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Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1: How to Fly the Most Advanced Airbus Simulation for FS2004 and FSX



Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1: The Ultimate Airbus Simulation for FS2004 and FSX




Introduction




- What is Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 and what does it offer? - How is it different from Airbus Series Vol.1 Deluxe? - What are the main features and improvements of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1? Aircraft Included




- Airbus A318-A319-ACJ-A320-A321 - Brief description of each aircraft model and its specifications - Comparison table of the aircraft models Systems and Procedures




- Weather Radar - Head-Up Display (HUD) - Navigation - SID/STAR Management - TCAS - GPWS - Fly-by-Wire - MCDU - Autopilot - Autothrust - Flight Management System (FMS) - Fuel Management System (FMS) - Electrical System - Hydraulic System - Pneumatic System - Air Conditioning System - Anti-Ice System Cockpit and Cabin




- 2D and 3D Cockpit - Interactive Virtual Cockpit - High Resolution Textures and Models - Customizable Panel Layout - Cabin Announcements and Sounds - Passenger View Flight Dynamics and Performance




- Realistic Flight Model and Handling - Accurate Performance Data and Fuel Consumption - Customizable Payload and Fuel Load - Realistic Engine Sounds and Effects Scenery and Liveries




- Worldwide Scenery Compatibility - Customizable Ground Services and Jetways - Over 150 Liveries Included - Livery Manager Tool Documentation and Support




- User's Manual and Tutorial Flight - Checklist and Reference Cards - Online Activation Required - Technical Support and Updates Conclusion




- Summary of the main points and benefits of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 - Recommendation and call to action FAQs


Introduction




If you are a fan of Airbus aircraft and want to experience the most realistic and complete simulation of them, you might want to check out Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1. This is an addon for Microsoft Flight Simulator (FS2004 and FSX) that includes four models of the Airbus A320 family: A318, A319, ACJ (corporate jet), and A320. It also includes an upgrade for the A321 model that was previously released in Airbus Series Vol.1 Deluxe.




[FS2004]-[FSX]Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1



Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 is not just a repackage of the old Airbus Series Vol.1 Deluxe. It is a major technological improvement that adds new features and systems that are typical of the Airbus philosophy. You will be able to enjoy a highly advanced weather radar, a head-up display, a realistic flight management system, a fly-by-wire system, and many more. You will also be able to customize your panel layout, your payload and fuel load, your ground services and jetways, and your liveries.


Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 is designed for anyone who wants to discover the fascinating world of fly-by-wire technology and Airbus high-end systems. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will find a user's manual that will teach you step by step all the systems and procedures. You will also have three operating modes to choose from: engines running, ready for take-off, or cold and dark on the apron.


In this article, we will review the main features and improvements of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 and see why it is the ultimate Airbus simulation for FS2004 and FSX.


Aircraft Included




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 includes four models of the Airbus A320 family: A318, A319, ACJ (corporate jet), and A320. It also includes an upgrade for the A321 model that was previously released in Airbus Series Vol.1 Deluxe.


The Airbus A320 family is a series of narrow-body airliners that share a common design and cockpit. They are among the most popular and successful aircraft in the world, with over 10,000 units delivered to date. They are known for their high efficiency, reliability, safety, and comfort.


The Airbus A318 is the smallest member of the A320 family. It can carry up to 132 passengers in a single-class configuration or up to 107 passengers in a two-class configuration. It has a range of up to 3,100 nautical miles (5,740 km) and a maximum take-off weight of 68 tonnes.


The Airbus A319 is a slightly larger version of the A318. It can carry up to 160 passengers in a single-class configuration or up to 124 passengers in a two-class configuration. It has a range of up to 3,700 nautical miles (6,850 km) and a maximum take-off weight of 75.5 tonnes.


The Airbus ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet) is a variant of the A319 that is designed for VIP transport and business aviation. It can carry up to 19 passengers in a luxurious cabin that can be customized according to the customer's preferences. It has a range of up to 6,000 nautical miles (11,100 km) and a maximum take-off weight of 76 tonnes.


