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PMDG News Roundup 30JAN06

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Thanks for the update Robert. Looking forward to seeing what PMDG has in store for us in regards to the future. I personally (so don't flame me anyone) would love to see you guys give the A320 with both the IAE and CFM variants a go even though I know Airbus will not help.About the MD11, thats great to hear about the pax and cargo versions. Hopefully you guys will paint up some previous MD11 users such as Delta.

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>Thanks for the update Robert. Looking forward to seeing what>PMDG has in store for us in regards to the future. I>personally (so don't flame me anyone) would love to see you>guys give the A320 with both the IAE and CFM variants a go>even though I know Airbus will not help.>About the MD11, thats great to hear about the pax and cargo>versions. Hopefully you guys will paint up some previous MD11>users such as Delta. >Is that why there is no descent A320 available - Airbus wont cooperate - what a shame?Neil Bradley

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Hi!!!Thanks for this update. But, what about the B744 tutorial???Finally, i think that is very important for PMDG to offer the most importants heavy airliners in the world..... currently the B744 and the A340-600 (Perhaps the -500 and of course the 777 but no more boeing whitout an Aibus please.... Airbus would allow PMDG to design the complete A31x, A32x, A33x and A34x family.... no comments.....There is not a A346 Payware...... but you can find 767, 777, B744, etc etc etc, and Airbus????????????Kind regards for you all PMDG and captains from Spain and as allways...sorry for my english.....Carlos Garc

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No Airbus won't cooperate. The level of detail you got with the PSS series is all you're gonna get with Airbus, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.Same for Gulfstream by the way. Gulfstream would probably sue any payware developer who made one of their planes, that's how much they hate FS.

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Thanks for the update Robert :)Looking forward to the 400F when released.

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Robert,Thanks for the update, but I have to ask you again ;): what about the engravity drivers?

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Thanks for the update. "PMDG approach. Request."Ya'll have done a great job with the Pax product. I'm really looking forward to the MD11. As the model evolves, I'm sure we we

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Looking foward to purchasing the 747-400F and MD11 but come on PMDG... how about the following:1) TUTORIAL FLIGHT/S - Six months on from release and still nothing. Such a complex add-on really should come with one of more tutorial flights as they're the quickest and best way to learn about flying the aircraft; far better than studying a 400-page systems manual. I can think of one developer of a competing add-on (not mentioning their name so don't flame!) who have released several excellent free tutorials. PMDG sell the most expensive add-on (?) but are REALLY lacking in this area.2) TYPE COURSE - We got one instalment, then it went quiet.

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Im going to agree with Sam on this one. I am in no way dis-satisfied with the current versions of PMDG's products, and I do also intend on continuing to purchase them, more then likely, even including the 747-400F. I was the one who posted earlier in response to the comment by Leferis this morning. I never even got a chance to see a reply before it was removed completely, but I can see by this posting, that it did not go unnoticed. I would like to thank the PMDG team for all your hard work. I may have seemed a little heated at the time of the posting, but that was truly dissapointing news. However, as Sam has pointed out, wouldnt it be possible to make a simple patch for the PAX version with features that are being implemented in the Cargo version, but would also be native to the Pax version? Just as an example, the hydraulics system logic, or the engine instrumentations for specific engine variants. Both of the products are 747-400's, and although I am no programmer myself, I doubt that it would be too difficult to issue a service update of sorts to add those updated features to the passenger version of the same aircraft. Heck, I would even be willing to pay for the update as well. As an alternative, maybe even adding an option to your 400F installer that would patch the same features on a detected registered version of the Pax model. That would definitely be an extra insentive for me to purchase the Cargo version, and would also be highly welcomed. Please if you will, take this critisism constructively. I mean no disrespect by what I say. I am mearly voiceing my opinion as a concerned existing customer.Kevin M. Stoffel

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Sounds good!Again I am so greateful that you have worked out these two extra engine types, also that you haven't stopped at creating the display modifications, you have also created updated engine behavior for those engine types as well.Very impressive.Boaz...

