FSX PANEL For Airbus A321 V1
Flight Simulator X / FSX Downloads Aircraft Panel
Compatibility: Flight Simulator X
Filesize: 6.66 MB
Added on: Jan-24-2010
A321 PANEL Version 1 for default Airbus FSX
by Stefan Liebe
CALLOUT_SOUND.dll VERSION 18.104.22.168 by Doug Dawson
Installing & using this gauges is at your own risk.
Please follow the instructions step by step
Unzip the file A321V1.zip to a temporary folder.
Please make a copy of the following files. This allows you to restore the
Checklist and References
Cut and paste the files
to the folder FSXSimObjectsAirplanesAirbus_A321. Overwrite the existing
files ( you made a copy for safety reason)
1.Cut and paste the folder CALLOUT to the folder FSXSound.
2.Cut and paste the file CALLOUT_Sound.dll to the folder FSXGAUGES
1.Cut and paste the folder A321 to the folder FSXSimObjectsAirplanesAirbus_A321panel
2.Extract (unzip) the default Airbus_A321.cab to the folder FSXSimObjectsAirplanesAirbus_A321panelA321
(right mouse click the Airbus_A321.cab file and select unfold
and then the target.)
The Airbus_A321.cab file is a kind of .zip file. For this installation it is
necessary to unzip( unfold, or extract) the contents of the Airbus_A321.cab file
to the folder A321.
Or in other words the 909 files contained in the Airbus_A321.cab file must be at
the end in the folder A321, but not the cab file itself.
Go to FSXSimObjectsAirplanesAirbus_A321panel
First of all and very important make a copy of the default panel.cfg file. This
is for safety reason if you don´t like the changes you can easily reuse the copy.
Cut and paste the new panel.cfg to FSXSimObjectsAirplanesAirbus_A321panel
overwrite the existing file( you made a copy for safety reason).
Go to FSXSimObjectsAirplanesAirbus_A321
First of all and very important make a copy of the aircraft.cfg file. This is
for safety reason if you don´t like the changes you can easily reuse the copy.
The reason why we have to modify the default cfg is because we need now 5 flaps
positions for the SFCC Function.
Open the aircraft.cfg with an editor.
Go to the part defining the flaps and replace this part by the following lines (easiest
way is to copy and paste) than save and close:
The above changes are a must, because we need 5 flap positions for the correct
function of the SFCC Slats and Flaps Control Computer.
The next changes are my recommendation for better flight dynamics.
Please search the following lines and change accordingly:
cruise_lift_scalar = 0.83
If you don´t like my changes please try which values are better for you.
These gauges are an addon to the default AIRBUS Panel.
To realize the functions I had to set some variables. Some how the SFCC and the
other systems must "know" whether the aircraft is prepared for take-off or for
If the speed is less than 40 knots and increases the computer is presuming a
If the speed is above 250knots and decreases the computer is presuming a landing
For this reason I use some variables. At the start of each session or situation
all variables are set to 0. Due to that it is necessary to start each situation
on the ground or at a speed above 250 knots and in both cases in clean
configuration ( Flaps handle = 0).
Function of the gauges
SFCC Slats and Flaps Control Computer
It is not visible but it works in the background to control flaps ans slats.
Airbus has 4 Positions of the flap handle but 5 configurations for slats and
Handle Slats Flaps ECAMS
0 0 0 -
1 18 0 1 in approach configuration selected by SFCC
1 18 10 1+F in take-off configuration selected by SFCC;
Flaps is retracted automatically if speed is g.t. 210 knots
2 22 20 2
3 22 30 3 take-off and landing
4 25 35 4
The SFCC sets automatically the spoiler to “armed position” if flaps are set and
speed is greater than 60 knots. The spoilers are automatically retracted when
speed is below 55 knots.
Is also not visible.
With this feature the autopilot should be able to touch down the aircraft. If
the autopilot is switched on for landing the vertical speed is reduced if radio
less than 150 feet.
At 20 feet the thrust is set to zero.
If you have a USB throttle the lever should be on idle position during the
approach. When autothrottle is switched of it could happen that the thrust is
set according the
position of the USB throttle and if the throttle is not in idle position the
aircraft accelerates after landing.
For go around press only TOGA button.
Don´t forget to set the autobrake and as pilot in command you should start a go
around manoeuvre if the autopilot fails.
Altitude Callout Gauge
Is also not visible, but you can hear it during approach. This gauge gives
altidue callouts at 2500, 1000,500,400,300,200,100,50,40,30,20 and 10 Ft.
Unfortunately I have no original sound files. So I created my own sound. If you
have better sound files,
rename your sound files according to the sound files in the sound folder.
