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  1. PMDG Release the 747-400/8 QOTSII Update PMDG has just released their latest update for the 747 Queen of the Skies II. The new update is for both the 747 and the 747-8 includes the PMDG RainMaker for the 747-400 (P3DV4 only) and EFB derate thrust and assumed temperature take-off calculations for the 747-8. Other changes to build 3.00.9193 include fixes to the missing windows in the 748F, adjustment to the fuel tank behaviour on the 747-8 and also the seatbelt sign status bug. For the painters, there has been some adjustments to the paintkit, also. In total, there are nearly 70 changes to this version, all of which can be applied via the PMDG Ops Center. There hasn’t been a forum post from Robert at PMDG yet, but if you load up your PMDG Ops Center, you’ll be able to download the update and see the changelog. If you don’t own the 747 collection from PMDG, you can buy it from their store. Prices start at $99.99 for the base package on FSX, with the P3D version costing $139.99. The 747-8 package is available $49.99 (FSX) and $69.99 (P3D). You could also read our review on the PMDG 747-8 here. Thanks to Matt for the heads-up SOURCE INFO https://www.precisionmanuals.com/pages/products/P3D/747QOTSII.html https://fselite.net/news/pmdg-release-the-747-400-8-qotsii-update/
  2. FS2Crew - PMDG 747 QOTS II V1.3 Released with support for 747-8! Please Note: If you no longer wish to receive FS2Crew News, please click the 'Manage your Subscription" link found at the bottom of this newsletter. [4 January 2019] Priority NOTAM: Version 1.3 for FS2Crew: PMDG 747 QOTS II Edition Released! --Adds FREE support (although limited) for the new PMDG 737-8 models-- Please visit: www.fs2crew.com FS2Crew is happy to announce that Version 1.3 for the PMDG 747 QOTS II is now available. This is a significant update for the PMDG 747 QOTS II. It is a free update. The update is built into the main installer only. There is no stand-alone update installer. You do not need to uninstall the current version. To obtain the update, please login to your FS2Crew account (the link is on the top of the FS2Crew website), and click "COMPLETED ORDERS", then re-download and re-install the package again. You do not need to uninstall any earlier version. Change Log: Version 1.3 Fixes and Changes: The 8 model is now supported for free, but with some limitations: 747-8 USERS READ THIS PART CAREFULLY!!! 1. FS2Crew 747 QOTS II only supports the 8 model in P3D V4, not FSX. The reason is due to a panel window limit in FSX. Again, this is all the more reason to move to P3D V4. FSX is old and out-of-date. FSX is yesterday's news. It's time to move forward to P3D 64 bits. It's the future. Do NOT try manually copying the FS2Crew entries into the 8 model's panel.cfg in FSX or you'll mess up the plane! 2. Due to SDK, legal, and technical limits, the FS2Crew FO cannot interface with the Electronic Checklist System(ECL), so you'll be using the same paper checklists you used in the 400. 3. How to add FS2Crew to the 8 model in P3D V4: You must run the FS2Crew PMDG 747 QOTS II Config manager again and re-enable FS2Crew. This is necessary to add the FS2Crew entries to the 8 model's panel.cfg file. Anti-Ice callouts fixed. Other minor bug fixes. SOURCE INFOhttps://www.fs2crew.com DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.fs2crew.com NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://www.fs2crew.com
  3. PMDG Statement on P3DV4.4 and Other Items It seems it takes a update from Lockheed Martin to bring some of the biggest developers to come out of the woodwork. Earlier today, PMDG CEO Robert Randazzo gave a brief update regarding various items on their agenda. The first thing that’s important to note is that all current PMDG products that work with Prepar3D V4.3 will work just fine with the newly released version V4.4. When it comes adding PBR, Robert said that it will take some time to roll them out to their product range on a “as ready” basis. They currently have no time frame on it. It was mentioned that they have seen PBR come through the testing process, but documentation on proper implementation wasn’t quite ready. As a result, they decided to wait until the final version was ready before investing the time. It was made clear that once PBR is applied to an aircraft, it will move the required version of Prepar3D to a default of V4.4 and above. It does beg the question, what are the team working on? Well, as previously hinted and discussed, it was finally laid out that the team are “heavily engaged in NG3 development”. NG3 refers to the next version of their popular NGX product, which was released over 7 years ago (yes, really!). It was mentioned a little while back that the Queen of the Skies