Greetings Fellow Simmers,
The time has come for the release of the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft and we are as excited as you are for its debut. A lot of work has gone into this aircraft and the result has allowed for additional functionality not only in the Q400 but for any other aircraft that utilizes advanced autopilot features.
The Q400 is released as a free DLC, so be sure to look out for that. There is also an update to the Aerofly FS2 core engine.
Now for the good stuff! Let's begin with a summary of what has been added to this update:
• Updates to the advanced autopilot systems seen in the A320, B737, B747, C90Gtx, Lj45 and now the Q400.
• Fixes to the shimmering buildings and houses seen by some users
• Improvements to the night lighting and a fix to the flickering lights seen at night.
• The ability to now define a user folder in a new location/drive.
• Overhauled auto thrust system
• Added FMS features to the navigation displays of all airliners; example, top of descent, vertical and lateral deviation from flight plan.
• Added crew alerting system (CAS) added to LJ45 and B747 with takeoff configuration warnings, autopilot and auto-throttle disconnect warnings
• Improved the fly by wire of the A320 (this is still a work in progress)
• Modernized A320 displays; more realistic look and greatly increased functionality
• Adjusted flight models
• Updated controls
• added auto-throttle disconnect
Now let's take a look at the Dash 8 Q400;
• Liveries; Austrian Airlines, Canada Express, Flybe, Horizon Alaska, Celebration and Green, Sata, and SkyWork
• full rigidbody simulation of the fuselage, wings, stabilizers, gear and propeller (customary for all Aerofly FS 2 aircraft) with accurate flight model which is fairly close to real world numbers during climb, cruise and descent
• simulated prop wash effects on wing, gyroscopic effects of the large propellers which require a bit of trimming on pitch, yaw and roll axis when power changes
• custom engine physics for the PW150A turboprop engine using real world physics laws and no "lookup table" calculations
• realistic engine shut-down and preliminary failure of other systems with engine off
• engine start; physically accurate simulation with starter connected to high pressure shaft
• engine has realistic heat capacity and cools down when its off
• custom FADEC simulation
• new governor implementation
• custom rendering algorithm for all displays
• glass cockpit functionality
• ARCDU (audio radio control display unit)
• all clickspots have been prepared and are available; most switches already work but not all systems are modeled yet
• a lot of the push buttons are animated to give better feedback
• Updated sounds
There is a lot to be excited about. For a complete and impressive listing of all new features packed into this update visit the Change Log. Also be sure to thank Jan, Marc, Andreas, and the rest of the IPACS team for the amount of work that they did to provide you with this feature packed update.