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[30JAN17] PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II - Welcome to Release Week!

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Finally! I guess I'm flying my last 777 flight for a while now! :) 

 

 

 

A bit off topic, but may I ask what cpu voltage you have to run it stable at 4.7ghz?

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I'm with JB here, but I have a unique setup for testing:

  • Original FSX with a vanilla, non-tweaked, zero-optimizations install. The only add-ons in this simulator are PMDG aircraft.
  • FSX:SE packed full of what I would consider "typical" add-ons in the community (for this, I follow what my friends on Facebook are using, sim new sites, and so on). This includes orbx FTX Global + Vector ( + trees), a bunch of orbx airports, the entire FlyTampa library, the entire FlightBeam library, and a ton of Aerosoft airports. For weather, AS2016 runs in the background with ASCA. Nearly maxed settings (I think I backed autogen off by one or two notches, along with mesh).
  • P3Dv3 packed full of the same with settings maxed.

Backing off on settings to bump up FPS values to tout FPS values would be pretty misleading, which is why in the (rare) circumstances that we provide such metrics we usually set an anchor point. In the case of one of RSR's old posts, the anchor point was the 777 (if I'm remembering it correctly). This allows you to see a comparison to a potentially known value (should you have that other aircraft), which is arguably more relevant than simply saying "oh, I get X FPS" because that would only be relevant if someone had the exact same computer, with the exact same settings. Otherwise, it would vary on the high or low side.

 

I get the best frames in FSX (somewhat obviously, since there's nothing in it other than the plane), followed by P3D, and then FSX:SE. The last two are relatively similar, but P3D takes advantage of the SLI setup that I have a bit better, so it's smoother and 5-10 fps higher, depending on the situation. Either way, the entire reason I have all of these sims installed, and in various states, is to see how the aircraft fits into the "ecosystem" of everything you all use. This is taken further by all of the beta testers who are intentionally simmers from the community (as Jason noted), who all use a varying array of different add-ons. Some use EZDok, some use ChasePlane, some use GSX, some don't. Having that many people using that many different setups helps us to track down issues a little better, but it also helps to establish a performance trend across different hardware configs.

 

 


What's with this pogo stick talk???

 

It's an old joke we had with our older aircraft. There would be a pogo stick somewhere in the model, usually in a cargo bay or something. It has since been changed to a Segway.

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It's an old joke we had with our older aircraft. There would be a pogo stick somewhere in the model, usually in a cargo bay or something. It has since been changed to a Segway.

 

 

Excellent. Can't wait to climb out of 10,000', tell F/O he has controls and go searching for it. Nice Easter Egg.

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Well if you say that it performs about the same as the 777 that is good enough for me. I do have plans for a new build sometime this year, but I am glad that I can take it slow.

My patience is already being tested like never before by having to wait for my pal to get back to finally fly her majesty.

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Its gonna be interesting to see VATSIM the day of release and have 500+ 747's flying around! can't wait!

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Can't wait, got the greenlight from the Misses, LOL.  This took some armtwisting after already getting the Connie last month, I told her, "I got one queen already in the hanger over Christmas, now I gotta have the other queen...that way they won't be lonely"  

 

Cheers

TJ 

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Its gonna be interesting to see VATSIM the day of release and have 500+ 747's flying around! can't wait!

 

Haha yeah.... that's the great thing about new premium aircraft releases... more variety on VATSIM. On the other hand with this one I got the feeling the trend will go the other way. I also got that "bad" feeling I  myself won't be able to fly anything else for longer than expected. My 737, 777, A32X and Q400 are going to get veeeeery jealous.

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"Changes to the runway surfaces (right around the corner).."

 

 

Do you mean... Like.... Wet/Dry runways and their associated performance?!

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"Changes to the runway surfaces (right around the corner).."

 

 

Do you mean... Like.... Wet/Dry runways and their associated performance?!

 

Now that would be amazing.

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Its gonna be interesting to see VATSIM the day of release and have 500+ 747's flying around! can't wait!

 

I will be one of them eventually but not until I have my Sierra wired tite with this bird first.

 

First flights will be touch and goes out of Boeing field.

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But does it flush, and does the new sound engine that Robert spoke of capture it in all its glory?  

 

 

Dam .... I knew I forgot something .....  :Nail Biting:

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Dam .... I knew I forgot something .....  :Nail Biting:

 

Quiet now. Don't find reasons to postpone. We'll figure something out until there is an update to solve that.

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Catering, fueling, ground handling, lavatory services, maintenance, cabin service and cargo loaders all respond in sync with Ground Operations for realistic traffic and servicing around the airplane during ground turns.

 

This almost sounds like a GSX type of addon included in the aircraft.  Would love to know exactly what this means.

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Quiet now. Don't find reasons to postpone. We'll figure something out until there is an update to solve that.

Do you really think it will be a free update, or a paid expansion pack?  If it is an expansion pack, then I would expect them to include user selectable options for at least four major airline commode manufacturers with varying performance characteristics, and fully modeled failures (both major and minor).  Additionally, every April fools day, the FO will flush some dry ice at a random point during any flight taken that day.

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Can't wait for the new Queen to take her place in my hangar.  About to depart on a trip from HNL to NRT.  It might be my last in the old '74. So many good memories flying it, though I feel many more new ones to come while flying the new one.  Sooooo bittersweet.

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- random "clutter" placement throughout the cockpit (cans, pens, etc)

 

So including sloppy cleaners?

 

Great!

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"Changes to the runway surfaces (right around the corner).."

 

 

Do you mean... Like.... Wet/Dry runways and their associated performance?!

 

This.

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Gentlemen

A big thanks to Robert and the team for preserving the legacy of this great plane in the virtual skies, I was truly impressed with the attention to detail of this simulation, looking forward to put it through its paces.

Regards

Palle Jensen

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Working overhead bins or I'm not buying. Simple. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just kidding I'll throw my bag on my bed behind me.

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Captains,

 

Welcome to Release Week for the PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II for FSX, FSX-Steam Edition and Prepar3D v3.x!

 

 

 

 

hehe, in the last few years, all the features I have been asking for and craving have come true::

 

1.WX radar

 

2."Mood lighting" (during the 777 dev cycle I asked if we would be able to control the cabin lighting colours and BOOM, we got it. Go ahead and check, its me)

 

3. Windmilling: I asked if this would be in the 777 but at the time you said no. Now that you made it on the 747 I hope it gets retrofitted to the 777

 

 

EDIT: PLEASE RETROFIT THESE NEW FEATURES TO THE 777 AND NGX

 

Feel like I should start asking about CPDLC or an EFB. May end up coming true

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