mSparks Releases Default 747 Enhancement for X-Plane

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The default Boeing 747-400 has received major enhancements thanks to a team under the name ‘mSparks’ with the release of version 1.0 of their freeware upgrade project.

The default Boeing 747 leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to systems, 3D modelling and sounds. There have been a number of projects that have endeavoured to improve the Queen of the Skies just as Zibo has improved the default 737 with great success. With the release of their first round of improvements to the Boeing 747, it is looking like we will finally start to see the progression in the right direction for the default aircraft.

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PMDG 747-400/8 QOTS II PBR Update Released

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Over on their forum, PMDG has announced that they've pushed out build 3.00.9329 which implements PBR for Prepar3D v4.4 users. This update release follows after numerous previews posted by PMDG featuring the main feature, PBR which is implemented as of this build. Asides from PBR, other small bug fixes, tweaks and general cleanup have been added to further improve the overall
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More PMDG 747 QOTS II PBR Previews + Update

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Following their initial PBR progress update two weeks ago, PMDG's Robert Randazzo has dropped some new mouth-watering previews of the 747-400 QOTS II in all of it's PBR glory marking 50 years since the first Boeing 747 took flight. Also, he's provided a short update in regards to the upcoming PBR update
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PMDG Previews 747 QOTS II PBR Update

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Behind the scenes, Jason from PMDG has been hard at work revamping their models to accommodate Prepar3D v4's new PBR rendering capability. This process has required a significant amount of work, especially since their 747 product line includes 14 different variants that must each be adjusted accordingly to accommodate P3D's new capability.
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[Small Update] PMDG Release the 747-400/8 QOTSII Update

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Update 07-Jan-18 @ 12:30z A new update has just gone live which will fix the issue with the backwards compatibility with version 4.0 - 4.3, which was described on the forum the other day. Update 3.00.9195 also fixed an issue with some EFB clickspots on the 747-8. Robert Randazzo also confirmed that going forward, backward compatibility won't be an issue,
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iFly Jets Announce 747-8 as Free Add-on for 747-400 Users

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Aircraft developer has released their 747-8 add-on for existing owners of their 747-400 product. The new add-on, published by Flight1 is part of service pack 3 of the original product which also adds a bunch of new features too.

The free service packs includes the newest of the 747 fleet – the 747-8. iFly have worked to model some of the more interesting features of the aircraft including the integrated approach navigation, the required navigation performance / Actual navigation performance and the Vertical Simulation Display. Further to this, the team has modeled a detailed  Airport Map Display, so users can taxi the aircraft around their favourite airports with the taxiways and runways displayed to assist them.

The service pack (SP) itself includes LNAV and VNAV refinements for the 747-400.

The service pack is available for users of the FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D versions of the plane. It’s important to note that the  747-8 model is only available in FSX versions and above.

All the download links and details can be found on the iFly forums.

To celebrate the release, iFly and Flight1 are offering a $10 discount if you buy the 747-400 base pack through the Agent.7

Full change log:

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PMDG Statement on P3DV4.4 and Other Items

It seems it takes a update from Lockheed Martin to bring some of the biggest developers to come out of the woodwork. Earlier today, PMDG CEO Robert Randazzo gave a brief update regarding various items on their agenda. The first thing that's important to note is that all current PMDG products that work with Prepar3D V4.3 will work just fine
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PMDG 747-400/8 QOTS II Update Released

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Post-release of their long-awaited 747-8 expansion last Saturday, PMDG have pushed an update to their 747-400 Queen of the Skies II and 747-8 Queen of the Skies II Expansion for both Prepar3D and FSX platforms to eliminate bugs owners of the product have been experiencing during their flights as well as some performance enhancements and detail cleanup. BUILD 3.00.9019 brings several
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PMDG Updates the 747-400 QOTS II

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The release of the 747-8 from PMDG doesn't mean that -400 users have been left out. Not at all, as PMDG have released a huge update with over 300 different changes to the new version.  Build 3.00.9008 sees fixes to the external model, the virtual cockpit, as well as fixes to the systems behind the scenes. There's loads to read through
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