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    [21DEC19] Winter Solstice Update

    Captains,

    For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today is the shortest daylight of the year- which makes this one of my favorite days because it means 6 months of increasing daylight. Six months ago, I spent the Summer Solstice in Greenland and for someone who has lived his whole life in the mid-latitudes I have to say that seeing the sun barely go below the horizon before coming back up was an interesting experience.

    Back to the topic at hand- I wanted to give you a quick update on what the dev team is up to and what you can expect in the next couple of weeks.

    PMDG 737NGXu Update:
    We have been hard at work on collecting, researching, correcting-or-closing a number of items reported to us here, via our tech support team, from our tech advisors and beta testers, and from our general filtering of many of the public discussion sites related to simming. Late tonight or early Sunday, I will be pushing an update to our beta team for validation- and if that goes well we will push an update to you all probably on Tuesday, or Thursday- depending upon how the schedule shakes out.

    This update is pretty pervasive- and includes a couple of system upgrades to aircraft systems that were not upgraded in time for the initial release. It also includes a big overhaul to the performance computation process in the EFB, adds in the ability for EFB to recognize and work with the 600 and 700 body airplanes, and a few other goodies.

    PMDG 737NGXu Expansion Package (737-600/700):
    This expansion package has been languishing a bit, as we had some items we wanted to complete in the Base Package update before we push this product to you. We are currently thinking it will come to you very shortly after the New Year begins. The Short Body Guppies will include the 737-600, the 737-700 (with all of it's wingtip variants) and the associated differences in the cockpit related to systems differences etc. We have a large livery inventory on standby and ready to go for this type expansion as well.

    PMDG Global Flight Operations:
    We are in the process of prepping Global Flight Operations to enter wide testing. We have spent the past four weeks bringing the production servers online, preparing them for public operation, and testing various features and changes to ensure that moving from our development sandbox to a product environment hasn't damaged anything critical. This has been challenging, as we have been doing a wide security audit along the way and that has caused use to divert development resources into areas unrelated to product implementation.

    We aren't certain how long we will run our wide testing period- but once we feel the product is ready, we will then enter an early release period in which we will invite a limited number of simmers to join up with Global Flight Operations and help us see through implementation of the initial batch of features. The goal is that Global Flight Operations will see either weekly, or bi-weekly updates with fixes, enhancements and new features being rolled in constantly- as well as compatibility with partner vendors such as Aerosoft and TFDi.

    All in all, first quarter 2020 promises to be very exciting for the Global Flight Operations product!

    PMDG 777 Updates:
    I mentioned under a different header that the announcement of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator threw our entire development process for a loop. We had a carefully mapped out strategy that got tossed out the window shortly after the MSFS announcement- and we haven't yet nailed some of those pieces back to the board yet. For example, we had planned to do a late 2019 update to the 777 product line, which was planning to add the EFB and a batch of fixes we have accumulated since the product was last updated in 2018. This didn't happen- and with all of the chaos surrounding the development transition to MSFS, it is looking like we will instead do a rollup of recent changes to the 777 and push that, without making an effort at this moment to add the EFB- as that is a very large undertaking. I don't yet have a schedule for this- but the good news is that it shouldn't be terribly difficult (famous last words of the damned!) and will be a simple distribution via the Operations Center 2.0.

    I'll let you know once I have an idea when this will happen...

    EDIT TO CLARIFY SOME CONFUSION: When I originally wrote this, a few folks thought the above paragraph was intended to indicate that we have deleted the EFB from the 777 development agenda. We have not done this. We are merely de-linking EFB from the next update cycle in order to allow non-EFB updates to the 777 to flow out to users rather than holding them while we work on EFB. (EFB is taking longer than planned due to overflow in other areas of the workflow around PMDG...) So, yes- EFB is still planned...

    PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II:
    Similarly- we have a rollup up fixes and additions for the 747 product line that we are interested to bring you. I am also trying to find some time in my schedule to update the ground physics model for 747 to use the same ground physics model adapted to the 747 computations. This will be about a week of work and my schedule is a bit jammed- but i'll see what I can do with it. Even if we cannot get the new physics model added, be watching for an update that serves as just a general cleanup of small items we have nipped off the shrubbery over the past half year.

    PMDG MD-11:
    Just because someone will ask: No.

    Porting Products to XPL:
    Just because someone will ask (might even be the same MD-11 guy): No.

    Product Release Schedule for Microsoft Flight Simulator:
    As soon as I have something I can tell you, I will.

    I think that pretty much covers it!

    I hope you all are having a nice weekend.
    Robert S. Randazzo
    PMDG Simulations
    http://www.pmdg.com



    #2
    Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
    I hope you all are having a nice weekend.
    A weekend? What's that. In any event, keep up the good work.
    Captain Kevin

    Kevin Yang

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      #3
      You know, I'm not that guy asking for an eleven.. but when I got to the 747 and I red MD-11 just below with half an eye... I certainly skipped a heartbeat.. sigh..

      Anyway.. partner TFDi? sounds interesting.. They have been VERY quiet... Maybe something will come soon... maybe something with two bi-numeric numbers in its name after that great 717... who knows.. But being partners with PMDG is certainly a good idea.

      Cheers!
      i7-6700k, GTX 1080TI, 32GB DDR4 RAM @1600MHz, 4k

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        #4
        So no EFB for the 747-400 correct?
        Jordan Collins

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          #5
          Thanks for the news. Have a nice wknd you too.
          Ivan Lewis

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            #6
            I'll take my chances and stick with my gut feeling that GFO will be next level and great. The 600/700 will.be dominate, and the well 777 update will be greatly appreciated

            As far as MS 2020...lost in the forums of hype
            Last edited by Swaluver88; 22Dec2019, 03:12.
            Alex Kulak
            PMDG Studier and flyer
            Ramp Agent

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              #7
              Rob's update just cured my obsessive lurking and refreshing of the forum. . not sure what i enjoy more, flying the aircraft or reading the updates. Happy Holiday guys.
              Onela Pivra [ATPL (A/H) ME CFII]
              [email protected] GHz, Nvidia GTX 1070, DDR4 3000 16GB

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                #8
                So I’m hopping the we can get some of these updates for a Christmas present.Right Robert?😉
                Danny Z.Cebis

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                  #9
                  Danny,

                  I'm hoping the 737 update will be pre-Christmas. Depends upon what our beta testers report back to us in terms of "did we break anything?"

                  The others will definitely be after Christmas.

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


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                  • Swaluver88
                    Swaluver88 commented
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                    I'll break it. Trust me if the Soviet Union can break a RBMK reactor, someone can break it. Lol needed a Chernobyl reference

                  • Ausflight
                    Ausflight commented
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                    Thankyou Robert looking forward to it.🙂

                  • Michael Codd
                    Michael Codd commented
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                    Wot - No JS41 or DC6? LOL

                  #10
                  thanks for the update sir. Any chance the 777 will be getting a cosmetic overhaul like PBR exterior?
                  Dave Gray

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                  • fahdriyami
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                    I’d like to know as well. Wouldn’t mind PBR and RealLight and TrueGlass on the 777.

                  #11
                  Thanks for the update Robert!
                  Let's hope that you will have time to implement new physics's model for the queen, which is well needed.
                  And Tuesday or Thursday for NGXU is nice. It's somewhat near Christmas
                  STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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                    #12
                    Thanks for the update Captain. I am looking forward to flying the updated T7 even though the EFB won't be available.
                    Whichever criteria will be required to be selected for the GFO wide testing phase, I am quite sure I will fulfill them
                    Last edited by VoyagerP3D; 22Dec2019, 10:50.
                    Christian Mbeumo BAW1138

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                      #13
                      Thanks for updating us!
                      Regards from Cologne,
                      Tobi

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                        #14
                        Any update on ops 2 fsx?

