REVIEW: BOMBARDIER CANADAIR REGIONAL JET (C.R.J.) 900 & 1000 For MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR (M.S.F.S.) Designed And Created 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.). Last 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 ($50.99 U.S.D.) can be accessed by clicking here.

The scope of this review is to the two additional extension models of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet (C.R.J.) 900 and 1000 aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The product specifications and purchase portal ($19.99 U.S.D.), or 16.80 Euros, for these extended models can be viewed and accessed by clicking here. Please note the software requires valid ownership of the C.R.J. 550 and 700 aircraft flight simulator in order for the extension C.R.J. 550 and 700 aircraft to function.

Alternatively, for customers whom do not currently ownership of the Aerosoft Canadair Regional Jet (C.R.J.) 550 and 700 can purchase a bundle package with all four (4) aircraft models (i.e. 550, 700, 900, and 1000) for $69.99 United States Dollars (U.S.D.). The bundle package specification page and purchase portal can be viewed and 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 for the 900 and 1000 models.

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.) 900 and 1000 .

Previously I published the C.R.J. 550 and 700 review on December 18, 2021. The review can be read by clicking here.

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 C.R.J. version tested was 1.0.15.0 .

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 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 user friendly Aerosoft One interface:

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.

I found some issues and problems with these listed below:

  1. Systems for the CRJ 550/700 are Identical to that of the CRJ 9000/1000 –> They may be indeed identical in the real aircrafts, though I just wanted to mention this.
  2. The Structural Weight limits between the CRJ model variants. For example the CRJ 900ER and the CRJ 1000 have ninety (90) and one-hundred (100) passenger capacity, respectively.
  3. The weight and balance tables between the CRJ 550, 700, 900, and 1000 models are not clearly labeled and confusing.
  4. The naming/identification, or nomenclature, between the CRJ 900 and CRJ 1000 are inconsistent and confusing throughout. There is a CRJ 900ER routinely referenced along with a CRJ 900, yet there is no CRJ 1000 model.
  5. Quick Reference Guide page # 37, V-Speed performance Tables: There is no identification of what CRJ models the V-speeds and weights.
  6. Quick Reference Guide page # 6 Maximum Landing Weight: The tables are only showing the landing weight up to and including: 34.019 kg or 75,000 lbs.
  7. Performance Tables are incomplete: The tables are only showing the landing weight up to and including: 34.019 kg or 75,000 lbs.
  8. Various typographical (typos) throughout.

Score: 9.25 out of 10

Graphics & Texture Quality:

Identical to that of the CRJ 550 and 750, 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: 11 out of 10

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

The cockpit is delivered to the quality as expected.

Score: 11 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.

Rigorous environmental testing was conducted as follows either at or near maximum certified takeoff weight:

  1. CRJ 1000 –> High Altitude Airport Takeoff at Daochen Yading airport (ZUNDC) in the People’s Republic of China at 11,560 feet Mean Sea Level (M.S.L.).

2) CRJ 1000 –> Cold Altitude Airport Takeoff at Qaanaaq airport (BGTL) in Greenland.

3) CRJ 1000 –> HOT temperature takeoff in Kuwait (OKBK).

4) CRJ 1000 –> Short Field takeoff and Landing at Sedona, Arizona (U.S.A.).

5) CRJ 1000 –> Aircraft and Agility testing at Lugano, Switzerland.

6) CRJ 1000 –> High Aircraft Density Certification in Boston Logan Airport to New York John F. Kennedy airport (KJFK).

7) CRJ 1000 –> Night Flight Certification in Paris, France (Europe).

8) CRJ 1000 –> Flight Envelope and Stability Testing.

The flight model and dynamics are Fantastic.

Score: 11 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.

The Traffic Collision Avoidance System (T.C.A.S.) aural (audio warning) is delayed about five (5) seconds and compromises flight safety.

No Takeoff Tail Strike Simulation (*Wish List* 🙂 )

The Trim Control buttons are not synched with the external computer controllers.

The Flight Management Computer (F.M.C.) has no option to enter data via the computer keyboard.

The Autopilot certainly needs some optimization, fine-tuning, and polishing. For example with the autopilot on in NAV mode following the preprogrammed flight plan, the aircraft will make a turn of approximately thirty (30) to forty-five (45) degrees and then proceeded to oscillate in a decreasing sigmoidal pattern, on both sides of the new course track for several minutes. I do not distinctly recall the new course tract was definitively established, even after several minutes of these dampening tracking oscillations. To note the y-axis of the autopilot, or altitude, hold was wither on altitude hold or in the Vertical hold (VNAV) mode, being directed by the F.M.C.

Score: 9 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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51.25 Points (Including all BONUS and EXTRA-CREDIT Points) Out Of 50 Points

102.50%

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

HAPPY LANDINGS!!!!!!!

Recommendation:

I Highly Implore the purchase and usage of the HighFidelity Aerosoft Canada Regional Jet (C.R.J.) 900 and 1000 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This simulation is extremely reasonable, has solid systems, with OUTSTAINDING Visual Textures and Modeling. The product Pristine, Polished, and nearly flawless. The $19.99 United Stated Dollar (U.S.D.), or 16.99 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. (16.8 Euros) or as Bundle Deal for $69.99 U.S.D. (58.82 Euros) for the All-Inclusive C.R.J. 550, 700, 900, and 1000 package discount deal.

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