II would see an update to include the PMDG Rainmaker among other things since the release of the 747-8. It was said today that a “comprehensive” update for the PMDG 747 QOTSII will be pushed via the Ops Center in the upcoming days. The update will feature some efficiency enhancements, cool new features that haven’t been shown off yet and a bunch more. No change log was provided, but once available, we’ll let you know. Finally, PMDG have confirmed the move from Avsim to their own forum will take place soon. The team expect a “soft-opening”, which will mean that both the Avsim and new PMDG forums will be staffed, but once everyone is up to speed, the Avsim one will cease to exist. More information will be provided soon on the PMDG forum. You can read the official statement over on the PMDG forums via Avsim. SOURCE INFO https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/545951-29nov18-a-few-things-pending-in-the-days-ahead/ https://fselite.net/news/pmdg-statement-on-p3dv4-4-and-other-items/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=push
  6. PMDG 747-8 features and quick cockpit tour SOURCE INFO DISCLAIMER. Airplane in early Beta so some features are not 100% complete and slight errors might exist. DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  8. Hi guys its been a while finally got p3d, v4 thinking about getting from pmdg either , the 737- 800 or the777 wondering how hard these planes are to learn to fly etc, used to fly the stock 737s in fsx back in the day milo SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  9. Greetings Gents a lot of my friends keep telling me I m crazy not to get FS2Crew I starting to think they might be right, of course, they are right, it is a great tool and not the 747 Crew just received an update cheers SSH SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/fs2crew-pmdg-747-400-qots-ii-version-1-2-now-avaialble/
  10. Since the release of Prepar3D V4.2, people have been keen to upgrade to take advantage of some of the new features and fixes. Of course with any update with a sim comes the risk of a product loosing compatibility. Typically, decimal updates (.X) don’t cause issues with aircraft, but some users are reporting problems with their PMDG products. Today, Robert provided a brief update on the situation. Some users are reporting that either the screen loads black or causes a crash to desktop (CTD). This issue isn’t consistent among all users. As you might imagine, PMDG has access to the beta builds of Prepar3D from Lookheed Martin, which is available to their team to ensure their products work. During testing of V4.2, the developers reported no issues with PMDG products working. However, since the release of the RTM version of 4.2, it is believed that some things have broken since. For those users who have contacted PMDG’s support system has been suggested to start the sim with a default aircraft and change it to their preferred PMDG aircraft afterwards. This appears to solve the issue and the aircraft then behaves normally thereafter. As for what PMDG are doing about it, they’re first identifying where the problem lies. It is either an issue with Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D 4.2 or with the aircraft itself. If it’s PMDG products, then it’s in their control and they’ll aim to fix it with a timely fix. If it’s to do with V4.2, then it’ll be down to LM to fix. PMDG has assured us that they’ll keep us informed going forward and they’re hoping to have the issue fixed soon. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/531258-14feb18-prepar3d-v42-release-and-resulting-issues-it-brings/ NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/pmdg-issues-statement-prepar3d-v4-2-related-issues/
  11. PMDG has just released on their Facebook page a video previewing their upcoming product RainMaker! RainMaker customizes rain, snow, and condensation to each individual frame, allowing for realistic simulation. This will more than likely be primarily a P3D v4 product due to the limits of a 32-bit simulation and OOM concerns. When releasing a product, however, PMDG has always released an FSX version of it as well, so it is very possible that PMDG will invest in RainMaker for FSX. We will have more information as it comes available! SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.facebook.com/pmdgsimulations/videos/1731291323577311/ NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://www.airdailyx.net/article/pmdg-rainmaker-preview/
  12. First Preview of the PMDG 747-8. Exciting Times Ahead! Last night, we shared a little sneak preview of the PMDG 747-8 Expansion for our Queen of the Skies II product line. Many of you had a chance to get an early glimpse of what we have coming, but this evening I am here to officially unveil the first official preview of our upcoming release! https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/530152-27jan18-first-preview-of-the-pmdg-747-8-exciting-times-ahead/
