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AW109 Changelog

AW109 Power Elite 1.09

  • Full compliance with X-Plane 12.00
  • Improved sounds, reviewed the full FMOD 2.x package
  • Fixed a bug causing quick discharge of battery if no EPU connected
  • Added rain effects, also with wipers

AW109 Power Elite 1.08.2 (Current)

  • Improved rotor animations, now spinning smoothly at every frame rate
  • Improved caution light, now with a tiny texture correction
  • Improved cabin volume, now you can hear that noise right
  • Fixed a bug causing misbehaviors when altimeter unmatch barometer (1.08.1)
  • Fixed a bug causing the the tail rotor to unmatch the flight model (1.08.2)

AW109 Power Elite 1.07

  • Improved EDU, now with convenient CAS advisories for auto-hover and auto-yaw
  • Improved textures, renamed the label UNCOUPL with DECOUPL on the Helipilot panel
  • Fixed a bug preventing instrument glasses to be properly lit
  • Added AviTab™ integration* with rotating tablet mount and dynamic glowing light
  • Updated ACF, now with a proper panel resolution and room for more instruments

* Get the AviTab™ plugin on https://github.com/fpw/avitab/releases/latest

AW109 Power Elite v1.06

  • Improved 3D model, fuseleage and assets were adjusted to better match version E
  • Improved textures, fuseleage UV map and textures were overhauled to ease repaints
  • Improved autopilot, FD now follows the shortest path in HDG mode
  • Fixed a bug preventing real weather to appear after being downloaded
  • Fixed a bug causing analogic altimeters to delay the switching of thousands
  • Fixed a bug preventing the UNCOUPL switch to disengage servos
  • Added a convenient landing lights cycle command
  • Updated attitude hold, code was overhauled to ensure precision and steadiness
  • Updated reference guide, now with trimming instructions and corrections
  • Updated texture template, now with convenient aesthetic and text layers
  • Updated liveries with increased resolution on virtue of the new UV map

AW109 Power Elite v1.05

  • Improved EDU, CAS code was rewritten and is now visible on Windows *
  • Improved EDU, CAS messages are now of the exact number and type of version E
  • Improved EDU, fonts and screen glowing are now more similar to the real ones
  • Fixed a bug causing wing-level with vertical-only FD on Windows
  • Updated installer, now with a clearer suggestion about where to install

* This anticipates the official fix for the XPD-10211 bug, foreseen with XP12 beta 1

AW109 Power Elite v1.04

  • Improved flight model, matching the real machine even better
  • Improved force trim release, now softer and less bumping
  • Improved engine spool time and transition from idling
  • Improved EDU, engine cursors and parameters are more precise
  • Improved EDU, rotor speed value NR is now precisely calculated
  • Improved FD, transition between modes is now softer
  • Improved parking brake, now it can be disengaged with left and right toes
  • Fixed a bug causing EADI lateral cue to appear with LNV mode and no FD
  • Fixed a bug causing FD stand-by to be uneffective in certain FD arm modes
  • Fixed a bug causing cyclic to being moved in cockpit view despite ATT HOLD
  • Fixed a bug causing pedals to be auto-coordinated in some situations
  • Fixed a bug preventing attitude vacuum gyro to being properly caged
  • Fixed a bug showing the low speed rotor to be seen at a wrong rotor RPMs
  • Fixed a bug causing flapping sound to keep alive even after a crash
  • Fixed a bug causing nose gear to hide into its bay upon compression
  • Fixed a bug causing engine out callouts at closing fuel valves when WOW
  • Fixed a bug causing Bendix/King communication radios to miss decimal steps
  • Fixed a bug causing FT release button to be uneffective when ATT HOLD off
  • Added magnetic brake to keep cyclic in position when FD and ATT HOLD are on
  • Added foldable access step on the right side of the cabin, as in the real model *
  • Updated Bendix/King radios, KX165A is now version 8.33K instead of 25K
  • Updated horizontal stabilizer, now fixed as in the real model
  • Updated FMOD sound package to sound like an AW109 even better
  • Updated landing gear with 5% fatter tires and a little higher main leg
  • Updated rotor blades, increased mesh width and drop with engines off
  • Updated tunnel console, cursors got center marks and better datarefs
  • Updated power levers, now in flight position by default, as in the real model
  • Updated .psd template with the new foldable access step

* This is the first of a series of free official props to match the various versions of the AW109, eg. cable-cutters, floats, etc…

