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[25NOV2020] SC3 and MD-11 Development Update


Jishwaah

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Happy Wednesday! 

As our team start to wrap up with a shortened week for Thanksgiving, we just wanted to provide a quick update on our development progress since the last one was pushed out.

smartCARS 3
With the addition of an extra team member on the project for a couple of weeks, immense progress has been made on smartCARS 3, bringing in the next installment of the iconic tracking software used for many years.

With a new login system, only one version of smartCARS will need to be installed at any one time. This means that no longer will you need to install a version for every airline that you fly for with a single, integrated login system. Upon login, you will be met with the following page which allows you to choose your airline from a list or type in the URL of the airline you wish to fly for. This login system is still in the early stages of development, so things may change between now and release.

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In addition to the much improved login page, we have an overhauled look on the dashboard, allowing news articles from the virtual airline to be visible in the tracker and for any service updates from TFDi Design to be easily visible to pilots using the tracking software.

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Our chat area has also seen an overhaul in design, though the script used to run the chat functionality still needs to be written.

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As you can see, smartCARS 3 is clearly starting to take traction and development is certainly well underway as we approach the end of 2020. We are hopeful that continued effort will pay off and a working version of the application will be ready in the near future, especially now the layout and design features are taking shape. At this time, a release date is not yet known but we can confirm that for our developers, a fully functional API will be developed alongside it, allowing for easy interaction with the application and full support for phpVMS 7 out-of-the-box and the ability to support custom software with the API.

If you have anything you would like to see included in smartCARS 3, the following forum area should be used for formal suggestions:

https://forums.tfdidesign.com/index.php?/forum/68-smartcars-3-suggestions/ 

MD-11
Our eagerly anticipated aircraft has also made significant progress since the last development update posted. Screenshots from the development team included in this post show an almost fully-functional FMS that is able to be interacted with our in-house software used for development. The FMS will now respond just like the real aircraft, with behaviour replicated from the real aircraft based on community-submitted videos and manuals from the aircraft.

The following video shows the ability of STARS and Approaches being used within the flight management system:

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The graphic below also shows the VERT REV page and wind data entry:

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This final graphic also shows the use of a custom runway as a departure airport - a feature that the 717 did not have:

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Great headway is also present in the hydraulic systems with ongoing development now visualising the reversible motor pumps providing power to system #1 after the shutdown of engine #1. There is still development work required to make it as realistic as possible, but the logic is now in place for more detailed development to take place. The following image shows this logic in action.

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We will soon be getting the model of the MD-11 completed and ready for use in the simulator, with the modelling team being expanded and various other pieces of the puzzle fitting together to bring together the latest aircraft from TFDi Design!

Thank you for all your support so far in our development of ongoing projects. For all of those celebrating tomorrow, we would like to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving, although it may be slightly different than usual, and we look forward to bringing about new products and showing off projects in the future.

Josh
 

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Nice to see the development progress of the MD-11.Were eagerly need some airliners made by professionals like you in MSFS2020.😀

Thanks for the update!😀

Dan

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Loving the update for SmartCARS! Will there be any options to still let the VA have it's own UI colors/logos or will it all be the default SC branding?

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WOW I love it, thnx for the info.

 ¿ Is the Boeing 717 going to the new MSFS2020 ?

¿ There will be an update for users who already have the boeing 717 to be able to use it in the new MSFS2020. ?

I say it because I bought it for MSFS X:Steam Edition and It would be great if those who already have the product can use them in the new sim without having to buy it again.

 

Thank you team and I wait any answers.

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Nice to read that the MD-11 isprogressing, can't wait! 🤩

I'd like to know, to what sim platforms are you going to make it functional? Alt least the MSFS2020 and the P3D... Is it going to be available for XP-11?

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On 11/28/2020 at 12:30 AM, skyguyt said:

Loving the update for SmartCARS! Will there be any options to still let the VA have it's own UI colors/logos or will it all be the default SC branding?

We are still very much in the beginning stages of development, so it is impossible to state fully about customisation. That being said, we fully envision making it as customisable as possible for our Virtual Airline customers to tailor to their own needs. When we have more information, we will inform everyone!

On 11/30/2020 at 3:43 PM, Erik1520 said:

WOW I love it, thnx for the info.

 ¿ Is the Boeing 717 going to the new MSFS2020 ?

¿ There will be an update for users who already have the boeing 717 to be able to use it in the new MSFS2020. ?

I say it because I bought it for MSFS X:Steam Edition and It would be great if those who already have the product can use them in the new sim without having to buy it again.

 

Thank you team and I wait any answers.

The 717, again, has no plans to be brought to MSFS 2020 in the near future. It is something we may want to revisit Post-MD-11 and consider updating it to the simulators of current times, and not design with FSX in mind.

11 hours ago, Henri65 said:

Nice to read that the MD-11 isprogressing, can't wait! 🤩

I'd like to know, to what sim platforms are you going to make it functional? Alt least the MSFS2020 and the P3D... Is it going to be available for XP-11?

The MD-11 will initially be released for P3D v4 and v5. If the aircraft development goes well, we would look into bringing it to MSFS2020, though the latter is something we cannot confirm at the moment.

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On 12/12/2020 at 5:11 AM, Boeing717fan said:

Will the MD-11 be for FSX as well?

Probably not, sadly in fsx they run on the old x32 bit system which has many limitations which stop a lot of features from being produced, So the is a possibility but probably not. 

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This will probably be the ACARS software I will use for my team's new VA (with a custom website).

It would be nice to have an overview of the API in order to know what to prepare for this software.

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Same question from me. I´ve heard the MD11 was planned for release 2020.
Now its 21. Is there any information about a release at this time or a time window that you can say (maybe in spring 21 or summer 21 or at the end of 21 ?

Regards

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Hi, can you please inform us about the forecasted release date for md11/msfs2020? 
We look forward to this title!

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The team here at TFDi are working very hard to get MD-11 out to your as fast as we can and at the highest level of quality!
It will be here whenever it is done, please allow time for this and I promise it will be worth it

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On 1/11/2021 at 4:14 AM, Sharpe said:

This will probably be the ACARS software I will use for my team's new VA (with a custom website).

It would be nice to have an overview of the API in order to know what to prepare for this software.

Apologies for only just seeing this comment - we are still working on the internal API. As we approach release, we will start releasing information and documentation for the API!

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Is there any progress of the MD-11 since your last update in november?

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My offer for Beta testing is still available. My favourite of all time

PMDG dropped us all.

 

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