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SimWorks Studios Dash 7 News Update


Time for another progress update from us. First of all, we releasedan update to theRV-14,but noticed post-release that there were some bugs that slippedthrough testing and broke basic functions of the aircraft. We havepushed a new version (1.3.2) to all vendors, Microsoft and ourwebsite, where you can also find the changelog. We wanted to push thehotfix out before leaving on our Summer break (Monday 8th, back on the17th), to make sure that you enjoy the plane fully. Please take notethat during this time we will be out of contact, including support, soplease bear with us.

Next, our full attention is focused on the Dash 7 in cooperationwith PILOT'S GesmbH. The exterior model is undergoing decal placement,so we are placing rivets, panel lines and de-ice boots. After that,the aircraft will be ready to receive its last coating of dirt andgrime over the detail, which will complete the exterior textures. Theliveries are awaiting their "use marks" but other than that they aredone, and some screenshots can be seen. The liveries includedwill be British Antarctic Survey, Air Greenland, Brymon, Berjaya Air,Tyrolean and Continental. The cockpit is undergoing decalplacement. Right now, all the flight instruments are marked enough forus to do flight testing. We are working on placing the rest of thelabels and correcting some model flaws before falling head-first intothe textures.

The flight model of the aircraft is complete, and focus on thatfront is on engine tuning. Right now, the engine produces the rightamount of torque and RPM, so we have work to do with the propellers toget her up to speed.

Lastly, on the coding front, the cockpit is graduallyactivated. Our engine, hydraulic, oil gauges work, COM/NAV/ADF radiosare active, and the basic flight instruments are also functional. ThePN622 DME has been programmed, tested and will be integrated into thecockpit any day now. Every day, more and more panels are coming tolife.

Regarding the Amphibian Kodiak, only a small number of issuesremain to be fixed. We are going to get those sorted in the last weekof August, along with SU10 testing. The plane has been sent to Daher,to be checked by their hydroplane pilots. An interesting feature thatwe added to the Kodiaks for the next update is real beta range. Doingsome in-depth research and making use of new features in SU10, theKodiak will be beta range capable without using any “black magicâ€solutions such as invisible spoilers. Additionally, the propeller hasbeen tuned so that full reverse power will no longer over-rev thepropeller. Instead, it will peak at 95% RPM Np, just like the realPT6A works! This was supposed to go from the PC-12 into the Kodiak,but it seems to have come the other way around!

Lastly, we have done some bug fixing in our failure system andadded some extra safeguards to prevent failure issues like thosereported by some customers. We will run it through tests and hope tohave seen the last of it.

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