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    [15OCT19] Silence, Suspicion and the World of Flight Simming...

    Captains,

    Since our beginning in 1997, PMDG has generally been pretty talkative about the goings on in/out of the company and specifically our development cycle and what to expect in that regard.

    More than a few of you have noticed that we really haven't told you much of anything of late- and it has become a point of concern in a few corners. I thought I would pop up to let you know that things are actually going quite well and while we are being quiet about our workflow and our plans, the silence comes from a good place and brings nothing to be concerned about.

    The simming community thrives on information and one of the reasons we have always been fairly free-flowing with information is to make sure you know what you can look forward to from PMDG during the next year-or-so looking forward. We always have the next five years planned out- and I am constantly reminding the team where we are with regard to the various mileposts along the way- and at certain mileposts we share information with you to get you excited about things that are going on, or about to release.

    Generally speaking, there are three things that keep us quiet, to include having nothing to say, having lots to say but not having the authority to say it and having something to say but feeling that it is important to wait until the right moment to say it for strategic and/or marketing reasons.

    Since the spring, we have been subject to two of those three and I can assure you that our silence is NOT driven by the fact that we have nothing to say. In fact, quite the opposite: Our silence is hard-fought and has caused me to naturally fade-out a bit because I'm feeling a bit like the kid who knows what you are getting as a birthday gift but can't wait to tell you anyway. Rather than accidentally say something I shouldn't, I have faded to the back of the room a bit to observe and hope nobody notices I'm here. (Which is kinda what I do in real life anyway... If you have ever hung with me at an airshow or an event... So it is sorta funny!)

    Bottom line is that we have plenty to tell you, plenty we are very excited about, and we are working diligently in the background on some things that you are really going to enjoy. (Currently most members of the team are working 12h/day 6 or 7 days a week and we have a percentage of the dev team working at all times, 24h a day... It is an interesting time to be on the PMDG team- for reasons that we will discuss at a later date...)

    Okay- so yet another message in which I tell you a bunch of stuff and nothing at all at the same time... but I wanted you to know things are going very well.



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



    #2
    100% cant wait til November's monthly update now... alright back to regular life errands and schedule now

    Thank you for this update
    Alex Kulak
    PMDG Studier and flyer
    Ramp Agent

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      #3
      You like to tease us mr Randazzo!
      TP Elven
      Norway

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        #4
        Sounds promising!
        Christopher Stolzke

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          #5
          There are many ways to interpret the info above from RR. The way I read it, really makes me look forward to flight simming in 2020.
          Roar Kristensen
          www.flightsim4fun.com
          Home Cockpit software developer

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            #6
            Glad to hear all is well... but working 24 hour shifts at PMDG... damn this better be good😆.
            Zsolt Szivak

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              #7
              Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
              (Which is kinda what I do in real life anyway... If you have ever hung with me at an airshow or an event... So it is sorta funny!)
              To those of you who haven't caught us at shows, this is very true...
              Kyle Rodgers
              PMDG Simulations

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                #8
                Thanks for your time and effort to share current situation at PMDG, hopefully PMDG devs wil be paid for overtime work.
                Hahah just kidding wish you and other team members best of luck,and we are waiting for some GFO NG3 or LNAV update sneek peak
                STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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                  #9
                  Thankyou for the update i have always known that when you are keeping something from us for long period of time it’s always worth the wait.
                  Danny Z.Cebis

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the update and for the continued opportunity to engage in PMDG Kremlinology... eagerly awaiting your next post so we can see who's standing next to whom on the reviewing stand...

                    Friends of a certain age will know what I mean...

                    And seriously... it's fun to try to figure this out, so keep the hints coming...
                    Alan Ampolsk
                    __________________________________________

                    "Ah, Paula, they are firing at me!" -- Saint-Exupery

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                      having lots to say but not having the authority to say it
                      Oh come on, you know we won't tell it to anyone, so that...well...you know Who...will never know that we know what you know, that is of course already known by known people...you know?!

