Take Command! SR22 Series – 1.1 Update Feature Preview

Since the release of the Take Command! SR22 Series, we have been hard at work adding features, fixing bugs, and making general improvements throughout! We are preparing to enter a Public Beta in the coming days (if you are interested in being a part of the Public Beta, you can sign up for a spot hereNote: spots are limited), followed by a general release to everyone once it is ready!


Here are some of the key features we have implemented:

G1000 Terrain Profile Indicator

We have integrated a custom terrain profile indicator on the MFD. This will help for situational awareness, especially in mountainous terrain, and help prevent CFIT incidents. The custom system is entirely multi-threaded to prevent any performance penalty.

Visual Icing Effects

We have been hard at work adding custom visual icing effects to the aircraft! This will help with situational awareness surrounding the use of TKS during icing conditions, as the simulated ice can now be seen on the wing, inlets, windshield, spinner, and other relevant surfaces!

Engine and System Model Improvements

There have been many improvements made to the engine model and system model. Here are a few highlighted findings from our debugging and fixing:

SR22TN Power Fluctuations

There was an issue leading to potentially severe fluctuations of engine power during takeoff and climb at high ambient temperatures and altitudes, on the SR22TN only. The cause of this issue has been eliminated. However, there may still be minor residual fluctuations on takeoff and initial climb under such conditions, largely attributed to mixture being slightly too rich for such higher density altitude takeoffs. It can be further amplified by too quick movements of the power lever. To get rid of any remaining fluctuations altogether, embrace the following steps when setting takeoff power at high temperatures and/or density altitudes:

  1. Advance power slowly until the point where RPM rises above 2500 RPM (around 80% lever travel) and wait for manifold pressure to stabilize. This will take a few moments at altitude and is particularly important up there.
  2. Start your takeoff roll and simultaneously advance power slowly to maximum.
  3. Procedures allow you to lean the mixture to 34GPH for takeoff on hot days. It is suggested to follow this step at OATs in excess of 30-35°C to eliminate any residual power fluctuations.
  4. Advance the mixture to full rich after obstacles are cleared.
    Also keep in mind that it is normal for the turbo-normalized engine to slightly fluctuate for a few moments after power changes before all parameters stabilize. Thus it is generally recommended to make power changes slowly on such engines, so even during go-arounds better take 2-3 seconds to advance to full power.

Random engine cutout during taxi

There was an issue leading to seemingly random engine quits during taxi. A fix is in place that has proven to work in internal tests.

Engine starting

The fuel-injected IO-550 engine can be challenging to start at times, so video tutorials to prepare you for all kinds of cold, hot and flooded starts you may face. We have also seen the most typical cause relates to mispositioning the power lever for engine starting (some even at maximum), keep in mind to set the lever to about 1/4” (i.e. at or slightly above the letter R in POWER). We have determined that there is no issue with the custom engine model.

Engine cutout after landing

When landing at higher density altitudes with the power lever at idle on rollout, it is to be expected that the engine may not be able to hold its idle RPM due to an excessively rich mixture. Lean the mixture to the appropriate X-T letters in MIXTURE immediately after landing and try to keep the power slightly higher than low idle to prevent the engine from quitting in such situations. We have determined that there is no issue with the custom engine model.

BN-2 Islander Update 1.1.2

X-Aviation and TorqueSim are pleased to announce the release of the BN-2 Islander v1.1.2 update. This update consists of a variety of bug fixes which we have integrated to improve the Islander, providing the most realistic X-Plane 11 Islander experience!

To Update: Download your installer here and re-install!

Here’s what’s changed in version 1.1.2:

Improvements / New Features:

  • [IS-363] – FMOD tweaks to improve sound
  • Installer now auto-installs latest G5 if purchased and installed on computer

Bug Fixes:

  • [IS-374] – Fixed HPA Altimeter baro texture
  • [IS-375] – Glideslope indicators were not visible at night
  • [IS-379] – Autopilot Disconnect Button Fix
  • [IS-380] – NAV/HDG HSI Flag Fix

As always, thank you for supporting TorqueSim and X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support!

