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[23JUN20] Some notes on the pending HF2 update from Lockheed Martin and what to expect from PMDG

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    [23JUN20] Some notes on the pending HF2 update from Lockheed Martin and what to expect from PMDG

    Captains,

    We have been holding updates to the 737 and 747 product lines, pending the release of the Prepar3D v5 HF2 update.

    It seems that this update has been giving the dev team at Lockheed Martin some fits, which is frustration we can certainly appreciate as fellow developers.

    In an effort to clearly communicate expectations, I want to be sure you have a clear understanding of what we are waiting on, and what our timeline looks like to release these two updates we have pending. We are waiting on the HF2 update because some of the changes that Lockheed Martin is making impact the appearance of dynamic lighting within the sim. We have gone through a few iterations of HF2, which caused us to have to re-shuffle changes in the lighting system, so we elected to sit on our hands until the final version of HF2 is available so that we can make a last round of changes without concern that further changes would be required after it lands on your machine.

    We will get the release version of HF2 at the same time all of you receive it. We will then need a bit of time to go through and review a dozen or so different areas where we know changes have taken place in order to validate that changes are-or-are-not required in our products. Depending upon what we find, this might take a few hours or it might take a few days. Once we have our changes made, we will push final versions of our updates out to our beta teams in order to allow them to validate that we didn't break anything during the final adjustments.

    Once we are comfortable that we have a solid update build we will push them out to you. This will happen sometime in the 4-14 day window from when we get the RTM. (It is a wide window because we don't often know what we are getting in fixes to the platform and it is does require quite a bit of checking...)

    The 747 update will come to you in the form of a micro-update via Operations Center.

    The 737 update will be a full re-install because we are adding the P5D platform to that product line concurrent with this update.

    While this is going on, we are not sitting still- there is a TON of work going on behind the scenes that I am unable to detail for you. In addition to that work, we are also building a sizeable update for 777 as previous discussed, working on PMDG Global Flight Operations and the BBJ/BBJ2 and 737 Cargo variants expansion packages for the NGXu product lines.

    Lots of things happening...

    We'll be in touch once we have a bit more clarity on the HF2 release.

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



    #2
    Thank you for the announcement and appreciate all the hard work will wait patiently best regards

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      #3
      Thanks for the update Rob 😀
      Daniel Lai Lam - FSPP

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        #4
        Thank you very much! Having a timeline is very reassuring 😊
        It must be hard having to change plans and sometimes dump some work every time LM pushes an update...
        Giovanni D. Tarar
        FAA CPL+IR Single & Multiengine Land
        I love flying when I'm in a bad mood

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          #5
          This is why PMDG is the best of the best. all you do is perfect! and it is worth to be patience and wait and therefore, I can't wait for all of these information to be in 0's and 1's codes flowing into my machine haha

          Best regards,

          Rolando Olmo
          Rolando Olmo

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            #6
            Thanks for the update Robert. I'm sure all of the changes will be worth the wait. And how tired are you guys of dealing with lighting issues
            Dan Morand
            i7-7700k OC 4.8, 16GB RAM, EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

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              #7
              Im just glad that the 777 update is chugging along Thanks!

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                #8
                Always good to get an update from Robert,
                Jude Bradley
                System specs: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, i9-9900KF Gigabyte Z390, RTX-2070, 32GB RAM Prepar3D V5 X-Plane 11.50

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                  #9
                  Thanks a lot, Robert.
                  Thimote Brunot
                  PMDG 737 & 777

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                    #10
                    Thanks for keeping us informed. It really helps my expectations of the release of the 737 for P3DV5.

                    Greg
                    Greg Morin
                    Commercial ASMEL Instrument CFI

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                      #11
                      Thanks for the update. I appreciate it!
                      Robert Sutherland

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                        #12
                        How much of tons is going on in the background? Something between 264,500 lb / 119,950 kg and 298,700 lb / 135,500 kg?
                        Would perfectly fit for a Boeing 787 Dreamleiner

                        Thx for the update!
                        Timm Rehberg
                        Twitch Stream | V1 Simulations Blog

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                          #13
                          Thanks for the update, hope the NGxU will get the default P3D Steering option soon too like the Queen
                          Alexis Nguyen

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                            #14
                            Thanks for the update, Robert. Glad to hear that you guys are working hard and that a lot of work is being done.
                            Last edited by Anton Vind; 23Jun2020, 13:28.
                            Anton Vind
                            CPU: i9-9900K, GPU: RTX 2080 SUPER, RAM: 32 GB DDR4 3600 MHz, Drives: 1 TB SSD / 1 TB HDD

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                              #15
                              Thank you PMDG!!

