Update 26july09: Project Airbus is on indefinite hiatus and downloads are offline. I am leaving the links active to http://www.pairbus.com should their status change. The A380 development has been mothballed.
Today is a great day in the flight simulator world. Project Airbus released the second version of their A320 model. Their first model was highly detailed and changed the standard for FS modeling. Version two included dynamic jetwash, parallel bogies, and custom effects for lighting and touchdown. One drawback is that it does not include a virtual cockpit (VC), but it does have wingviews (pic below – lightning over Heathrow). Initial livery releases include mainly European and Pacific airlines, but a slew of JetBlue liveries are scheduled to be released in coming days. For more information, check out their website and forum.
While not designed for FSX, a number of people have successfully ported it over from FS9, aliasing the default FSX A321 panel and sounds. However, this model does not have a VC, which is a turn off for a lot of FSX users. Project Airbus is not supporting FSX, so you are on your own.
7/1 Update – I found a US Airways repaint on Avsim (file name: project_airbus_a320-200_usa_216706.zip) that has the FSX config files included. The user just needs to replace the FS9 files and the A321 panel and sounds will automatically be aliased. So, I put it in FSX. While the visual model looks awesome, the 2D A321 panel just doesn’t do it for me. In addition, the FDE seems to be screwed up, as I couldn’t get it to slow below 220 knots on approach to Long Beach. I don’t the trouble is worth using this model in FSX. I’ll just have to wait until Project Airbus’s FSX version 3 comes out in a few more years. Assuming they are going to make one! These comments were pilot error, I figured out how to slow it down. I love this model! 😉
Edit: 07/26/09 – Added update at beginning of post regarding Project Airbus’s status.
Edit: 12/18/07 – updated links to Project Airbus’s new website.