Thank you to Rob H. for these great screenshots!

Take Command! SR22 Series Update 1.0.1

This will serve as a formal announcement that we have released the version 1.0.1 update for the SR22 Series. All customers who have purchased the SR22 Series up till now have been sent an e-mail by X-Aviation with complete instructions on how to obtain your update. We have made this a very simple process! For those that purchase the SR22 Series from today forward, your purchased download will already be updated to version 1.0.1 for you.

With this update, we have made major enhancements to the aircraft all around and fixed a wide assortment of bugs. We have resolved the most significant of issues, including the CTD some users experienced when loading and/or activating the aircraft, and some incompatibilities with other plugins.

As always, we are working away on ensuring the best X-Plane experience! Make sure to report any issues you may encounter so we can get to fixing them ASAP.

What if I didn’t get the update e-mail?

If you did not receive your update e-mail don’t fret! X-Aviation has updated our system to allow all customers to update with ease, regardless of whether you received an e-mail for the update! Here’s what to do:

1. Login to your X-Aviation account here: https://www.x-aviation.com/catalog/account_history.php

2. Find your original SR22 Series download and re-download the file. It will download as the latest version!

The following is a list of additions/fixes included:

Improvements / New Features:

  • [SR22-376] – Resolve the CTD and inter-plugin incompatibility bugs
  • [SR22-337] – FS Economy support (ability to disable custom load manager to use default)
  • [SR22-348] – Show load readout in gallons on load manager
  • [SR22-353] – Allow weight configuration for pax and baggage in the load manager
  • [SR22-354] – Simulate door closing with airflow over aircraft (airspeed, rpm, spiraling slipstream, temperature, air density, and more all are part of this simulation!)
  • [SR22-20] – FMOD Improvements and Modifications
  • [SR22-150] – Improved VR Config file

Bug Fixes:

  • [SR22-338] – YD could be on at cold/dark
  • [SR22-340] – G1000 Checklist Cruise climb airspeed too high on SR22 Normally Aspirated
  • [SR22-350] – Glass reflectivity persistence
  • [SR22-351] – Add support for the main “-” character in the livery editor
  • [SR22-352] – Oil temp could be frozen by fast power lever movements
  • [SR22-357] – Airframe replace button now also fixes all X-Plane failures
  • [SR22-362] – PFD buttons didn’t work when MFD is off
  • [SR22-363] – Flap animation could cause issues in replay mode
  • [SR22-368] – CHT caution stayed on when back in green range
  • [SR22-377] – Oxygen system refill logic improved
  • [SR22-342] – Milkshake visibility persists between loads
  • [SR22-344] – Engine less prone for flooding, faster flooded start
  • [SR22-369] – Higher EGT increase on single magneto
  • [SR22-373] – Improve RSG Popup functionality with older RSG plugins
  • [SR22-29] – Improve interior lighting
  • [SR22-54] – New 3D pilots and pax
  • [SR22-367] – Animate GCU knobs
  • [SR22-78] – Flap animation axis fixed
  • [SR22-208] – Engine sound not depending of engine combustion
  • [SR22-285] – Paint Kit (Available on X-Pilot Forums for Download)
  • [SR22-320] – Alt static source selector doesn’t move
  • [SR22-336] – External lighting bugs
  • [SR22-339] – Side stick AP Disconnect Command was incorrect
  • [SR22-356] – Ice light turns no longer turns off with landing light
  • [SR22-358] – SR22 Electronic trim sound doesn’t shut off after using trim.
  • [SR22-359] – Key animation fixed
  • [SR22-360] – External sound depends on door
  • [SR22-364] – PFD mislabeled knob
  • [SR22-245] – FMOD Physics Connection
  • [SR22-349] – Rotating GCU knobs
  • [SR22-365] – G1000 Pixel Effect Visibility
  • [SR22-366] – Commands for Exterior Items

As always, thanks for being a customer with X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support!

Take Command! SR22 Series has arrived!