AW109 Power Elite v1.03

  • Improved flight model, now permitting a smooth flight up to VNE
  • Improved landing gear sound, now properly muffled
  • Improved cabin sound, now paired with engine speed
  • Improved high speed rotor mesh, now bending a lot less upwards
  • Improved rotor animation, now tuned to gyroscopic precession
  • Improved flight directors accountability and stand-by functions
  • Improved force trim release response from the helicopter
  • Fixed cyclic trim, now acting properly in ATT HOLD with stand-by FD
  • Fixed force trim function, added new command and CAS message
  • Fixed SAS 1 & 2 functions, dealing better with control sensitivity
  • Fixed 102% command, now working from joystick
  • Fixed pilot visibility from cockpit and replays on some systems
  • Fixed turbine sound, now properly working in all conditions
  • Fixed cabin sound, now correctly tied to engines RPM
  • Fixed a bug occasionally causing tail strike at flight start
  • Fixed a bug preventing the pedals to move in ATT HOLD
  • Fixed a bug preventing the start of engine 2 when fuel 1 was off
  • Fixed transponder power, now correctly switching off on IVAO
  • Fixed auto-trim, now it just keeps trims within their limits
  • Fixed a bug pushing TOT over 1000° for seconds at startup
  • Fixed anti-torque pedal request, now properly left sided
  • Fixed a bug causing level-up of the helicopter when disengaging FD (SBY)
  • Added auto-hover command, for the ease of steady operations
  • Added auto-yaw command, for the ease of mouse-only pilots
  • Added user command for cyclic trim reset button
  • Added user commands for SAS 1 & 2 switches
  • Updated hide yoke command, now also removes collective
  • Updated guide with technical data and speed limitations
  • Updated module, version is now identified by number
  • Updated installer, now identified by product name and version number

AW109 Power Elite v1.02

  • Improved pilot authority on pitch axis
  • Improved cabin sound, now paired with rotor speed
  • Fixed cyclic trim function w/autotrim
  • Fixed airspeed alert to the correct VNE
  • Fixed annoying rotor high alert
  • Added missing cursor in pilot’s VVI w/sound
  • Added DH selector and alert on EADI
  • Added user command for ATT HOLD switch
  • Added user command for 102% switch
  • Updated reference guide

AW109 Power Elite v1.01

  • Improved cabin sound volume, which had excessive muffling
  • Fixed a bug forcing simulation to freeze at module reload
  • Fixed a bug preventing custom lights to be visible on some systems
  • Fixed a bug causing an excess of pitch response on some conditions
  • Fixed a bug causing cyclic trim defective when AP in SBY mode

AW109 Power Elite v1.00

  • Rogerson Kratos NEO AV 500 EADI & EHSI with NAV (N) and BRG (B) functions
  • Primary EDU with functional START and CRUISE menus
  • Secondary EDU with functional MAIN and AUX menus
  • Custom CAS advisories, cautions and warnings *
  • Helipilot, fuel management console and overhead panel with motorized PMS
  • Realistic 3-axis autopilot with cyclic and pedal trim functions
  • Bendix/King array of functional radios COM/NAV 1 & 2, ADF, XPDR and Garmin 530
  • AeroTech LC-6 chronometer w/local time, UTC time, flight time and stopwatch functions
  • Custom FMOD sounds package
  • Extremely detailed 3D model with hundreds of moving parts and 4K textures
  • 3D lights and PBR textures
  • Fast installer and uninstaller for Windows, Mac and Linux powered by Amazon S3
  • Five corporate liveries included
  • PSD template included to make your personal livery
  • Reference guide included with instructions and checklists
  • Optimized for X-Plane experimental flight model
  • Ready for X-Plane 12

* Due to an X-Plane bug XPD-10211 also affecting the 747-400, CAS isn’t visible on Windows until X-Plane 12 beta 1

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AW139 Changelog

AW139 5.00*

  • New model designed from scratch, a highly detailed modern version with long nose and windowed doors
  • New cabin and panels, with only a bare 20% of reycled components from the previous versions
  • New main and tail rotors with frame-rate agnostic animations and new highly detailed landing gears
  • New 4K textures and UV maps, with doubled level of detail for fuseleage, gears and rotors
  • New Primus Epic displays (version 3.0) at high resolution*
  • Overhauled flight model with even more precise behaviour, performance and weights
  • Force Trim switch off by default, this is to avoid frequent complains about the cyclic not moving
  • Fixed a bug causing engine ignition to fail in certain situations
  • Added co-pilot FMS
  • Added manual

* To be confirmed

AW139 4.01 (Current)

