QualityWings today posted an update for their 787, which has been in beta testing since December 2016. Since beta testing started, over 150 different bugs and fixes have been identified and are currently receiving treatment. It’s their biggest project yet since development officially took full focus 3.5 years ago. As a result of the lengthy development, QualityWings have decided that this will be the last post regarding status updates for the 787. The next update we heard from them will be regarding an actual release.
Throughout the beta, the team have identified many areas for improvement and have listed exactly what they’ve worked on so far:
- The Flight Management System is getting the most attention these days since there is so much going on in there.
- The Electronic Flight Bag and its interface with the FMS has also received a lot of work.
- The Fonts recently received a complete redo and we are still picking up the pieces and making sure the new font fits everywhere. It was not something that we wanted to do this late in development, but we just weren’t happy with the original font produced. We still have to make some sacrifices on accuracy on the displays in order to ensure fonts are legible.
- The sound environment in the flightdeck has received extensive work
- A huge upgrade to the Passenger Announcement System (QWPAS) to include F/As speaking in the selected Airlines First language
- Implementation of an all new feature called Crew Announcement System (QWCAS)
- Performance Tweaks.
- Virtual Cockpit Refinements
Not only that, but the team also provided an excellent start up video showing off the 787.
They also published a quick FAQ as well. You can read the full post on Facebook, but here are some highlights and paraphrasing done by myself:
What type of product this 787 will be? Is this a Study Level Simulator? Will it be like the QualityWings 757 in terms of complexity? Will it be like the QualityWings 146 in terms of complexity?
Not really defined, but expect a detailed rendition of the 787 with lots of features. Not only that, but it will be easy to use thanks to help dialogues in the flight deck. QualityWings suggest that 80% of the systems will be accurately modeled.
Is this aircraft ready for Multiplayer?
Nope, maybe some day.
What is the price range?
Priced “competitively”. No details on whether this will be one price for one sim and another for another sim.
What 787 models will the Package include?
No commitment on this, so no real answer.
Will it be available for FSX and P3D on release?
FSX first, P3D later. Grrrr!?
Are you looking for Beta Testers?
Not right now, no.
Of course, QualityWings have other projects, but basically, they’re all on hold until the 787 is out of the door.
Great to hear from the team, but sad to hear we won’t know anything else until a release candidate. Hopefully it won’t be toooooo long now!