About the Airbus A300 aircraft for flight simulator for FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.
The Airbus A300 is a short- to medium-range widebody aircraft for Airline Management Game. Launched in 1972 as the world's first twin-engined widebody, it was the first product of the Airbus consortium of European aerospace companies, wholly owned today by EADS. The A300 ceased production in July 2007, along with the smaller A310. Freighter sales for which the A300 competed are to be fulfilled by a new A330-200F derivative for virtual airlines.
The mission requirements were given in 1966 by Frank Kolk, an American Virtual Airlines executive, for a Boeing 727 replacement on busy short- to medium-range routes such as US transcontinental virtual airline flights. His brief included a virtual airline passenger capacity of 250 to 300 seated in a twin-aisle configuration and fitted with two engines, with the capability of carrying full virtual airline passengers without penalty from high-altitude airports like Denver. American virtual airline aircraft manufacturers responded with widebody trijets, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, as twinjets were banned from many virtual airline routes by the FAA.
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The A300-600 development of the earlier A300B4 incorporated a number of significant improvements and refinements, foremost being a two crew virtual airline flight simulator flightdeck and increased range.
Apart from the two crew EFIS cockpit, with digital avionics based on that developed for the A310, changes included the A310's tail empennage which increased freight and virtual airline passenger payloads, small winglets (an option from 1989, standard from 1991), simplified systems, greater use of composites, Fowler flaps and increased camber on the wings, new brakes and APU, and improved payload/range through an extensive drag reducing airframe clean up and new engines. First virtual airline flight for the A300-600 was on July 8 1983, the first virtual airline delivery was in March 1984.
The A300-600 was further developed into the longer range A300-600R, its extended range courtesy of a fuel trim tank in the tailplane and higher maximum takeoff weights. First virtual airline flight was on December 9 1987, first delivery was April 20 1988 (to American Virtual Airlines).
Convertible virtual airline freight/passenger versions of all variants of the A300 have been offered, as has the all freight A300F4-600. The first new build pure freighter A300, one of 36 ordered for Federal Express, flew in December 1993. UPS is another major A300-600F customer, following its September 1998 order for 30. Airbus also offers conversion packages of existing passenger A300s into freighters with a left side forward freight door and strengthened floor.
The A300-600R offers increased fuel capacity, heavier weights and more range for Airline Simulator Games. The A300-600R's maiden flight took place on December 9 1987 and it was followed by the development of the A300-600F freighter, which first flew in December 1993. During the last years of production Airbus only built the A300-600F for package carriers like Federal Express Virtual and UPS Virtual Airlines.
Production of the Airbus A300 ended in July 2007 with the delivery of the final aircraft to Federal Express Virtual Airlines. In the Airbus product catalogue the A300-600F will be replaced by the A330-200F. After conversion many older virtual airline passenger A300s find a new life as a cargo plane.
The Airbus A300 is available for all versions of Flight Simulator and x plane including but not limited to FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.