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[31JUL21] PMDG DC-6 Updated to v2.00.0035 via PMDG Operations Center

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    [31JUL21] PMDG DC-6 Updated to v2.00.0035 via PMDG Operations Center

    Captains,

    A few moments ago we released another update for the PMDG DC-6 for MSFS via the Operations Center.

    This update is primarily targeted at visual aspects of the PMDG DC-6 that were incorrectly exported in build 33, but also includes a couple of minor fixes in our ongoing maintenance of the product and curative efforts for some of the things that changed with the large MSFS platform update released this week.

    I mentioned in in my post earlier this week that PMDG was admitted to the test program for the new MSFS update with only a few days to prep the DC-6 for the transition. We missed some key documentation changes related to Asobo's SDK, and this caused us to accidentally export the DC-6 cockpit at lower resolution than normal, which created some really bad visuals in the VC. This update cures that problem by putting the cockpit back to the correct resolution.

    We have implemented something that we *think* fixes the problem of the randomly spinning volume knob on the Asobo GPS used in the DC-6. We aren't sure why that knob is an issue, but we were able to implement a way to make it stop spinning, which then unsticks the AFE who was getting hung up by that particular artifact.

    Also included in this update:
    * Level-of-detail (LOD) fixes for the exterior
    * Overhauled the cabin heating/cooling system for correctness
    * Cabin pressurization fixes
    * Engine health display fixes

    We have other items we are still working on, but thought it was important to get you this update in time for your weekend flying!

    One last item I want to touch on: I mentioned in my previous post that we had reported back to Asobo that in their last build prior to platform update, we saw a significant drop in performance in the DC-6. Continuing discussion with Asobo has shown that we weren't not imagining this change- there was indeed a change made to the release version of the MSFS platform that took performance away from the DC-6.

    Asobo indicated that they turned off a particular rendering channel because it needed more time in development to solve a few problems, and it just happens that the DC-6 benefits significantly from this particular channel- hence we saw the loss of performance in the release build. The good news, however, is that they were able to resolve the issues they were experiencing, and this channel is expected to be reactivated in a subsequent update from Asobo- and then you will see a pretty significant boost in performance with the DC-6.

    So- good things still to come!

    We hope you all have a very nice weekend,
    Robert S. Randazzo
    PMDG Simulations
    http://www.pmdg.com



    #2
    Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
    The good news, however, is that they were able to resolve the issues they were experiencing, and this channel is expected to be reactivated in a subsequent update from Asobo- and then you will see a pretty significant boost in performance with the DC-6.
    Looking forwards to it! Hopefully they'll have resolved the air temperature issue in the same update so I can go back to my regular flying.
    Cesar Perez

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      #3
      Can you address the inability for some users to turn on the gyropilot?

      I really don't think I'm doing anything wrong, it worked a treat in SU4. And I have reinstalled the aircraft twice. It could have to do with the inverter changes mentioned in the latest update? If anyone can let me know what I'm doing wrong I'd really appreciate and learn from it. The gyropilot main switch will NOT move up 99% of the time I try it, it only works intermittently.

      Regards,
      William Bomfrein
      Last edited by bf03; 31Jul2021, 04:51.

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      • rsrandazzo
        rsrandazzo commented
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        William- We are not seeing widespread reports of problems, which usually happens if there is a problem/nonconformity in the software. It could be a couple of things. Have you tried setting the autopilot engagement limits to the easy setting to see if that cures the issue? If it does- that would indiicate to me that you have a control deflection going on that is large enough that it is triggering the "out of balance" limiter and kicking the gyropilot off.... - RSR

      #4
      Awesome bday gift for me
      Alex Kulak
      PMDG Studier and flyer

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      • rsrandazzo
        rsrandazzo commented
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        Happy Birthday. You have no idea how hard it was to ensure we did this in your honor. LOL - RSR

      #5
      This is some great news. Always impressed by the amazing support of PMDG! Keep up the great work!
      Brian Kromer

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        #6
        Thanks for another wonderful update and great support as always. What a wonderful plane! Will be good to see this whole Update 5 fiasco with MSFS to get ironed out so we can all go back to doing what we are here to do, fly.

        -- John Spedding

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          #7
          Originally posted by bf03 View Post
          Can you address the inability for some users to turn on the gyropilot?

