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27SEP08: PMDG MD-11 Turning Final...

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Captains-You will recall that when we released the PMDG 747-400 back in 2005, we kept a very tight lid on information during the last few weeks leading up to release. Then, in the middle of the night we posted the release without so much as a whisper to you here.While it was great fun to sit and see how long it took for someone to run screaming into the forum to let you all know that the 747-400 was available for sale (i think it was about 90 seconds...) we are NOT going to do that to you this time. :-)The PMDG MD-11 is very highly anticipated, due in large part to how many of you have been tracking the airplane's progress here since we first announced that Bill Grabowski and Michael Frantzeskakis were going to join PMDG nearly four years ago.Currently the FSX version is in the very late stages of beta testing. We have just given another beta version to the team, and we are preparing to give them one more on late monday or tuesday.Provided that nothing unusual comes up with this next version, we are anticipating shifting from beta testing to testing Release Candidates by late next week.This being the case, there is a realistic possibility that you will have access to the PMDG MD-11X within the next two weeks. :-)(Now isn't THAT exciting news?!)The FS9 version will begin making progress again once the FSX version is released. We feel that the FS9 version is advanced enough that it won't take long to wrap up, however there are still a large number of unknowns when it comes to making the advanced functionality of the MD-11X work within the confines of FS9.While our goal is to have the FS9 version out as soon as possible following the FSX version, I don't want to rule out the possibility that the FS9 version could still hit SIGNIFICANT snags as we attempt to make the airplane work on that older platform...To be more blunt: We'd like to see the FS9 version out within 30 days. But for all we know- it might take quite a bit longer than that... we just don't have a feel, yet.)Currently our beta team is installing and testing the 75 or so liveries that we have produced for you to use with the PMDG MD-11X. Once we have the all-clear on those, we'll make them available for download so that you can get a head start on building your stable.As always- thank you for your patience- we are looking forward to see your reaction to this marvelous airplane simulation!

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Thanks Robert,Good luck with the FSX version. I will, however, be patiently waiting for the FS9 release (and I don't think I will be the only one!).:)

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>Thanks Robert,>Good luck with the FSX version. I will, however, be patiently>waiting for the FS9 release (and I don't think I will be the>only one!).>:) Good luck with the FSX version. I'm also a patient FS9 'waiter' ;-)

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Hi Mr Randazzo,That is good news to read on a sunday morning!I really hope that this time there won't be any smokinfg servers, collapsing AVSIM forums, etc as with the first release of the 747.Although, until now PMDG is the only one who achieved this, so in fact it shows how popular your 747 is!!Good luck to you all with the release.Greetingd from Holland,Wijnand (EHBK)

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:-jumpy Wow, that's great news although I'm also waiting for the FS9 version...I'm really excited about the liveries (I hope we will see the Finnair Santa Clause paint)!

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Great News!! I am waiting for the FS9 version. Now my OCD for checking this forum will be kicking into high gear.Richie Walsh

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Great news. I set the countdown timer on my desktop to Oct 10. When the bell rings it will be time to fire up the engines!

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Great news, right in the middle of my selection procces (GREAT :(!)!Best regards, Joey

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Also waiting for FS9 version. Will the pdf type manuals for the FSX version be availabe as a download off the site or will they be in the actual purchase files? I ask as it would be really nice for those of us waiting for the FS9 version to be able to get the manuals to have a read while we wait for the MD-11 FS9.Andy S

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>Thanks Robert,>Good luck with the FSX version. I will, however, be patiently>waiting for the FS9 release (and I don't think I will be the>only one!).>:) I'm a future fs9 version customer as I just don't have a fast enough computer to run fs9 well.

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great news!just one small question. i want to pick up my lovely md11 in the states and then fly it here to germany. i know you guys are from different places, but what would you call your "home base" or the home airport of pmdg? in the shop it says something about Sparks, Nevada. So would then be rheno/Tahoe International the right airport to start the first delivery flight?regards,chrjs(christopher volle)

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I am so happy to hear that the MD 11 is going to be released in couple of weeks, I have been following your site for more then 7 month to see when it was going to be released but here we go in 1 week i will have that small/big bird flying over my city. WEHHEEEEE. Small Question ? how much is it going to cost. Thank you

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Hello, I have only been Following the Last 9 Months and look forward to seeing the MD11 give birth so to speak. Has there been anymore on the PDF manuals. I am working on making the printed manuals my Birthday present since today is my B-Day. Good luck on th erest and good luck with FS9 version as well. Although it is still taking some time to do so.It is still very possible even though today is the day.Thank YouCapt. Eric Wade Joneswww.usairwaysva.orghttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/1900driver.jpg

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Chris,How about this:?The real ones were build at Long Beach, CAA direct flight from there into Germany could easy be done.Regards,Harry

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you're right, i thought about that too, but i guess there's quite a lot of traffic around LA, so when i screw up on the first flight everybody will see it... ;-p maybe i can start at the PMDG home base with house colors, flying to long beach to get the paint job (lufthansa cargo!) done and then hop over the pond...you see, i'm getting really excited!chrjs

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Great news! Credit card at the ready.I think you made the right decision in targeting the FSX platform first and then worrying about the FS9 version after. AirSimmer should follow your initiative and release the FSX A320 first. Seems like their product will never see the light of day. Will you be able to release manuals early? I'd like to get some reading in before I try and fly it.

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>Very good news! I'm looking forward to thoroughly testing the FMC to>see if it matches the real MD-11... Should be fun :>Bryan GandallHi, Sir Brian you worked the MD-11 Sims at Delta didnt you?I don't remember which one it was, however it Kinda makes me curious about your opinion when you do it.Thank YouCapt. Eric Wade Joneswww.usairwaysva.orghttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/1900driver.jpg

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