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Product Updates from FlightSimExpo 2021


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A week ago was FlightSimExpo, which we attended with a bunch of people from our team! If you managed to attend in person, hopefully, you managed to say hello and ask any questions you had to our team directly. This blog post will cover everything you need to know if you did not manage to attend, or missed our presentation.

If you’d like to watch the live video announcement, check out the recording by SizzlingPopcorn below.

MD-11

Our eagerly anticipated aircraft has also made further significant progress since the last development update posted in November last year (that’s a long time!). Our most asked question was whether the MD-11 will be coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator. We can finally confirm that yes, the MD-11 will be coming to both Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D on day one. The Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D version will use very similar codebases and, as a result, it should offer a very similar experience (within the technical limitations of the simulator platforms, of course). We also showed the aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator with the experimental livery as the original plane was tested with:

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Finally, we talked about some of the extended functionality this aircraft will have. Not only are we intending to cover the main variations (freighter, passenger, etc.), but we also plan on a “failures package” that will allow simulation of non-standard flight procedures.

smartCARS 3

In the middle of the massive news regarding the MD-11, we also managed to show off the new version of the most used flight tracker for Virtual Airlines, smartCARS. In our presentation, we showed how smartCARS will grow from just an application to a platform for virtual airlines. We have built systems that allow airline administrators to add and change elements of smartCARS 3 through our API and allow the application to fit the virtual airline, rather than the other way around.

Through our development of smartCARS 3, we have ensured that it can be run in as many environments as possible. smartCARS 3 will be able to natively support phpVMS v5 and phpVMS v7 without any significant changes being required. We are designing the application with cross-platform functionality in mind, including allowing it to track your flights on various operating systems, such as macOS and even Linux!

PACX

Of course, no product pipeline update would be complete without mentioning our Passenger and Crew Experience utility, PACX. We are working on creating a set of asynchronous tools and workflows to allow us to bring a whole host of new voice packs to the application. We will be bringing new languages and accents to PACX to offer a more native, immersive experience around the world. More information about this update will be released in due course, but our team are actively working on the new features!

Closing

Phew, that was a lot of information all at once. Hopefully, it was worth the wait! We did an interview with FSElite, who asked us some questions regarding the development of our products. You can check out the interview here: 

 

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I have missed the MD-11 since I switched over to P3D V4 years ago after holding out on FSX for so long... I am glad that this true Lady of the Sky is receiving the TLC she deserves :)

I look forward to seeing her in all her glory in P3D soon. I cannot talk for MSFS, as I have not made that jump yet. Just too many nice addons in P3D and XP that I enjoy... including the 717. The 717 is the perfect preparation for the MD-11!

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Hi, as a long time Linux user (around 20 years) I'm really happy to read about SmartCARS 3. Finally I will be able to fly for my VA using Linux instead of Windows. Do you have an estimate when SmartCARS 3 will be released and would it be possible to participate in some kind of beta program?

I'm a professional Product Owner with lots of experience around Software Development and Testing. I might can help :-)

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Great stuff! Really liking those metallic textures. I was in San Diego the weekend of the Expo and stayed not too far away. Wanted to go and see what you all have been up to but I had other arrangements. Until next time.  

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Was so enamored by the aircraft and news that I just noticed the lack of the center bogey; is this a feature and does it impact the physics of the aircraft?

Excellent stuff, looking forward to the release

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Hello! Just watched your update from the Expo and was wondering if you are still looking for assistance for the PACX sound packs? I'm a Flight Attendant for American based in LAX and a PACX user. Would love to be of assistance if I can.

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On 10/27/2021 at 10:33 AM, VirtualCPT said:

Hi, as a long time Linux user (around 20 years) I'm really happy to read about SmartCARS 3. Finally I will be able to fly for my VA using Linux instead of Windows. Do you have an estimate when SmartCARS 3 will be released and would it be possible to participate in some kind of beta program?

I'm a professional Product Owner with lots of experience around Software Development and Testing. I might can help 🙂

We may very well need the help testing! We're finding that although smartCARS itself is compatible, some of the libraries we depend on aren't. This means we'll have to write our own for the Mac/Linux versions and that will require extra testing (though, at this point, it may be a post-release update).

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On 11/3/2021 at 7:25 AM, Howard Hall said:

Hello! Just watched your update from the Expo and was wondering if you are still looking for assistance for the PACX sound packs? I'm a Flight Attendant for American based in LAX and a PACX user. Would love to be of assistance if I can.

Absolutely! We will put out a call for all flight attendants and/or voice actors/actresses to contact us once we have our tools ready. When you see that, please do reach out to us.

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On 11/1/2021 at 9:21 AM, Mahesh said:

Was so enamored by the aircraft and news that I just noticed the lack of the center bogey; is this a feature and does it impact the physics of the aircraft?

Excellent stuff, looking forward to the release

I may be behind on my lingo - what do you mean center bogey?

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My guess is that Mahesh means the middle undercarriage section between the mains.

If I remember correctly, it can be set to remain undeployed…
 

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Bogies are the aviation slang term for the individual undercarriage struts. So the entire assembly including the wheels struts etc is referred to as a bogie. 
 

And the 10/11 had the ability to keep the center bogie/gear raised when the gross weight was low enough. I’ve rarely seen it in real life but it’s a feature!

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