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[30APR22] PMDG 737 for MSFS: Developer Update - A bit of (long) video for your Saturday Morning Coffee

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    [30APR22] PMDG 737 for MSFS: Developer Update - A bit of (long) video for your Saturday Morning Coffee


    We have just made two videos available for you via our official PMDG Simulations youtube channel. The first is short, light hearted and to the point. The second goes into some depth and represents the first of a series of very in-depth deep-dives we are taking into the options available to you as an owner of the PMDG 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

    You can view the first video here:

    And the second, longer video is here:

    Since my last update, we have narrowed the list of blockers preventing release of the 737 from four down to two. One of those blockers is this obscenity that appears now and then when landing Flaps 40. On that topic, the good news is that we managed to capture it on one of our development rigs and we were able to pull a significant amount of data from the event which we fed to Asobo to see their input.

    The investigation is ongoing, and I am not going to give any information on what we saw, what we think, or what the fix might entail- as at this juncture we simply don't know enough about what we have found to really say with clarity "it is caused by X."

    What we do know is that it happens in one specific mode of operation, but we don't yet know why or how to prevent it.

    There is a phrase I like to offer to the development team at PMDG in difficult moments: "Don't worry. We'll solve it. We always do."

    We will be hard at work on it this weekend- as will our ever hardy beta team. They are frothing at the bit to help us identify and cure this issue because they want you to see this just as much as we do.

    The good news is that we have every system at PMDG poised for the release. The moment are certain that we have a fix in hand, we will be in a position to make the airplane available for your use. My hope is to have you off on 737 adventures in time for next weekend- but this will depend entirely upon the results of our own efforts in the next few days.

    Stay tuned. We shall keep you posted.

    If you are bored in the mean-time, please do go visit our friends at Leonardo. They have created a truly wonderful MD-82 and they deserve your attention as much as any developer in the community.

    Robert S. Randazzo
    PMDG Simulations

    Yeah! First caught this on YouTube and immediately came to the forum! Thanks for the update!

    Jason Peng


      Great update rsr i ll hold 1 more week before i buy md82 if 737 coming next week i m not buying md82 for sure


        Thanks for the update. Just watched the first video, haven't had a chance to watch the second. Just wondering, as far as the view controls, will the general idea be the same for the 747 and the 777, or are we going to have to memorize new commands for each plane. Also, not being all that familiar with MSFS, how did you get to the view where you could walk around like that.
        Captain Kevin

        Kevin Yang


        • milokazz
          milokazz commented
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          I believe its done using 'alt' + arrow keys

        • RonE
          RonE commented
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          Hey Captain They more than likely will have the same default views for the other Boeings but if they don't, you could change the view for each key binding. Also at the beginning he is using the "drone" to simulate walking. I'm glad to see your making the jump from P3D.

        • Captain Kevin
          Captain Kevin commented
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          I'm just waiting for the -800 to be released, so I can test it out and see how it runs, given that I have the credit from when I bought the NGXu. I wouldn't say I'd be making a complete switch since I primarily fly the Boeing 747-400. If it works, it works. If it doesn't work out the way I like, at least I haven't wasted any money. There are certain things about MSFS that I already don't like, so we'll see how it goes.

        Good luck in fixing these last blockers!
        Stuart Breckenridge | WSSS


          Thanks for updating us. Keep up the good work
          Morten Pedersen


            Thanks Robert for the Update and I really hope you'll understand and fix the issue soon. I'll wait patiently, doesn't matter how long it takes.
            I know from experience that software development is a bitch. Just sometimes unexpected things happen last minute and then you need to decide whether you wait (and potentially put off customers) or whether you still release and potentially create a Update nightmare for everyone.

            Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
            If you are bored in the mean-time, please do go visit our friends at Leonardo. They have created a truly wonderful MD-82 and they deserve your attention as much as any developer in the community.
            Actually I was always a bit weary to try out the MD-82 to be honest. I always played with the thought to buy it, but never did as I was always concerned I wouldn't fly it often enough to satisfy the cost as I already have too many planes in my hangar to remember their procedures 😂
            But now with MSFS, my hangar builds up from scratch and luckily I have a bit more time available for learning, I really think I will give it a try as I heard so much good about Leonardo. And since I can still use my coupon for the 737-700 I also have a bit more money to spare, despite not knowing the final price yet, but in any case I get my discount.
            So, I think it is finally time for me to dive into the MD-82
            Christian Storcks


            • Crabby
              Crabby commented
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              I have had every iteration of the Leonardo MD-80. It is fun. Fun to set up. Fun to fire up. Fun to fly. It is very different from other aircraft. Don't try and hop in and go for a joy ride, you will probably not make it far. It requires a lot of TLC. They don't call it the Mad Dog for nothing. Three aircraft complete my hanger. PMDG 737, Mad Dog, and the Majestic Dash-8 when it comes out.

            • matrosov
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              Solid plane I concur Somewhat aggravating to setup though some things because of what Leonardo did others because of what Asobo did. I spent last 24 hours battling with it but she flies now. and no bugs or unwanted behavior so far. .

            • thesilentchris
              thesilentchris commented
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              Thanks for the feedback you 2.

              I already bought it but so far unexpectedly was a bit more to do than I thought, but within the next days I hope I will finally get that beauty in the air. Really looking forward to it. I can already see I will have a ton of fun.

              Yeah, this month (or better said End of April and May) seems a good time to finally get the hands on some proper planes

            Maybe next weekend will come out, let's be in a better mood.
            Tomas Zima Prague


              Great news Captain, gives me this week to fly the MD82 and 146, then the 737 all the way if all goes to plan!