The Airbus A320 is the baseline model of the A320 family. It can carry up to 180 passengers in a single-class configuration or up to 150 passengers in a two-class configuration. It has a range of up to 3,300 nautical miles (6,150 km) and a maximum take-off weight of 78 tonnes.


The Airbus A321 is an extended version of the A320. It can carry up to 220 passengers in a single-class configuration or up to 185 passengers in a two-class configuration. It has a range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) and a maximum take-off weight of 93.5 tonnes.


The following table compares some of the specifications of the aircraft models included in Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1:



ModelLengthWingspanHeightEngines


A31831.44 m34.10 m12.51 mCFM56-5B8/P or PW6122A


A31933.84 m34.10 m11.76 mCFM56-5B5 or IAE V2500-A5


ACJ33.84 m34.10 m11.76 mCFM56-5B7 or IAE V2527-A5


A32037.57 m34.10 m11.76 mCFM56-5B4 or IAE V2527-A5


A32144.51 m34.10 m11.76 mCFM56-5B3 or IAE V2533-A5


Systems and Procedures




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 simulates the complex systems and procedures that are typical of the Airbus A320 family. You will be able to use the following features and systems:


Weather Radar




The weather radar is a useful tool that allows you to detect and avoid areas of precipitation and turbulence. It is integrated with the navigation display (ND) and can be controlled by the multifunction control and display unit (MCDU). You can adjust the range, tilt, mode, and gain of the weather radar and see the different colors that indicate the intensity of the precipitation.


Head-Up Display (HUD)




The head-up display (HUD) is a device that projects important flight information onto a transparent screen in front of the pilot's eyes. It allows you to keep your eyes outside the cockpit and maintain situational awareness. The HUD shows information such as airspeed, altitude, attitude, heading, flight path vector, flight mode, and navigation data. You can use the HUD in both day and night conditions and in different weather situations.


Navigation




The navigation system of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 is based on the flight management system (FMS) that calculates and manages the flight plan. You can enter and modify the flight plan using the MCDU or import it from an external file. You can also use different navigation aids such as VOR, DME, NDB, ILS, GPS, and RNAV. The navigation system is integrated with the autopilot and the autothrust and provides guidance for lateral and vertical navigation.


SID/STAR Management




SID (standard instrument departure) and STAR (standard terminal arrival route) are procedures that define the routes for departing and arriving at an airport. They are designed to ensure safety, efficiency, and noise abatement. Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 allows you to select and follow SID and STAR procedures from a database that covers most of the airports in the world. You can also modify or delete SID and STAR waypoints using the MCDU.


TCAS




TCAS (traffic alert and collision avoidance system) is a system that monitors the traffic around your aircraft and warns you of potential conflicts. It is integrated with the ND and shows the relative position, altitude, speed, and direction of other aircraft. It also provides audio and visual alerts and resolution advisories (RA) that instruct you to climb or descend to avoid a collision.


GPWS




GPWS (ground proximity warning system) is a system that warns you of potential hazards such as terrain, obstacles, or runway proximity. It is integrated with the primary flight display (PFD) and provides audio and visual alerts such as "pull up", "terrain", "sink rate", "too low gear", "too low flaps", etc.


Fly-by-Wire




Fly-by-wire is a system that replaces the conventional mechanical linkages between the flight controls and the control surfaces with electronic signals. It allows for more precise and efficient control of the aircraft and reduces the pilot's workload. Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 simulates the fly-by-wire system of the Airbus A320 family, which has four main features: envelope protection, load factor limitation, pitch attitude protection, and high angle of attack protection.


MCDU




MCDU (multifunction control and display unit) is a device that allows you to interact with various systems of the aircraft such as FMS, weather radar, TCAS, fuel management system, etc. It has a keyboard and a screen that displays different pages of information and options. You can use the MCDU to enter data, select modes, change settings, monitor parameters, etc.


