REVIEW: BOMBARDIER CANADAIR REGIONAL JET (C.R.J.) 550 & 700 For MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR (M.S.F.S.) and Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D By AEROSOFT.

By: David Michael Edwards B.S., M.B.A.

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Product Synopsis and Overview:

Aerosoft has been a perennial publisher in the flight simulator market for decades. According to reports Aerosoft Extensively helped with the development of the latest iteration of the Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.). This year Aerosoft has published the first airline transport category turbojet a Meticulously Crafted high-fidelity Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet (C.R.J.) 550 and 700 aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The detailed product specifications and purchase portal can be accessed by clicking here.

Scope and Goal:

The scope of this review is to evaluate the overall quality, in association its degree of fidelity, and the effective utility within the simulation.

The goal of this review is to have a robust review of the product, the product performance, and the Aerosoft CANADAIR Regional Jet (C.R.J.) 550 and 700 .

I have done extensive, rigorous, and prolonged testing for this review.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Version: Game Of The Year Edition with Direct X 12 Beta Enabled.

The final Aerosoft CRJ version tested was 1.0.11.0 .

All of the testing was done with the Saitek 3D PRO joystick. Inexcusably the product is not compatible with the external hardware interface FSUIPC (Pete and John Dawson) required for the Precision Flight Controls Yoke and Throttle set detailed below.

Upon direct email consultation with Aerosoft Project Manager Mathijs Kok and Cedric Mattys, it was disclosed that Aerosoft has declined to provide functionality to FSUIPC because M.S.F.S. has developed sufficient advanced controls native to the program.

Following receiving this information, I shut down the FSUIPC program and was able to nearly fully assign most essential control inputs into the M.S.F.S. Controls Assignments. However, the Take Off Go Around (T.O.G.A.) button assignment was not available in M.S.F.S. Controls menu. The M.S.F.S. Controls menu does have an option for an Auto Throttle T.O.G.A.

Ultimately, all essential assignments for external controls can be assigned within the M.S.F.S. Controls, With Limitations.

Testing Specifications:

Hardware: Hands-Crafted, Customized & HandMade Hardware Setup: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10980XE CPU @ 3.00GHz (Eighteen [18]-Core Central Processing Units [C.P.U’s.], Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R ARGB Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, ASUS WS X299 SAGE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 CEB Motherboard, One-hundred and twenty-eight (128) Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel Random Access Memory (R.A.M.) DDR4000 by GSkill RipJaws, NVIDIA RTX 3090 Graphics Processing Unit (G.P.U.) with twenty-four (24) GB of G6X video R.A.M., Rosewill 1,200 Watt power supply, 4x Solid State Drives (S.S.D’s) two [2] are made by Western Digital), Rosewill ATX mid-sized case, Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, Oregon [OR]. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and a Dell 4K Ultrasharp 43 inch (43″) monitor Dell U4320Q.

Notes: 1) All testing and screenshots in this review were taken at full native 4K (UltraHD, UHD) (3840 x 2160) Resolution. 2) All flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of  United States of America (U.S.A.) here on the terrestrial surface and/or crust of Planet Earth.

Software: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64Bit), Microsoft Windows 11 Professional (64-Bit), Current version of Microsoft Flight Simulator (Premium Deluxe Edition & Game Of The Year Edition),REX 2020 WeatherForce for Microsoft Flight Simulator, John Dowson‘s FSUIPC 7 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Controllers:

  1. Logitech 3D Pro Joystick.
  2. Precision Flight Controls: Cirrus Beech Desktop Yoke
  3. Precision Flight Controls: Digital Throttle Quadrant
  4. Precision Flight Controls: Two Engine Jet Enhanced Spoiler/Throttle/Reverser/Flap (GA Button) Attachment
  5. Saitek: PRO Flight Combat Rudder Peddles (Discontinued. No longer in production).

Purchase, Download, Installation & Updates:

Purchase, download, and installation were standard without any issues or problems. The $50.99 United Stated Dollar (U.S.D.) price is reasonable for most users.

The newer Aerosoft One interface

Aerosoft kindly provided a free presscopies for these reviews.

Thank You Aerosoft !!!!!!!

Score: 10 out of 10

Manuals:

The provided manual is well written with sufficient details and very well illustrated with number screenshots. Aircraft takeoff performance charts, takeoff and landing charts, center of gravity (C.G.) charts, and cruise power tables are all absent. The charts and tables for the real aircraft this was modeled from should have been included in the manual.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

Graphics & Texture Quality:

The overall graphics quality including texture sharpness and clarity at native 4K/Ultra-High-Definition (U.H.D.) resolution are OUTSTANDINGLY AMAZING, as Expected. Briefly, the texture and modeling are the best seen to date in M.S.F.S. for any aircraft. Perhaps some may argue the relic Precision Manuals Development Group (P.M.D.G.) DC-6 looks better. However, from my seat and perspective this modern turbojet aircraft Aerosoft has delivered is unmatched in both modeling and texture quality and detail.

Score: 10 out of 10

ThreeDimensional (3D) Virtual Cockpit Modeling, Textures, and Lighting

The cockpit is delivered to the quality as expected.

Score: 10 out of 10

Flight Dynamics & Flight Modeling Quality:

The aircraft flight model and dynamics appear, sound, and feel as they should. The slow flight, stalling (i.e. power on & off, thirty-degree turning stalls, steep turns, power on (Clean and in Full Landing Configurations), acceleration and deceleration rates all seem very realistic and of the highest fidelity.

Score: 9.9 out of 10

Aircraft Systems Quality:

The aircraft systems are robust, basic, and well defined for s study level flight simulation. There are is no weather radar or terrain radar included.

Score: 8.5 out 10

Final Scoring Summation and Grade:

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PLEASE NOTE AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW IS MY PORTFOLIO GALLERY OF SUPPLMENTAL SCREENSHOTS TAKEN DURING THIS REVIEW

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57.9 Points Out Of 60 Points

96.50%

(M.S.F.S.) Final Grade: A

Recommendation:

I Highly Implore the purchase and usage of the HighFidelity Aerosoft Canada Regional Jet (C.R.J.) 550 and 700 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This simulation is extremely reasonable, has solid systems, with OUTSTAINDING Visual Textures and Modeling. The product is nearly flawless taking into account the non-compatibility of the external hardware interface FSUIPC (Pete and John Dawson) required for the Precision Flight Controls Yoke and Throttle set, which is Inexcusable. The $50.99 United Stated Dollar (U.S.D.), or 40.19 Euro’s, price point is Very Reasonable & an UNBEATABLE VALUE!!!!!!! The detailed product specifications and purchase portal can be accessed by clicking here.

Additionally, Aerosoft offers the CRJ 900 & 1000 models as additional aircraft (both not tested in this review) as upgrade add-ons for $19.99 U.S.D. or as Bundle Deal for $69.99 U.S.D.

Supple Screenshots:

Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D version review:

Testing specifications for the we same as above except the Windows 11 upgrade was not present.

In summary, the P3D (version 5) version of the aircraft had better systems modeling due to the platform maturity and evolution. The flight model and flight dynamics were outstanding, yet felt and seemed notably lower than the MSFS version. Ultimately the texture modeling and texture quality were the best the inferior platform was capable of generating.

(Lockheed Martin P3D V5) Final Grade: A

Supplemental Screenshots:

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