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>No Airbus won't cooperate. The level of detail you got with>the PSS series is all you're gonna get with Airbus, and I>don't see that changing anytime soon.>>Same for Gulfstream by the way. Gulfstream would probably sue>any payware developer who made one of their planes, that's how>much they hate FS.Why do you guys allways want to know what a specific company is willing to do or not to do. It

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>as Sam has pointed out, wouldnt it be possible to make a>simple patch for the PAX version with features that are being>implemented in the Cargo version, but would also be native to>the Pax version? Is there such a thing as a "simple patch" on a complex aircraft addon? im sure if that was the case PMDG would have released it

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No Airbus won't cooperate. The level of detail you got with the PSS series is all you're gonna get with Airbus, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.You are completly incorrect - all the required information is available from various different sources. For one, a few months back a RW bus pilot offered to source any information that would be required to model a realistic airbus aircraft. Manuals, guides and performance data convering all aspects of FBW logic and other sytems are all readily available too. Only because Airbus is not as helpful as Boeing doesnt mean you can't do it - this excuse has been used by the community for too long - it's a myth!

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I too really would love to see an Airbus on the level of previous PMDG products. And before someone says we already have an Airbus for FS the PSS behaviour is nothing like the real aircraft.I can imagine it would be a difficult project to undertake and the help of a manufacture would be a great asset. I'm sure if Airbus knew what could actually be achieved they might be more interested?-PaulCan't wait for the 744F :-)

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thanks for the update Mr. Randazzo. just one quick question regarding the 747 PAX version. will there be any more "PMDG" liveries released for it? thanks in advance for any info. happy flyin, Tim Wheeler

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Well done PMDG!!!!But...........please......... for all folks that bought Engravity CDU, tell us if there is news about drivers.....please!:-)Thank to all PMDG!Stefano

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Why are people requesting a patch, that they're willing to pay for, when they don't even know the cost of the 744F yet.Just when you think you've seen everything from the FS "community"...

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There is however, a major problem with the 744PAX. What about the FUEL-Disagree PROG-2 problem? I think this is a MAJOR problem with the PAX. Robust, robusted.Tom

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I also love flying this great aircraft but I also am still waiting for a tutorial so I can fly the right way.I have asked in the past and was told months ago that 12 was already written and was about 80 pages and the rest would be along soon.I do not want to ruffle coattails again but would like some information on release if possible? JeffG

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Wannabe knowledge? What exactly is that anyhow? :-roll Its been stated by more than one developer that Airbus isn't willing to help anyone make an FS plane, and that Gulfstream is hateful towards the sim community. This is just information that other developers have stated when asked about those specific planes. I'm just repeating what I've read more than once. Regardless of that, it's not necessary to be a jerk when posting an opposing view.

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Gents-Thanks for the comments. There seems to be quite a bit of concern that the 400Pax has been somehow written off or forgotten.... It strikes me as a bit funny. :-) The 400 is only the most important product we have ever produced......Guys- no worries- no panic. As I stated before- there is nothing currently in the pipeline for the 400Pax simply because all attention is focused on the 400F.... When the 400F is done and out- THEN we'll take a look at the entirely of the 400Pax and determine if there are things we should prepare for those customers who aren't interested in the 400F....That decision will not be made until after the 400F is released. (Possibly a few months later...)Lets be clear tho- if we update the 400Pax- it's not a pay-for-patch and it'll likely be a very very small update. (We don't do that, in case you hadn't noticed. ;-)) Nor will it include any of the new features that we are adding to the 400F.So don't get confused- the 400F is a unique product with a broad list of new features and additions, and in my opinion it's a better expansion to the 747-400 than the 8/900 was to the 737 series.... Yes- it will contain some fixes that the 747-400 might also get later- but that's the benefit of an evolving product line....

