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10OCT08 Updated MD-11 Release Planning Information

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Captains-I am going to get to bed early tonight for a change (1am wahoo!) but thought I'd drop you a note to keep you posted on how the release preparation is going for the PMDG MD-11.Earlier today, we sent out Release Candidate 4, as I mentioned we were planning. We are still awaiting some specific feedback on a few items from the Beta team. We have seen just small amount of feedback on the critical item we wanted them to check, and I think we will probably want to send them at least one more release candidate before we give the airplane to you.We are really looking to provide you with an MD-11 flying experience that exceeds all of your expectations and the extra time and caution we are taking with the final version is indicative of a completely different design and testing process that was implemented with the PMDG MD-11 development.(This airplane has been in active testing since January, 2006.)The preparation for release continues, and we are finding a few more loose ends related to liveries and manuals and the website that we want to tie up neatly before we issue the release.The goal for us, quite simply, is to have a this release go so smoothly that you find yourself climbing away from your home airport with a big smile on your face because we have take a few extra hours and days to make absolutely certain your airplane is ready for you.Right now the only thing we know for certain is that the release will not happen on Friday, but we are still within the "before 14OCT08" schedule with plenty of margin.Also... I mentioned that we *anticipated* getting the liveries and manuals up for you on Thursday. We have a few more details to square away before we can do that. I'm shooting for tomorrow- but right now all i can promise is that it'll happen "sometime before release."(And that is a quick lesson on why we don't like giving release dates... as soon as you set one- something always comes up!)I'll likely have a few posts here in this thread during the day on Friday to keep you posted as to our progress toward things.So- thank you for your enthusiasm for this, our first fully new product release in more than three years. We are very excited for you to fly our MD-11!

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Thanks for the update Robert....was hoping for the manuals for the weekend but then perhaps I ought to get a grip...or get a life....

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Chris-I'm hoping to get them to you guys for the weekend. I'll keep you posted!(Darn 2am... I knew 1am was too much to hope for...LOL)

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A Freudian slip??> and I think we will probably want to send them at least one more release candidate before we give the airplane to you.

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Hi Robert, got a few questions for you unless you asleep already.Will the FS2Crew for the MD-11 be made available to purchase on the PMDG Web site?I watched a video demo of the 747 version this can be a very useful tool when it comes to the operation of the plane.Second Have they made any announcement to which airline they are modeling the MD-11 version after or will we have to find out about it when we get it?I also realize you may not know the second one. I am not to worried about it, it would be something that would be handy to know if you can answer it. If not oh well.Thank YouCapt. Eric Wade Joneswww.usairwaysva.orghttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/1900driver.jpg

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>Captains->>I am going to get to bed early tonight for a change (1am>wahoo!) but thought I'd drop you a note to keep you posted on>how the release preparation is going for the PMDG MD-11.>>Earlier today, we sent out Release Candidate 4, as I mentioned>we were planning. We are still awaiting some specific>feedback on a few items from the Beta team. We have seen just>small amount of feedback on the critical item we wanted them>to check, and I think we will probably want to send them at>least one more release candidate before we give the airplane>to you.>>We are really looking to provide you with an MD-11 flying>experience that exceeds all of your expectations and the extra>time and caution we are taking with the final version is>indicative of a completely different design and testing>process that was implemented with the PMDG MD-11 development.>>(This airplane has been in active testing since January,>2006.)>>The preparation for release continues, and we are finding a>few more loose ends related to liveries and manuals and the>website that we want to tie up neatly before we issue the>release.>>The goal for us, quite simply, is to have a this release go so>smoothly that you find yourself climbing away from your home>airport with a big smile on your face because we have take a>few extra hours and days to make absolutely certain your>airplane is ready for you.>>Right now the only thing we know for certain is that the>release will not happen on Friday, but we are still within the>"before 14OCT08" schedule with plenty of margin.>>Also... I mentioned that we *anticipated* getting the>liveries and manuals up for you on Thursday. We have a few>more details to square away before we can do that. I'm>shooting for tomorrow- but right now all i can promise is that>it'll happen "sometime before release.">>(And that is a quick lesson on why we don't like giving>release dates... as soon as you set one- something always>comes up!)>>I'll likely have a few posts here in this thread during the>day on Friday to keep you posted as to our progress toward>things.>>So- thank you for your enthusiasm for this, our first fully>new product release in more than three years. We are very>excited for you to fly our MD-11!Thks for another update, but what about the version for fs9 as it is and have any date time?

