Robert Randazzo of PMDG has posted some new information regarding various ongoing developments including the NG3. Please allow me to briefly summarize below.
The base package for Prepar3D V4.5 is being prepared for initial testing. According to Robert, “We are bringing you new fluid and thermal models for pneumatic, hydraulic, pressurization, engine oil and fuel systems. Dramatically improved accuracy on the electrical system along with greater complexity in all of the aircraft systems. The autoflight system has been improved significantly, and will get another round of improvements once we finish rebuilding our core LNAV logic, but that will take place sometime after the initial product release as we have discussed earlier.”
The current build also features a complete EFB system along with various other undisclosed “goodies.”
However, perhaps most important, “We are going to keep the testing team muzzled initially when we push this product to them, mostly because they will be seeing some features that haven’t been debuted in any PMDG product to date and we want to keep them under wraps until we are ready for The Big Reveal…”
PMDG Global Flight Operations
The team have mapped out a rollout strategy for the software. Basically, the plan is to conduct a staged release, at least for the first couple of weeks. More information is expected soon. Robert notes, “Shouldn’t be too much longer now.”
PMDG eCommerce Overhaul
A more advanced and robust eCommerce system is coming to the PMDG website. The system should be online in the next few weeks and prove mostly seamless for existing customers. All user data and order history will be shifted to the new platform.
747 and 777
With respect to the next round of updates for the 747 and 777, Robert explains, “Current guidance (always subject to change!) is that we will update both of these products in preparation for the release of PMDG Global Flight Operations. The 747 will be a largely technical release designed to install some changes required specifically for Global Flight Operations compatibility- but the 777 update will carry quite a bit of payload since we haven’t published a new update for that product line since July.”
*Image courtesy of PMDG Simulations.