Minimum and maximum speed bars
Left side shows minimum and maximum speeds
indicators for V1, VRot , VRef and Flaps and Slats
For take-off configuration only S+F or Flaps3 is approved.
according to the total weight V1 and VRot is set. V1 is shown as 1 right to the
speed bar Vrot is a magenta circle right to the speed bar. V2=VRot
In this configuration the minimum flaps and slat speeds are indicated by an F
and an S colour white
S + F Flaps 3
Total weight kg Vrotate Vrotate
L.T 64000 145 130
L.T 68000 150 135
L.T. 73000 155 140
L.T. 78000 160 145
L.T. 82000 165 150
L.T. 86000 170 150
G.T 86000 175
L.T. 91000 155
G.T 91000 160
In landing configuration at a speed less than 250 knots the flap maximum speeds
are displayed in yellow, right to the speed bar. Only Flaps 3 and Flaps 4 is
landing and due to flaps the Vref is indicatet as a green circle right of the
Flaps 3 Flaps 4
Total weight kg Vref Vref
L.T 5200 120 120
L.T. 56000 130 125
L.T. 61000 135 130
L.T. 63000 140 135
L.T. 68000 145 140
L.T. 72000 150 145
G.T 72000 155 150
The above speeds are increased for longitudinal windspeeds L.T. 45 knots by 33%
of the longitudinal windspeed and above by 15knots.
L.T. = less than G.T.= greater than
Indicators for acceleration/deceleration
near the speed bar are yellow arrows displayed. The length of the arrow shows
the speed which is achieved in 15 seconds when acceleration or deceleration
Indicator for localizer course
In ILS mode a magenta cross is shown in the compass bar to indicate the course
of the localizer.
Vertical speed is indicated in figures
Above or below the VSI the the vertical speed is displayed in feet per minute
Improved HSI needle
the needle is thicker and better visible
MFD Select Panel
At altitudes less than 18.000 feet you can toggle between QNH and Standar
Pressure if you push the center of the bar knob
WPT, VORD, NDB,ARPT
You can now display allthe same time, if you push the button for the function.
CSTR Button has no function.
The wind indicator is now showing the correct angle.
The expanded mode, that is the mode where you can only see what is in 160
degrees in front of the aircraft, has now also a green track indicator.
Please read about the SFCC to understand why the flaps handle has 4 position and
5 slats and flaps configurations are possible.
Gear Panel / Autobrake
The brake is activated by left mouse click on the button.
On the ground you can only select the MAX button and in this case the RTO
(Refused Take-Off) brake program is selected.
In the air you can select LO / MED/ MAX
The ECAMS shows the 5 configurations for flaps and slats.
A right mouse click in the upper right corner of the ECAMS ( above the slats and
flaps) toggles between kg and lbs.
The standard configuration is kg.
In the lower part you will see various messages about the configuration of the
For example if set
on the left side: right side:
Landing lights; Autobrake status ( see Autobrake);
seat belts;No smoking; Spoilers Armed;
Landing gear down an locked; Parking Brake
Pitot Heat; Hydraulics
Deice eng1 ; deice eng2; Generator
Deice wing warning if take-off or landing weight is exceeded.
The panel works with A321-100 and A321-200.
For A321-100 max_gross_weight is less than 90 000kg or 198416lbs in that case
max. take off weight is 73483kg and max landing weight is 83008kg.
In cases where max_gross_weight is greater than 90 000kg or 198416lbs the
reference values for A321-200 are taken and in that case max. take off
weight is 78790kg and max landing weight is 92988kg.
The functions screens for ENG, BLEED, PRESS, APU, HYD, FUEL and FCTL show now in
the last two lines of the screen informations about temperature TAT and SAT,
Time Zulu and Local
and total weight.
On the upper side of the bezel is a button for the checklist. If you push the
button you can see a checklist. The screen is a touch screen and the blue fields
are mouse click
sensitive. All parameters which I could get from the aircraft are displayed
automatically. Those items in the checklist who have no variable in FSX must be
This is my personal checklist when I fly at VATSIM or IVAO. So it is not 100%
realistic but for my own use it is quite ok.
The manually set values in the checklist are all reset for the next flight when
you check on the side “TAXI TO THE GATE” “XPDR STBY”. To switch the transponder
must be done after each flight and that is why I use this to reset all variables
for the next flight.
If you don´t like the checklist function you can easily remove it.
Remove the panel.cfg and rename the panel_without_checklist.cfg to panel.cfg
Hints for better simulation
The default sound of the A321 is terrible. I found a sound which I like very
you can find it at FlightSim.com under the file name
It is a sound for FS2004 but it works with FSX.
After installation open the sound.cfg and add the following lines at the end.
Than you can hear the cabin alert when switching on seatbelts or no smoking
Frame rates and appearance of taxiways
In the past I have tried a lot of things to get better frame rates. After
installing some textures I got a real improvement.
Look at FlightSim.com for the follwing files:
Copyrights and Disclaimer
These gauges are freeware, NOT Public Domain and it is available for your
Without my explicit permission, it may NOT be sold, re-distributed and/or
uploaded to another website or bulletin board (in ANY shape or form).
If you want to bundle (part of) this gauges with your (freeware !!) panel,
you may ONLY do so AFTER my explicit permission and inclusion of this
README file AS-IS.
If you want to use the CALLOUT_SOUND.dll VERSION 22.214.171.124 you need the permission
of Doug Dawson
And obviously, installing & using this gauges is at your own risk
Thanks to Doug Dawson, for the permission to use his perfect XML sound gauge
(included in this package).
I hope you enjoy the gauges. If you have questions or suggestions for
improvement please let me know.
Please read the above carefully before you contact me reporting any bugs.
Have fun and happy landings