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Aircraft Update : Boeing 777 Worldliner Pro + Extended Pack V1.6 by Flightfactor/VMAX

 

Flightfactor-VMAX have updated the Boeing 777 Worldliner Professional and the Extended Pack to v1.6. The biggest thing to note in this new version is that there has been another addition to the "Extended Pack" of variants in the 777-200ER with the Pratt&Whitney PW4090 engine option. That now takes all the aircraft variants in the Series (Extended) to four. 

 

Boeing 777-200 LR - (Boeing Worldliner Professional)

Boeing 777-200 ER - (Extended Pack)

Boeing 777-200 F    - (Extended Pack)

Boeing 777-300 ER - (Extended Pack)

 

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Boeing 777-200 ER

After the initial launch of the standard -200 version of the Boeing 777, Boeing quickly developed an increased gross weight variant of the 777-200 with a greater range and payload capability. It was Initially named 777-200IGW, but the offical name was the 777-200ER which first flew on October 7, 1996, and received FAA and JAA certification on January 17, 1997. The aircraft entered service with British Airways on February 9, 1997, and the -200ER variant was and until the -300ER version was released in 2004 the biggest 777 series seller in 422 aircraft being sold.

 

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If the -300ER variant was noticeable because of its long extra length over the -200LR. The -200ER is significant because the Pratt&Whitney PW4090 engines are noticeably smaller than those giant GE90-115B turbofans on the -200LR.

 

GE90-115B

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PW4090

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Pratt&Whitney PW4090

The third family of the PW4000 Series is the 112 inch (2.8 m) diameter fan engine that was developed specifically for Boeing's 777 where it was the launch engine on that airframe. It has a certified thrust from 86,760 to 99,040 lbf (386 to 441 kN). and covers the model numbers of the PW4074, PW4077, PW4077D, PW4084, PW4084D, PW4090, and PW4098 engines. The third series engine entered service in June 1995 with United Airlines, and was the first jet engine to enter service with 180-minute ETOPS certification. It can power all the 777 versions except the 300ER and 200LR.

The third series is a "Two Spool-high bypass" ratio Turbofan, which is 163.1 in (4.14 m) in length. The Compressor consits of a 1 stage fan, 5 stage low pressure compressor, 15 stage (5 variable) high pressure compressor and the combustors are annular. The Turbine consists of a 2 stage high pressure turbine and a 5 stage low pressure turbine. Overall pressure ratio is 32.0:1 - 35.4:, the Bypass ratio is 5.3:1, with the Turbine inlet temperature (TIT) at 707. The engines Thrust-to-Weight ratio is ~6 - 7. And the engine has Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).

 

FlightFactor have noted that the Boeing 777-200ER PW4090 engines have the correct performance and fuel consumption - sound set - EEC with EPR as primary control parameter - EICAS differences for EPR-controlled engines and the correct FMC performance parameters.

 

I haven't flown the B777-200ER over a long route yet, but the engines certainly feel smoother and softer, and yes they have far less power than the GE90-115B which is rated at 115,300 lbf (514 kN).

 

They do sound different and not like that painful grinding noise on the GE that sounds like something very expensive is being slowly cut down to size and a dual engine change is imminent. I actually really like the sound of the Pratt & Whitney, It has a more in the past darker engine feel than the high whiners of modern turbofans.

 

Other changes to the -200ER is that the panel has more backup in three classic standby instruments. The -200LR/-300ER/-200F have a single ISFD as standby instrument (I bet you never noticed that they were missing before, well you were not wrong as they were, but now they are gone)

 

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The wings are different as well without the -200LR raked wingtips on the -200ER

 

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So yes the new -200ER it is another different variation again on a theme. And yes I like it very much, it does not have that immense huge range of the -200LR at 9,380 nmi compared to 7,725 nmi for the -200ER, but just over 7000 nmi is still pretty good range.

 

Boeing-200LR/-300ER/-200F (Cargo)

The rest of the variants have had a lot of improvements as well. I will note again that the B777-200LR Worldliner Professional is a singe package and only the "Extended Package", Includes the three variants in the -200ER/-300ER/-200F. The full list of changes in v1.6 (below) however does cover all the Series.

 

So what are the different variants...

 

777- 200LR

 

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This is the original Worldliner Professional version. To think back to its release and then to where it is now, is to realise how big a change in X-Plane this aircraft really was. It really is outstanding in every area.

