Review: P3D] BlackBox Simulation - Airbus Xtreme Prologue V0.60
P3D is a simulation platform that allows users to create and experience realistic scenarios in various domains, such as aviation, maritime, land and space. One of the most popular add-ons for P3D is the Airbus Xtreme Prologue by BlackBox Simulation, which aims to provide a realistic and immersive simulation of the Airbus family of aircraft.
The Airbus Xtreme Prologue is a package that includes four models of Airbus aircraft: the A318, A319, A320 and A321. Each model comes with a detailed 3D cockpit, custom sounds, realistic flight dynamics, interactive checklists and manuals, and a variety of liveries. The package also features a unique fly-by-wire system that replicates the behavior of the real Airbus aircraft.
The latest version of the Airbus Xtreme Prologue is V0.60, which brings several improvements and fixes to the previous versions. Some of the highlights of this update are:
A new fuel planner that allows users to calculate the optimal fuel load and balance for each flight.
A new ground services menu that enables users to request pushback, catering, fueling and de-icing services.
A new weather radar that displays precipitation and turbulence on the navigation display.
A new TCAS system that warns users of potential conflicts with other traffic.
A new MCDU option that allows users to load flight plans from various sources, such as SimBrief or Navigraph.
A new performance page that shows users the takeoff and landing data for each runway.
A new sound system that enhances the engine, cockpit and environment sounds.
A new lighting system that improves the night lighting effects inside and outside the cockpit.
The Airbus Xtreme Prologue V0.60 is a must-have for any P3D user who wants to experience the thrill and challenge of flying an Airbus aircraft. The package offers a high level of realism, detail and immersion that will satisfy both beginners and experts alike. The package is available for purchase from the BlackBox Simulation website for â42.99[^1^].
To test the computer-guided layer, I followed the steps in the tutorial flight from Malta to Campo DellÃ\\u0092Oro. I entered the flight plan into the MCDU, set up the fuel and payload, and requested pushback and engine start. I then taxied to the runway and took off manually. Once airborne, I engaged the autopilot and autothrust and let the aircraft follow the flight plan. The aircraft climbed, cruised and descended smoothly and accurately. The MCDU displayed the waypoints, distances, altitudes and speeds along the route. The navigation display showed the flight plan, weather radar and traffic information. The primary flight display showed the attitude, speed, altitude and vertical speed indicators. The engine instrument system showed the engine parameters and fuel quantity. The overhead panel showed the status of various systems such as electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and lighting.
The approach and landing were also handled by the computer-guided layer. I entered the arrival procedure and runway into the MCDU and activated the approach phase. The aircraft intercepted the localizer and glideslope and followed them until touchdown. The autothrust reduced to idle and the spoilers deployed automatically. I applied manual braking and exited the runway. I then taxied to the gate and shut down the engines. The computer-guided layer performed flawlessly and made flying the Airbus a breeze.
To test the autoflight layer, I flew the same route but controlled by the FCU instead of the MCDU. I entered the flight plan into the MCDU as before, but I did not activate it. Instead, I used the FCU knobs to set the heading, altitude and speed for each leg of the flight. I also used the FCU buttons to select different modes such as managed or selected speed, heading or track, altitude or vertical speed. The FCU modes were displayed on the primary flight display and navigation display. The autopilot followed my inputs on the FCU and maintained a stable flight path. The autothrust also adjusted to my speed settings on the FCU.
The approach and landing were also controlled by the FCU layer. I entered the arrival procedure and runway into the MCDU as before, but I did not activate it. Instead, I used the FCU knobs to set the localizer frequency, course and glideslope angle for the runway. I also used the FCU buttons to select different modes such as approach or nav mode. The FCU modes were displayed on the primary flight display and navigation display. The autopilot captured and followed the localizer and glideslope until touchdown. The autothrust reduced to idle and the spoilers deployed automatically. I applied manual braking and exited the runway. I then taxied to the gate and shut down the engines. The autoflight layer performed well and gave me more control over flying the Airbus. 248dff8e21