  13. UPDATE 27 Jan 2018 @ 22:55z: Slight edit for accuracy: The NG3 may not refer to the 737 Max. Can anyone confirm if the 737NG (real world) comes equipped with moving maps by default? Yesterday, PMDG CEO, Robert, treated us to a small glimpse into the 747-8’s flight deck. The preview showed us some exciting new features including an EFB, moving maps and airport charts. Today, he went into a bit more detail and shared a few new screenshots of the upcoming aircraft and confirmed the team are working on the NG3. The first key detail is that the product will be entering a beta period very soon. This is exciting is it means that soon we’ll see many brand new shots of the aircraft and see it in more detail. The next piece of information is that some of the features we saw yesterday are most likely to be only found P3DV4, as it’s a 64-bit platform. To quote RSR, “[the new stuff] brings forward our increasing effort to leverage the new x64bit simulator Prepar3D v4 to further increase the amount of realism we can provide.” The EFB in particular is important to note as it will be found in other PMDG aircraft in the near future. This will include the 777, the 747-400 and the upcoming NG3. That’s right, not the NGX. The EFB itself, as we mentioned yesterday, will offer a range of performance calculations for take off and landing. If you have in-op equipment, let it know and it will make sure the calculations are accurate. Wet runway, it’ll factor that in too. The EFB will walk you through the whole process making it as easy as possible. Furthermore, it will offer limited flight planning capability. Also discovered yesterday was the airport position map. RSR is a huge fan of this due to the added safety benefits it has. As a result, he was keen to get this into the aircraft. Luckily, for us, it comes with very little impact on the frame rate and implements a dynamic and real-time implementation. PMDG have made every effort to make it as easy as possible and will work with both default and add-on scenery you may have. If you’re wondering if the technology will be found in other aircraft, you can expect it in the NG3 since the real-world aircraft uses the same technology. This would suggest that PMDG are working on the 737 MAX. The next exciting new technology found is the Navigation Charts! It’s no secret users have wanted it for a while and PMDG have always been searching for ways to integrate it without passing a huge cost to the user. Work really began back in 2016, but now, excitingly, PMDG and Navigraph have worked together to now integrate it. This means you can now use your Navigraph charting subscription to import the charts into the 747-8 via the EFB. So you can view any chart at any time regardless of destination or phase of flight. Simply sign in and the charts will be yours to use! In the long-term future, PMDG are looking to import this into any aircraft that gets the EFB. Furthermore, if you use Aerosoft’s charting solution, PMDG are planning to integrate that in the future. What they did make clear was that there won’t be a free option. Finally, the other element that was noted was the rain drops found on the wind-screen. At first it wasn’t clear if it was TFDi Design’s True Glass, but Josh from the team made it clear it wasn’t. This meant that it was likely to be PMDG’s own technology. Today, RSR confirmed it is their own tech, which they jokingly call PMDG RainMaker. It’s been designed ‘per-airframe’ and features highly realistic aero and hydro dynamic simulation of precipitation and motion. This means speed, wipers and wind will effect how it displays. Will it come to other PMDG products? Yes! It will start with the 747 fleet, then the 777 and finally the NG3. At this time, the team are unsure about porting it to the NGX. Furthermore, it will only be available on P3DV4 due to the increased memory count the sim has. RSR concluded the mega post with further information regarding how the 747-8 is a very different aircraft to the -400 series. It includes a lot of the modern technology found in the 777 and later. It’s brimming with details, check lists, data and information. The forum post goes into a lot more detail about what sort of little details you can expect in the 747-8. No date or price has been set yet. The team will soon be giving it to the beta team to test and give feedback. Once we edge closer to the release, the team will update us. LINK TO SOURCE: https://fselite.net/news/pmdg-previews-detail-747-8-737-max-confirmed/
