Update 18-Oct-2021 @ 18:45z: Steve from Flight1 provided FSElite withs some further information regarding some of the decisions made on the project. Addressing why this is coming to Prepar3D, Steve said that iFly, being based in Asia, still use the technology a lot for home-based simulators. This means there’s still a large market for the iFly team who serves commercial and home-cockpit customers but also benefits other users. That said, iFly is looking into development for Microsoft Flight Simulator, they say it’s too early right now as it “does not yet offer all the features and flight modelling that iFly can work with.”
Finally, to address the 737MAX, Steve said that it “is indeed in development and has a planned release date in 2022.”
It’s been a while since we last heard from iFly with regards to new products. However, the team is back and they are bringing with them a revamped version of their popular 737NG series for Prepar3D v5.
Right now, little detail is known about the product. According to the gallery page on Flight1.net, the new product will come with ultra-high resolution textures and make use of the PBR engine in P3D. There is also an onboard EFB, which can be used during the flight. The gallery page also says that you can “train on the maintenance functions without flying.”
As mentioned, a gallery of images for the aircraft was shared over on Flight1.net. Below is a selection of those.
Another gallery named “closeup” was also shared.
Finally, a short preview video was also shared.
Whilst news of a different developer with their own 737NG for Prepar3D is welcome, some new information regarding their 737MAX would be even more welcome. That was originally due to release in the first half of 2020, but since the announcement in 2017, not a peep has been heard. Perhaps the new generation of the 737NG from iFly will spur the way forward for a 737 MAX on Prepar3D.
A price for the iFly Jets Advanced Series hasn’t been confirmed, nor has a date. However, Steve from Flight1 said they “expect that we hope it will be released soon!”