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PMDG Push Update for 777-200LR/F

Users of the PMDG 777-200LR/F will already be enjoying it in P3DV4, whilst they eagerly await the 300ER to be compatible. In the mean time, it appears PMDG have worked to further enhance the 777 line with a new update pushed out via the micro-update system inside the PMDG Operations Centre.

The new update is considered minor, but has added the same ground rolling friction functionality as found with the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II. Furthermore, other items were fixed as well as correcting a bug that caused brakes to overheat in some unexpected conditions.

Right now, this update it only live for both Prepar3D platforms, but FSX and FSX:SE versions will be updated over the weekend.

The next update due is the 777-300ER, which is expected once Lockheed Martin release a hotfix for P3D V4 later this week.

Airline2Sim 777 Cadet+ Training Program Coming This Summer

We’re huge fans of the guys over at Airline2Sim. The team have worked tirelessly to create wonderful video training packages, with the latest being their fantastic 777 Cadet Program. We loved it and you guys should take a look at buying it as even veteran users will learn something new.

Whilst the 777 Cadet Program was great, there’s still much more to the twin-engine beast. Airline2Sim weren’t going to stand still as work has continued on their 777 Cadet + Program, which will bring a new range of lessons for the advance flyer. This will include  ETOPS and North Atlantic tracks, ETPs, enroute diversions, rapid decompression and much, much more. This package will focus primarily on the long-haul operations of the ultra-long range bird.

We spoke to Ben from Airline2Sim who confirmed that the course structure will be the same as the 777 Cadet Program and that pricing will be less than the follow up programs we’ve seen before. He also said that the content will also “look back on the Cadet [program] and some additional content on things that may have changed since we shot it”. He went on to say that there is also some more content on the flight deck controls also.


It’s a thrilling sounding package and we can’t wait to see what Ben and the team get up to this Summer.

Turbine Sound Studios Preview of Trent-892 for PMDG 777

Despite the fact that PMDG have only modelled the GE-90 engines for their impressive 777 line-up, many fans have eagerly awaited other engine variants and aircraft model types to be added. Right now, it doesn’t seem like it will happen any time soon. However, Turbine Sound Studios have stepped up to the plate to offer a soundset for the Trent-892 which will be fully compatible with the PMDG range.

The engine type is found on the 777-200, 777-200ER and 777-300 (not ER which is modelled by PMDG). Right now, PMDG haven’t made any further announcements on plans for these, but the sound pack will add the engine sounds.

Of course, this doesn’t add the characteristics of the engines themselves, but for those who just want to hear the raw power of the beasts, then this will work just fine. TSS, uploaded a quick preview to their Facebook page. We’ve embedded it below, but if you’re unable to view it, check out this link.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

PMDG Update on Their Future Flight Simulation Plans

Robert S. Randazzo today updated the community with PMDG’s official stance on their future with regards to development on future flight simulators. This includes both Prepar3d V4 and the recently announced Dovetail Game’s Flight Sim World.

RSR started by saying how over the past decade, the development community has been somewhat stable. With a core codebase that has remained mostly the same, it’s been easy for developers to understand, learn and enhance their products because they learn new techniques for the software they develop for rather than learn new software all over again every few years. In light of the recent announcements of new sims and rumours of code changes, it means development may got back to how things were many years ago.

Prepar3d v4

PMDG have re-confirmed what was already said back in January 2015. So any P3D customers (including the upcoming DC-6) will be supported through “at least” P3D v4 – whatever changes that product may bring. RSR stated that it’s “reasonable to expect” that version 4 will bring new features and PMDG are expected to adopt those features for their current line of products. This obviously includes the 737, 777 and the recently released 747 Queen of the Skies II.

Dovetail Games’ Flight Sim World

Next, RSR wanted to address what PMDG’s official stance is on FSW.

As is known, PMDG and Dovetail were in communication during the development process of the simulator, but as RSR puts it, “communication dried up” after they declined to use their method of product delivery through Steam. Despite this, PMDG are very much open-minded when it comes to developing for the platform.

Once the team get their hands on a copy of the simulator and an SDK, as well as the marketing direction for the sim, then they will have a look and evaluate whether they will support the sim. There is also mention of whether current products can be ported over to the new sim.

“It’s safe to presume that they can…After all- it is just software”.

Of course, it will require development time and work. As for how much, PMDG don’t know which is why development plans are simply undecided for sure at this point.

In other news, the PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster is coming along nicely for both FSX and P3D, and the PMDG 747-8 Queen of the Skies II is moving towards testing. There will probably be a few more updates for the 744 at some point soon using the new download toolFinally, there was a hint that we should “wait until we see what else we are working on.”

Sadly a lack of X-Plane future plans at this point.

We’ll let you discuss what you think it can be in the comments section below.

Head over to the Avsim forums for PMDG’s full post.


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PMDG DC-6 Cold and Dark to Engine Start Up Beta Video

As we all know, PMDG are working hard to bring their DC-6 beta to a close for the aircraft in FSX and P3D. After the success of the X-Plane version, fans are eager to get their hands on the plane.

In this new video from beta tester Chris Makris, it shows the cold and dark stage up until engine start.

As always the videos are insightful and provide a good glimpse into the next PMDG product.

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First PMDG DC-6 FSX/P3D Beta Video Appears

We have known for a little while that PMDG’s DC-6 has been in beta testing for FSX/P3D. After the release of the experimental product on X-Plane, fans have been eager to get their hands on their preferred sim version.

