Colimata has recently released the third version of their Concorde add-on, specifically designed for X-Plane 12 (not compatible with X-Plane 11). This release marks a significant upgrade in terms of visual enhancements, flight model accuracy, and overall functionality.
The Concorde, an iconic supersonic passenger aircraft operated by British Airways and Air France from 1976 to 2003, holds a remarkable place in aviation history. Initially developed as a joint venture between the British and French governments in the 1960s, the Concorde showcased a sleek delta-wing design and achieved impressive speeds of up to Mach 2, twice the speed of sound. Its groundbreaking capabilities allowed it to complete transatlantic flights, such as from London to New York, in just over three hours.
The Colimata Concorde for X-Plane 12 offers an incredibly detailed and realistic simulation of this legendary aircraft. The 3D cockpit provides an immersive experience, featuring front, center, roof, side, and engineering panels. With 4K texturing and over 1000 clickable regions, the cockpit delivers a high level of interactivity. Additionally, the cockpit incorporates more than 700 custom lights, including warning lamps, night lighting, and exterior lights. The aircraft offers both PRO and STANDARD complexity settings to suit different user preferences.
The external model of the Colimata Concorde is equally impressive, with meticulous attention to detail. It accurately represents the aircraft's exterior features, including moving engine parts, opening doors, and service panels. Notably, the engine cowl doors can be opened, and the primary and secondary nozzles are animated, providing a realistic visual experience. The external model utilizes PBR (Physically Based Rendering) technology, ensuring visually stunning 4K textures.
The flight model of the Colimata Concorde has been refined to provide an authentic experience during takeoff, landing, and both subsonic and supersonic flight phases. The simulation also incorporates realistic thrust behavior and trim fuel pumping, along with automatic fuel trimming facilitated by the Virtual Engineer feature.
Immersive sound design further enhances the Concorde experience, utilizing FMOD 3D sound technology. The add-on includes dozens of sound effects, audio advice from Copilot, Engineer, and Pilot, and various sound spaces, creating a captivating audio environment. The volumes are adjustable to suit individual preferences.
With full VR compatibility, the Colimata Concorde allows users to experience the aircraft in virtual reality, providing a heightened sense of immersion. The add-on offers extensive graphical user interface (GUI) functionality, enabling route loading, flight preparation, aircraft management, and interaction with the virtual flight engineer. The GUI is fully scalable and can be popped out for convenience. A dedicated Checklists window and Quick Access GUI further streamline the user experience.
The package includes additional features such as a 3D passenger cabin, two liveries, and access to a wide selection of free liveries. A comprehensive set of manuals, including installation and setup, essential guides, full manual, cold and dark startup guide, and navigation tutorial, assist users in mastering the intricacies of the Concorde simulation.