          I really don't think I'm doing anything wrong, it worked a treat in SU4. And I have reinstalled the aircraft twice. It could have to do with the inverter changes mentioned in the latest update? If anyone can let me know what I'm doing wrong I'd really appreciate and learn from it. The gyropilot main switch will NOT move up 99% of the time I try it, it only works intermittently.

          Regards,
          William Bomfrein
          If you mean the left switch above fuel and carb levers. You have to have mechanical switch off, turnwheel centered and function selector set to most left meaning the gyro position. After you have all those set, you can move the switch up. If there is an error while using it, you have to reset everything again to start using it.
          Riku Tuhkanen

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            #8
            Originally posted by Persojet View Post

            If you mean the left switch above fuel and carb levers. You have to have mechanical switch off, turnwheel centered and function selector set to most left meaning the gyro position. After you have all those set, you can move the switch up. If there is an error while using it, you have to reset everything again to start using it.
            Thanks for the reply, I made sure the turnwheel was centered, function to gyropilot, and clutch off. However it still would not engage. However at Mr. Randazzo's suggestion I tried turning realistic AP engagement off and it works fine. I'm still not sure what I am doing wrong, but no worries now.

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              #9
              rsrandazzo you guys are simply amazing! PMDG sets the bar for everyone in development for quality, reliability, accuracy, and service!
              Warmest Regards,
              -Jim Engelke

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                #10
                Many thanks for the update and patch Rob, just in time for the weekend.

                Nice to see the cockpit textures make a welcome return, I can also confirm the spinning GPS dial is cured as is the external skin model on my install, she now has her cockpit door back and all is good.

                Only thing I did notice, which you may already be aware of, is the external position lights and the flashing beacon light still don't work from an external view point. Landing lights do work great though.

                Once again great work, and many thanks to you and the team at PMDG for all your support, dedication and timely updates. Much appreciated.
                Pete Simpson
                EGTC

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                  #11
                  I got the spinning volume dial still when I swapped to radios and then back to GPS :/ still great job on the updates, keep em coming!

                  Can't wait to get on the 737 or even see it in action on the YouTube channel
                  Riku Tuhkanen

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                    #12
                    737 closer now????






                    Last edited by MSFS Cardiff; 31Jul2021, 18:10.
                    Sam, MSFS Cardiff

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                    • Sandhill
                      Sandhill commented
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                      On topic award

                    #13
                    Thanks, GREAT work!
                    St3ve Elder

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                      #14
                      This is great news our VC looks much better Thank you for this update PMDG Team! however, I got a problem with Pan American livery she does not want to work. The engines do not start up so this update didn't fix it?? Do you guys have this livery installed and have the same problem?

                      Regards,
                      Rolando
                      Rolando Olmo

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                        #15
                        Originally posted by PelicanEagle View Post
                        This is great news our VC looks much better Thank you for this update PMDG Team! however, I got a problem with Pan American livery she does not want to work. The engines do not start up so this update didn't fix it?? Do you guys have this livery installed and have the same problem?

                        Regards,
                        Rolando
                        Did you try repairing the engines? The livery is just a "skin" the code is the same for all planes.
                        Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                        PMDG Technical Support
                        http://www.pmdg.com

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                          #16
                          Originally posted by bf03 View Post

                          Thanks for the reply, I made sure the turnwheel was centered, function to gyropilot, and clutch off. However it still would not engage. However at Mr. Randazzo's suggestion I tried turning realistic AP engagement off and it works fine. I'm still not sure what I am doing wrong, but no worries now.
                          In "realistic AP engagement" mode there is also to so-called erection cycle that lasts two minutes after power is supplied. The gyropilot switch will not engage during that two minute period.
                          Regards,
                          Chris

                          Chris Powell
                          PMDG Simulations
                          http://www.pmdg.com

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                            #17
                            Thankyou for the update Robert and team great news.
                            Danny Z.Cebis

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                              #18
                              Originally posted by cbpowell View Post
                              there is also to so-called erection cycle
                              I'm sorry, I have to ask, they actually call it that? Oh, dear.
                              Captain Kevin

                              Kevin Yang

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                              • DDowns
                                DDowns commented
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                                Alright young man, of course it refers to the time it takes for a gyroscope to spin up and become rigid. What else could it be?

