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Supercritical Simulations Group Releases B747-8 Inter Anniversary Edition

Development team Supercritical Simulations Group (SSG) has released their B747-8 Inter Anniversary Edition for X-Plane 11. The aircraft is a continuation of the previous release building on with all-new features, modelling and texture work. The…

Supercritical Simulations Group Releases B747-8 Inter Anniversary Edition

Development team Supercritical Simulations Group (SSG) has released their B747-8 Inter Anniversary Edition for X-Plane 11. The aircraft is a continuation of the previous release building on with all-new features, modelling and texture work.

The Anniversary Edition (also known as V2) includes a range of new features including an entirely new 3D model. Users will experience added animations, new “cut” passenger windows instead of textures, additional details on the engines with more details and animations than before. Furthermore, the fuselage has been completely redone with attention to detail specifically to trailing edges, flaps, and improvements to the gear doors and bays.

This is beyond a visual upgrade, as the systems have also been heavily updated to better match the real-world aircraft. According to the developer, “almost all switches function properly and independently” and there is now a more realistic air conditioning and fuel system. The FMC has also been tweaked to now include a FIX page, route 2 options and more.

Some other highlights for the update include a new tablet device that acts as a menu device along with new sounds supplied from Turbine Sound Studios (TSS). Finally, the team mentioned that the freighter version will come later as a free update to “those who purchase the new version upon release.”

The SSG Boeing 747-8 Inter Anniversary Edition is now available from the X-Plane.org store. If you owned the previous version, be sure to sign in to your account as you will receive $25 off the full retail price (meaning it will cost you $40). Otherwise, the full price of the product is $65.

Features

EXTERNALS
 The entire external 3D model for v2 has been redone, including the following:
  • All new fuselage closely modeled on the real one with added details
  • Each door can be opened individually and is more detailed
  • Added animations and details (almost all parts that can open/move on the aircraft are modeled).
  • New external details such as a satellite antenna and tail camera
  • New cut passenger windows instead of textures
  • New vertical and horizontal stabilizers with added details
  • New nacelles and engines with more details and new animations
  • Reworked and more detailed landing gear/gear doors with additional animation
  • Improved and more detailed leading and trailing edge flaps and added flap mechanisms
  • Upper deck interior with seats/galleys and stairs to lower deck
  • New wing flex and nacelle animations
COCKPIT
  • The entire cockpit 3D model has been largely redone and completely retextured.
  • New overhead panel and buttons/switches
  • New forward panel and buttons/switches
  • New pedestal and buttons/switches/handles
  • New miscellaneous panel and buttons/switches
  • Side panels and window frames completely redone
  • New cockpit seats
  • Various added details
SYSTEMS/FMC
  • Almost all switches function properly and independently
  • IRS alignment process implemented
  • More realistic fuel system with different pumps and tanks along with FUEL TANK / ENG logic
  • Realistic AUTOSTART and RUNNING indicators on secondary engine displays
  • Improved and more realistic air conditioning system and logic
  • Better track representation on ND
  • Clock and chronometer on ND working like on the real aircraft
  • More realistic baro pressure logic (STD, preselected, transition altitude)
  • Captain and First Officer FMCs are now independent
  • FMC FIX page added
  • FMC Route 2 function added
  • FMC Diversion function added
  • Librain rain effects (currently not working on Macs)
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