                      😎

                      Last edited by rheinis; 16Oct2019, 07:01.
                      Robin Heinis FSX-SE (DX10)..PMDG MD-11/NGX/777/747.."PMDG made EZ" (EZdok/ChasePlane profile pack)..the usual addons..PC specs: Intel i7 4790K ..GTX1080..16 GB..W7 64bit

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                        #12
                        I'm thankful to know things have not been put on wait and see hold over the new sim so many seem to have gone into a spasmodic frenzy over. Looking forward to NG3 and many more years of PMDG innovations and productions!
                        Victor Green

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                          #13
                          Well...Ooook. Thanks! but...whatisitwhatisitwhatisit!!!!!
                          Curtis Smith

                          KSUS/1H0

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                            #14
                            I can see on my ND the T of D means prep. for landing briefing!
                            I am happy with all the aircrafts you've have made and I am confident the next project is going to be BIG!

                            regards,

                            Rolando Olmo
                            http://downloads.pmdg.com/forum/Sign..._777_Pilot.jpg
                            Last edited by PelicanEagle; 16Oct2019, 19:03.
                            Rolando Olmo

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                              #15
                              I am happy with my 747 fir now. I have all the PMDG Boeings but love the 747 the best. I can wait.
                              Paul Gugliotta
                              United 257 heavy

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                                #16
                                I hope Microsoft will soon reveal (or will allow you guys to reveal) what you are working on. Can´t wait!
                                Also, while you may not want to admit it, I imagine your five year schedule got turned upside down after that E3 trailer of the FS2020
                                - Jan Reinecke

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                                  #17
                                  Cheers for lil update. Watching this space as always.
                                  Daniel Glover

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                                    Currently most members of the team are working 12h/day 6 or 7 days a week and we have a percentage of the dev team working at all times, 24h a day...
                                    If these figures are indeed correct, then I feel sorry for the team... I more than appreciate the effort towards new and exciting products, but these hours are excessive (and in fact against the law in some countries). Allow yourselves some downtime.
                                    Regards,
                                    Marius Stach

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by StachM View Post
                                      If these figures are indeed correct, then I feel sorry for the team... I more than appreciate the effort towards new and exciting products, but these hours are excessive (and in fact against the law in some countries). Allow yourselves some downtime.
                                      You've never driven a truck in the United States, then. Here, you can work 14 hours a day, but can only drive 11 hours a day. In an 8-day period, you can work 70 hours. How's that for excessive hours.
                                      Captain Kevin

                                      Kevin Yang

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                                      • MattSweet
                                        MattSweet commented
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                                        And I suppose that all depends on whether or not your truck is equipped with an ELD....

                                      • Captain Kevin
                                        Captain Kevin commented
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                                        Hours of service is still the same whether you're on ELDs or paper logs. For the purpose of this discussion, I'm not going to take into consideration the people who falsify paper logs and drive more than they should. That said, once middle of December hits, everyone needs to be on ELDs anyway.

                                      #20
                                      Originally posted by StachM View Post

                                      If these figures are indeed correct, then I feel sorry for the team... I more than appreciate the effort towards new and exciting products, but these hours are excessive (and in fact against the law in some countries). Allow yourselves some downtime.
                                      None of this is truly mandated. We all get work done that needs to get done. Sometimes, there are high workload periods that we push though - sometimes not. There have been days that I stayed up to work off and on for about 24 hours before finally laying down to sleep, simply because I was on a code roll. Some days, I knock out lower level tasks and call it a day.

                                      To be clear, RSR's comment about 24 hours refers more to the fact that - given shifts in time zones - one of us is awake and working, regardless of the time of day in any specific location. By the time our guys on the West Coast are getting to bed, a lot of our guys in Europe are already back up and working.

                                      This is nothing like what people see or talk about in game dev environments.
                                      Kyle Rodgers
                                      PMDG Simulations

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                                      • DDowns
                                        DDowns commented
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                                        When there is work to do one works until it's done. Sounds like my past military career where sometimes it would get slow and quiet and taking afternoons off was common; however, there were times when it was hitting the fan and we didn't go home. I had a sofa in my office that was my bed, and I was a lucky one that got to stay in the home office when most of my combat unit took very long airplane rides in cargo haulers to set up bases over there. It was these periods of hard work and dedication that were the high points of my career and I'm sure most retirees would agree.