              Just remembered I'm away next weekend, hey good things are worth the wait
              Last edited by EasternT3; 30Apr2022, 08:44.
              Joe Colehouse


                Thank you for the update RSR great news for my Saturday night here in Australia.

                What a big week for MSFS BAE 146, MD80 and potentially the 737 if all goes to plan. The credit card is getting a good workout this week.
                Nathan Edmunds
                Sydney NSW, Australia


                  Hope it wil be next weekend for the -700 … meaning i can buy the -800 in 3 MONTHS. Luckily there is the 146 to keep me busy all that time 😬👍

                  Dennis Heijblom


                    Good news, and patiently waiting on release whenever it's ready.


                    Clive Rose


                      Our request is simple, give you the money, give us the product, not we immediately publish this sentence repeated many times, looking forward to next weekend
                      Knight Dong


                        Can't wait! Will there be more liveries added upon release?
                        Best regards
                        Brendon Powys


                          Excellent update and the latest YouTube videos are so on point 👍. Made for easy listening and viewing over my morning cuppa 😁
                          Paul Richards


                            Brilliant news - thanks for the update and all the best to your team 👍
                            Henry Jones



                              Also love to see how you always promote your fellow developers. It helps bolster this small community we all belong to.

                              Fingers crossed and sacrifices made at the altar for a release next weekend, hopefully!
                              Cesar Perez


                                Well this is positive news indeed! Has made my Saturday morning even better I have a question, are these PMDG views customisable? What if I wanted to fly from the right hand seat for a while
                                Alaister Kay


                                  Originally posted by Captain Kevin View Post
                                  Thanks for the update. Just watched the first video, haven't had a chance to watch the second. Just wondering, as far as the view controls, will the general idea be the same for the 747 and the 777, or are we going to have to memorize new commands for each plane. Also, not being all that familiar with MSFS, how did you get to the view where you could walk around like that.
                                  The external view is Drone camera.

                                  As for the views I beleive will be the same but do not forget the 777 for example does not have an Aft overhead. You can always create your custom views as well
                                  Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                  PMDG Technical Support


                                    Nice! Hoping for a Cinco de Mayo release!
                                    Mark Guinto
                                    KSAN KNKX 🛫


                                    • FlightSimJack
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                                      That would be nice, as 5th May is my birthday so it would make a lovely present from the PMDG team 😉

                                    Does anybody have an idea as to what the other remaining blocker might be?

                                    As it wasn't detailed, I'm hoping it's not going to be a biggy.
                                    Last edited by Greyman; 30Apr2022, 10:00. Reason: First post and signature doesn't appear to be displaying. I must have missed something somewhere. :)
                                    Paul Thomas


                                    • DrFilippas
                                      DrFilippas commented
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                                      Robert had stated in his previous Developers Update that it was sound work around the trim wheel and engine/APU start - stop sounds.

                                    • Crabby
                                      Crabby commented
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                                      The remaining blocker is they are busy with the anti-gravity boots.

                                    • Crabby
                                      Crabby commented
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                                      I was wrong. Apparently, it is the shoddy windshield wiper. An in-depth discussion can be found here

                                    "My hope is to have you off on 737 adventures in time for next weekend"

                                    and that will inevitably become "Robert PROMISED" because they always do
                                    Bill Casey


                                    • rsrandazzo
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                                      Bill- Of course. I'm already seeing youtubers posting "RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED" all over youtube. I wonder what they would do if I said that at the other end of the spectrum it could be September... LOL - RSR

                                    • Ephedrin
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                                      Now PMDG doesn‘t even rule out it could take until September! Is MSFS even capable? Or what is PMDG missing?

                                    • DtotheAtotheVtotheE
                                      DtotheAtotheVtotheE commented
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                                      September? Just in time for a MSFS to break it again. 😂 Take your time folks, the 146 and Maddog are scratching that new plane itch for a little bit...

                                    Stay strong, PMDG team. You are creating a fantastic, ultra-complex piece of software for a quite unstable platform like Asobo's MSFS. That's not an easy one. I am sure you will fix the 2 blockers very, very soon. You're the best in the business!

                                    Thanks for working for us during the weekend. Just like RSR said we will enjoy the MD-82 while we wait for your beautiful 737 :-)

                                    Best regards,

                                    ​​​​​​Txurruka Ansola
                                    Last edited by txukurra; 30Apr2022, 10:25.
                                    Txurruka Ansola


                                      Wow! Thanks for the update!
                                      José Francisco Ibáñez Moreno 🇪🇸

                                      AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D // MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi // 32GB 3600Mhz RAM // XFX Merc319 AMD Radeon RX6800 XT 16GB // Windows 11


                                        Fabulous news, thanks for the update! Fingers crossed for next weekend!

                                        Philip Burke


                                          I'm going to have make sure to finish Elden Ring by next weekend, just in case, luckily Monday is a holiday! This will be the first payware add on for MSFS so I'm definitely hyped.
                                          Jared van der Berg


                                            Certainly required a 'long black' to accompany the video. Thanks...interesting and very useful
                                            Paul Bruce


                                              Thankyou Robert for the videos very informative and the 737 looks stunning.
                                              Danny Z.Cebis


                                                Originally posted by Captain Kevin View Post
                                                Also, not being all that familiar with MSFS, how did you get to the view where you could walk around like that.
                                                Hi Kevin, as Chris says, this is MSFS drone view. I’m normally a stuck in the cockpit guy but this sim provides a whole wealth of interesting new things to explore.
                                       ‘liberated’ one of my kids Xbox controllers to make the most of some of these new features 😎


                                                David Arthur


                                                  great news!
                                                  what about pricing?
                                                  BAR KUJMAN