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                          #15
                          Does the new update also solve the problem with performance in VC?
                          Ronny Sasum

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                            #16
                            Will your 777 and 747 updates introduce HD textures into both product lines?
                            Yours Truly
                            Boaz Fraizer

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                              #17
                              I'm assuming that 777 update will include ACARS integration to allow for compatibility with GFO?
                              Matthew Glanden

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                                #18
                                I hope PMDG MD-11 fly again in Flight Sim...this trijet beauty is perfect...

                                another Update is very good news. Thanks, PMDG team.

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                                  #19
                                  Hi,

                                  Robert, can we expect PBR texture upgrades for the 747 and 777 cockpits in the near future? 737NGXu`s VC looks sooooo sexy.

                                  Kindest regards,
                                  Matej Stavanja

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                                  • rsrandazzo
                                    rsrandazzo commented
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                                    Matej,

                                    This is under evaluation. Our experience with a full PBR flight deck in NGXu has been of mixed results. If we can nail in place some performance improvements (read: Convince Lockheed Martin to address this processor choke point) then yes, for sure. I hesitate to push PBR into those cockpits because they are significantly more complicated from a reflective standpoint- and it could be a disaster for users with anything other than top-tier machines.

                                    Stay tuned tho- this is a dynamic decision making process.

                                    RSR

                                  #20
                                  Many thanks for the update!

                                  Any plans to include those little features like the cockpit and engine shaking into the coming PMDG 777 updates? (I really want to see those GE90's whobble around :P )

                                  Anyways merry christmas to all of you!
                                  Raoul Disteldorff,

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                                    #21
                                    Thank you for the update Robert,

                                    but ... I'm a little disappointed. Unfortunately, many announced updates or scenerys have been canceled or will not be developed further.

                                    I love to fly the PMDG 777 from the fist hour in P3D. I fly so often with this airplane and I hope I can do it for more years in my life. The only thing I miss from the first hour... Is the EFB! I'm so happy with your announcment, that you will give the EFB an update.

                                    So in the past time you released the B747 Queen of the Sky with an update to P3D v4 and you released the B747-8I with PBR & a EFB. Last month the B737 came out for the P3D with PBR & a EFB, too...

                                    I am not a programmer or a developer... but I was just expecting from you that the announced EFB for the B777 gets released. I wouldn't have a problem, if you'd say:
                                    development costs etc... us users have to pay a little extra if the user wants a EFB in his cockpit.

                                    There is currently no good Take Off and Landing Performance tool at this time. The tool Topcat is getting old and in the future no updates are going to be available.

                                    Please! Reconsider your apology... if there is a possibility for the EFB in B777. I believe that many users see it the same way and would be happy about the EFB.

                                    Best Regards
                                    Stephan

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                                    • rsrandazzo
                                      rsrandazzo commented
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                                      Stephan,

                                      EFB is still going into 777. It is taking longer than we expected. So we are de-linking the next 777 update and the EFB implementation in order to avoid holding back other areas of progress until we can cleave enough dev time free to finish the EFB implementation.

                                      Does that make more sense? (Admittedly- that isn't clear in my original post, sorry)

                                      RSR

                                    #22
                                    Originally posted by RS271181 View Post
                                    Does the new update also solve the problem with performance in VC?
                                    Don't expect anything special....
                                    STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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                                      #23
                                      Originally posted by mglan80 View Post
                                      I'm assuming that 777 update will include ACARS integration to allow for compatibility with GFO?
                                      I think it will have ACARS function.
                                      STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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                                      • rsrandazzo
                                        rsrandazzo commented
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                                        Stefan,

                                        Correct- it will.

                                        RSR

                                      #24
                                      Originally posted by skytatoo View Post
                                      Hi,

                                      Robert, can we expect PBR texture upgrades for the 747 and 777 cockpits in the near future? 737NGXu`s VC looks sooooo sexy.