One of the beta testers has uploaded the first video for the DC-6 on YouTube and talks us through some of the features we can expect.

The 30 minute tour shows us the external view as well as an in depth look at the virtual cockpit and some of the in-sim menus.

We’ll continue to keep an eye out for further information and get back to you in due course.

Developer Month: Airline2Sim Interview

Welcome to the FSElite Developer Month. Our theme this year is about delivering for the community and part of that is delivering great content to you all. As part of our commitment to you all, we’re pleased to announced Developer Month – a month themed solely around celebrating our great development community. Over the course of March, you’ll be treated to some behind the scene looks at some of our favourite developers, stories from the FSElite team, exclusive interviews and more.

As we continue our Developer Month, we’re joined by Ben from Airline2Sim. As he’s wrapping up on his PMDG 777 Cadet Program, Ben talks us though the development process and what he does in his spare time. Want to know how Ben finds his pilots to take you on the journey? Then read below.

Before I leave you with Ben, make sure you read our review on Airline2Sim’s PMDG 777 Cadet Program.

Tell us a little about yourselves and how you got started?
My regular job is radio broadcasting and a few years back I found myself ‘between’ jobs. Worried about how long this ‘holiday’ was going to last, I looked at what else I could do. Whilst spending some time playing around with the simulator one day, I was struggling to fly the Majestic Q400. The eureka moment of creating tutorials was born, but I knew if we were going to do it properly we’d need a real life Q400 pilot. We found Josh who was flying at the time for a large Q400 operator in the U.K. and the rest is history!

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PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster enters Beta for FSX & P3D

Over on the AVSIM forums Robert Randazzo from PMDG did an interesting announcement. In a detailed and extensive posts he announced that PMDG have moved the DC-6 Cloudmaster over to Beta phase. According to his post they’re not finished yet but they are getting close and most of the issues right now come down to fine-tuning. He also mentions there will be additional functionality over its XPlane counterpart, and the team is hard at work to bring some of the best features of the 747 into the DC-6 as well. To wrap it up he talks about the Virtual Flight Engineer that will eventually join your cockpit and the ability to take great care of your aircraft through an aircraft maintenance tool.

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Airline2Sim PMDG 777 Cadet Program: The FSElite Review

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The PMDG 777 is on the best aircraft available for flightsim. Without a doubt, it’s got excellent features, a stellar virtual cockpit and it performs extremely well. One of the best features of it is how easy it is to get to grips with. You can be on the runway one minute and cruising at FL350 before you know it. It’s a great aircraft for those long hauls, and airlines even use them for short hops. Whilst this is great, the depth that PMDG have covered is often overlooked. And it’s not a surprise when the manual is as large as it is (not the introduction manual, the FCOM itself). Quite simply, as a study level sim, this documentation will tell you everything you need to know, however, as everyone learns at different paces in a variety of ways, this is where Airline2Sim steps in. This review will be a little different as instead of reviewing something designed to be used in the sim, this has been designed to used alongside as a tool to not only get to grips with the PMDG 777, but to master it.

Some of you may know Airline2Sim from their brilliant Dash 8 Q400 Package programs. Both of them covered absolutely everything you needed to know about the excellent plane by Majestic. It was delivered in a way unique to the flightsim community and put you in the shoes of a real pilot taking you through various situations to really test your skills. The PMDG 777 Cadet Program is the same. Throughout the 20+ hours of content over 24 videos, you’ll shown challenging approaches, short hops, night flying and even dealing with a rejected take off. Each scenario you’re put in is different, and you’ll exploring the world as you go. This is important as it keeps the content varied and allows simmers from all around the world to have their own territory covered.

Each episode is narrated by Ben. Throughout your journey from cadet to full-fledged pilot, Ben plays the role of you – the simmer. As I watched, I found myself wondering the reason why the plane did something or why that was a specific procedure. The problem of course with pre-recorded video is that you can’t ask those questions. However, it felt like Ben was right there in the room with me as he was asking those questions on my behalf. It sounds odd, but then I realised: this is the point. This is why Ben is there – to be you; the viewer. His inquisitive nature and passion for learning is a perfect fit for this type of production. Instead of a single person talk you through the procedures, Ben is there to put the speed brakes on and ensure that not only you know WHAT is happening, but also asking the questions so you understand WHY it is the way it is. Any trainer will tell you the why is just as important as ‘the what’ for people to fully understand and comprehend what is going on.

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PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II Updates Coming (And More)

Robert from PMDG today took to the forums to inform users that there will be soon be an update for their 747 Queen of the Skies that released around a month ago.

What’s new is that this update will be different from any update delivered by PMDG before. Gone are the days of long complete redownloads of the product,  but instead small incremental updates that update the files that have been changed. It’s been teased and mentioned before, but now it’s finally going to happen via the PMDG Operations Center. The new software update means that fixes can be issued monthly, daily or even hourly if required.

The first update will come for the 747 which Robert has promised will be “chock full of changes, improvements and fixes”, which  is surprising as the 747 was met with lots of praise and very few issues. The full list of fixes and changes will come soon, so don’t go asking just yet.

Of course, the NGX and the 777 will receive the same incremental update system in the near future.

The installers have been tested for a while and should be around in the next few days.

You can read the full forum post on the Avsim forums.

Let us know what you think via our Discord channel.