 

777-300ER

 

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The B777-300ER is a 33ft stretch over the standard Boeing 777. And it looks like it...  but still not with the pencil like look with the A340-600HGW aircraft. Now one of the most common B777 version with 721 ordered and only 250 aircraft left to be delivered, you will see plenty of these at your major local hub.

 

777-200F (Cargo)

 

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I have spent a lot of hours on this variant (shuttling the F1 race cars all over the world) and it is simply the best freighter in X-Plane right now...  nothing even comes close. The range is phenomenal, and shipping a full MPW (Maximum Payload Weight) from Shanghai to the UK at around 5000nm is a breeze. Some things I don't get on the F (cargo) is that why can't we have the forward opening doors and the stairs option that are on the passenger variants? How are we supposed to get (in or) out after a long flight, A rope out of the cargo door? And speaking of that huge rear door it is excellent...  but don't open it in flight as I have mistakenly done (F1 key) as it takes ages to reset the altitude pressure. (idiot)

 

Cockpit

 

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The B777 cockpit is again one of the very best in X-Plane. And one of the most functional. all the aircraft's systems are replicated to perfection. It can take time to be really on top of this aircraft because the systems are so deep. but you want the best in simulation, well you have it here. but there are a (very) few niggles.

 

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My pet hate is the gap above the panel right at the top display adjustment panel. It drives me to distraction. As you spend hours here at a time you end up fixated on the damn thing. Just looking at the shafts of light that come through. Worse is coming into land in that the ground colours/or night runway lighting come through and distracting you, a really small thing but annoying. On the pedestal why doesn't the centre CDU work? or just be shown? I also find the manipulation of the Fuel run/cutoff controls annoyingly hard to switch? You are coming up to 25% on the startup procedure and you just can't flick them in, "Awwwh hell" and other blasphemous saying are always on the go as the switch seems to be set the wrong way around in up to down for the switches to go up?

 

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Why can't you access the Co-Pilots display adjustments? You have now found it commonplace in aircraft of this caliber to be able to adjust the Co-Pilots screens to other modes, ditto the Co-Pilots CDU, in that it is fixed to the Pilots selected screens?

 

FMS - Flight Management System

 

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The FMS on the FlightFactor/VMAX B777/757 is certainly the best system in X-Plane. It is very complex but very useable in that it is very more forgiving if you want to change your runway selection and SID/STAR (usually at the last minute).

FlightFactor has done a few fixes and slight changes in v1.6 to the system. Covered is:

 

- fixed a bug in direct-to logic where two subsequent directs would delete a wrong waypoint.

- fixed reading Fix-to-DME-distance legs from Navigraph navdata (again!)

- fixed enumeration of SID transitions, now all available transitions are selectable.

- improved depiction of manual intercept courses on the temporary flightplan.

- added intercept-from functionality to the FMS. Now you can create intercepts into radials going from arbitrary waypoints.

- fixed a bug where several waypoint combinations in transitions would collapse into one waypoint.

- added DEL key assignment for CDU popup.

- fixed a bug in entering LAT/LON waypoints in full format.

- fixed a bug in the display of ETA on T/C and T/D pseudowaypoints.

- fixed a bug in VNAV where a lower speed for a speed restriction was activated too early.

- fixed a bug in VNAV where too high a speed was selected after a crossing restriction
- improved holdings in cross wind situations.
- fixed LNAV ignoring the first waypoint of the flightplan if no departure runway was selected (Thank God for that one)
- fixed a bug in the descend speed logic that would override descend speed transitions with higher restriction speeds from previous waypoints.
- working EXEC light on the remote CDU.
 
These fixes and enhancements will just tighten up the system that much more, there was a lot of adjustments to the LNAV and VNAV in:
 
- fixed a bug in VNAV where a lower speed for a speed restriction was activated too early.
- fixed a bug in VNAV where too high a speed was selected after a crossing restriction.
- corrected autopilot bank limits in LNAV mode.
- improved prediction of the turn radius in LNAV mode, generating much smoother interceptions to next leg.
- reworked autoflight behavior with direct-intercept function. Now the autopilot will revert to LNAV arm when the plane is laterally off a manually selected intercept by more than 2.5nm. Intercepting a manually selected course must now be flown in HDG mode until LNAV engages. This is exactly how the real plane works.
 
And remember you have a terminal procedure database with RNAV approaches and transitions already built in there.
 
