PMDG | What’s going on? 747-8 Status Update & More!

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PMDG yesterday released a status update detailing “what is going on” at PMDG and what they’ve been doing for the past few months.

In a post to the AVSIM forums, PMDG CEO Robert Randazzo wrote: “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?!”

He then went onto talking about what happened immediately upon release of their 747QOTSII writing: “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!”

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 weren’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!”

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