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PMDG 777 Update and 777-200ER Beta Testing Previews

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Whilst the delay news of the 777 Update from PMDG may be unwelcome, the silver lining is that beta testers have been given the green light to now showcase the aircraft in action. The all-new previews shared for the upcoming 777 update and the 777-200ER Expansion pack highlight the plane in use with a variety of liveries and, for the first time, the EFB in the 777 cockpit.

Livery painter John Tavendale has taken to Facebook to share a variety of shots on the P3D LM Main Group Facebook group. In addition, Ryan Syferd, Charles Harris and Chris Makris have taken to the PMDG forums to share their shots.

We also know that the following liveries have already been completed: British Airways, United, American, Austrian, Alitalia, Air France, Japan, ANA, KLM, Asiana and EuroAtlantic.

These images have been sourced from a variety of locations including Facebook and the official PMDG forums. It’s likely that after the publication of this post, even more images will be shared by the various beta testers, so be sure to check back to the Facebook groups and forums regularly to see what’s on offer.

As a reminder, the new update and the 777-200ER Expansion Pack (which includes all the engine types) is now due to release between the 25th and the 27th of February 2021. You can read a bit more about what’s going to be in the update in our previous post. The aircraft will come with a brand new sound engine, refined flight dynamics, PBR materials and also a vastly improved VNAV system. Don’t forget, if you’re looking to get the 777-200LR/F Base Package before the price increase, you will need to do so soon.

Stay tuned to FSElite so we can keep you updated with any progress on the development and any new information.

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ActiveSkyP3D Beta Release Candidate 1 Posted

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Hifi Simulation Technologies, known for their Active Sky weather add-on for FSX and P3D, has released the RC1 for their upcoming ASP3D software. ActiveSkyP3D was introduced with Prepar3D V5 but is also compatible with V4. It is in late beta stages - current version now B7613 - but is only available for previous Active Sky for Prepar3D V4 (which is
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Milviz AH-1 Skyraider Enters Beta

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Milviz has brought to Facebook images of their upcoming AH-1 Skyraider in beta testing. The aircraft is being developed for P3D V4 and V5, but no release date has been set so far. The developer stated that the aircraft would be compatible with the VRS Tackpack, which itself is however not compatible with V5 at the moment. The AH-1 Skyraider
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FlightFactor Updates A320 Ultimate For Vulkan

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Just this week, X-Plane aircraft developer FlightFactor have released a new update to their A320 Ultimate aircraft and brought it to version 1.0.7 with numerous changes, but to give the weekend a TOGA take-off, they have officially update the plane through beta 1.0.8 to add full support with X-Plane 11's new graphics rendering system, Vulkan. This means that the aircraft
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FlightFactor Updates A320 Ultimate to Version 1.0.7

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FlightFactor has pushed out another update to their advanced series A320 Ultimate aircraft bringing it to version 1.0.7. This update comes and brings a cumulative version with fixes from beta versions 1.0.2 to 1.0.6. The team is currently working on the aircraft and getting it prepared to handle the new X-Plane rendering system, Vulkan. FlightFactor has advised users that the Vulkan
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Laminar Research Releases Beta 6 for X-Plane 11.50

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Following on from a very quick and unfortunately unsuccessful Beta 5, Laminar Research has released Beta 6 for X-Plane 11.50.

Laminar Research has released Beta 6 for X-Plane 11.50 which corrects a lot of the instability issues that have been plaguing the releases thus far. Ben Supnik has reported in a post over on the Laminar Research blog that the team has received an unprecedented amount of bug reports, both automatic and manual, since the release of 11.50b1. although the volume has been intense, the amount of information the team has received has been invaluable.

 

After seeing the amount of data received from the reports from users, the team have put a plan of action in place to gain ground and get closer to a solid release. Firstly, the team want to work on fixing the fatal crashes and bugs that prevent X-Plane from loading and moving forward, they will then look at optimisation in terms of VRAM, and finally look at mopping up any further performance issues.

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Laminar Research X-Plane 11.50 Beta 2 Now Available

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Laminar Research released X-Plane 11.50 as an open beta just last week and since then the team has worked hard to fix reported bugs and make various improvements to the platform. The biggest change with X-Plane 11.50 is the inclusion of the new Vulkan / Metal API to render the graphics within the simulator. With that big change came a
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POSCON February 2020 Progress Update

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It has been close to 6 months since POSCON last released a development update to the community. Development seems to have progressed very well and the February 2020 Dev Update by Andrew H. is consequently huge and bears a lot of news. Public Beta The pilots public Invite-Only Beta is around the corner. Invites have been sent to the selected pilots
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