PMDG Releases New Update for the 777 Range

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Following on from the extensive update earlier this week, a fresh new update for the entire PMDG 777 range has been released. The update address many of the concerns raised by the community and other issues discovered post-release. The release information shared covers the PMDG 777-200LR/F Base Packs and the 777-300ER and 777-200ER Expansion packs for Prepar3D v4 and Prepar3D v5.

The changes were presented on a forum post over on the PMDG forums and highlighted a number of changes made. Some changes include various sim crashes from the FMC or the EFB, modelling issues with elements such as the flaps and the tailskid and also the engine fan animation.

One big change not in the changelog but mentioned in the post was to do with the sound for all three engine types in the 200ER package. In the post, it was said that the sound environment has been tweaked to improve the subtle characteristics of each type

Whilst the changelog already does seem to address many of the issues already reported, PMDG said that there are still some more issues that require a bit more testing and research before they can be released.

That said, in his latest post, Robert said that the 777 line is much more in line with the rest of the product range so future updates such as the LNAV improvements and the new navdata processes will be updated in line with the likes of the 747 QOTSII and the 737 NGXu. He also wanted to say thanks to the community for the support and feedback. He said the decision to provide the Base Pack and 300ER Expansion updates for free was in response to how the current global pandemic has impacted everyone and that PMDG felt this was an appropriate way to give back.

You can read a bit more about the 777-200ER Expansion pack here.

The primary 777-200LR/F Base Pack was released for free earlier this week, with the 777-200ER Expansion releasing for $77.72.

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As we edge closer to the release of the PMDG 777 update, Robert has taken to the forums to share some brand new screenshots of the 777-200ER in action. Furthermore, we have some new details on the release schedule and some of the included new features and changes.

Speaking on the forums, Randazzo said that they are “beginning to implement the process that moves [the] free update and the new product (PMDG 777-200ER) into release.” He went on to say that most of the hard work has been completed and the focus is now on polish and cleaning up the final bits. Whilst originally it was predicted that the update would release in the middle of February, Randazzo has said that they are looking at a release “in the range of 17-24 Feb.”

What we have now learned is that the free PMDG 777-200LR/F Base Package and the PMDG 777-300ER Expansion Package updates will release simultaneously with the all-new PMDG 777-200ER Expansion Package. It’s worth pointing out for clarity that these updates will be made available only for Prepar3D v4 and Prepar3D v5 as PMDG stopped 32-bit development.

We have also found out that the range of changes for the free update is extremely extensive. The free update will carry forward many of the features found from the 747 Queen of the Skies II and the 737 NGXu. This includes features such as Ground Services, Ground Servicing, fuel density, improved animations and an updated version of the fly-by-wire system. As mentioned in a past post, the sound engine has also been completely overhauled in-line with the modern engine and an overhauled sound set. It was confirmed that a 777 cockpit model overhaul is in development and due at the end of 2021. This virtual cockpit will also pave way for RainMaker to make an appearance and as such won’t be part of the update coming later this month.

Along with new details on the update, a selection of new previews of the PMDG 777-200ER Expansion Pack was shared. The new previews show the plane in various skins with all three engine options on display. As we have already learned, all three engine variants will be part of the pack upon release and include their own engine simulation and associated cockpit instrumentation.

Robert goes into a bit more detail about some of the more intricate details for each of the models in his post on the PMDG forums.

Whilst you wait for the update to release, be sure to see the other previews shared for the PMDG 777-200ER. If you’re a Microsoft Flight Simulator owner, then you can also see these very early previews of the 737 NG3 in the simulator.

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