  14. PMDG Previews New Shot of the 747-8 – EFB, Moving Maps and More Usually, PMDG’s CEO Robert S Randazzo would post new previews on his own topics, but today, he opted for a more subtle approach. Luckily our eagle eyed readers spotted this brand new shot of the upcoming 747-8. The single shot below is a picture worth a thousand words. https://fselite.net/previews/pmdg-previews-new-shot-747-8-efb-moving-maps/
  15. Departure out of Seattle was rainy and we needed anti-ice through the climb. Once on top, Vancouver Center was online, and at 16,000 we were just above the cloud deck. As we all know, PMDG has been making their old Jetstream 41 compatible with P3D v4. Now, when i say old, I mean old. This thing hasn’t been updated since the ol’ FSX days. But now, PMDG has ported it over to P3D v4, allowing us to enjoy the turboprop bliss. The Previews A beta tester going by the forum name of “lasnubes” on the AVSIM forums has been posting some previews of the JS41. And boy, they look good. It’s been a while since we had a good turboprop. In the flight sim world, good quality turboprops are really hard to come by. Off the top of my head I can only think of two: Majestic Q400 and PMDG DC-6. There are others, yes, but none comparing to those two offerings. Hopefully, after the JS41, more will follow suit! Let’s not delay any longer though! Here are the screenshots with captions! Most were taken on a short flight between Seattle and Ketchikan. LINK TO SOURCE: https://www.airdailyx.net/article/pmdg-jetstream-41-previews-p3d-v4/
  16. Nice! LINK TO SOURCE: https://fselite.net/previews/pmdg-js4100-preview-shots/ / https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/520961-p3d-v4-the-js-41/
  17. The team at FS2Crew has been good at communicating to the community about the status of their 1st service pack for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II Edition. A few days ago, the team released the free update for the community to download and enjoy. This update is rather large and includes new voices, bug fixes and lots of requests based on customer feedback. Included in this new update is the addition of 6 new voice sets including German Male captain, another American captain and a further Australian FO. As well as additional sets, there’s also some new voice sets including UK Ground Crew and cabin crew public announcements and a brand new American cabin crew. Not only have new voice sets been added, but some new features as well. FS2Crew is now fully integrated with the PMDG Ground Service Vehicles. This is controled via a new configuration option on the secondary panel. Additionally, there is a new engine start sequence, new gate arrival procedures and also talk to the ground crew by holding down the R/T INT switch. Finally, there was also a host of bug fixes in this new update. This includes the FO properly calling “Plus 100” based on the config option, being able to call the ground crew when airbourne and ensuring that flight numbers are displayed on the FS2Crew map. There’s a lot more, and we’ve listed them down below. To download this huge update, you will need to log into your FS2Crew account and click on “COMPLETED ORDERS”. You can then re-download the installer and install it over the top of your current installation. There’s no separate download, nor the need to uninstall first. If you don’t already, you can buy FS2Crew’s PMDG 747 QOTS II Edition here. You can also see FS2Crew’s roadmap here. Change Log: Version 1.1. —New Voices— *Additional German Male Capt. *Additional German Female FO. *Additional American Captain. *Additional American FO. *Additional Australian Captain. *Additional Australian FO. *New UK Ground Crew. *New United States FA. *New United Kingdom FA Public Announcements. *New German FA Public Announcements. —New Features / Config Options— *Integration with the PMDG Ground Service Vehicles (controlled via a new *Config Option on the Secondary Panel). *Option to have the Captain (that’s you) only control the Hydraulics. *New allowable start sequence: 4 – 1 – 2 – 3. *New Config Option to allow the FO to select Terrain during his takeoff flow. *Captain’s Turbulence PA now available. *Gate arrival procedures enhanced. Please see the tutorials for updated procedures. FS2Crew will only attempt to connect the ground equipment after you announce “Shutdown Procedure”. This allows you to set the parking brake during taxi without triggering the ground equipment to be connected. *New Config Option to allow the FO to turn on both generators in the Freighter, not just one. *You can now talk to the ground crew by holding down the R/T INT switch. Hold it in the INT position. —Fixed / Updated— *Manuals updated. Some available voice commands were not listed. *FO now properly calls “Plus 100” not “Approaching Minimums” based on associated Config Option. *Voice