TorqueSim, X-Aviation, and RealSimGear are excited to announce the Take Command! SR22 Series has arrived and is ready to join your hangar! Don’t be fooled by imitations. THIS is the SR22 flight schools will be using! The Take Command!: SR22 Series includes both Normally Aspirated and Turbo SR22 G3 variants in one package. The systems simulation along with 3D modeling is incredible. There’s no other SR22 on the sim market like it.

Highlighted Features

  • Fully Custom IO-550 Engine Simulation. Cylinder detonation, spark plug fouling, improper magneto grounding, and more. SR22TN adds the Tornado Alley Turbonormalizing system. All components are modeled from real data with complex inter-component interaction. 
  • Detailed electrical system. Simulation of all buses, circuit breakers, Master Control Unit, both Alternators, and both lead-acid batteries. Inter-system interaction is simulated so loads on the electrical system can affect engine performance. 
  • High-Fidelity Flight Model designed for unparalleled accuracy. Custom airfoils, stall strips, cuffed wings, and accurate control surface deflections are all modeled.
  • Maintenance and Failure Model. Excessive wear will affect airframe performance and safety, addressed through a realistic concept of runtime-based and annual inspections. This also includes truly unique features like cylinder detonation driven by the physics engine. TKS fluid panels drain over time in warm conditions and need to be primed, tires flatten, brakes fade when hot, the propeller experiences FOD on unprepared surfaces and much more to discover. Probability distributions tuned with real-world data are used to reflect the increasing likelihood of failures with component runtime. 
  • Custom TKS Ice Protection System (FIKI), with full system logic control in all normal and backup modes. Fluid metering pump model down to pump speeds and pressures, correct timing of pump operation cycles, pump speeds and flows depend on system voltage. Clogged filters provokes higher pump pressure and lower fluid flow. 
  • Custom Fuel System with Vapor Lock simulation. Main and Collector Tank are modeled, fuel sloshes depending on sideslip angle, affecting float-sensed quantity and strainer coverage. Every component in the fuel delivery path is simulated and contributes to the overall system behavior. Hot fuel can cause vapor formation and power fluctuations at high altitude in flight, suppressed by use of the boost pump 
  • Oxygen system where flow rate and oxygenation are controlled via a custom oxygen flowmeter. Oxygen tank temperature causes difference between sensed and actual pressure, oxygen flow rate depends on number of passengers on board. 
  • Persistent State – when you shut down the aircraft, you will return to it in the state in which it was left, the engine components will take their real time to cool. This encourages the proper care and handling of the aircraft, and shows the consequences of reckless flying. 
  • X-Plane 11 G1000 avionics with additional customizations including engine pages, synthetic vision, lean-assist functionality, CAS simulation, and checklists. All these customizations are designed to also work perfectly with the RealSimGear G1000 and Perspective Package. 
  • Integrated Synthetic Vision into the PFD with obstacle display, navigation pathways, and airport labels.
  • Meticulously detailed 3D model, with full 4K PBR textures and the wide variety of materials accurately replicated. 
  • The FMOD sound pack has been the result of hundreds of hours of source audio, carefully recorded from the real aircraft. Recordings of the engine on the ground, and in-flight have provided for a highly-accurate and immersive sound pack replicating the real aircraft. Every switch, knob, lever, and button have been modeled. 
  • The tail number can be dynamically changed on the aircraft! There are many configuration options to make the plane yours – from changing the tail number color, placement, outlines, drop shadows, including adding it to the wings as well!
  • Heavily multi-threaded systems architecture to leverage performance of modern CPUs with many cores. 
  • Full aircraft state persistence. Every switch, flight control position, fuel state and on-airport position is restored upon reload. Even between reloads, system resources change in real time. The engine and oil cools down slowly between flights, the battery drains, tires slowly deflate, etc.
Image Credit: @SilentDark666 via Discord

BN-2 Islander Update 1.1.1

X-Aviation and TorqueSim are pleased to announce the release of the BN-2 Islander v1.1.1 update. This update consists of a variety of bug fixes which we have integrated to improve the Islander, providing the most realistic X-Plane 11 Islander experience!