  • Improved model, fuseleage and interiors have being ported to Blender and overhauled
  • Improved flight model, now experimental with new turbine models and rotor-driven hydraulics
  • Improved cockpit, flight controls have now night lighting and fully animated switches
  • Improved textures, cabin and panels got new lights, materials and normal maps
  • Improved cyclic trim, now with a new trim reset command very useful in ATT mode
  • Improved rotor animations, now spinning flawlessly, with linear regression on port side
  • Improved callouts, LDP and TDP are now triggered by CAT A and ENGINE IDLE is less sensitive
  • Fixed a bug causing almost every autopilot mode to be unresponsive and messy
  • Fixed a bug causing rotor brake to be always engaged at launch
  • Fixed a bug causing the collective to be inverted in VR
  • Fixed a bug preventing the CAS messages to be seen on Windows
  • Fixed a bug preventing the CAS messages to activate and deactivate panel lights
  • Fixed a bug preventing the product license to be verified at startup on some configurations
  • Fixed a bug preventing the main rotor’s NR to be correctly working on MFD
  • Fixed a bug causing the collective trim switch to invert CLTV/YAW TRIM functions
  • Added a hide yoke function
  • Added AviTab™ cockpit integration* in HD with custom mount, landing camera and glowing light
  • Updated plane maker panel, now with a 2048 x 2048 texture and room for more HD instruments
  • Updated ATT mode (CWS), new code and autopilot constants ensure precision and steadiness
  • Updated lights, exterior and cockpit emitters are now HDR and lights control has been rewritten
  • Updated pilot, the same guy of the AW109 is there to do amazing things
  • Updated interactions, useless animations and manipulators are now gone forever
  • Updated meshes, vertices and faces have been heavily optimized and deduplicated
  • Updated textures, fuseleage got new engine grids and clearer window glasses
  • Updated pilot view, now higher and regressed as in reality
  • Updated PLA, both levers have lights and are in flight position by default
  • Updated PFD, consistently with the other metrics, barometric pressure is now HPA
  • Updated sounds for flip switches and knobs, landing gear sound is being reduced at 4″
  • Updated installer security and speed, now powered by Amazon S3

* Get the AviTab™ plugin on https://github.com/fpw/avitab/releases/

AW139 4.00 RC7

  • Fixed cyclic responsiveness when ATT mode is on
  • Removed 30° bank limit when ATT mode is on
  • Added animated air vents, pilot side
  • Minor functional and visual refinements
  • Windows installer upgraded to 64 bits
  • Fixed the «parsing URL» installer’s bug

AW139 4.00 RC6

  • Dynamic CAS crew alert system reproduced with 85 warning, caution and advisory messages
  • Warning and caution lights on panel now follow a CAS event
  • Warning and caution acknowledge is now also possible with CAS RST button on collective
  • CAS messages can now be scrolled with CCD inner rotary knob
  • Added MAP zoom function to CCD outer rotary knob when LH is selected, works also in HSI MAP mode
  • Fixed a bug causing persistent FT after aircraft unload
  • Added proper nose wheel lock functionality to GEAR panel
  • Blade flapping sound during flares, nose pitches and tight bank degrees on turns
  • MFD and PFD selection with LH and RH button on CCD panel is now evident on screen
  • Fixed ATT mode, pitch and roll ≤ 30° are kept until FT REL is pressed and cyclic is moved
  • ATT pitch and roll can be fine tuned with cyclic hat switch when FD STBY is on
  • Fixed occasional bugs on certain autopilot FD modes
  • Minor functional and visual refinements
  • Refined fuel management
  • Fixed the «exceeded activations» installer’s bug

AW139 4.00 RC5

  • Installer for Windows, Mac and Linux with serial autentication and encrypted file archive
  • Fixed battery issue which was still causing failed re-starts under certain conditions
  • Fixed generators issue causing battery mischarge and consequent quick draining
  • Fixed incorrect electrical consumption for every single system on board
  • Electrical hydraulic pump now off by default and with reduced pressure, as in reality
  • Added electrical hydraulic pump sound
  • Fixed hydraulic sources with refined values and display indicators
  • Added hydraulic Shut-Off-Valve (SOV) switch functionality on the interseat panel
  • Fixed misbehaviour of DH labels MIN and MIN + 100 ft on attitude sphere
  • The LOW HT AWG switch on the MISC panel now inhibits all low height aural warnings
  • Added landing gear aural warning < 150 ft with gear up, mutable by LOW HT AWG switch
  • Added decision height aural warning, mutable by LOW HT AWG switch
  • Fixed tricky collective raising in VR
  • Better sound behaviour at start-ups and shut-downs
  • Better engine response at higher altitudes
  • Better rotor spooling-up speed
  • Fixed minor 3D details on fuseleage and interiors
  • Added blinking caution and warning lights with HDR spills

