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PMDG May Weekend Update – Navdata Capabilities, 777, and More

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Robert Randazzo from PMDG has provided the community with an update regarding several items we have previously heard about before. Specifically, this update covers the new Navdata Capabilities, PBR updates for the 777 and DC-6, along with general updates on future service packs for the triple-7 and also where Global Flight Ops is in development.

Starting with the new Navdata Capabilities, Robert was clear that it’s time for the way PMDG inject the navdata into their aircraft to update. The same format has been used since the original PMDG 737 NG since development started back in August 2001. Now with a host of new aircraft under their wing, the team want to use the more modern data sets and technology to introduce them into their fleet of aircraft. Currently being developed as part of the continued 747 updates, it is currently underway and once ready for testing, will be given to their testing team to ensure nothing broke. It’s a big project that changes a lot of the processes with the FMS simulation. However, the hope is that the new Navdata Capabilities will then be added to the 777 line and included with the upcoming NG3.

From an end-user perspective, the changes will be seen through the path-building module within the FMS, which will ultimately improve LNAV behaviours. There’s no ETA on the update, nor is there much to actually show to demonstrate the changes.

Moving onto the 777 and the DC-6, there was a quick mention of PBR for each model within Prepar3D V4. Right now their primary modeller is currently tackling 3 projects, with one of those projects due to complete soon. Once the batteries have been recharged, Jason will then be preparing for another workload, which, according to Robert, “will likely involve one or both of these PBR update cycles”. Again, no ETA on PBR for either just yet as it will fit in between product development work.

Continuing with general updates for the 777 Product Line, it was confirmed that a list of what updates and features that will come with the 777 in the future is being put together. This so far includes bug fixing, efficiency improvements and bringing forward other features from the 747 line into the 777. Robert also addressed that yes, an EFB will eventually come to the 777 line. The developer working on it is tied up with NG3 development, but it’s likely that the 777 EFB work will begin once the NG3 enters late beta.

Previously mentioned from PMDG was the fact that REX would soon integrate with the weather radar in PMDG products. The work between REX Game Studios and PMDG has been ongoing for the past few months and the “major hurdles have been cleared”. The developer working on the integration is also working on the NG3 as well as finishing the home-cockpit builder’s modules for the 747 range, but hopefully, as workload lightens, he will loop back around to the integration. The update will roll-out to the 747 first, with the 777 afterwards during the aforementioned update cycle.

Finally, Global Flight Operations was given a brief update. The past few months have been primarily focused on site-side data presentation and building the API for developers. Initially, the API will go to both Aerosoft and TFDi so they can start developing the connection to Global Flight Ops. The reason for PMDG keeping so quiet is simply they would much rather “do the work and show the results”.

More excitingly, PMDG opened up a little about how users can get involved in the near future.  They expect to slowly roll out Global Flight operations to people on a first-come, first-admitted basis. That won’t be too long now, according to this post.

Although not contained in this specific post, Robert did also drop a lot of new details regarding the DC-3 trip he has been teasing for weeks now. You will have the opportunity to visit the PMDG team, explore their DC-3 and also send messages to the team whilst they travel across the Atlantic. You can find out everything in this post on the PMDG forums.

Sadly no new information was given regarding the NG3, but you can read the last update in which it is expected to go into beta very soon – and beta testers may not have to stick to an embargo for posting screenshots.

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PMDG Updates on P3D v4.5, 737, 747 and 777 Development

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Courtesy of their forums, PMDG has updated the community on its development status regarding the new P3D v4.5 update, the 737, 747 and 777. PMDG CEO Robert Randazzo had previously mentioned updates to the 747 product line. He also mentions that Jeppesen and Navigraph reached an agreement with PMDG to unlock displaying charts on the iPad app - so customers
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PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II April Update Now Available

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After PMDG's most recent forum post, the previously mentioned update for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II is now available to download. Build 3.00.9423 sees a variety of changes and fixes, which include some fixes to stab tank decals, a taxi light artifact on the 744D and also to the electrical system misbehaving on certain models. Whilst not
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FS2Crew PMDG 747 QOTS II Crew Expansion Update

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FS2Crew has announced a small update to their Crew Expansion addon for the PMDG 747 Queen Of The Skies II. This update adds a bunch of fixes and a few new additions to make this expansion even better. It also adds a little bit more support for the relatively recently released 747-8. The update is available through FS2Crew right now. If
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FSElite Original: In Review – March

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It’s the end of another month, and that means it’s time to look back. Last month you were able to read how we post news articles here at FSElite. What goes into an article and what process it goes through before you can read it on our website. This month, we’re back with looking at the most popular (and controversial) news of the last month.

Let’s start with what you thought was the most interesting news in the last month. You can probably already guess it: Milviz. Not with their ATR Kickstarter, which I’ll come back to in a bit, but with their announcement of the ATR (Prepar3D) price. And right away, we get into a bit of a sensitive area, with addon pricing. Milviz announced they are looking to price their ATR between $120 and $150. However, it is entirely unsure what the currency is they were thinking of when giving this price indicator. Many believe, due to the context their comment was given, this was referring to CAD, – making the total between $90USD and $130USD (€80-€100). The confusion about the currency was pointed out to us after publishing the original article, though

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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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PMDG Reveals More Development Updates

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PMDG CEO Robert Randazzo has revealed the latest information regarding PBR updates and a little teaser regarding their NG3 project. In a post on their new forum, Randazzo announced that PBR testing for the 747 QOTSII has now been given to beta testers in order to push for a release after this weekend. After a troubled few weeks of technical
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PMDG Cease Development for FSX/P3Dv3

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Following on from the earlier post left by Robert from PMDG, a new post on the new forums has surfaced. Although not exciting news about a new project or a sneak peak at what's to come, instead, it was confirmation of something we all expected to happen eventually. PMDG has confirmed that effective immediately, both FSX and P3Dv3 development will
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PMDG Discuss Current On-Going Projects and Forum Move

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PMDG's Robert Randazzo has taken to the Avsim forums to discuss what projects the team are busy working on. Robert opened up the thread by saying that the team has been somewhat quiet recently to enable them to focus on multiple project development without putting too much pressure on them. This flexibility meant that projects have shifted around to make
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