To Update: Download your installer here and re-install!

Here’s what’s changed in version 1.1.1:

Improvements / New Features:

  • [IS-367] – Add door open/close to menu bar
  • [IS-372] – Rebake gauges_LIT.png in 2k to match ALB textures

Bug Fixes:

  • [IS-364] – Typo in the cruise fuel flow charts, first row: 23.5 should be 33.5
  • [IS-365] – Possible texture or UV artifact on the prop governors
  • [IS-366] – Roll index markings on AI
  • [IS-368] – 3D modelled bolts on nose fairing missing on one side only.
  • [IS-369] – Door latch animation linked to AviTab
  • [IS-370] – Glareshield 3d extends beyond fuselage
  • [IS-371] – Carb heat keybinding gives different result than mouse manipulator
  • [IS-373] – NAV flag texture mapping bug

As always, thank you for supporting TorqueSim and X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support!

Take Command! TorqueSim SR22 Series Releasing Next Week!

TorqueSim, RealSimGear, and X-Aviation are excited to announce the SR22 Series for X-Plane will release next week! The SR22 series is the cumulation of thousands of hours of work, creating the highest quality rendition of a piston aircraft for X-Plane to date: everything is simulated! Both the SR22 G3 and SR22TN G3 are included.

To make sure you know when it releases, you can sign up to hear first here!

We will be providing copies of the aircraft to streamers and other content creators to get you a first look!


The TorqueSim SR22 Series is part of X-Aviation’s “Take Command!” series of products. The X-Aviation Take Command! brand of products represents the very best of flight simulation immersion, and assures you this TorqueSim product will be one of the most sophisticated, study sim level aircraft available for X-Plane! Real world pilots test and assist in the development of these products, and real world procedures are followed. It tells you these products are unlike any other product you’ve seen outside of the ever growing X-Aviation catalog! Want to feel like a real captain? Take Command!


Main Features:

3D Model and Sounds

The TorqueSim SR22 and SR22TN have been meticulously detailed to provide for the most in-depth visual model for the SR22 possible. The aircraft makes full use of 4K PBR textures, ensuring the highest level of visual fidelity. All the different materials are accurately represented from samples from the actual aircraft!

The FMOD sound pack has been the result of hundreds of hours of source audio, carefully recorded from the real aircraft. Recordings of the engine on the ground, and in-flight have provided for a highly-accurate and immersive sound pack replicating the real aircraft. Every switch, knob, lever, and button have been modeled in the sound-pack. 

Engine Model

Both the SR22 G3 and SR22TN G3 are simulated. The SR22 is equipped with a normally aspirated Continental IO-550-N capable of 310 HP, while the SR22TN models the Tornado Alley turbo normalizing system attached to the engine. The TorqueSim custom physics model is the most accurate simulation of a piston engine for X-Plane! The simulation models the mass flows of air and fuel through every part of the engine in real time. Air enters the engine through the air filter, flows through ducts, passes obstacles like the throttle plate, burns the fuel and leaves the engine as exhaust gas. Pressures and temperatures are calculated in every section independently, all contributing to the different segments of the simulation. With the Tornado Alley turbo-normalizing system installed, the full performance capability of the engine model comes into play, as compressors, intercoolers, wastegate and turbines also have their places in the calculation of air flows and pressures. All engine parameters are tuned against a huge database of real engine log data to ensure maximum possible accuracy in all phases of flight. The entire engine simulation runs on a separate thread from the main simulator. This allows for the timing necessary for proper simulation, independent of sim frame-rate, but also ensures that the model has a near-zero performance impact on the simulator!

G1000 Perspective

Significant work has gone into enhancing the Laminar G1000 to provide many of the functionalities in the G1000 Perspective suite. Synthetic Vision, as implemented in HotStart’s TBM900 and TorqueSim’s Pocket Rocket has been integrated. The engine pages and sidebar have been modeled fully to provide the necessary details for proper engine management. Lean-assist functionality has been integrating assisting in the proper leaning of the engine. Checklists have also been integrated onto the G1000 providing easy access to the necessary preflight, starting, in-flight, post-flight, and emergency procedures. In addition to these additions, numerous other tweaks were implemented including matching the Perspective’s Top-Bar details including % Power, and destination calculations, in addition to the integration of “Know your Limits” and the fuel calculator system (which we implemented as a custom interface for refueling the aircraft!). All these customizations are designed to also work perfectly with the RealSimGear G1000 and Perspective Package. 

