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Aerosoft CRJ700/900 released

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Congrats to AS, I'll probably get it in a near future, should be a good choice for short flights.

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4:30 AM over here and downloading now. I have no life.

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Bought and downloaded within 10 minutes of release! :biggrin:

...but arghhhh, no time to fly it today!   Going to load it up in P3Dv4 and just have a quick look in the VC and introduce myself to Dave though.

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I almost cant believe it....

Nice to have an RJ in the mix finally. I've now restricted myself to only buying the more in-depth systems simulations (PMDG, FSL, MJC, A2A) as I always seem to get disappointed after a few weeks of the other stuff. Little niggles like non-dimmable VC lighting, incomplete FMC pages etc... 

So think I will give this one a miss, but will certainly look at the reviews with intrigue!

Happy RJ hopping everyone!

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8 minutes ago, Jetset408 said:

I've now restricted myself to only buying the more in-depth systems simulations (PMDG, FSL, MJC, A2A) as I always seem to get disappointed after a few weeks of the other stuff. Little niggles like non-dimmable VC lighting, incomplete FMC pages etc... 

+1

But AS as a good reputation with their aircrafts (I do like their Buses) and I'll grab this one for sure and it's not just for the support they deserve. After all, this bird is almost a myth among us! :happy:

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1 hour ago, tamsini said:

4:30 AM over here and downloading now. I have no life.

You are in good company my friend....

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How's the performance compared to, say, the NGX or the Aerosoft A320?

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54 minutes ago, JGreen5278 said:

You are in good company my friend....

2 hours ago, tamsini said:

4:30 AM over here and downloading now. I have no life.

 

 

Haha, came home at 6AM after the nightshift. Read at 10AM on my mobile that its released. Thought short about to continue to sleep.... A minute later I was on the PC....

 

So far after a short flight it looks really nice. Frames here a bit better than in the NGX. Disabled the RAAS option in the installation but it installed it anyway. Someone found out already where to disable it?

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Wow, I thought I'd never see the day... Despite my sarcastic comment in the 'coming soon' thread, I've always been pretty optimistic about this plane, having followed the preview thread since before that infamous 'countdown' back in 2015. Anyway, despite the setbacks and embarrassments, it's clear that Hans and everyone else has worked extremely hard on this plane, and I admire them greatly for having an extremely active, honest forum presence during the development cycle. Everyone on the AS team, especially Hans, deserve to be congratulated on this effort. As soon as I get a bigger hard drive and reinstall P3D (my XPlane orthos take up way too much space!) I'll eagerly pick this little jet up. Until then, I can't wait to see all the screenshots, videos, and reviews that will be flooding in!

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A few friends got it and one of them flies the CL604 (pretty similar) and he's saying it does feel good and looks very familiar.

This makes it sound like the little CRJ is indeed very well done (didn't really expect otherwise). I just wish it was a Fokker 100, i don't like the CRJ myself, sigh.

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Since it has become something of a legend in terms of delayed releases, I figured it had to be checked out lol. Download is 1.04Gb in size if anyone is curious, but there is an additional FS2 Crew RAAS download option which comes up after the main installation although that is negligible in size. Obviously I'm expecting it to be a bit better than the Virtualcol one in terms of systems, but it'll be interesting to see what that means for frame rates, they have apparently considered VAS limits for installations other than in P3D V4, so presumably that means it won't be stressing out a 64 bit sim installation.

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Wonderful news indeed

Can anyone who has had some time to do a proper planned A to B flight report back on systems, FMC functionality performance etc. (after learning how to fly it properly)

 

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Hah - finally - something in proper US Air colors for P3D...

:)

Regards,

Scott

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Great news! Not planning to be an early adopter for this release, but look forward to the reports and reviews over the coming days.

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Installs no problem, the usual Aerosoft quick online registration check of your serial number and you are good to go. Flies very nicely indeed and has some nice features, such as the EFB on both sides of the cockpit which has a lot of useful stuff on it such as passenger config, V-speeds, checklists, ground services etc. Sounds are particularly well done. VC has plenty of functionality.

Bit harder on FPS than the iFly 737 NG (as a comparison for those of you who have that one), but still okay as long as you don't go mental on the sim's sliders, obviously the much less complex Virtualcol CRJ does a lot better in that regard, but if you want all the proper avionics, this would the CRJ of choice. Taxies pretty well and seems to perform on the numbers pretty well too. It's obviously a bit more challenging to fly than a Boeing or an Airbus, what with no autothrottle, but it is easy to stablise the speed, so it is pleasant to land manually, even in quite a crosswind. Texturing is good and stands up to close inspection with detail such as stencilling visible on the fuselage and the 3D model is nicely done too.

