The team at Leonardo Softhouse continue to share progress on the development on the Fly the Maddog X. Despite being released over a year ago, the developers continue to update the Mad Dog for customers with new features and improvements. The most recent forum post highlighted a few new things we’ll be seeing in a future update.
The team wanted to let customers know that an incremental open beta update for the whole suite of Mad Dog products will be released very soon. This 40Mb update will include bug fixes based on reports, along with two new features. The first of those is support for a 8.33 Khz radio. The second, a bit more significant, is ARC-DME procedures.
For those knowledgable of the aircraft, the Maddog can fly certain RNAV procedures except the following:
- P-RNAV AR containing legs RNP ≤ 0.3;
- P-RNAV AR containing RF Path Terminator legs
This is why Leonardo Softhouse has focused on creating the ARC-DME feature.
Because of the work that has gone into creating this functionality, the current AIRAC dataset will change. Very soon, you will be able to see a new dataset from Navigraph called “Fly the Maddog X P3D v4.4/4v.5”. This new dataset will be required for ARC-DME procedures.
The old dataset will continue to be published not on those simulators.
If you use Aerosoft’s NavDataPro set, the team has stated they have contacted Aerosoft but haven’t yet responded to the developers. You will still be able to use the aircraft, just not perform the ARC-DME procedures.
No further news to report on at the time, but there will be new announcements in the coming future from the team.
You can pick up the Fly the Maddog X from simMarket for €70.00. You can also buy the expansion pack, which contains the models for the MD-83 and MD-88 for €25.
You can read our review, where we gave the product a 9.5. The product has been improved significantly since then.