                              • Captain Kevin
                                Captain Kevin commented
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                                Probably not a question you want to be asking.

                              #19
                              Originally posted by Captain Kevin View Post
                              I'm sorry, I have to ask, they actually call it that? Oh, dear.
                              Yes they do...
                              Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                              PMDG Technical Support
                              http://www.pmdg.com

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                                #20
                                Originally posted by cbpowell View Post

                                In "realistic AP engagement" mode there is also to so-called erection cycle that lasts two minutes after power is supplied. The gyropilot switch will not engage during that two minute period.
                                What do you mean by, “after power is supplied”?
                                Cesar Perez

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                                  #21
                                  Originally posted by Vicinian View Post

                                  What do you mean by, “after power is supplied”?
                                  The Sperry A-12 autopilot uses AC power, and it is supplied by Inverter #2. So from the time the inverter is turned on (and it has DC power) it takes two minutes for the AP to become operational ready.
                                  Dan Downs KCRP
                                  i7-10700K 32GB 3600MHz 2080Ti

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                                    #22
                                    Originally posted by DDowns View Post

                                    The Sperry A-12 autopilot uses AC power, and it is supplied by Inverter #2. So from the time the inverter is turned on (and it has DC power) it takes two minutes for the AP to become operational ready.
                                    Ahh alright. Thanks for the help! Unfortunately it seems this countdown happens also when starting your flight in the air, where the system has already been receiving power presumably for longer than 2 minutes. Hopefully this will be addressed at some point.
                                    Cesar Perez

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                                    • DDowns
                                      DDowns commented
                                      Editing a comment
                                      If you put it on a support ticket the odds are higher it will be.

                                    • Vicinian
                                      Vicinian commented
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                                      That’s a good point, I’ll do that.

                                    #23
                                    After MSFS and DC-6 updates I see a rectangle spot pink color from the Cockpit. Is it normal?
                                    Patricio Valdes
                                    Attached Files

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                                    • tushka
                                      tushka commented
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                                      This is where the aircraft registration is usually displayed. Try to re-install the specific livery in order to fix it, as it could be related to this

                                    #24
                                    Found a missing texture to fix the aircraft registration of the LAN livery.

                                    Patricio Valdes
                                    Attached Files

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                                      #25
                                      used the Ops Center but no update showing there..

                                      David

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                                        #26
                                        I see there is to be another hotfix released from Asobo either Friday this week or Monday next week.

                                        Regarding Your Feedback + Upcoming Hotfix - Community / News and Announcements - Microsoft Flight Simulator Forums

                                        Is there any info from Asobo regarding the reactivation of the rendering channel with this hotfix that affects our DC-6 performance? They mentioned the CRJ issue in the post, but nothing regarding the DC-6.
                                        Pete Simpson
                                        EGTC

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                                          #27
                                          The Gyropilot and Garmin1000 Nav system (analog/digital) in an old AP system; wow PMDG does this very well indeed!, but I bet you this is not easy to make in real time to coupling OLD sinchros sensing (RVDTs, LVDTs) and Garmin GPS Nav systems. Lot of problems in an avionics Old Vdc to Inverters systems for Engineers to fix it. I love it, how PMDG emulates this old tech into the digital Nav system. I think those planes in the grandpa's time, they used lot of vaccum tubes Transistors and Diodes LOL where you have to WAIT LONG time for them to work! (I remember my TV set back in the 70's waiting for the screen to be alive) This is in response to some great comments about Gyropilots in this threat it is amazing how to simulate this great old planes as realistic they were when most of us were not born yet LOL

                                          Regards,
                                          Rolando
                                          Rolando Olmo

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                                          • DDowns
                                            DDowns commented
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                                            No transistors or diodes in the aircraft (other than the newish radios and transponder). Diodes in this vintage were vacuum tubes, I think selenium rectifiers were around, but unreliable. Silicon diodes came along in the 60s.

                                          #28
                                          Waiting for 737!!!😃😃😃

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                                            #29
                                            I need the 737 in my life, would love to see it working or even mor pictures, after asbos mess, we could do with an uplift

                                            Regards
                                            Nathaniel

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