Certainly worth a look if you want a popular RJ for FSX or P3D for an okay price and of course Aerosoft are one of the better choices for support, which is another plus point. Of course if you are worried about FPS and want a simpler 'jump in and go' CRJ, then the Virtualcol one is cheaper, a lot less complex and includes more variants of the CRJ although it's VC is a lot less pretty, so if you want something a bit more 'study sim' then this Aerosoft would be the way to go. Personally, I think it's nice to have both options, especially since they both work in FSX and P3D.

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3 minutes ago, Chock said:

Bit harder on FPS than the iFly 737 NG (as a comparison for those of you who have that one), but still okay as long as you don't go mental on the sim's sliders

Thanks Chock...sent me scrambling to see whether the iFly was better or worse than the PMDG.  (For everyone else, from what I find...iFly is better on frames.) 

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The reason I chose that as a comparison, is because the iFly 737 NG is really impressive on frame rates in P3D V4, especially for an airliner with which you can simulate a lot of realism. It's not as 'shiny' as the newly-tweaked P3D V4 PMDG 737 NG of course, but it's a good value package which 'does the job' in most respects and would certainly be a recommendation for those worried about FPS. On initial release the iFly P3D V4 NG was a bit choppy on performance, but they patched it a day or so after the release and whatever it was they did, it speeded its performance up a hell of a lot, so it's kind of my 'jet airliner benchmark to aim for' for P3D V4, particularly if you start adding a lot of fancy FPS-hungry add-ons.

We may be thrilled to be enjoying the fact that P3D V4 won't OOM, but we should be aware that state of affairs is going to give developers enough rope to hang themselves, by adding all kinds of stuff they couldn't get away with before, so it is perhaps even more critical now that they make sure they optimise the hell out of add-ons, because every developer is going to be pushing their content to greater limits now.

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Thanks a lot,Alan, for posting that initial flight and Review. I was awaiting to see some reports and feedback on this.

Now, thanks to you, may just pull the trigger.

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One further question, Alan.

No auto-throttle, only advisory vertical navigation. So, is it a difficult plane to fly?

Thanks.

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19 minutes ago, vc10man said:

One further question, Alan.

No auto-throttle, only advisory vertical navigation. So, is it a difficult plane to fly?

Thanks.

Nah, the Aerosoft CRJ flies beautifully, much less of a handful than the Virtualcol one, which is very easy to overspeed and seems overpowered to me. Of course never having flown a real CRJ, I couldn't say which was more realistic, but if I had to make an educated guess, I'd say the Aerosoft one is probably nearer the mark.

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This Bombardier CRJ has not really been on my radar, which means that I have avoided the frustration associated with the excessive development period. However, the screenshots and video clips have made me sit up and take notice. I am not bothered about lack of auto throttles or vertical navigation, since I prefer to hand fly my planes at low speeds and low altitudes so that I can enjoy the scenery! The flight dynamics are VERY important to me, together with the quality of the VC and sound effects.

I am assuming that the lack of gear compression evident in the preview video is simply a consequence of recording in REPLAY mode? I can't imagine that this aircraft would not include simulated gear compression on landing. Can anyone confirm that?

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Visual comparison between the Aerosoft CRJ and the Virtualcol one, in all cases, the Aerosoft is the upper image of the two...

Aerosoft VC:

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Virtualcol VC:

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Aerosoft Nose:

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Virtualcol Nose:

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Aerosoft Tail:

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Virtualcol Tail:

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Aerosoft Undercarriage:

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Virtualcol Undercarriage:

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Aerosoft Exterior View:

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Virtualcol Exterior View:

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3 minutes ago, Christopher Low said:

I am assuming that the lack of gear compression evident in the preview video is simply a consequence of recording in REPLAY mode? I can't imagine that this aircraft would not include simulated gear compression on landing. Can anyone confirm that?

If Alan can kindly confirm this, then even though I am at work, this will be an Instant Buy for me.

EDIT: Are you sure you are not on an AS commission, Alan, because you are doing a great 'sales' job for them. Excellent screenshots that really show up the differences. Thank you for that.

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