Today third-party developer Aerosoft released the first full tutorial video of its Bombardier CRJ aircraft add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Following yesterday’s limited preview, this video is part of the “Come Fly With Me” series of tutorials narrated by a real airline pilot with extensive experience flying the aircraft in the real world.
This can be quite interesting for those who have enjoyed only default aircraft in the simulator so far.
You may have noticed that, while they offer a nice taste of what flight is like, they are quite simplified in order to make them accessible, which is normal for default aircraft in a simulator. Offering a deeper experience is normally the domain of third-party developers.
Aerosoft’s CRJ isn’t like the default aircraft, and it’s the first payware aircraft that takes several steps toward the other opposite while not yet reaching the other extreme (what enthusiasts call “Study-Level”), providing a much different approach that can satisfy hardcore simulation enthusiasts.
This means that you won’t simply sit in the cockpit, start up the engines, taxi out and go flying, but you’ll follow a series of real-life procedures including safety checks, flight computer programming, and much more.
It perhaps isn’t for everyone, but many find it extremely satisfying and rewarding.
The video below will give you a taste of what it’s like, starting with the safety checks, starting the APU, and the first look at the CDU (Control Display Unit).
The whole series aims to help making the systems more accessible to those who aren’t used to this level of simulation. More videos will be released down the line as the CRJ’s release approaches (At the moment, the package doesn’t have a firm release date besides “Q1 2021,” but it seems to be quite close).
A few of days ago, we published our massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, who provided a lot of new info about the present and future of the sim.
Incidentally, if you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Milano Linate Airport, the Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport, and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi airport.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review that will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam and will release in summer 2021 for Xbox Series X ad Series S.