

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GSX Integration and EFB Version 2

Integration with Ground Services X (GSX) promises a seamless ground handling experience, from pushback to gate arrival. The overhaul of the EFB to Version 2 introduces improved responsiveness, app persistence, customizable backgrounds, and the incorporation of Navigraph data for accurate flight planning.

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Comprehensive Flight Model and Systems Overhaul

The update will bring a meticulous refinement of the A320’s flight model, aligning it more closely with OEM specifications. This includes adjustments to airframe drag, flap settings, and idle descent performance. The introduction of an external engine model simulates intricate engine behaviors, including oil viscosity changes and heat transfer, challenging pilots to manage their engines with greater care.

Simulation of Compressor Stalls

One of the standout features is the simulation of compressor stalls. The next version of the Fenix A320 simulates the effects of engine fan blade icing, compressor stalls due to mishandling or adverse weather conditions, and provides options for manual engine starts in specific scenarios. This level of detail extends to the simulation of engine wear over time, offering a dynamic and evolving flight experience.

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Hardware Support. Finally!

Fenix has also announced a partnership with ProSim, enabling hardware support for users wishing to integrate physical flight deck components into their simulation setup. This has long been a much-requested capability for home cockpit builders, who should now be able to build a setup specifically made to work with the Fenix A320, which has been severely limited in this area since it was released.

Laying the Groundwork for the Upcoming A321 and A319

Fenix Simulations extends gratitude for the community’s patience regarding this update and promises it will be well worth the wait. Furthermore, these developments lay a solid groundwork for the upcoming A321 and A319 models. These future releases will greatly benefit from the robust foundation currently being established.

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The Block 2 Update for the Fenix A320 is shaping up to be a transformative release for the MSFS community, offering detailed enhancements and new features aimed at pushing the boundaries of realism in this fantastic airliner simulation. It shouldn’t be long before the update becomes available, so stay tuned for further updates soon!