Rotate Releases MD-80 Pro Beta for X-Plane 12

The MD-80 Pro now features native X-Plane 12 compatibility.

Posted: 11-May-2023 @ 05:00z
Rotate Releases MD-80 Pro Beta for X-Plane 12

Rotate has released a much-anticipated X-Plane 12 compatibility upgrade to their popular MD-80 Pro addon. The MD-80 Pro is a highly accurate simulation of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series (specifically the the MD-88 variant) mid-size, medium-range airliner for both X-Plane 11 and now, X-Plane 12. Developed with the advice and counseling from real-world MD-80 pilots, the MD-80 Pro for X-Plane 12 offers a complex and immersive simulation experience with realistic 3D models and textures, advanced systems simulation, and accurate aircraft performance.

Available as a public beta for X-Plane 12, Rotate says that some features of the MD-80 Pro are still undergoing additional testing, but X-Plane 12 users can expect new PBR cockpit textures, upgraded 3D lighting, rain and ice effects, and improved Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 engine performance.

In addition to the native compatibility with X-Plane 12, several other enhancements and bug-fixes are included with this latest version. The complete changelog includes:

  • New set of cockpit textures and materials
  • Added 3D lights to cockpit
  • Upgraded exterior textures and materials
  • Upgraded exterior lights
  • Added windshield rain and ice effects
  • Added support for VR
  • Added support for high DPI displays
  • Improved weight and balance
  • Upgraded aerodynamics
  • Upgraded engine performance
  • Improved cockpit sounds
  • Improved anti-ice systems
  • Added FMC support for reverse airway lookup
  • Fixed LNAV deviation in long legs
  • Fixed bug that caused (rare) random CTD in ATI drivers
  • Fixed a bug in FMC route loading
  • Added a command to toggle parking brake
  • Fixed a bug in manipulator class
  • Tuned windshield wipers speeds
  • Fixed sunscreens texture
  • Tuned AP guidance
  • Improved T/C and T/D precision in ND
  • Updated default navigation database

The MD-80 Pro for X-Plane 12 is available from the store for $59.95 US. Owners of Rotate’s MD-80 Pro for X-Plane 11 can upgrade to the X-Plane 12 version for $24.95 US by using the coupon code included in their original MD-80 Pro order page.

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