                                      Kindest regards,
                                      Matej Stavanja
                                      Boeing 747's already have PBR cockpit,to my knowledge...
                                      STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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                                      • mglan80
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                                        They do not.

                                      #25
                                      Originally posted by Delta061hamatl View Post
                                      Thank you for the update Robert,

                                      but ... I'm a little disappointed. Unfortunately, many announced updates or scenerys have been canceled or will not be developed further.

                                      I love to fly the PMDG 777 from the fist hour in P3D. I fly so often with this airplane and I hope I can do it for more years in my life. The only thing I miss from the first hour... Is the EFB! I'm so happy with your announcment, that you will give the EFB an update.

                                      So in the past time you released the B747 Queen of the Sky with an update to P3D v4 and you released the B747-8I with PBR & a EFB. Last month the B737 came out for the P3D with PBR & a EFB, too...

                                      I am not a programmer or a developer... but I was just expecting from you that the announced EFB for the B777 gets released. I wouldn't have a problem, if you'd say:
                                      development costs etc... us users have to pay a little extra if the user wants a EFB in his cockpit.

                                      There is currently no good Take Off and Landing Performance tool at this time. The tool Topcat is getting old and in the future no updates are going to be available.

                                      Please! Reconsider your apology... if there is a possibility for the EFB in B777. I believe that many users see it the same way and would be happy about the EFB.

                                      Best Regards
                                      Stephan
                                      I do agree with you. Highly disappointed too. But, hey that's life, we need to wait. Hopefully CPDLC and PDC capabilities will become a standard in PMDG airplanes soon. FSLABS is taking the "lead" on immersion experience
                                      Christian Mbeumo BAW1138

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                                        #26
                                        Was there ever a price announcement on the -600/700 expansion? (I can't seem to find it if there was...assuming similar to the NGX?)

                                        Will there be MSFS2020 promotion on it too? (pretty please?)
                                        Ron Yan

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                                          #27
                                          Originally posted by Stefan_888 View Post

                                          Boeing 747's already have PBR cockpit,to my knowledge...
                                          Hi Stefan. If I am not mistaken it`s got the PBR treatment only on the outside. VC is still a standard one. I could we wrong of course...

                                          Matej Stavanja

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                                            #28
                                            I have been irreparably spoiled by the realism that the NGXu tiller steering feature brings to my simulation.

                                            I hope that this feature will eventually be added to the other aircraft of the PMDG fleet.

                                            There has to be a: "copy tiller from NGXu and paste to <choose>" feature in the PMDG drawer of tricks. Isn't there?

                                            Happy holidays and an (surely!) exciting new year to all.

                                            Roberto
                                            Roberto Stopnicki
                                            Toronto, Canada

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                                            • rsrandazzo
                                              rsrandazzo commented
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                                              Roberto-

                                              I have a few things here at the house- i FINALLY managed to get out to the hangar two weeks ago. (Workload on NGXu was so high, we still haven't unpacked the DC-3 from our return from Europe on 22JUN... if that gives you any idea how bad things have been...)

                                              With Christmas calming down- I'll shoot you a package. Promises are important. :-)

                                              Merry Christmas!

                                              RSR

                                            #29
                                            Just curious, is the JS41 for P4D project pretty much on hold indefinitely, or has it been brought out back into the woods old yeller style? I know the fms they were using got 64bit compatibility quite some time ago. Would just like to know if I should remain hopeful or move on.
                                            Darren Klenk

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                                              #30
                                              How about L-NAV update we haven't heard anything about that?
                                              STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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                                              • Michael Codd
                                                Michael Codd commented
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                                                It's still a WIP according to RSR.

                                              • rsrandazzo
                                                rsrandazzo commented
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                                                Stefan,

                                                VERY much a work in progress. Currently touches about five different developers, but like all things major and at-the-core it takes time.
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