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  1. Hello everyone, It's been a very busy few weeks! Over the last few weeks, we've released a moderately sized update for PACX (as it is nearly to version 1.0), we fixed a small snag in the TFDi Design 717's navigation display, and of course, have been hard at work on the TFDi Design MD-11. I've included some new renders and information from a few of the developers on the project.

     

    To start, I'll quote @Ricardo Ramos, the systems programmer for this project.

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    Electrical system development is progressing fast: buses, generators, relays, switches, loads and overall interconnection mesh were coded individually and now are being integrated to work together. Buses share loads and sources when interconnected. Transformer-rectifiers and inverters were created with efficiency coefficients so when a load is present in a DC bus, the corresponding AC bus will be loaded proportionally to the transformation ratio and efficiency. Generators also share loads when interconnected. The overhead indicators were already added. Buttons event handling are coming next. With all parts working together, the logic for switching relays in automatic mode will be created and integrated last.

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    @ozzman1997 has been doing some incredible work on the model as well. The exterior is nearing completion (still pending texturing, of course), but the cockpit has progressed immensely.

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    Finally, I've been working on the FMC/MCDU (and its associated sensors, computers, and systems). I don't have a screenshot to show this time, as the majority of my work has been behind the scenes. That said, here are some key points of what's been added to the system recently:

    • Triple, independent IRU simulations with simulated drift and realistic alignment behavior (for example, a fast align can be performed once the IRU has captured true north and has been previously aligned).
    • The GNS systems are implemented and have the appropriate amount of sensors and information channels to integrate in a realistic way.
    • The navigation database system has been optimized and brought into the MD-11 and is now being properly read by the FMC, including both primary and secondary databases.

    The next step is beginning to code flight planning and MCDU operations. Unlike our previous aircraft, we intend to simulate all (except maintenance/third-party software) features of the MCDU, such as wind entry and RTA. Of course, we're still early on, but progress so far bodes well.

     

    That's all for now and thanks for reading!

  2. Jishwaah
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    By Jishwaah,

    6 years ago today, TFDi Design became an official registered company. Throughout this long period, the company has grown to where it is today, and from the administration team here, @turbofandude and I, we would like to thank everyone who has worked at TFDi Design, both past and present, for their motivation and abilities that helped grow the company.

    One of our community members, @TheBoeing747, has been working with Collin and I over the past few weeks to help work on a celebratory house livery for the TFDi Design 717, and has also written a few words and asked our current staff members some questions about their time at TFDi Design.

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    After passing 6 years at TFDi Design, I sought out to ask the staff their opinions on their experience at TFDi Design, and what I received was an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. Here are some of the responses below.

    Question 1: How do you like the team dynamic? Do you enjoy being a part of TFDi Design and working on various projects?

    Fabio A: They are stupid talented, like ridiculously talented and I couldn't imagine working with any other team right now. We have a really good dynamic. I'd like to think that they know that and I get a lot of positive feedback for my work.

    Ozzy H: I enjoy being surrounded by people who, for one, know what they're doing, and also have a passionate enthusiasm for what they do. This is definitely a big part of the team's structure, and it creates an environment where innovation can flourish. The amount of talent this team has acquired over the years is unbelievable.

    Henry CI absolutely enjoy working at TFDi Design, without a doubt. The culture and way of doing things is just incredible, and there is really no other company like this.

     

    Question 2: Q: Do you feel that TFDi Design is a good job to take to build experience and grow your talent? Can you elaborate what type of work is completed at TFDi Design?

    Fabio A: This is the dream job. I have my day job, as mentioned, but I wouldn't trade TFDi Design for any other company.

    Ozzy H: As a 3D modeler, I am always up for a new challenge to exercise my brain and continue refining my skills. This MD-11 project has been one of those satisfying challenges, and just about every technique I've ever learned has been implemented at least once. Everyone at TFDi Design has a high standard for quality, so the opportunities to apply all these nuggets of knowledge are virtually endless.

    Henry C: For sure. This is where all of the experience gets built and put to good use. We always look for the best way to solve a problem and like what I am currently working on -- this kind of stuff builds on the knowledge and background of both a pilot and a programmer; this allows us to make sure we are creating the latest and greatest -- ground-breaking stuff that no other company has done before.

     

    Question 3: Is software development your main line of work, or do you have an alternative career?

    Fabio A: It's a passion at the moment, while I wish it could be my full time job, it can't be right now. My dream has always been Google :P 

    Ozzy H: Developing flight simulator content was actually just a hobby of mine until I gained the necessary skills and experience to venture into the commercial landscape. For a living, I am a full-time mechanical engineer in the field of heavy equipment design for mining applications. It's what I went to school for, and I do enjoy being a part of a machine design team as well as getting my hands dirty every once in a while. I've always had a creative side though, and while it occasionally shows itself in the engineering profession, doing artwork for flight simulator serves as more of a creative outlet for me. Personally, I enjoy the balance that I get by doing both.

    Henry C: This is the dream job. I have my day job, as mentioned, but I wouldn't trade TFDi Design for any other company. 

    Without further ado, @TheBoeing747 has also painted us the 6th Anniversary livery for the TFDi Design 717 which we hope to see flying in the virtual skies soon! Please make sure you submit your photos on our Discord, or in this forum post:

    To get your hands on the Official livery, you can download it from here:

    Once again, thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to bringing the MD-11 to market!