Command “Select Flight Directors On/Off”. *No smoking signs no longer toggled in the Freighter models at 5000 feet in the descent. *Can no longer call the ground crew while airborne. *Touch and Go’s fixed with respect to the Landing Checklist. *Captain’s no longer plays when you run the Pre-Flight events in Button Control. *FO should now properly set the Baro scale (IN/MB) when in the US or Canada during his preflight flow. *Missing sound file in the Secure Checklist (Emergency Exit Lights). *FO will not announce passing the Transition Level during the descent if the altimeters are already set to QNH. *Strobes On/Off voice command fixed. *Match Speed / Bug Up/ Bug 1 – 5 – 10 – 20 – 25 -30 fixed. *Setting the comm radios via voice control improved. *Checklist Management voice commands fixed (ie., cancel the checklist, restart the checklist). *On the FS2Crew Map, the the Flight Number now displays. *FO should now properly acknowledge engine start commands. Config Manager panel.cfg handling updated to handle a rare situation where Vox ATC was on the panel.cfg file, resulting in Window numbers being put out of alignment. *”Passing Altitude” math improved to generate more accurate values taking your rate of climb/descent into account. *FO will not turn on the strobe lights when crossing runways (Voice command: “Confirm Clear to Cross/Enter Runway XXX” must be used). *”Set and Checked” now works as a possible response for the Before Takeoff “Flaps” challenge. *FO now responds to FMA callouts while in Descent Mode. If final sector, packs off deferred to the shutdown procedure. *”Set Heading 000″ fixed. *Ground crew volume amplified. *Dome light handling improved for 2nd legs. *Twitter / Facebook integration now working again (Social Integration tab on the Config Manager). TO SOURCE: https://fselite.net/news/fs2crew-releases-sp1-pmdg-747-qots-ii-edition/
  18. There has been news about PMDG bringing the JetStream 4100 to P3D for a while now. But this might be a little on the pricey side... LINK TO SOURCE: http://www.precisionmanuals.com/ProductCart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=114&idcategory=25
  19. PMDG Update on 747-8 and General Items https://fselite.net/news/pmdg-update-747-8-general-items/
  20. Captains, We have just pushed a few small, cleanup updates that should be propagating out in the PMDG Operations Center as we speak. (It takes a few hours to reach all sectors of the globe, so if you don't see them this instant, don't panic- it just takes a bit to boil out there...) The 777-200LR/F got a very small update that was focused on cleaning up a couple of items that we captured during research for a pending update on the 747- and since the item affected all product lines, the 777 update became necessary. You can check the change log for a list of minor items that were also included. (Note: The 777-300ER was not updated because it gets it's behavioral logic from the base package, and as such an update wasn't needed.) The 737NGX (both the 800/900 base package and the 600/700 expansion) were updated to clean up a few items that we missed during the round of updates related to Prepar3D v4 compatibility. Primarily these are very small items, but we also had a few texture/lighting/click spot anomalies that we wanted to address within Prepar3D v4- and this update should take care of those. This update series also wraps in a couple of minor items that were pass-down fixes from our continued work on the 747-400, and you can read the change log for more details if you like. Livery Update for the DC-6 for FSX/P3D: We pushed the "Independence" livery that Pete Sterling created last week. This originally started out as an internal piece but it came out so beautifully we felt that it should be shared. Pending updates for the 747-400: We have some items we are wrapping up to push out for the 747-400, but they are still being worked internally. We also have a massive amount of stuff we are holding back because it will get previewed with the 747-8, and those previews should start up here fairly soon. We are WAY (way way) behind on that project thanks in large part to the all-hands effort required to get all of the Prepar3D v4 compatibility taken care of- but last I checked it seemed everyone was back to using the time clock in the 747-8 assembly hall, so this is indeed a good thing. Stay tuned- we will have more for you soon! LINK TO SOURCE: https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/519789-13sep17-updates-pushed-for-737ngx-all-and-777-200lrf-product-lines/
  21. OUT NOW! https://www.fs2crew.com/cart/categories/Special-PMDG-747-QOTS-II-Area/ LINK TO SOURCE:
  22. PMDG 747v3 AirForceOne JDesingsTS Reskin SOURCE: http://jdesingsts.wixsite.com/jdesingsts/aircraft-reskins-downloads