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09JUL11 Update on NGX Release Progress

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Nice update. That's what all of us wanted to hear. Now i'm sure that release is really close :)

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Great update! It's hard to believe but I think we are within a week or two now.

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Great update! It's hard to believe but I think we are within a week or two now.
Everybody thinks that after every update.

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Everybody thinks that after every update.
- lets not forget the reason why PMDg held it back for so " long" was to work out the bugs. Logic tells me that more than likely, there arent going to be any show stoppers. Im going to be optimistic now that its in the FINAL testing stages. My guess would be next weekend, or a couple days there after.No matter what- its that much closer to release, Period.

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Thanks for the wonderful update Captain Robert. Can't wait to hear more updates regarding progress, performance, and pricing.

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Sounds good Robert! Thanks for the second most wished for update, you can guess what the first would be! :(

- lets not forget the reason why PMDg held it back for so " long" was to work out the bugs. Logic tells me that more than likely, there arent going to be any show stoppers. Im going to be optimistic now that its in the FINAL testing stages. My guess would be next weekend, or a couple days there after.No matter what- its that much closer to release, Period.
I think next weekend may be a little too optimistic! But hopefully won't be more than a few weeks :(

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Sounds good Robert! Thanks for the second most wished for update, you can guess what the first would be! :Big Grin:I think next weekend may be a little too optimistic! But hopefully won't be more than a few weeks :(
+1I guess end of july is a good time for a littl release :)

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Wauw, I had a feeling that you would release after I got back from Asia! And yes so soon after Batting%20Eyelashes.gifI cannot wait! I am flying your 747 ONLY in FS, and as much as I love that big bird, I need some new technology!Thank you for your great work! And I will be looking forward to the 777 as well, is is my favorite aircraft after all Big%20Grin.gif

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Robert as always you have kept us updated whenever possible and I know that soon we will see the NGX on the opening screen. Thank you.

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congrate! may i ask if you did solve the vnav problem? or will it be an fsx limitation?i am really looking forward, been studying the chief pilot since the last week and have written alot items down to check it with the ngx...

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congrate! may i ask if you did solve the vnav problem? or will it be an fsx limitation?i am really looking forward, been studying the chief pilot since the last week and have written alot items down to check it with the ngx...
Michael-Yes- we are very comfortable with VNAV as it stands currently. We are still beating on it pretty heavily to find ways to break it- because that is the best way to ensure it is stable when you get it.Since you asked about whether it might be "an FSX" limitation- it is worth noting that the autopilot and flight control functionality in the NGX are 100% custom. This doesn't mean that we simply wrote a cute wrapper around the default autopilot system, it means that we are using an entirely custom autopilot, written from the ground up for this application. This is not an insignificant task, but at the end of the day it gives you a simulation that actually flies like an NG...I'm certain we will continue to tune/tweak even after release, but this is robust enough that you will not see it wandering off and doing things it shouldn't do. And yes- you can download it using whatever browser you like... :(

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Everybody thinks that after every update.
credit to PMDG: there are no target dates or time frames in this missive.

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YES. I can't wait for the NGX. Now i can ask for it for christmas.

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Robert,Can you tell us what the problem was with the VNAV? when climbing decent ect?

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Robert,Can you tell us what the problem was with the VNAV? when climbing decent ect?
I'm not going to go into any kind of extreme detail but it had a lot to do with speed restrictions and the DECEL donuts, stuff like that. Basically getting the FMC predictions to agree with what the AFDS actually does. This FMC is far more advanced than other ones out there (including our own previous Boeing ones) - it's using logic that is very similar to how the real one works for the predictions and stuff. The mathematical solvers for VNAV and LNAV predictions took more time than anything else in this project to create.

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Im wondering about the manuals and tutorials. Will you release the non Boeing copyrighted documentation soon (before RC goes gold), or havent all that documentation been finished yet?

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Great update! Thank you to PMDG and more importantly thank you to the families of the PMDG staff members for allowing them to be so committed to this project. I think it's pretty cool that one single add on will be such a game changer for the serious sim pilot. I wonder how many VA's that operate the NG have had increased membership request since the NGX production announcement.

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I'm not going to go into any kind of extreme detail but it had a lot to do with speed restrictions and the DECEL donuts, stuff like that. Basically getting the FMC predictions to agree with what the AFDS actually does. This FMC is far more advanced than other ones out there (including our own previous Boeing ones) - it's using logic that is very similar to how the real one works for the predictions and stuff. The mathematical solvers for VNAV and LNAV predictions took more time than anything else in this project to create.
Would this mean that the code can be directly "implanted" into the 777? Or would it have to be tweaked/rewritten as it uses a honeywell fms? Excuse my ignorance!

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Im wondering about the manuals and tutorials. Will you release the non Boeing copyrighted documentation soon (before RC goes gold), or havent all that documentation been finished yet?
The Intro manual will probably be released soon. I'm still working on the tutorial flights - basically I don't want to take the screenshots for them until just before release to make sure they do match what you'll get with the RTM product.
Would this mean that the code can be directly "implanted" into the 777? Or would it have to be tweaked/rewritten as it uses a honeywell fms? Excuse my ignorance!
Yes the system is modular - it will need to be modified for the 777's specifics of course, but we will not need to do a rewrite of the FMC, AFDS, major mechanical systems etc to make the 777. It should go much faster now that we have the framework for the future in place.

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The Intro manual will probably be released soon. I'm still working on the tutorial flights - basically I don't want to take the screenshots for them until just before release to make sure they do match what you'll get with the RTM product.Yes the system is modular - it will need to be modified for the 777's specifics of course, but we will not need to do a rewrite of the FMC, AFDS, major mechanical systems etc to make the 777. It should go much faster now that we have the framework for the future in place.
So basically the development process for LNAV/VNAV will take less time for the 777? (hopefully... ) :( Sounds interesting :( But however, i will enjoy flying the NGX the next 2-3 years i guess Big%20Grin.gif and i wish you all good luck for the next weeks to get the beauty ready for release :(

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Seriously, I'm going to quit if people start up with "where are the 777 updates" as soon as we release the NGX. There is enough in this airplane to keep people busy for years and we'll be adding onto it continually too.

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