Electrical System

The SR22 electrical system has also been intricately detailed, ensuring every last breaker and switch is modeled. The dual-batteries are simulated with a custom lead-acid battery simulation. The dual-alternator setup and Master Control Unit have been intricately tuned to interface with the rest of the simulation. All 11 electrical busses and 48 circuit breakers are individually simulated to provide for the most in-depth of simulation. 

Fuel, Oxygen, and TKS Systems

The SR22 fuel, oxygen, and TKS systems have all been custom simulated, providing for unparalleled accuracy in-flight. The fuel system models all the details down to the fuel lines and injector nozzles! Fuel temperature is calculated and vapor is formed in the lines under the right environmental circumstances. This also allows for the recreation of all engine starting characteristics usually found on an aviation piston engine like normal, cold, hot, flooded and false starts. So be sure to understand the importance of your boost pump both on ground and in flight! The complex behavior of the engine driven and electric fuel pumps as well as the fuel manifold and metering unit are simulated. Changing bank and attitude of the aircraft affect sloshing in the tank, thus causing the indicated fuel quantity to differ. The TKS system models the multiple operational modes through the independent simulation of tanks, pumps, and fluid lines. The oxygen system is no slouch either – the tank, along with a configurable flowmeter are integrated to provide for an excellent platform for high-altitude operations. The simulator‘s hypoxia simulation is modulated to reflect real time of useful consciousness depending on oxygen flow, so make sure to configure the flowmeter properly!

Maintenance and Failure Model

The SR22 also features an engaging and beneficial maintenance, wear, and failure model. This aspect of the simulation makes sure that the plane is flown safely and without damage. Excessive wear will be affecting airframe performance and safety, addressed through a realistic concept of runtime-based and annual inspections. The entire wear and failures logic is built on top of the physics model for engine, airframe, fuel, TKS and oxygen systems. This also includes truly unique features like cylinder detonation driven by the physics engine. TKS fluid panels drain over time in warm conditions and need to be primed, tires flatten, brakes fade when hot, the propeller experiences FOD on unprepared surfaces and much more to discover. Probability distributions tuned with real-world data are used to reflect the increasing likelihood of failures with component runtime.

High-Fidelity Flight Model

The flight model is designed with unparalleled accuracy. The tuning of the aerodynamic profile required hundreds of hours of careful tuning to accurately match the real-world characteristics. The base model was created by X-Aerodynamics, and further built upon to match the aerodynamic quirks of the real aircraft to the limit of the simulator! 

Persistent and Performance Tuned

The countless systems are all designed with persistence in mind – when you shut down the aircraft, you will return to it in the state in which it was left, the engine components will take their real times to cool. This encourages the proper care and handling of the aircraft, and shows the consequences of reckless flying. These systems are also designed to run on computers of many different specs. All the systems are programmed in C/C++ using the X-Plane SDK. No compromises were made for simplicity. The plugins make significant use of multithreading to have the absolute minimum processes running on the main simulator thread, thus helping keep X-Plane performance at its maximum!


We highly recommend looking at the TorqueSim website for more details and to see our series of development updates, which can be found at torques.im/sr22.

Make sure to join our newsletter to stay up to date, you can sign up to hear first here!

BN-2 Islander Update 1.1.0

X-Aviation and TorqueSim are pleased to announce the release of the BN-2 Islander v1.1.0 update. A massive revamp of the 3D, textures, sounds, and systems on the Islander! We have integrated customer feedback to perfect the Islander, providing the most realistic X-Plane 11 Islander experience.

To Update: Download your installer here and re-install!

