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    [09JAN21] 777-200LR/F and 777-300ER Update and 777-200ER Beta news!

    Captains,

    Welcome to the new year!

    I hope all of you had a nice holiday season and that your 2021 is shaping up to be an improvement over what we have all experienced with 2020. I'm sure all of you are as tired as we are of being locked down, held in place, and unable to enjoy personal time with friends, family and neighbors. We remain optimistic that this too will pass and soon enough we will all be able to enjoy one anothers company again soon.

    In the mean time, development work at PMDG continues apace. Even with the holidays we were hard at work on numerous projects in an effort to get some of the heavy-lift projects off of our agenda in order to free up manpower for other items on the agenda.

    I am happy to let you know that tonight's update will be less words and more graphics, for a change- as the last few have been walls of text to give you lots of information on multiple topics. Tonight I am focused entirely on the 777 for Prepar3D.

    PMDG 777-200LR/F & PMDG 777-300ER Product Updates:
    ============================================
    This update cycle has been in discussion for some time and is nearly finished. To recap a few aspects of it that are important, we wanted to bring you the long awaited 777-200ER product (details below) but found that in order to do so, it would be important to update the core of the 777 product platform in order to bring it more into compliance with newer products such as the 747 and 737 product lines. 777 is nearly 8 years old and the code was becoming harder to keep up-to-snuff and it required a very significant overhaul that has taken a large investment of development manpower to complete. Market conditions created by covid, and the need to keep a significant amount of development resources dedicated to our upcoming line of MSFS products caused us to decide to conduct a massive, free update to the existing 777 rather than to do a full product rebuild and replacement with a new (and thus more expensive-to-users) v2.0.

    You probably know that we have a very advanced system of collecting, managing and monitoring service reports for all of our products and we have continued to track issues for the 777 product line going all the way back to the day of publication. We have been clearing up items in that system, adding features, cleaning up inefficiencies, modernizing aspects of it's operation and preparing the code to survive another 5+ years cleanly within the Prepar3D v4/v5 environments. We are planning a full virtual cockpit replacement and work on that is underway but will take half the year to accomplish.

    So this massive update is nearly finished- and we have just pushed another version to our beta teams for evaluation. I expect a few more build cycles before we release the updates to you, because there are still a few more items we want to clean up before turning the product over to you.


    PMDG 777-200ER Expansion Package:
    ==============================
    In even more exciting news for the 777 product line, our long awaited version of the 777-200ER airplane is moving into beta testing this weekend and we anticipate providing it to our beta team during the day on Saturday. The 777-200ER is easily one of the most asked-for expansions and we have struggled to find the right time to insert it into our development agenda. Given that oure teams are siphoned off to work significantly on our MSFS projects, it seemed a natural fit to dedicate time to this much loved airplane type at long last.

    The PW Powered ER:
    PMDG_777ER_PW.jpg

    This package includes the 777-200ER with Rolls Royce, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney engine types. Each engine type comes with it's own customized engine model, accurately modeled engine instrumentation on the flight deck, accurate engine behaviors and of course a custom suite for each.

    Along with the 200ER, we enable in the flight deck a fully functional EFB that is available to you in all of the 777 models (777-200ER/LR/F and 777-300ER).

    For all of us on the PMDG team, working on the 200ER has thoroughly reinvigorated our love of this, one of the most robust and magnificent airliners fielded by Boeing- and it has truly been fun to take a deep dive back into this fleet type in order to bring it up to date with our 737 and 747 product lines in order to field this new variant for you.

    The Roller Powered ER:
    PMDG_777ER_RR.jpg

    Speaking of things to love about the 777: In this image of the Roller-Powered 777, the image was taken just as the left landing gear was beginning to lose contact with the runway. I often wonder how many of you take the time to really examine just how detailed our ground-relationship is with the 777 and 747 airplanes. We put a huge amount of work into developing the physics models for the landing gear and their contact with the ground. If you look at the 777-300ER, you will find that we fully modeled the cantilevered gear that helps to give the tail of the airplane an additional 18" of ground clearance during rotation. (The 747 has a bunch of it's own animation beauty that you only see on PMDG models- so go take a look! There is some fun stuff going on down there!)

    The GE Powered 200ER:
    PMDG_777ER_GE.jpg

    Looking forward, we are sort of feeling our way toward a release for this product line that appears to be around the end of January. If it needs more time in testing, then it will be in February, or however else long it takes.

    Right now we are planning to push the product updates to you prior to the 200ER variant, but we might collapse those on top of one another and do them simultaneously if that seems like a smarter way to handle the release once we see how things go. Either way- we are nearly finished and we can't wait to roll these out to you.