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Captains!Good afternoon! The following is an information roundup for the week, just to tie up a few loose ends and squash some rumors that have been started/furthered during the course of the week....**PMDG 747-400F Beta Testing**: This product is still in beta testing. We are currently preparing a third beta release for the testing team that will include a number of enhancements and fixes for items that they have sqawked to us during the past few weeks. Obviously this beta process is less intensive than that which was required for the full version of the airplane- but there are so many varied changes that we are taking a slow and methodical approach to this release.Specifically, there are so many changes required to the autoflight system, the FMC/CDU and and the autothrottle logic in order to incorporate the engine models for the Rolls Royce and Pratt engines that the potential for really ugly problems is not to be ignored.We have also added a number of refinements to the airplane that are found only in the 400UF and not in the passenger 400- and as such we want to ensure that we haven't inadvertently broken anything during the development process.No release date information is available on this product as of today- but we are getting close. :-)**PMDG MD-11 Alpha Testing**: We are still working with the same alpha version as we announced earlier. Our technical advisory team has been providing mountains of feedback- and this takes some time to cull through and begin the process of updating/changing/adding new functionality. Vin is well at work on the VC development, although as I stated in mid January- I do not expect you will see this work in screenshots for some time yet..... Work continues. :-)***PMDG Future Product Announcement***: We have our workplan layed out for the future- but we are not quite ready to fill you in. When we make this announcement finally- we will give you details on what to epect during the transition to FSX, and beyond.... 2006 is looking to be an exciting year!**Future Updates for the 400 Passenger**: There was some panic a bit earlier today when Lefteris made some comments on our future upate plans for the 400 PAX version. I removed the comments because they were out of context. To be clear- currently we are not developing anything new for the 400Pax airplane. We issued a very robust and rather generous update package a few months back- and we are very happy with the results! Since we are not currently working on the PMDG 747-400 Passenger aircraft- it is obviously easy to say that we do not have any future update/release plans for this airplane. This may/may not change after the 400F is released but we do not anticipate anything changing in the months ahead....Phrased more simply: Right now we aren't planning anything for the 400Pax - because everything we are doing is related to the 400F.Some of you who have been around awhile may recall that when we released the 737-8/900 we added a bunch of new features/fixes and benefits that you didn't get with the base package of the 737-6/700. This product integration will be no different. The 400PAX is a mature product that we are very happy with- especially after the last (and rather significant!) update- and we want to give you as much value as possible in a purchase of the 400F.It is our hope that the 400F will make the entire PMDG 747-400 package that much more enjoyable that- thus providing our customers with a good reason to purchase this expansion package for our flagship product!Some folks have asked if we will be releasing PAX and CARGO versions of the MD11 aircraft as separate products. I haven't an answer for you at this time- as it's something we haven't gotten far enough along to really consider.... Given the small size of the fleet and the relative popularity of this airplane with Cargo haulers- it seems to me at this point that you'll get them all at once- so make room in the hangar. :-)Okay- enough rambling form me tonight- I hope you all are well!

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Whew! Ok, thank you Robert for clarifying. Some of the other responses to this concern have been somewhat misleading in places I think, however, your explanation is much clearer and definitely helps calm my concerns. I can certainly understand concentrating all of your efforts right now on the 747-400F variant, and I am SURE that it will be an amazing product with many surprise features to keep all of us very busy for quite some time to come. I am in no serious rush to receive any kind of update for the 747PAX, my concern was just that it would not be "shelved", if you will. My belief with ANY good product from any good company, such as PMDG, is that patience is almost always well worth the wait, as I am sure it will be with PMDG's products as well. Keep up the great work guys. I know you are busting *** to get these products working as accurately as possible, and at the same time, looking great, and being as frame-rate friendly as possible, while at the same time, minimizing bugs and conflicts. Whew... I am tired just thinking about all of that!Again, that you for your explanation. It makes ME feel alot better.Kevin M. Stoffel

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Robert,Thanks for updating us on the 747F-status, but could you please tell us something more about the Engravity CDU-drivers... ?

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