Here’s what’s changed in version 1.1.0:

Improvements / New Features:

  • RealityXP GTN 750/GTN 650 Integration
  • Revamped FMOD Sound Pack
    • New engine/prop noises
    • Revamped switch and internal noise
    • Custom “headset” simulation with adjustable noise cancellation
  • [IS-351] – Panel Shake/Vibrations
  • [IS-309] – Mechanical Hobbs meter/tacho in 3D
  • [IS-346] – Placard with flaps speeds
  • [IS-332] – Add ability to open plugin menu from plugins bar at top instead of only side tab
  • [IS-295] – Avitab integration

Bug Fixes:

  • [IS-241] – Carb Temperature Gauge animation jumping
  • [IS-264] – Gyro CW/CCW switch motor should play until switch is released
  • [IS-265] – Gyro Slave/Free switch has no sound for ‘slave’
  • [IS-282] – Landing light fix
  • [IS-285] – Radio channel selector lights fix
  • [IS-286] – Bose A20 Headset improvements
  • [IS-312] – [AFM-114] VOR and HSI behavior
  • [IS-320] – VOR 2 Glideslope reversed
  • [IS-326] – Mags / Door Interlock
  • [IS-327] – BN-2 VR bugs
  • [IS-329] – Stall alarm not audible when the headset is worn
  • [IS-333] – KFC225 ARM and VS buttons correct order
  • [IS-342] – Exterior lights issues
  • [IS-345] – Autopilot working with avionics off
  • [IS-347] – HDG / NAV flags reversed on HSI
  • [IS-352] – o-540-e4c5.obj reduction
  • [IS-353] – furnishings_2.obj reduction
  • [IS-321] – Brake Lines missing proper normal data
  • [IS-331] – Create .snd file changes for new manipulators
  • [IS-343] – Change annunciator brightness to run from 0-1 rather than 0-2
  • [IS-350] – Add utility light power commands
  • [IS-354] – animated prop governor control arm
  • [IS-361] – Smoothed datarefs for the sunshades on the overhead panel
  • [IS-291] – Add cockpit utility light (moveable)
  • [IS-294] – Update manual with cruise data, fuel flows, etc
  • [IS-306] – Add brightness switch and test button to annunciator panel
  • [IS-322] – Set flight model CHT min/max
  • [IS-323] – Change cowl flap lock
  • [IS-337] – Add persist to Ammeter knob
  • [IS-338] – Hide-able interior glass to remove reflections
  • [IS-357] – Update GUI
  • [IS-289] – Make custom audio panel datarefs
  • [IS-299] – Optimize 3d vertex counts
  • [IS-300] – Optimize textures
  • [IS-315] – Cabin light can turn on without battery power
  • [IS-316] – Pax notices can turn on without battery power
  • [IS-319] – Utility lights
  • [IS-334] – Add Door Interlock Sound
  • [IS-349] – Make avitab datarefs persist
  • [IS-358] – Switch wording for glass reflections

As always, thank you for supporting TorqueSim and X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support!

Pocket Rocket 1.1.1 Update Released

We have released the version 1.1.1 update for the Pocket Rocket! All customers who have purchased the Pocket Rocket up till now have been sent an e-mail by X-Aviation with complete instructions on how to obtain your update. We have made this a very simple process! For those that purchase the Pocket Rocket from today forward, your purchased download will already be updated to version 1.1.1 for you.

What if I didn’t get the update e-mail?

1. Login to your X-Aviation account here: https://www.x-aviation.com/catalog/account_history.php

2. Find your original Pocket Rocket download and re-download the file. It will download as the latest version! 

What’s New / Changed:

  • X-Plane 11.50 Vulkan/Metal Compatibility

As always, thank you for supporting TorqueSim and X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support!

Enjoy these latest updates, and stay tuned to the forum as we continually announce the latest happenings.

Islander Screenshot Contest Results

We would like to thank everyone who submitted for their great entries! The three winners will get their choice of the TorqueSim Pocket Rocket, AFM M20 Collection, or both of Attitude Simulations “Gate to the Great Lakes” sceneries (Custer and Fox Islands). It was a close competition – we are also featuring our three runner up screenshot choices and three honorable mentions. We look forward to running more of these competitions in the future!