Autopilot




The autopilot is a system that automatically controls the flight of the aircraft according to the selected modes and parameters. It is integrated with the FMS and the autothrust and provides guidance for lateral and vertical navigation. Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 simulates the autopilot system of the Airbus A320 family, which has two channels (AP1 and AP2) that can be engaged separately or together. You can use the flight control unit (FCU) to select the autopilot modes and parameters such as speed, heading, altitude, vertical speed, etc.


Autothrust




The autothrust is a system that automatically controls the thrust of the engines according to the selected modes and parameters. It is integrated with the FMS and the autopilot and provides guidance for speed and thrust management. Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 simulates the autothrust system of the Airbus A320 family, which has four modes: speed, mach, thrust lever angle (TLA), and thrust idle (THR IDLE). You can use the thrust levers to select the autothrust modes and parameters such as speed, mach, or TLA.


Flight Management System (FMS)




The flight management system (FMS) is a system that calculates and manages the flight plan, the performance, and the fuel of the aircraft. It is integrated with the MCDU, the ND, the PFD, the autopilot, and the autothrust. You can use the FMS to enter and modify the flight plan, select SID and STAR procedures, calculate take-off and landing data, monitor fuel consumption and weight balance, etc.


Fuel Management System (FMS)




The fuel management system (FMS) is a system that monitors and controls the fuel distribution and transfer in the aircraft. It is integrated with the MCDU, the ECAM (electronic centralized aircraft monitor), and the overhead panel. You can use the FMS to check the fuel quantity, temperature, pressure, and flow in each tank and engine. You can also use it to transfer fuel between tanks or dump fuel in case of emergency.


Electrical System




The electrical system is a system that provides power to various systems and devices in the aircraft. It consists of two engine generators, one auxiliary power unit (APU) generator, one external power source, two main AC buses, two main DC buses, two battery buses, two batteries, and several transformers and inverters. It is integrated with the ECAM and the overhead panel. You can use it to monitor and control the electrical sources, loads, and failures.


Hydraulic System




The hydraulic system is a system that provides pressure to various systems and devices in the aircraft such as flight controls, landing gear, brakes, flaps, slats, spoilers, etc. It consists of three independent circuits: green, blue, and yellow. Each circuit has its own pumps, reservoirs, accumulators, filters, valves, etc. It is integrated with the ECAM and the overhead panel. You can use it to monitor and control the hydraulic sources, pressures, and failures.


Pneumatic System




The pneumatic system is a system that provides air to various systems and devices in the aircraft such as engines, APU, air conditioning, anti-ice, etc. It consists of two engine bleed air systems, one APU bleed air system, one external air system, two cross bleed valves, two packs (air cycle machines), and several regulators and controllers. It is integrated with the ECAM and the overhead panel. You can use it to monitor and control the pneumatic sources, temperatures, and failures.


Air Conditioning System




The air conditioning system is a system that provides ventilation, heating, cooling, and pressurization to the cockpit and the cabin. It consists of two packs, two hot air valves, two trim air valves, two zone controllers, two cabin pressure controllers, and several sensors and switches. It is integrated with the ECAM and the overhead panel. You can use it to monitor and control the air conditioning modes, temperatures, flows, and failures.


Anti-Ice System




The anti-ice system is a system that prevents ice formation on various parts of the aircraft such as engines, wings, probes, windows, etc. It consists of two engine anti-ice valves, two wing anti-ice valves, three probe heat computers, and several sensors and switches. It is integrated with the ECAM and the overhead panel. You can use it to monitor and control the anti-ice modes, temperatures, and failures.


Cockpit and Cabin




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 offers a realistic and immersive simulation of the cockpit and the cabin of the Airbus A320 family. You will be able to enjoy the following features:


2D and 3D Cockpit




You can choose between a 2D or a 3D cockpit view depending on your preference. The 2D cockpit view provides you with a set of 2D panels that cover all the systems and instruments of the aircraft. You can switch between different panels using hotkeys or icons. The 3D cockpit view provides you with a fully interactive virtual cockpit that replicates the real one in every detail. You can move around the cockpit using your mouse or joystick and click on any switch or knob.


