Fly the Maddog X

Watch Footage of the Leonardo Softhouse Fly the Maddog X in MSFS

The Leonardo Softhouse Fly The Maddog X for Prepar3D is without doubt one of the best aircraft for the platform and it was exciting to learn it is coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator. With a complex aircraft such as the MD-80 coming to the simulator, seeing any new previews is an exciting moment. So to see the team release a minute teaser of an engine startup had us chomping at the bit.

The minute video is just a short glimpse into what we can expect from the aircraft. The video has a few pans of the cockpit and interacting with various switches and knobs as the engines on the bird get started. We can see how the displays react during the transfer of power and how systems are implemented into the aircraft already. All of this in stunning 4K on YouTube.

There are already some previews of the aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but this is the first video we’ve seen of the aircraft in action. We’ll be following development very closely and can’t wait to share more with you in the future.

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Leonardo Softhouse Fly the Maddog X Updated for 5.2; Previews in MSFS

The team at Leonardo Softhouse has shared some new information regarding their Fly the Maddog X. Firstly, the team has confirmed that a new hotfix has been released that adds Prepar3D v5.2 compatibility, and secondly, we have some new previews of the aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Following on from the release of Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D v5.2 yesterday, Leonardo Softhouse
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Leonardo Softhouse Releases Maddog X Instructor Panel

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Developer Leonardo Softhouse has released their MaddogX Instructor Panel for use with the Fly the Maddog X for Prepar3D v4 and v5. The Instructor Panel adds numerous options that is found in real-motion simulators that adds training scenarios for simmers to easily practice specific conditions with the Fly the Maddog X. With the new Instructor Panel, you will be able
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Leonardo Softhouse Updates Fly the Maddog X for Prepar3D v4 and v5

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Leonardo Softhouse has continued to freely update their Fly the Maddog X (64-bit edition) with a brand new update that adds support for Prepar3D v5.1, along adding new features and functionality to the ever-improving and impressive aircraft Version 1.7b753, now available to download for owners of the aircraft. As for the changes, Leonardo Softhouse has optimised the aircraft for Prepar3D
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Fly The Maddog X 64bit Update, Instructor Panel Expansion, MSFS Announcement

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In the wake of the release of Prepar3D 5.1 Hotfix 1, Leonardo Softhouse has published their latest open beta update for their popular MD-80 aircraft for Prepar3D. In addition to the official compatibility with the latest iteration of the simulator, this open beta introduces several new features and bug fixes. Furthermore, the team has now confirmed a MSFS version development
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Leonardo Releases FlytheMaddog X for P3D V5


Leonardo Softhouse has released their much anticipated MD-80 add-on for Prepar3D V5. Both base variant which includes the MD-82 and the MD-83 / MD-88 expansion have been released.

The new Prepar3D V5 version natively supports Active Sky P3D V5 with the dual beam radar feature. It also includes a BETA version of TFDi TrueGlass, that still needs a bit of ironing and will be replaced with the full version as soon as possible. It should also be noted that on their forums, the developers have announced that the previously created liveries are NOT compatible with the Prepar3D V5 version, due to some minor paintkit changes. However, they further added that converting the previous repaints with the new paintkit should be a relatively straightforward process.

Further refining of the 3D model and bug fixes have been incorporated, and have also been rolled back to the V4 version under the 1b571 update a few days ago.

The developer further added that users should have a graphic card with at least 8 Gb of VRAM and Windows 10 for the FlytheMaddog for P3D V5 to work properly.

Owners of previous FlytheMaddog versions are entitled to an upgrade pricing policy as follows :

  • If you owned the FlytheMaddogX 64 bits version, the upgrade fee is €15
  • If you owned the FlytheMaddogX 32 bits version, the upgrade fee is €38
  • If you also owned the MD-83/88 variant, you will be awarded the update of the expansion pack for free.
  • Owners of previous FS9 and FSX variants are not entitled to any upgrade package and must pay the full fee which is now €95.

The upgrade prices are awarded automatically by Simmarket. Users who encounter problem with upgrade price should contact Simmarket PRIOR to ordering the FlytheMaddog for P3D V5.

The FlytheMaddog X is available on Simmarket here.

To celebrate this release, the developer have partnered with AviationLads to create a beautiful trailer shown below.

Feature List

  • MD-82, MD-83 and MD-88 in-depth representation
  • Digital avionics and with option for either Honeywell or Canadian Marconi FMS
  • Custom load manager capable of importing PFPX
  • Functional ACARS
  • GSX Level 2 integration
  • Full interior and exterior PBR support
  • Dynamic Lighting
  • Compatible with Active Sky radar
  • Shared cockpit

Interestingly, the Simmarket page bears a DC-9 and MD-87 tag. While technically the MD-80 is a commercial name for the DC-9-80 series so the addition of a DC-9 tag could make sens, an hypothetical MD-87 expansion has not yet been officially confirmed by Leonardo Softhouse. It might be a simple mistake or a teaser. What do you think ?

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Maddog X Shared Cockpit Release, Teases EFB, P3D V5 Compatibility

Leonardo Softhouse has been busy in the previous weeks, with the official release of the shared cockpit function and version 1.6b557. The shared cockpit function has been released as a public beta about three weeks ago, but still needed some small adjustment. The version is now final and new full installers have been released to Simmarket. In addition to the
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Fly The Maddog X Shared Cockpit Enters Beta

Stefano from the Fly The Maddog Team has confirmed on the developers forum that their much anticipated shared cockpit function had entered the beta test process. The most important announcement is that the shared cockpit function will support both LAN and WAN (meaning : internet) networking environment. The upcoming update will also introduce several improvements in the PBR materials, a
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Fly The Maddog X Small Update To 1.5b506

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Leonardo Software has released a small update to their popular MD-80 series addon. The update has nothing major but will again improve the aircraft in small touches. The most noticeable change here is the LOC and ILS capture that has been totally rewritten from scratch. The team is currently working on the shared cockpit function as the next major feature,
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