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PMDG Product Line Status Update – 747-8 Expansion Details

PMDG have posted a quick status update over on the avsim forums, where they share information concerning ‘what is going on at PMDG’. the post clarifies what the development team have been doing, pushing out clean-up updates for the 737, 777 and 747 product range to extend its stability, as well as progress on the 747-8 expansion. Here are all the details…

Captains,

We have been fairly quiet the past few months as we finally took some time off to recharge after releasing the PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II.  Wait.  What?  We released that back in January?!

True.

And immediately upon release we cancelled the normal post-development break for the team in order to have all hands on deck to convert our product lines to make them compatible with Prepar3D v4…  This pushed our workflow well into the summer, and by the time it was over all of us were in good need of a vacation.

So now that the PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster is out, the 747-400 is updated and the product lines for Prepar3D v4 are stable, the teams have had a break and we have all returned to focusing on forward progress, I thought it was time to give you a quick update on what we are up to!

EXPANDING THE SUPPORT TEAM:

At the beginning of October, we welcomed long-time beta tester and friend to the PMDG team, Chris Makris to our support team.  Chris has been with us for nearly fifteen years and earned a reputation on our beta team for tenacity, detail focus and technical knowledge covering a wide range of computing, simming and PMDG topics.  This is hard to do, as our beta team to the man has demonstrated an incredible willingness to dive deeply into each of our products in order to uncover even the most minute faults, so Chris was an obvious choice for us when it came time to expand our support team to continue meeting the needs of our ever-growing customer base.

Chris has already been at work for nearly three weeks and if you haven’t had a chance to work with him, I think you will find he fits well into the mold cast by Paul, Ryan and Kyle.  Chris picked up the workflow quickly and was already so comfortable with the normal flow of reports that come in from our customers that his introduction to the team was incredibly smooth.

I hope you all will welcome Chris to the team- and recognize that his addition represents further preparation for things to come!

UPDATES FOR THE 737, 747 and 777 product lines:

Last weekend we pushed a series of updates for the PMDG 737NGX, PMDG 777 and PMDG 747-400 product lines.  These updates represented a bunch of cleanup details that we collected during the previous couple of months to further stabilize the existing product lines and correct some outstanding flaws.  You can check the PMDG Operations Center and the versions tab of an individual product module to get a rundown on what has been updated.

PROGRESS UPDATE: 747-8

We are busy doing some pretty significant work on the 747-8 at the moment.  I am going to be intentionally cagey in not telling you precisely what we are working on, except to say that we are adding new functionality that is unique to the 747-8 that wasn’t accomplished during the 747-400 development cycle.  I don’t have a clear feel for when we will drop this product into beta testing just yet, but I will tell you when that happens.

We will begin giving you some previews of the airplane right around that time as well.

The 747-8 is a significantly different product than the 747-400 in many many regards.  It is interesting to experience the difference between the two airplanes and to observe how similar, yet completely different the airplanes are.  Many crews around the world are dual qualified and move back and forth between the two types as part of their employment. You will be able to do the same in short order and if you are at all like me, you will develop a real love of the technological capabilities of this magnificent new airplane!

Okay- I have to get back to some tasks on the code-side, but I will be back with a few more interesting new items in the days to come.

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer and that you are looking forward to a fun winter of flying!

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