                              Eugene Warrick
                              Eugene Warrick

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                                #16
                                Will reinstall be required for those of us who are on 4.5? Will the updates that your waiting for for v5 be noticeable in v4.5 seeIng a lot of the talk is pertains to v5 and dynamic lights. A lot of us in the community have lost faith in v5 and are content to remain on the previous version while the bugs continue to be worked out. I hope HF2 is the fix all but lately Lockheed Martin hasn’t been going so well when it comes to fixes. Thanks for the update.
                                Last edited by Wise87; 23Jun2020, 13:47.
                                Dan Moore

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                                  #17
                                  Glad to hear that the 777 and GFO hasn't been forgotten. I personally can't wait for the 777 to finally get the much-needed update, and most of all, for GFO's release.

                                  Craig Norman
                                  Craig Norman

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Wise87 View Post
                                    Will reinstall be required for those of us who are on 4.5?
                                    Fairly certain that it will require full reinstallation regardless of P3D version
                                    Anton Vind
                                    CPU: i9-9900K, GPU: RTX 2080 SUPER, RAM: 32 GB DDR4 3600 MHz, Drives: 1 TB SSD / 1 TB HDD

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                                      #19
                                      Why not just release the update for v4.5? Most people didn't even switch to v5 since it's a broken mess and still needs a ton of work. The NGXu has had broken autobrakes for how long now?
                                      Bogdan Misko

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                                        #20
                                        Thanks Captain. Hope LM can get the issues sorted soon and we can all get on to enjoying the new updates 😀
                                        Jeff Hendershot

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                                          #21
                                          Originally posted by Airhunter View Post
                                          Why not just release the update for v4.5? Most people didn't even switch to v5 since it's a broken mess and still needs a ton of work. The NGXu has had broken autobrakes for how long now?
                                          I agree. I'm waiting for the taxi improvements like they incorporated in the 747. Other then that I'm happy with the NGXu. Unfortunately 4.5 users will have to wait for v5HF2 and PMDG is not the only developer holding up updates until HF2 is released .
                                          Dan Moore

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                                            #22
                                            Originally posted by Airhunter View Post
                                            Why not just release the update for v4.5? Most people didn't even switch to v5 since it's a broken mess and still needs a ton of work. The NGXu has had broken autobrakes for how long now?
                                            Because the installer is one for both sims. And there are fixes for both sims in it.
                                            Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                            PMDG Technical Support
                                            http://www.pmdg.com

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                                              #23
                                              Good thing HF2 just dropped :P
                                              Mark Roberts

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                                                #24
                                                Add my thanks to you all at PMDG.
                                                Many Thanks,
                                                Chris Stanley VTCC

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                                                  #25
                                                  Hopefully the hydraulics sound issue and the autobrake issue will be fixed with this upcoming update.
                                                  Cheers,
                                                  Jeroen Eekhof

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                                                    #26
                                                    Think the autobrakes are fixed. As for the hydraulic sounds, I think they are planning on recording new ones
                                                    Anton Vind
                                                    CPU: i9-9900K, GPU: RTX 2080 SUPER, RAM: 32 GB DDR4 3600 MHz, Drives: 1 TB SSD / 1 TB HDD

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                                                      #27
                                                      Originally posted by Frontier View Post
                                                      Hopefully the hydraulics sound issue and the autobrake issue will be fixed with this upcoming update.
                                                      A/B is fixed the revised hydraulic sounds not yet
                                                      Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                                      PMDG Technical Support
                                                      http://www.pmdg.com

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                                                        #28
                                                        Chris, out of curiosity, why does the hydraulic sounds need to be revised?
                                                        Anton Vind
                                                        CPU: i9-9900K, GPU: RTX 2080 SUPER, RAM: 32 GB DDR4 3600 MHz, Drives: 1 TB SSD / 1 TB HDD

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                                                          #29
                                                          Originally posted by Anton Vind View Post
                                                          Chris, out of curiosity, why does the hydraulic sounds need to be revised?
                                                          I was wondering that too 🤔. I think the sounds were fine in the NGX to be honest.
                                                          Edward McDonagh
                                                          EISG

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                                                            #30
                                                            Nice news!

                                                            Jose Luis
                                                            José Luís
                                                            |Flightsimulator: Prepar3D 5.0(HF2) | Weather Engine: ActiveSky | REX5 - Sky Force 3D & Environment Force | Add-Ons: A2A Accu-sim Bonanza | Majestic Software MJC8 Q400 PRO | Maddog X MD-82 base | PMDG 737 NGXu Base & 600/700 Expansion | FSLabs A320-X Base & A319-X expansion | Tools: SimToolkitPro | Reality XP GTN 750 |

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