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- Chris Jefferies

 

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I accept the PMDG decision no longer to sell and maintain the MD11, but sure is a pity, as she is one great aircraft.


Geoff Bryce

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Thanks :smile:

 

Yeah I don't understand why they wouldn't update it since the groundwork is already done, but oh well.  Always been a favorite of mine.  So easy to fly.  I don't find enough shorter routes for it nowadays, plus the frames (e.g., performance, stutters) are lower than I think they should be.  It gets less airtime than my other add-ons now. 


- Chris Jefferies

 

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I don't find enough shorter routes for it nowadays

There are tons of short flights within the U.S. Just look on FlightAware for flights out of or too KMEM - http://flightaware.com/live/aircrafttype/MD11. This was copied at 0425Z. There were 30 flights. Might not be as many when you look at the page.


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I use FA extensively as my FP source.  Define short?  I can't fathom going over 3 hours but honestly 1.5 hours is my preferred flight time. 


- Chris Jefferies

 

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Define short?
For me and the MD-11, any flight in the U.S. is short. For you, out of KMEM or KSDF if you go to 2.0 hours you have all the airports used by the MD-11 between KDEN and the East Coast. I need to land the 777F at KMEM after a 14 hour flight from ZSPD. Started off with 40000 lbs. more fuel than cargo. See you later.

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Try flights in Japan. Most legs pretty short..1.5 - 2.0 hours. When I travel about the place, real life, when not using the train, All my domestic flights have been in 777, 787 , 767 and sometimes even the 747.


Geoff Bryce

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Agree - fly Japan, Korea, Taiwan routes. Even routes in the Philippines.

 

You can get legs under 2 hours all the time. Small downside is crappy scenery availability. There is some good Tokyo scenery but it is a computer killer (I have a fairly monstrous PC and it brings mine to its knees, poor FPS til a few miles away from Haneda). I will be working on some freeware photoscenery coverage of Japan but release is a long way off.

 

A buddy of mine is an F/O at Japan Airlines on one of their 777's (777-200 I guess) and he seems to fly a hundred legs a day - Hokkaido to Tokyo, then down to Okinawa, and if it will fit under the regs, back up to Tokyo and possibly even another flight back to Okinawa or Fukuoka all in the same day.

 

Tiring but I don't think I'd ever complain about it!

 

The MD-11 sure is fun to fly :) Very big change of pace from the usual Boeing FMC stuff, and the autoflight system is great once you get used to it. All the automated systems are really wonderful - they're different but I like the layout of the overhead panel more than the 777 because it has the "flow chart" kind of layout - helps visualize things when things start to fail.

 

I like being that one weird guy on VATSIM who's in an MD-11 or some other odd aircraft when every other plane online is a 777 :)


James Burke

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They used to use the MD-11 on a nightly flight from EWR-MEM...Rode in the jumpseat a couple of times...Amazing airplane and enjoyed the view immensely!

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