AW139 4.00 RC4.1

  • Fixed rotors still moving when rotor brake caliper is at maximum pressure, an X-Plane issue bypass
  • Fixed PMS issue still occourring after a power-off, now each engine starts, idles and restarts as expected
  • Fixed over-TQ and rotor-high issue when switching from IDLE to FLT mode on PMS
  • Fixed scaled shadows on cabin and panel, as X-Plane shaders won’t stop changing
  • Fixed wrong electrical values on MFD
  • Fixed rotor brake lever sound missing

AW139 4.00 RC4

  • Rewritten SAS and ATT logic based upon AP1/2, FT and CPL activation, a huge fix but the most desired one by real pilots
  • Rewritten autopilot FD modes from scratch so that they obey to the real logic, also added custom toggle commands
  • Fixed excess of power (HP) and aircraft weights values, now real AW139 pilots should feel at home a lot better
  • Fixed unrealistic display values and arrows behavior for NG, ITT, TQ and PI along with range warnings
  • Fixed continuous input to trimming switches both on cyclic and collective, keep each hat switch pressed to increase or decrease values
  • Fixed rotor brake’s caliper effectiveness, now it is proportional to the action on the lever and won’t turn the helicopter anymore
  • Added a retractable spotlight to the belly, it can be switched on and pointed in any direction by using the rightside hat switch on the collective
  • Enlarged cabin sound sphere, now VR pilots should not get outer sounds when attempting to lean their heads towards the window
  • Fixed seats headrests issue on custom liveries showing both closed and open configurations, now they have the hole opened
  • Fixed livery template UV map misplacements on tail boom, stabilizer, belly and added nose logo area, now authors can paint it just right
  • Unified N2 102% commands into a single toggle, this is to help out the serious simmers with their hardware
  • Making the old user guide available as a separate download, looking forward to write a much simpler procedural sheet
  • Added cyclic and collective manipulators, this allow a greater usability for VR pilots with touchpads and mouse pilots as well
  • Fixed invisible pedestals on custom liveries higher that 00 (default), fixed the livery template as well
  • Fixed both fuel pumps needed to start one engine, now each engine is correctly related to its fuel pump
  • Digital wind indicator back in place, now compensating the wind direction with the heading
  • Fixed SAS REL and FD STBY buttons on cyclic, now they work as expected
  • Fixed tires appearing raised from the ground
  • Fixed minor details on cabin and external meshes
  • Fixed nose glass transparency issue
  • Raised avionics fans volume just right

AW139 4.00 RC3

  • Fixed pedals still moving when CLTV/YAW trim is ON, now they stay in position unless CLTV/YAW REL (collective) is being pressed
  • Fixed cyclic trim up and down function, now it trims pitch when FT is ON and IAS mode (FD) is OFF, otherwise it modifies IAS reference
  • Fixed cyclic trim left and right function, now it trims roll when FT is ON and HDG mode (FD) is OFF, otherwise it modifies HDG reference
  • Fixed engine power, fuel consumption and weights parameters
  • Fixed Sagem® map display showing along with every user custom livery, now the instrument is finally gone (until version 4.1)
  • Fixed parking brake lever sound, now it’s there
  • Refined rotor spooling up time, now closer to reality
  • Fixed reversed CCD (Cursor Control Device) left and right function when LH (MFD) is selected, up and down function are fictional
  • Updated livery template with a convenient UV map layer and instruction note, now it’s easier to identify parts of the fuseleage
  • Updated custom livery folder logic, now additional liveries must be tied to sequential numbers (04, 05, …); this was done to prevent the off-shore external objects showing along with every custom livery, as they will show up only with the default off-shore liveries (Default 00 to 03)

AW139 4.00 RC2

  • Fixed the marching ants issue affecting many textures on some graphic cards due to wrong UV maps
  • Fixed internal glass opacity, as reported too dark by many pilots using VR headsets
  • Fixed collective trim up and down function when CLTV/YAW trim is ON, the hat switch trims collective, otherwise it changes the reference target value if a FD collective mode is engaged (ie. VS or ALT reference)
  • Fixed rotor brake strenght, now it’s a lot less brutal
  • Fixed vents sound when battery is off