Roadburner426

PMDG Announced Global Flight Operations at FSE 2018

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Seeing as a lot of people seemed to have connection issues I will post this to tell you guys what he said. The big announcement is a product called Global Flight Operations. It will integrate with the new Operations Center 2.0, and basically it will work like a library for airplanes (simple terms). So basically you will go in to Op Center, and check out a specific airframe serial number that then can not be used by anyone else. You will start up with the airplane wherever the person who checked it out before you left off. You can then fly the plane to a destination of your choice, and then shut the plane down (or leave it in any state you want!) and check it back in. The plane will then be back on the Op center server for someone else to check out from the destination you left it at, and continue flying it. Hours, wear & tear will accumulate on the airframes on a per airframe basis. So it will track hours and such for each serial number. He said it will also allow you to select any livery that the plane was ever flown it. So say serial number 1 was a 744 that was owned by United, but had multiple paint schemes and later was converted to a freighter you will have all of those liveries to choose from. It also has a built in ACARS sim that will give you real time METARS, and simulates the ACARS VHF stations & satellites along with their reception spectrums. So you have to be within range of a station to actually receive/transmit data. I hope it makes sense, and it all sounds really cool to me. This product also will work with any airplane, but will be rolled out in 3 tiers. First tier is 744/748, 777, 737; next tier is the rest of PMDG products; third tier is going to be everything else. Hopefully they put the screens up from the slides at some point.

On a side note Robert did say if we kept a plane checked out/hogged it for ourselves that he would take it back! lol So don't be greedy and keep a plane checked out.

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That sounds the same system as was once available for use with the original Aerowinx 747

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This sounds like fun! Never thought I would get so excited about a configuration management system!!!

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I respect the idea and efforts of PMDG, however I was hoping for something to enhance flying the aircraft and not operating it.

Alas, I am going to bookmark this topic and {insert Michael Jackson popcorn GIF/Meme}

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Gee this hobby is getting complicated.😵 Thanks for the update.

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I think this gives a purpose for their larger products for people like me who aren't part of VA's, but like the experience of flying larger airplanes. However by myself there is really no purpose in say flying a 777, or 747 by myself as that gets kind of boring. So to me this allows us to be part of something larger, and have a more realistic/defined purpose for flying the larger machines without the commitment of being part of a VA. I tried joining vUSAF years ago and rocked out of that. At least with this I can fly from point A to B, and then give the plane back to the community. Then pick it up again when I feel like it wherever it is at that time, or pick a whole new plane.

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I was/am underwhelmed as well. I’m sure many will enjoy the product and PMDG will of course create a superb rendition, but this does nothing for me personally. I fly for a living and use FS as an escape of sorts, so recreating exactly what I deal with at work isn’t incredibly appealing, but I do wish them all the best and perhaps I will take a look once it has been released. To all those who do end up purchasing, I hope you enjoy it!

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Greetings all,

Unfortunately, I have to agree with the previous poster, swood721.

I was hoping for something like a new ATC system/client for P3Dv4...

I have the PMDG B737/747 and love them. I will continue to support the company as much as I can. However, at first blush and at the risk of sounding a tad bit selfish/self-centered, his announcement does not hold any attraction for me. I've been involved with a VA since 2006 and became CEO of it in 2011, so for me this new "GPO" is not of any value.

I do wish PMDG the best of luck with this new endeavour and also to all of those who choose to utilize it.

Regards,

Scott

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1 minute ago, ndflieger said:

I've been involved with a VA since 2006 and became CEO of it in 2011, so for me this new "GPO" is not of any value.

VA's can use the system as well. They can have their own back end and use the ACARS system to communicate with their pilots, as well as the part where location/hours/failures/state is tracked per airframe. Possibly other things, but I believe that's all he mentioned. He didn't give too much detail on this part, but I'd imagine there will be more in the future.

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Doesn't seem like there would be a massive customer base clamoring for this.  Appears to be nichey to me.

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I'm not so interested in 'doing it by the book' that this has any appeal to me.  Hopefully it's an optional feature.

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Hi Chaos,

The Client that my VA subscribes to already keeps track of the airframe/engine/landing gear/hours since last maintenance etc...status. Still not seeing any attraction for this (at least for me).

I'd be interested in seeing what prompted this idea 10 years or so ago and why PMDG continued with it despite the ever changing flight simming/VA world.

Now, back to my PMDG B747F, enoute from MMMX to KMIA 🙂

Just my 2 cents,

Scott

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Very disappointing news and totally not worth the one month hype.. It is just a slight extension of what you do in Virtual Airlines or FSEconomy.. Nothing ground breaking.. Secret for 10 years? Come on.. 

For the average simmer who doesn't even enable failures, let alone persistent failures etc, it doesn't add much value.. It's just basically more paper work before you start flying.. Great.. Thanks.. 

I was hoping it will be a product that can solve the bigger issues every average Joe simmer is facing like poor performance with dynamic lighting etc or some new aircraft or new platform etc.. 

I'm not saying this is a bad feature.. Ya its sorta nice to have for some people who have the bandwidth to do that.. If I had seen this news as a casual news item on fselite, I'll be like "oh I see, good to know" .. But one month of hype over this.. Thats what makes it so disappointing.. And it's not just me.. Read the responses in other forums and news sites.. 

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I’m not very interested in the “library”, but it will be interesting to see how the ACARS part unfolds. That and CPDLC have been something simmers have been interested in for a while. 

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3 minutes ago, fakeflyer737 said:

was anything said about the NG3?

No. 

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Just now, Chaos81 said:

No. 

seriously they said nothing about it all?

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Just now, Chaos81 said:

No. 

There was, actually...

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Looking forward to this. Bring it on 🙂

Julian Evans

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I'm going to use the "Great Circle Route' on this one. I saw the part of the presentation where Robert introduced this new product. As he went through the presentation there was one slide that showed the platform choices. He made a comment about X-Plane being there eventually. Would it be wrong to deduce that if Global Operations were to include X-Plane that there would have to be PMDG aircraft to use with it?

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9 minutes ago, scandinavian13 said:

There was, actually...

Hmm. My stream must have buffered when it was mentioned, because I don't remember hearing anything about it. Or was it not part of the presentation?

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29 minutes ago, vin747 said:

Very disappointing news and totally not worth the one month hype.. It is just a slight extension of what you do in Virtual Airlines or FSEconomy.. Nothing ground breaking.. Secret for 10 years? Come on.. 

 

Totally agree. 

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6 minutes ago, Chaos81 said:

Hmm. My stream must have buffered when it was mentioned, because I don't remember hearing anything about it. Or was it not part of the presentation?

If I recall correctly, they mentioned the 'precipitation feature' would be integrated into the 777, 747 AND NG3, which 'confirms' the latter existence  

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He mentioned NG3 when talking about the EFB portion of his presentation when showing the 748, saying that the integrated checklists and such would be integrated in to 748/777/NG3, but not in to 744 since the EFB portion never came to them. He showed off a bunch of the dynamic checklist features on the 748, and went pretty at length. The EFB will also have Jeppson charts built in, as well as a ground handling system that shows the airport taxiways for easier ground navigation. That is also updatable through the EFB, and at the press of 2 buttons he says it uses your airport library data to update it all in 30 second or less. So regardless of what brand of third party airports you use, or if you just use default scenery that the taxiways and such will be accurately modeled to reflect what you see outside the windows. Also NG3 will be getting the special weather effects like rain on the windshield, and snow accumulation that were pretty cool. That was really all that was said about it.

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is the NG3 the 600 700 800 900 or the MAX series or both? 

I am so confused. Why can't they just be straight up with us for once?

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