Winners:

Winner: Rob H.
Winner: Richard S.
Winner: Jakob E. J.

Runners Up:

Runner Up: Thorsten F.
Runner Up: Richard S.
Runner Up: G.

Honorable Mentions:

Honorable Mention: (Anonymous)
Honorable Mention: 7redline7
Honorable Mention: Rob H.

Islander 1.1 Update: Coming Soon!

We’ve been hard at work preparing a major update for the Islander since its initial release! Our philosophy at TorqueSim is to make the absolute best product we can, and to that end we’ve taken time and considerable effort to prepare the Islander Version 1.1, which represents a massive improvement over the original in all areas.

With this part of the project now on the home stretch, we decided it’s time to share some of the improvements we’ve made with you.

First off, we’re very proud to say that we’ve been able to fix or resolve all bugs reported to us so far, and many more that showed up in the course of our own continued work on the project. Thank you so much to everybody who contributed reports, contacted us about issues, and offered solutions! So many of these bugs would’ve just slipped by us if not for our dedicated beta team and all of you, flying the Islander out there in the wild.

Probably one of the most anticipated additions to our Islander comes in the form of integration for RXP’s GTN simulations (RXP GNSs were compatible on launch, for anybody wondering). From 1.1 onwards, the Islander can make use of both the GTN750 and the 650, either separately or both at the same time, in both the regular and G5 versions of the aircraft.

BN-2 Islander Cockpit Night Lighting, shown with RealityXP GTN750, GTN650, and AFM G5 (sold separately)

In addition, we’ve integrated the excellent Avitab plugin, including a way to move it to various locations within the cockpit. It’ll start out hidden on every flight, but a quick click to the center of the glareshield edge should bring it right up when you need it.

In our quest to increase the performance of the Islander on all systems, we’ve undertaken some serious texture optimization, which should render the need for a 2K texture pack obsolete. The new textures retain full 4K format where needed, while selectively downsizing performance-intensive normal maps. Heavier reliance on LIT textures also permits night flights and cockpit lighting with little to no performance impact. A total of only 4 HDR lights have been retained in places where they make sense.

BN-2 Islander Cockpit, shown with RealityXP GTN750, GTN650, and AFM G5 (sold separately)

Following some requests to make the overhead utility lights functional… that’s exactly what we’ve done! The utility lights are now fully operational, with individual HDR lights attached to them. No more searching for those overhead switches in the dark.

The other two HDR lights are used in the pilot’s row cabin lights. It made little sense to bake the LIT textures here, as these lights can interact with certain parts of the cockpit, however they should have very little impact on performance.

Further optimization could be achieved in the 3d meshes of the Islander. Many parts contained unnecessarily high numbers of polygons contributing nothing to the overall appearance of the aircraft. These have been eliminated, reduced, remodeled, or otherwise repaired. You should see a marked improvement in framerates in certain areas.

Thanks to the combination of texture and mesh optimization, we’ve brought the size of the objects folder for the Islander down to just over 500 MB (including all objects and textures), from over 1 GB before. Needless to say, these are techniques we intend to apply to future projects.

We could go on and on and on about all the little things we’ve changed and improved for this version, but instead, here’s a quick list of some other improvements:

  • Expanded UI with more options for both the aircraft and the passengers
  • Manuals now contain useful charts for operating the Islander, including gross weight limitations, take off and landing distances, and cruise data
  • Cockpit switches are much more mouse friendly now, and we’ve eliminated the ‘click-and-drag’ style clickspots entirely
  • Addition of a CSL package

And last, but not least, a quick reminder that the Islander Screenshot Competition is still going on! We’ve had some excellent submissions so far, and participants have the chance to win their choice of either the TorqueSim Pocket Rocket, AFM M20 Collection, or both of Attitude Simulations “Gate to the Great Lakes” sceneries! There will be three winners. See the competition page for official rules and details. If you haven’t submitted a screenshot yet, now’s your chance, as the contest will end at the end of the month (May 31st)!