    Okay- that is all I have for you tonight. I hope you have a nice weekend and are looking as forward to this update cycle of the 777 as we are looking forward to delivering it to you!
    Robert S. Randazzo
    PMDG Simulations
    http://www.pmdg.com



    #2
    This is absolutely music to my virtual ears. I just reinstalled my T7 tonight actually. I cannot wait to get my hands on some AA 777's and do some MIA-CDG/MXP

    Ryan Spellman

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      #3
      Awesome! Can't wait boss! But the next question is that 737 MAX from your NGXu release thread after the 777er is released
      Alex Kulak
      PMDG Studier and flyer

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        #4
        When is it going to be released?
        Abdulrahim Adar

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        • Mickel
          Mickel commented
          Editing a comment
          "Looking forward, we are sort of feeling our way toward a release for this product line that appears to be around the end of January. If it needs more time in testing, then it will be in February, or however else long it takes.

          Right now we are planning to push the product updates to you prior to the 200ER variant, but we might collapse those on top of one another and do them simultaneously if that seems like a smarter way to handle the release once we see how things go. Either way- we are nearly finished and we can't wait to roll these out to you."

          In other words... when it's ready.

        • leandromstt
          leandromstt commented
          Editing a comment
          I don't want to be rude, but, read the post. Everything is explained.

        #5
        Long live for the T7, I love this bird. Any idea how much the Expansion Pack will cost? Just asking because the exchange rate for USD is not friendly at the moment.
        Kind regards,
        Leandro Schmitt

        @SBNF

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          #6
          Without a doubt, this is my most anticipated and painfully awaited product update in a long time--across both flight sim and gaming in general. lol. I probably won't fly the ER much, but I am itching to get it just so I can have an EFB for the other models 😁
          Andrew Yau
          B747 B777

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            #7
            Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
            Speaking of things to love about the 777: In this image of the Roller-Powered 777, the image was taken just as the left landing gear was beginning to lose contact with the runway. I often wonder how many of you take the time to really examine just how detailed our ground-relationship is with the 777 and 747 airplanes. We put a huge amount of work into developing the physics models for the landing gear and their contact with the ground. If you look at the 777-300ER, you will find that we fully modeled the cantilevered gear that helps to give the tail of the airplane an additional 18" of ground clearance during rotation. (The 747 has a bunch of it's own animation beauty that you only see on PMDG models- so go take a look! There is some fun stuff going on down there!)
            I love the way the NGXu and 747 handle during takeoff and touchdown. I swear you can almost feel the vibration through the joystick.

            Aidan Rogers

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              #8
              I have a question
              Is the release at the end of January a 777 update or a 200ER release?
              Or both?
              Kim young ju

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                #9
                OH!... MY!... GENTLE!... JESUS!... Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!
                Kendall T. Carlile

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                  #10
                  Originally posted by redsonssi View Post
                  I have a question
                  Is the release at the end of January a 777 update or a 200ER release?
                  Or both?
                  Kim,

                  Yes to both.
                  Robert S. Randazzo
                  PMDG Simulations
                  http://www.pmdg.com


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                  • redsonssi
                    redsonssi commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Thank you~

                  #11
                  Wonderful pics absolutely amazing pmdg team looking forward to end of the month great stuff.
                  Danny Z.Cebis

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                    #12
                    Tears are flowing out, Nostalgia being stirred from the good old days of the POSKY 777 from FS9, well done PMDG!
                    Regards,

                    Swapnil Sirdeshpande
                    B.E (Aeronautics)

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                      #13
                      Dear All,

                      Thank you very much for this good news.

                      I wish you all a happy new year 2021 !

                      Kind Regards

                      Guillaume
                      Guillaume AUFRANC

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                        #14
                        Note how the PW have a smaller diameter ! I wonder if their response times have improved. It is also the least powerful...
                        Waiting to see the wing tips close up
                        Welcome to the new year
                        Cédrice Rive 747, MD11, 737, 777

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                        • Christopher Low
                          Christopher Low commented
                          Editing a comment
                          The RR engine cowls also have a smaller diameter when compared to the GE engines.

                        • cedrice.rive@yahoo.fr
                          [email protected] commented
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                          The engines nacelles seem to be not the same too

                        #15
                        An ode to the PMDG 777-200ER -

                        “Tonight, I need your sweet caress
                        Hold me in the darkness
                        Tonight, you calm my restlessness
                        You relieve my sadness” - Breathe
                        Kendall T. Carlile

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                          #16
                          Well done Robert and the entire PMDG team. Great news to start the year.
                          Hidayat

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                            #17
                            Those ER's look amazing
                            Cheers,

                            John Tavendale

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                              #18
                              Absolutely amazing news, looking forward to get back to the T7 in p3dv5, and also remembering some old days with the ER. Thanks for the update !
                              Yuchen LENG

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                                #19
                                Absolute phenomenal work done by the PMDG development team. Cannot wait to try the gorgeous B777-200ER!
                                Johnno Roskam
                                Proud PMDG pilot
                                KLM Ramp agent

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                                  #20
                                  So if it's going to be end-January-early February for the update and -200ER release, can we expect GFO as well?

