In the last few hours quality wings have released a status update talking about the 4th Quarter of 2014. Here’s what they had to say about the Boeing 787 Project that they have been working on for some time.
“The team has been plugging away at the many different areas of this project. As many of you have seen with the weekly previews in between the 3rd and 4th quarter updates, we previewed the 787-9 which along with the 787-8 will be included as part of the Base product.”
“The real life 787-10 is a very long ways away (2017), so it will not be included in the base product since we certainly expect this product to be released in 2015. The 787-9 is not just a stretched version of the 787-8. It also incorporates a slightly different Main Landing gear, a super duper top secret Hybrid Laminar Flow Control System (HLFC) and a few additional flap settings.”
“We’ve animated this super duper top secret HLFC system that has absolutely no affect on the Flight Sim experience, but it makes us sound like we’re smart. (Really though we have no idea how it works, but it’s there). We’ve also begun testing out some effects such as Reverser Spray, water from the tires on wet surfaces and even brake dust upon Gear Retraction.”
“And finally with the exterior, I have been working on the exterior liveries for a few months and have gotten the bulk of the paints done. With some help from Ron who knows Bump and Specular mapping as well as anybody I’ve ever met – the exterior has been taken to a new level. We’re happy with where the exterior is but will continue to tweak this area.”
They also then went on to talk about the flight deck systems department.
“This quarter has seen alot of work done with the development of the Systems on the aircraft. Many times, the word “Systems” is thrown out there by some people to only refer to the Flight Management System and the Autoflight System. But in developing one of these large scale aircraft, all of the other systems like Electrical power, Hydraulic and Fuel Systems must get equal attention. Like the 747/757/767/777jets before it, the 787 incorporates an EICAS (Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System) that has a huge interface with all of the systems on the aircraft.”
“Older generation Boeing jets like the 737 use an annunciator light system to let you know when a something is not operating. The 737 NG as new as it is still carries the same type of cockpit philosophy. The 787 has annunciator lights as well, but these systems must also interface with the EICAS function of the display system.”
“Just about everything does. As you can imagine this is a rather large task, but we’ve made significant progress. A video will be provided soon showing some the operation of many of the overhead switches and their interface with EICAS. It’s about 4 minutes long and I’m warning you now, it’s 4 minutes that you will NEVER EVER get back lol. It just shows switches being operated and how EICAS reacts. But you asked for flightdeck previews…you will get it. Last we spoke, Lars had gotten the framework for the Autopilot/FBW systems.”
“Well we are happy to report that all basic Autopilot and some Autothrottle modes have been programmed and are functioning pretty darn well. We obviously have a hell of alot of tweaking to go, but we are already leaps and bounds ahead of where we were with the Autopilots on previous products. A custom Autopilot is really the only way to go. We’re late to the game in that respect, but we had to learn. At any rate, we’re getting there in these critical areas.”
“Next on the agenda for Lars is programming the FADEC (Engine Systems) and Tuning Panels. As we make our way through these different systems, we will tweak and refine the exact information and layout of the displays, so we remind you that the pictures you see and videos you see are a “Work in Progress”.”
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for hanging with us this past year. Your passion and interest fuels us. Your constructive criticisms make us think twice. And sometimes your ridiculous comments make us laugh. Even when you do ask the same questions over and over and over 😉
Have a Safe and Happy New Year and we’ll talk to you on the Flip Side.
They then went on to talk about the Ultimate 737 and other products, for more information and to see the full post click here