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Thaks for the update.I think another thread has mentioned that they hope to have the FS9 version out around a month after the FSX release.Dan.

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4 weeks or so is the plan on the FS9 version. Please do not take that as a statement of a release date or anything.

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>> and I think we will probably want to send them at least one more >release candidate before we give the airplane to you.>>

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Ok,I'll let my F5 take a break and just wait for your updates there.Thank you for all the job you do and be sure that we're all "excited" about this release ;)Regards.

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I cant wait!!! cant waiiit but please... do someone know if there will be an activecaneraX soon?Thanks!!!Carlos.LESO.

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I think I missed it but maybe any of you can answer me.Will the MD-11 use same NavDATA than 747 or will need new format ? And then, will Navigraph offer those close after the release if it's not the same format ?Regards.

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>Will the MD-11 use same NavDATA than 747 or will need new>format ? And then, will Navigraph offer those close after the>release if it's not the same format ?>IIRC, the MD-11 is using the same format as the 737/744. The NGX is/was planned to use a new format.-Lee Barberhttp://home.nc.rr.com/uniuniunium/dvasig.jpg

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Rob,Do any of the "loose ends" w.r.t. documentation affect the printed manuals? i.e. will an errata be published, and/or will updated printed documents be made available?Thanks,- Bill

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>Rob,>>Do any of the "loose ends" w.r.t. documentation affect the>printed manuals? >>i.e. will an errata be published, and/or will updated printed>documents be made available?>>Thanks,>>- Bill>I second this question.Best regards,Robin.

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>>Second Have they made any announcement to which airline they>are modeling the MD-11 version after or will we have to find>out about it when we get it?They have already said that it is a MD-11ER (the -ER (extended range) variant, the one that has the extra fuel tank in one of the lower cargo holds).I am not sure which airlines originally got -ER's but not many -ER's were produced. World Airways presently flies one of them.RhettFS box: E8500 (@ 3.80 ghz), AC Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64ASX Client: AMD 3700+ (@ 2.6 ghz), 7800GT

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>>@USA1045: It's the MD-11LR that they've modelled. :)>MD-11ER is what I saw (?)RhettFS box: E8500 (@ 3.80 ghz), AC Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64ASX Client: AMD 3700+ (@ 2.6 ghz), 7800GT

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>>>>Second Have they made any announcement to which airline they>>are modeling the MD-11 version after or will we have to find>>out about it when we get it?>>They have already said that it is a MD-11ER (the -ER>(extended range) variant, the one that has the extra fuel tank>in one of the lower cargo holds).>>I am not sure which airlines originally got -ER's but not many>-ER's were produced. World Airways presently flies one of>them.>>Rhett>>FS box: E8500 (@ 3.80 ghz), AC Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3>Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600>Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm>Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate>64>ASX Client: AMD 3700+ (@ 2.6 ghz), 7800GTThe "ER" version is a retro fittable mod to all MD-11s.Bryan Gandall

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>>The "ER" version is a retro fittable mod to all MD-11s.>>Bryan Gandall>Yes that's right. It is also "reversable" in that you can take the extra fuel tank OUT of an -ER. I think Finnair did that on one of their MD-11's.RhettFS box: E8500 (@ 3.80 ghz), AC Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64ASX Client: AMD 3700+ (@ 2.6 ghz), 7800GT

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"but we are still within the "before 14OCT08" schedule"My birthday - but I won't be around. Aaaargh!C'est la vie.John Rooum

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Bill-HAHAHAH...You keep this up we'll need a lawyer just to approve our forum posts. :-p

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