                                  So excited!
                                  Craig Norman

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                                    #21
                                    I just can't wait. Stunning news, Robert. Thanks a lot for everything to you and all the team. End of January/beginning of February will be a incredible period !

                                    Cheers, and happy new year to all,
                                    Thimote Brunot
                                    PMDG 737 & 747/8 & 777

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                                      #22
                                      I'm really looking forward to the update, I know great features have been added to this product, but there is a small detail that I'm curious about. Will there be a change in the 777 led lights? I mentioned exactly here.







                                      Mert Aydın

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                                        #23
                                        Wow beauties are incoming!! Thanks for update!
                                        Regards from Cologne,
                                        Tobias Kroll

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                                          #24
                                          Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                                          ...Market conditions created by covid...

                                          We are planning a full virtual cockpit replacement and work on that is underway but will take half the year to accomplish.
                                          Hi Rob,

                                          First, I very much appreciate your detailed monthly updates (sometimes twice a month like in this case). Due to the complexity of PMDG products and the long development cycles, the frequency of the communication and the comprehensive content (as much as can be) are just perfect for me. I want to stress that because, now and then, some folks claim 'instant communication' (daily, weekly...).

                                          Many thanks also for the decision to make a full virtual cockpit replacement. It's great that it's already underway. I hope it will applies to P3v4.

                                          One thing I don't understand is when you mention 'Market conditions created by covid'. I thought that for for companies selling digital products like PMDG, the covid makes no difference. It might even foster sales. The rationale being that people being locked down, they are looking for more home digital entertainment. During the first months of lock down there was an increase in the sales of videogame companies.

                                          Tony Argaud LFPG - P3Dv4.5

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                                          • MicharBreems
                                            MicharBreems commented
                                            Editing a comment
                                            I don’t think he necessarily means to say that these specific conditions are negative to pmdg. Rather, at least how I read it: conditions changed, and so it was of influence on the decisions they made regarding free update vs v2.

                                          • rsrandazzo
                                            rsrandazzo commented
                                            Editing a comment
                                            Tony- Specifically what I mean here is for users. The employment picture for many around the world has been a bit grim through the past year so we figured it was a better option to push an update than to replace the entire product line wholesale, especially since many users are also hoping to transition to MSFS once that platform proves ready to sustain the simming hobby as we all know it. - RSR

                                          #25
                                          Can we get some more previews maybe?

                                          Regards from Cologne,
                                          Tobias Kroll

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                                            #26
                                            Looks fantastic! Now announce the 787
                                            - Karl Brooker

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                                              #27
                                              It's no exaggeration that i've been waiting for the 200er for over 10 years..! Can't wait
                                              Alex Ridge

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                                                #28
                                                Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                                                Speaking of things to love about the 777: In this image of the Roller-Powered 777, the image was taken just as the left landing gear was beginning to lose contact with the runway. I often wonder how many of you take the time to really examine just how detailed our ground-relationship is with the 777 and 747 airplanes. We put a huge amount of work into developing the physics models for the landing gear and their contact with the ground. If you look at the 777-300ER, you will find that we fully modeled the cantilevered gear that helps to give the tail of the airplane an additional 18" of ground clearance during rotation. (The 747 has a bunch of it's own animation beauty that you only see on PMDG models- so go take a look! There is some fun stuff going on down there!)
                                                Definitely seen the landing gear of the 747. Can't say I've seen it on the -300ER since I only flew it once, and I was in the flight deck when that happened, but knowing PMDG, I would expect the cantilevered gear was modeled.
                                                Captain Kevin

                                                Kevin Yang

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                                                  #29
                                                  Will the 777-200ER expansion be released with the EFB on the day of release?

                                                  Looks fantastic, Can't wait
                                                  Itay Levi

                                                  PMDG: B737, B747, B777.

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                                                  • Ephedrin
                                                    Ephedrin commented
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                                                    It‘s included with the expansion, it‘s nothing that comes extra, so yes.

                                                  #30
                                                  Great news! I‘m not soooo much into the 777 but I like it to be complete A word about the expected pricing would really be appreciated in Corona-limited times.
                                                  i7-6700k, GTX 1080TI, 32GB DDR4 RAM @2666MHz, 4k
                                                  Marc Ehnle

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