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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

Developer
Airline2Sim
Publisher
Airline2Sim
Price
$39.99
Version
Initial Release
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Airline2Sim
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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.

 

Winner of our PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II Competition Announced

We had an exciting evening on Discord and Twitch during our PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II launch party last night. We took a risk and stream for around 6 hours in the hope the red button to release the product – and we were right. Not only that, we were joined by Airline2Sim, Kyle Rogers and even Belynz stepped in to help celebrate the launch.

Of course, that’s not the only exciting thing to happen yesterday! Of course, it also meant we were going to have a winner for our HUGE PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II competition.

We had nearly 1,400 entries between Facebook and our Google Forms and of those, 118 people guessed the correct date. We work in zulu and the product was released on January 31st at 23:50pm (give or take).

I am pleased to announce that the winner is Karl Alden.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part. Of course, we’ll continue to cover the PMDG 747 for months to come and will bring you some new competitions very soon!

PMDG Release 747-400 Queen of the Skies 2

One of the most highly anticipated products of the year had arrived! PMDG dropped a bomb shell earlier today announcing that the product would be with us shortly. This aircraft has been long in the making and a much wanted add on for all those Boeing or 747 fans out there. You can purchase the aircraft here for the price of $89.99 (FSX) and $134.99 (P3D)

This is PMDG’s 3rd rendition of the Queen of the Skies and once again it looks like they have blown our expectations out of the park. They have included almost all 747-400 models that are currently avaliable with the 747-8 to follow soon. We have been teased for quite some time about this product and it is great that we have finally got our hands on it.

The beta testers over at PMDG have been doing an excellent job to make sure that the release has been as quick as possible and that any issues were quickly eradicated. Some of the technology that has been implemented into this 747 will soon be coming into the 777 which is exciting news. We look forward to seeing what PMDG have up their sleeve regarding future products.

Any news regarding the 747-8 expansion will of course be reported over here at FSElite. God save the Queen!

PMDG 747 v3 release imminent

So just a few minutes ago, Robert Randazzo posted another update regarding the new 747 v3 on the PMDG General Forum over on Avsim. Boy is this a big one.

The update reads:

“Captains,

“Ladies and gentlemen, we will begin boarding PMDG Flight Operations, flight number 1 shortly.  Your flight today will operated onboard our brand new flagship 747-400 Queen of the Skies II, flagship.  We are just waiting on the crew to finish their preflight checks… We will have more information for you shortly!””

For more information, stay tuned to FSElite.

PMDG Welcomes you to 747 Queen of the Skies II Release Week

With all this maintenance work going on and an update to the PMDG operations center, we knew that the release of the 747 Queen of the Skies II would be very soon. After all, RSR did give us a 2 week warning. However, we are now in RELEASE WEEK! This is release week for FSX, FSX:SE and P3d 3.x for the 747 Queen of the Skies.

RSR said that everything is on track for a release this week, with just a few small items to patch out before releasing. Whilst there’s still no update on pricing, the team did give us a HUGE insight into what we can expect from the 747 when it is released.

So first, what’s included on release day. As previously mentioned, the complete 747-400 family will be included. This means you can fly around in the 747-400, 747-400BCF, 747-400D, 747-400ER, 747-400ERF, 747-400F and the 747-400M. As of today, there’s currently 62 liveries available for download through the Operations Center, as well as a paint kit AND a SDK for people who wish for their products to interact with the product (looking at your FS2Crew!).

As said, there was some huge insight into what you can expect from the product upon release. I’ve highlighted some of the standout points for me. But please, make sure you check out the thread for the full scope. There’s 3 sections that RSR was keen to point out. 1) Stuff the development team wanted to point out. 2) The sound engine for the aircraft. 3) The newly designed physics engine.

Before I move onto the list, PMDG have made a massive effort to ensure that VAS has been used effectively and impacts minimally onto the user.

As you read through, again, I want to highlight that I’ve picked some of my favourite bits from the list RSR gave. Like he says, this will just scratch the surface of what’s available. We cannot wait, as the immersion sounds incredible.

I’ve added the list after the jump as it’s MASSIVE!

Don’t forget, you can WIN a free copy thanks to FSElite.

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Relax – PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II Isn’t Out Yet

The servers on Avsim have been a bit haywire the past couple of days. With many people struggling to access the forums, to the point where the website simply failed to load. Why? Well, some maintenance the team at PMDG were carrying out got people a little bit too excited which caused the Avsim servers to overload.

The team have been busy preparing the servers for the upcoming release of the 747, which caused the store to be down for a few hours. Of course, this prepped many people to switch between refreshing the store and of course the forums to see if it’s been released. As a result, Avsim crashed and is still only just beginning to recover. The store is back to usual, but RSR from PMDG have advised that maintenance could go on for a day or two.

Win a Copy of PMDG’s 747 Queen of the Skies v2

He did give us a quick update saying it probably won’t happen today as the beta and tech teams are giving it the final look over before packaging it into a RTM (release to market) installer and unleashing it for the joe-public to buy.

All we are doing today is server maintenance in preparation for release…  This will probably go on all day tomorrow too.

We told you two weeks ago that we would give you some warning…  R.E.L.A.X!!!!!!

We are still finalizing some details and giving the beta and tech teams a chance to wring it out over the weekend and make sure we are happy with it.

rsrandazzo – Avsim Forums

Our advice – chill and wait. We’ll be warned when it’s coming out. So do everyone, including your keyboard, a favour: leave the F5 key alone. Do that, servers will sustain and everyone will have a chance to download one of the most anticipated aircraft of the year.