After many years in development, the Leonardo Softhouse Fly the Maddog for Microsoft Flight Simulator has finally been released. This recreation of the MD-82 is one of the most feature-rich and in-depth aircraft currently available for the next-generation platform.
Described as one “of the most sophisticated and complex add-on ever developed” this is a study-level aircraft that can be flown by the operations manual of the real aircraft. There is a huge amount of documentation to help you get to grips with the plane and fly interesting real-world routes.
The aircraft product has been developed to a high standard within the flight sim by including high definition modelling and texturing, in-depth system detail and plenty of other bonus features to keep you coming back for more.
The Fly the Maddog comes feature-complete with an on-board EFB, a detailed virtual cabin and a range of failures that can either be switched on manually or be triggered based on certain conditions. You also have to look after the plane well as mistakes could cost you by causing failures and other INOP conditions. This is truly a feature-rich and high-fidelity aircraft that will keep you entertained and learning for weeks and months to come.
You can buy it now from SIMMARKET for €75.00 (excluding taxes). Our first look at the aircraft will be live soon. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified.
There is no full feature list over on SIMMARKET, but we have contacted the developers to see if they can provide us with one.
On the developer’s forum, Stefano did give some additional information that may be useful to many of you.
First Time Running
The first time you run the aircraft in the simulator, it may take up to 20 minutes to load. This is normal behaviour and is due to how the simulator works.
By default, the product comes with just the house-livery. In order to get more, you will need to register on the forums with the same email you registered the aircraft with. There are 16 paints to choose from (so far), including Austrian Airlines, Delta Airlines, Spanair and Scandinavian.
Leonardo Softhouse says that the plane is built with 99% custom code, so future sim updates should avoid any issues with future sim updates. Of course, the team will update the plane accordingly should anything go wrong. There are no issues with Sim Update 9 and the Fly the Maddog.
Updated the article to clarify that the price excludes tax.