Well, I spent the afternoon getting somewhat up to speed on the aircraft–enough that I was able to fly the tutorial flight successfully-ish. The picture above is proof that I got the thing in the air
I wanted a highly realistic airliner and that is what I got. Meanwhile, I bet over in the Aerosoft forums Mathijs is telling people that they should have been careful what they wished for! I’m going to have to watch The Dude’s videos and do the tutorial again; I definitely missed some stuff when I got busy with the descent. I was high initially because I couldn’t get VNAV working to give me the TOD and descent numbers, so I had to go around. That said, I did complete a successful landing. In any case, this aircraft is the real deal and it is going to require some serious study to get fully comfortable with it.
Next, I ended up having some issues entering stuff in the FMS. I mistyped and Clear didn’t seem to be working. If that happens to you, it is likely because the sim is interpreting your attempt to press Clear as trying to manipulate the speed brake lever. You may need to deploy some speed brakes to get the lever out of the way in order for Clear to work. In the process of learning that lesson, I managed to hang the sim and had to start over. But that was good because repetition is necessary to learn the aircraft.
On attempt two, I got to the runway, took off and couldn’t climb above 10,000 feet even with the engines at max power. Tried turning anti ice on, but that didn’t help. Honestly, I have no idea what the problem was. No flaps were out, the gear was up, the speedbrakes were retracted. So I bailed because something was badly wrong. It was almost like the aircraft was overweight and out of CG, but according to the EFB it was fine. The MSFS weight and balance page was another story though.
Anyway, third time was a charm and everything was fine climbing up to FL180. From there, things went a bit south as I couldn’t get VNAV figured out, and as I said I ended up high and had to go around. I never did figure out how to display the ILS (though the localizer was programmed) so I flew the approach on the PAPI and landed without incident. Reversers worked fine.
So as I said, Wow! My airline captain buddy calls the A320 an old man’s aircraft because it is “so easy.” Compared to the CRJ, I can totally see why. After flying the CRJ, the A32NX feels like a Cessna 172; it truly is “so easy.” The CRJ has way more going on, way more stuff to keep track of, and extreme workload when you are a single pilot. Which is to say, the CRJ is incredibly fun to fly.
That said, the Aerosoft CRJ is the real deal. Flying this aircraft requires putting in quite a bit of time to get up to speed on systems and procedures. There is no “I just want to go flying” option for this aircraft. While it is a fantastic product, it is most definitely for serious simmers only. People who aren’t willing to put in the time and effort will be extremely frustrated and disappointed by this aircraft. Those who are willing to rise to the challenge are going to love it.