                                      #21
                                      Originally posted by Captain Kevin View Post
                                      You've never driven a truck in the United States, then. Here, you can work 14 hours a day, but can only drive 11 hours a day. In an 8-day period, you can work 70 hours. How's that for excessive hours.
                                      Brother, I know where you're coming from.
                                      Victor Green

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                                        #22
                                        Originally posted by Lanica View Post
                                        Brother, I know where you're coming from.
                                        And not to mention the inconsistent hours. For instance, it is now 01:12 AM, and I am about to go to work right now.
                                        Captain Kevin

                                        Kevin Yang

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                                          #23
                                          Originally posted by StachM View Post

                                          If these figures are indeed correct, then I feel sorry for the team... I more than appreciate the effort towards new and exciting products, but these hours are excessive (and in fact against the law in some countries). Allow yourselves some downtime.
                                          Entrepreneurs have no downtime, or they're failed entrepreneurs.
                                          Dan Cole

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                                            #24
                                            Nameless-

                                            Please sign your posts in this forum... we require it per our forum guidelines posted at the top. (And welcome, by the way!)

                                            A half dozen years ago, I was running PMDG and also a consulting company that I founded. I don't think I have ever been that busy, or spent that much time on the phone/email/computer. In the midst of it, it was never lost on me how much I was enjoying myself and how fortunate I was to be home with my wife and daughter and engaged in their day-to-day lives because my office (at the time) was 2 blocks walking distance from the place we rented while looking for a house in the DC area.

                                            I was chatting with one of the lawyers supporting the consulting firm and he observed that the interesting thing about running your own business is that you will gladly work 120hrs a week in order to avoid working 40hrs for someone else.

                                            That has always rung true to me- and I think it does for all of the PMDG team. We go through bursts of this... It comes with being part of a globally diverse team- and the flip side to the coin is that are rarely schedule driven and we can work from anywhere. And we do.

                                            It is good work if you can get it!

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


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                                              #25
                                              Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                                              Nameless-
                                              You trademarked this yet?

                                              Jonathan Bleeker

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                                                #26
                                                Originally posted by JB3DG View Post

                                                You trademarked this yet?
                                                Probably Soon™
                                                Robin Heinis FSX-SE (DX10)..PMDG MD-11/NGX/777/747.."PMDG made EZ" (EZdok/ChasePlane profile pack)..the usual addons..PC specs: Intel i7 4790K ..GTX1080..16 GB..W7 64bit

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                                                  #27
                                                  This is "my interpretation" of Mr. Randazzo's above Oct15 post....after reading it several hundred times....I think he's trying to tell us that the MD11 will release for P3Dv4 in November and for MSFS2020 next holiday season......that's the vibe i get in his post....am i right or wrong?


                                                  Harry Giannias

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                                                    #28
                                                    Originally posted by HarryCYUL View Post
                                                    This is "my interpretation" of Mr. Randazzo's above Oct15 post....after reading it several hundred times....I think he's trying to tell us that the MD11 will release for P3Dv4 in November and for MSFS2020 next holiday season......that's the vibe i get in his post....am i right or wrong?


                                                    Harry Giannias
                                                    You're right. It's also saying between the lines that with the release of MFS2020, the 777 will be released for it with all the latest updates and features
                                                    ​​
                                                    Joona Väisänen

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                                                      #29
                                                      The bit you missed (it was really subtle, so I understand) was that the 727 will hit the virtual shelves before the triple.
                                                      Mike Dryden

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                                                        #30
                                                        Thanks for the update Robert


                                                        Steve Forgacs
                                                        Last edited by Twistgrip; 23Oct2019, 22:43.
                                                        Steve Forgacs
                                                        IFR Offshore Helicopter Pilot
                                                        Australia

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