The Aerosoft CRJ 550/700 was the first add-on airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) and has set the bar high for future aircraft coming to the simulator. The CRJ 550/700 is available on the Aerosoft Store for USD 47.20, and the CRJ 900/1000 expansion pack was released this past week. The installation process was as smooth as anticipated, and loading into each aircraft variant will take some time to load for the first time. Aerosoft did mention it may take up to 10 minutes for the first time, but it did take roughly 3 minutes for me.
How does the CRJ 550/700 look?
As someone who owns the CRJ Professional in P3D, the CRJ in MSFS looks far more impressive! The modeling of the aircraft is very detailed, and the high-quality PBR textures make it breathtaking and a new level of realism to the eye.
The cockpit is very well detailed and designed to replicate real-world CRJ aircraft. Stunning graphics give you the realistic looks and feel of this aircraft to reproduce the regional pilot life. The cockpit has many different switches and is aminated on the eyes and sound of the button.
How does it fly?
The CRJ will take some time to get used to if you are used to flying a larger aircraft or an aircraft with autothrottles. Yes, the CRJ does not have autothrottles, which means you will have to make slight adjustments during the flight. Besides the autothrottles, the CRJ is a fun aircraft to fly and is a hands-on plane. The CRJ is typically on shorter routes from 30 minutes to 2 hours, giving you more action since take-offs and landings are the busiest parts of the flight.
Aerosoft provided pages and pages of manuals and documents to help ensure you are prepared to fly the CRJ. Expect to take some time and read over the manuals and checklist since the CRJ is very different compared to a Boeing or Airbus. It is the first study-level aircraft to be brought into Microsoft Flight Simulator and is worth the value.
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