We have released the second in our 737NG product series, the PMDG737-600. This product faithfully represents the smallest of the four737NG series airplanes. Measuring in at 102'7" (31,27m) the 737-600picked up where the popular 737-500 operated in the earlier 737Classic series. sharing a common flight deck and systems with thelarger 737-700 provided operators with a clear path to fit the rightsized airplane to its route structure with only minor operationaldifferences between them. Seen by pilots as a "rocket" the airplane'sreputation for improved performance comes from excellent mid and highaltitude climb performance afforded by the de-rated 22,000lb enginesand overall lighter airframe.
Complete with an entirely customized sound environment, highlydetailed flight deck, dozens of user-selectable air carrier optionsand a full ground services simulation, the PMDG 737-600 offerstremendous game-play value for users of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Wehave packed this product with our characteristically in-depth systemssimulation developed with input from industry experts and operators soas to include every nuance and detail of the actual airplane. This,along with selectable failures and service-life failures combines withPMDG's highly detailed, customized engine simulation, autoflight andflight management systems to provide the finest airliner simulationexperience possible for MSFS.
The PMDG 737-600 is an incredibly feature rich simulation withPMDG's halmark attention to detail- and the best part is that likeit's larger 737-700 sibling, the product is in an active developmentcycle that will see many new features added in the comingweeks. Features such as PMDG's new Universal Flight Tablet will beadded as a free update, giving users the ability to fully integrate tovarious online data sources such as Navigraph and SimBrief, as well asperforming enroute performance computations and displaying navigationcharts and operational flight planning data in real time just as inthe real world.
The PMDG 737-600 comes with just the single airframe style everoffered by Boeing- in the form of a passenger variant. The 737-600 isalso made interesting by the fact that it was never certified withwinglets, and thus maintains it's original wingform. The 737-600 isoffered at $34.99 which represents a fantastic entry price for simmerswho may be new to high-fidelity DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator,new to PMDG, or are currently enjoying GA flying but curious to seewhat feature rich airliner simulations are really like in thebeautiful environment of Microsoft Flight Simulator. PMDG has a longreputation for high quality, ongoing product support and continualfree update development- and we want to position the PMDG 737-600 as awelcoming entry point for customers who are new to the sorts ofproducts we provide. Once you have seen what PMDG can add to yoursimulation experience, we hope to welcome you as a long-time member ofthe PMDG Driver's community.
The PMDG 737-600 is available now, at www.pmdg.com!
PMDG 737-700 for MSFS Update to Build 3.00.0031
One of the things you will see us doing now, is updating all of the737 products in parallel in order to ensure that all 737 users areenjoying the same features sets and changes as we continue to buildout this great product line of airliners.
The biggest and most notable change is that we have folded in newPMDG Lateral Flight Path simulation, updating the very core of how theflight management system computes, plans and and draws the "magentaline" that ultimately gets followed by the airplane. The new LFPsimulation conforms to ICAO standards for computation of paths and thearcs flown to connect each segment of a flight plan, thus yielding afar more accurate simulation than all previous generations of PMDGproducts. In concert with this change, we have also provided asignificant improvement to the vertical profile simulation, as it isnow able to capitalize on greater accuracy in the mathematicalcomputations from the lateral path model, thus resulting in greateraccuracy and more consistent results along the vertical profile. Thesetwo are heavily intertwined, and this update represents a significantstep forward in the core flight management logic.
To make all of this hum and sing, we have also improved the lateralcontrol module of the flight director so that it properly leveragesthe bank angle of the airplane to manage the lateral pathrealistically. You will notice that the airplane smoothly handlestransitions from non-curved to curved paths in the flight route,including entries and exits from holding, missed approaches and thelike- with very little wandering and tightly controlled lateraldeviation. (You do have to manage the airplane properly though!)
We have made a number of other changes and improvements around theairplane- one of which I want to call out for attention because it isguaranteed to trip up even long-time users of PMDG products:
With this update we have corrected some problems with the brakepedal position module that caused improper behavior whensetting/releasing parking brakes and when disengaging the autobrakeusing brake pressure as is most commonly done in the real world. Thisis going to trip up a lot of users- so here is what you need toknow:
To set the parking brake, you must FIRST apply full brake then setthe parking brake latch on the pedestal. The red light willilluminate, and the latch will be locked in place.
To release the parking brake, you must apply full brake pressure.
In the past, simply clicking the parking brake latch would releasethe parking brakes, but that is not correct behavior and we have nowfixed this. The only way to release the parking brake is to get fullbrake application until the spring latch mechanism releases theparking brake latch and it pops back to it's stowed position. If youuse rudder pedals with toe brakes this will provide a satisfying,proper simulation of the brake release. If you use a keyboard orbutton for your brakes, be sure to hold it for a few seconds as brakepressure ramps up slowly. A simple tap of the button won't work- yougotta hold it until full pressure is applied.
On the autobrake release side, to use the brake pedals to releasethe autobrake after it has engaged, simply apply pressure slowly onthe brakes until you exceed the amount of braking being applied by theautobrake. The brake pressure sensors will pick this up and send thetrip-off command to the autobrake control module, thus releasing theautobrake for you.
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