Aerofly FS 4 development update

IPACS has announced the 737 MAX for Aerofly FS 4 is now available. The aircraft follows the 737NG, released in November last year.

The 737s are accurate renditions of their real-world counterparts, sporting crisp, high-resolution textures.
The 737s are accurate renditions of their real-world counterparts, sporting crisp, high-resolution textures. IPACS

Both aircraft are accurate renditions of their real-world counterparts, sporting crisp, high-resolution textures and detailed 3D models inside and out. They also feature fully interactive flight decks with realistic and fluid cockpit displays, functional overhead panels, Flight Management Computers (FMCs) with full LNAV/VNAV capability and realistic autopilot simulations with fail-passive mode and autoland rollout capability.

IPACS has announced the 737 MAX for Aerofly FS 4 is now available. The aircraft follows the 737NG, released in November last year. Both aircraft are accurate renditions of their real-world counterparts, sporting crisp, high-resolution textures and detailed 3D models inside and out. They also feature fully interactive flight decks with realistic and fluid cockpit displays, functional overhead panels, Flight Management Computers (FMCs) with full LNAV/VNAV capability and realistic autopilot simulations with fail-passive mode and autoland rollout capability.

Each aircraft features a high level of systems depth, including full electrical, bleed air, pressurisation, fuel and hydraulics system simulation based on real-world flight manuals with unique characteristics specific to each aircraft model. Animations include native wing flex, independent control surfaces, slats, flaps and speed brakes. Even details such as windscreen wipers and hand grips that fall down during hard landings are simulated.

The aircraft feature fully interactive flight decks with realistic and fluid cockpit displays.
The aircraft feature fully interactive flight decks with realistic and fluid cockpit displays. IPACS

According to IPACS, the aircraft features the best sound set in Aerofly FS 4 so far, with hundreds of individual audio effects recorded from the real 737, including engine sounds and aural warnings. Both aircraft sport highly realistic flight models designed to take advantage of the high frame rates in Aerofly FS 4 and full physics simulation with multibody aircraft that bend under load, natural gear compression and damping along with thermodynamic engine simulation with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).

The differences between the 737NG and the MAX are also modelled, such as the new CFM LEAP-1B engines on the MAX with Bowed Rotor Motoring (BRM) during startup, custom engine sounds, a redesigned cockpit with four widescreen displays, split winglets and a fully simulated Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Like other aircraft in Aerofly FS 4, both 737 variants are fully virtual-reality compatible.

Other updates for Aerofly FS 4 include new global coverage and streaming for the scenery, allowing for aerial images and elevation data covering the entire globe to be streamed via the internet. This is the first step towards worldwide scenery coverage in Aerofly FS. So far, global cultivation data includes 3D buildings, trees, power lines, wind turbines, night streetlights, and more than 10,000 generated airports with taxiways and runways.

A new physics-based pushback simulation has also been added. This is not an animation with, for example, wheels pointing in the wrong direction or strange non-physical movements, but an actual physics-based simulation. When an aircraft starts or stops, you can see the jolt going through the airframe, the nose gear compresses and the wing tips wobble. The pushback simulation is also affected by slope, friction and the mass of the aircraft. Currently, the pushback tug needs to be driven manually, although automatic pushback is planned in a future release. All updates are available in the base Aerofly FS 4 simulator for free, including the 737NG and MAX. Tutorials for both aircraft can be found on Aerofly’s website.