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Aerosoft CRJ Update 5 Available

UPDATE: The Aerosoft CRJ 550/700 Update 5 has been released, read the release notes here.

The CRJ 550 and CRJ 700 are a family of regional jet airliners designed and manufactured by Canadian transportation conglomerate Bombardier. During the 1990s, Bombardier initiated a program to produce enlarged derivatives of its popular CRJ 100/200 family. Officially launched in 1997, the CRJ 700’s (up to 78 seats) maiden flight took place in May 1999. Several additional variants of the type were subsequently introduced, including the CRJ 550 (50 seats). A total of 1945 CRJ aircraft were built until the CRJ Series program was acquired by Japanese corporation Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in June 2020. Mitsubishi continued to manufacture parts for existing CRJ operators but does not build any new CRJ aircraft.

The Aerosoft CRJ 550/700 for the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator has been built on the experience of the developers from the CRJ family offered for FSX and Prepar3D. Yet the new technology available within MSFS gave the developers involved the opportunity to use the latest in design, system, and flight model programming. Therefore, they were reconstructed from the ground up to match the new standard in look, function, and flying characteristics. This small high-end airliner was created with the gracious support of Microsoft and Asobo, which ensured that the new features of the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator could be implemented. Included are the CRJ 550 and CRJ 700 models with 9 liveries.

The Aerosoft CRJ features highly detailed modeling based on many photos of the original aircraft, covered with high-resolution PBR textures that convey virtual reality extremely well. The possibilities of the new flight simulator engine are mostly utilized with fluid animations of moving parts such as landing gear, flaps, and doors. The cockpit shows detailed modeling and animations that provide a realistic look and feel of this popular airliner including the support of advanced features, such as rain effects, etc. The flight model is based on Microsoft Flight Simulator’s new aerodynamic model to provide more realistic behavior of the CRJ in all flight conditions. It has been fine-tuned to reflect the performance and reactive behavior.