Interactive Virtual Cockpit




The interactive virtual cockpit is one of the highlights of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1. It is a 3D model of the real cockpit that has been created with high resolution textures and animations. It allows you to interact with all the systems and instruments of the aircraft using your mouse or joystick. You can also use it to access different views such as captain's seat, first officer's seat, pedestal, overhead panel, etc.


High Resolution Textures and Models




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 uses high resolution textures and models for both the exterior and interior of the aircraft. You will be able to see every detail of the fuselage, wings, engines, landing gear, etc. You will also be able to see every detail of the cockpit, such as gauges, screens, buttons, labels, etc. The textures and models are optimized for performance and compatibility with different graphic settings and hardware configurations.


Customizable Panel Layout




You can customize your panel layout according to your preferences and needs. You can choose which instruments and systems you want to display on your main panel, such as PFD, ND, ECAM, MCDU, etc. You can also resize and reposition the windows of the 2D panels using your mouse. You can save and load your panel layout for future use.


Cabin Announcements and Sounds




You can enhance your immersion and realism by listening to the cabin announcements and sounds that are typical of a real flight. You can hear the flight attendants welcoming you on board, informing you about the safety procedures, serving you drinks and meals, etc. You can also hear the ambient sounds of the cabin, such as passengers talking, babies crying, seat belts clicking, etc.


Passenger View




You can switch to the passenger view and enjoy the scenery from the window of your seat. You can choose between different seats in different classes and rows. You can also see the cabin interior and the other passengers around you. You can use the passenger view to take screenshots or videos of your flight.


Flight Dynamics and Performance




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 simulates the realistic flight dynamics and performance of the Airbus A320 family. You will be able to experience the following features:


Realistic Flight Model and Handling




The flight model and handling of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 are based on the real data and specifications of the Airbus A320 family. You will be able to feel the effects of weight, balance, speed, altitude, wind, turbulence, etc. on your aircraft. You will also be able to control your aircraft using the fly-by-wire system that provides envelope protection, load factor limitation, pitch attitude protection, and high angle of attack protection.


Accurate Performance Data and Fuel Consumption




The performance data and fuel consumption of Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 are based on the real data and specifications of the Airbus A320 family. You will be able to calculate and monitor your take-off and landing data, such as speeds, distances, weights, etc. using the MCDU or the user's manual. You will also be able to calculate and monitor your fuel consumption, such as fuel flow, fuel used, fuel remaining, etc. using the MCDU or the ECAM.


Customizable Payload and Fuel Load




You can customize your payload and fuel load according to your preferences and needs. You can use the MCDU or an external tool to enter the number of passengers, cargo weight, fuel quantity, etc. You can also use a graphical interface to distribute the payload and fuel among different compartments and tanks. You can see the effects of your payload and fuel load on your aircraft's weight, balance, performance, and fuel consumption.


Realistic Engine Sounds and Effects




You can hear the realistic engine sounds and effects that are typical of the Airbus A320 family. You can hear the differences between the CFM56 and IAE V2500 engines that are available for each aircraft model. You can also hear the changes in the engine sounds and effects according to the thrust, speed, altitude, etc. You can also see the engine smoke, contrails, and reversers.


Scenery and Liveries




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 is compatible with any scenery addon that you may have installed for FS2004 or FSX. You will be able to fly your Airbus aircraft to any airport in the world and enjoy the realistic scenery and environment. You will also be able to customize your ground services and jetways according to your preferences and needs.


Worldwide Scenery Compatibility




Airbus Series Evolution Vol.1 does not require any specific scenery addon to work. It is compatible with the default scenery of FS2004 and FSX, as well as any other scenery addon that you may have installed, such as Ultimate Terrain, Ground Environment, FTX Global, etc. You will be able to fly


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