Jumping back into the earlier v1.5.1.1 you really notice how wide those radius's were, and how far off the track you went. I do recommend to have the latest AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) data, I tried the cheaper option of using the default data that comes with the aircraft, but the latest data gives you more flexibility in your selections, It is a cost expense to use the Navigraph or Aerosoft data. But at this level you really need the correct data, so it is well worth the investment.
 
Another several other areas in v1.6 that have had a little refining is there is an improved autobrake behavior and added autobrake disarm on speedbrake retraction, and engine mods in changed auto-thrust vs thrust-limit logic. It is now possible to manually increase takeoff power over the preset target when in A/T is in HOLD mode - changed EEC characteristic for N1/EPR and command arcs to work more realistically and improved interaction of A/T and EEC.
 
iPad
 
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The iPad external connection is simply excellent, not only does it save time but the functionality is simply excellent. Totally in love, and certainly one of the really great features of this FF/VMAX series.

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Summery
Once an aircraft get to a certain point in its life. It gets left behind because more modern aircraft take center stage. But that is not the case here. The B777 Series from FlightFactor/VMAX is just as fresh as the day it was launched but now a hell of a lot better as well. If you have the full "Extended Pack" then the extra three variants are well worth the extra over the standard "Worldliner Professional" aircraft. Not only in they are different variants, but in the fact they all perform different roles as well. The new PW4090 variant is simply excellent.
You get so much value in this series for your investment, and it is an amazing aircraft to fly as well. It is complex, and the FMS - Flight Management System will give you a few months of homework as well to truly get the ultimate performance out of the Big-Twin Boeing and in v1.6 it is even better than ever.
 

The 1.6 update is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

 

Price is US$59.95 - Boeing 777 Worldliner Professional

 

Price is US$84.95 - Boeing 777 Worldliner Professional - Extended Pack

 

- Designed by FlightFactor (Philipp and Ramzzess) and produced by VMAX

 

The 1.6 update is free to all users that have purchased the Boeing 777 (Pro and Ext) Series. Just goto to your X-Plane.Org Store account and login

 

Developer Site: facebook

Dev Thread : X-Plane.org

Update Review By Stephen Dutton

 

9th May 2014

 

Technical Requirements:

Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7 / 8 (32 or 64 bits) or MAC OS 10.7 (or higher) or Linux

X-Plane 10 fully updated. 32 or 64 bit

4GB RAM/512 MB VRAM (1GB VRAM Recommended)- 1Gb available hard disk space

Current version : 1.60 (last updated May 5th 2014)

 

Review System Specifications:

Computer System:     

- 2.66 Ghz Intel Core i5 iMac 27”

- 6 Gb 1067 Mhz DDR3

- ATI Radeon HD 4850 512mb

Software:     

- Mac OS Mavericks 10.9.2

- X-Plane 10 Global ver 10.22 (final)

Addons

- Saitek x52 Pro system Joystick and Throttle

 

(Full v1.6 Change-log)

 

Extended Pack only:
-added 777-200ER variant with Pratt&Whitney PW4090 engine option. This variant comes as a different aircraft with lots of new liveries. The new aircraft variant has distinct characteristics of:
--wing without the raked wingtips
--performance and fuel consumption
--sound set
--EEC with EPR as primary control parameter
--EICAS differences for EPR-controlled engines
--FMC performance parameters
-fixed tutorial quick zoom functions for the 300ER model
-new standby instruments: the -200LR, -LRF and -300ER now have an ISFD as standby instrument, the -200ER has three classic standby instruments
-corrected reflection and windows on the -300ER model
 
All models (on X-Plane 10 64bit):
-new SASL version to fix several crash and DRM problems
-fixed right engine anti-ice
-brought back the flap speed placard
-corrected pushback truck logic
-corrected the compact fuel indicator and its display logic
-fixed fuel jettison logic
-several fixes for the flightcontrol page of the EICAS
-improved autobrake behavior
-added autobrake disarm on speedbrake retraction
-added pdf 2 png HD application, for those who have memory and want more resolution for the maps on the EFB
-fixed a possible crash in the pax/cargo loading menu
-fixed a bug where an invisible "blue freeze" screen could cause the mouse pointer to no work anymore
-fixed the plane refueling itself after reposition through the XP map view
-implemented fuel temperature indication
-fixed a bug in direct-to logic where two subsequent directs would delete a wrong waypoint
-fixed reading Fix-to-DME-distance legs from Navigraph navdata (again!)
-fixed enumeration of SID transitions, now all available transitions are selectable
-reworked autoflight behavior with direct-intercept function. Now the autopilot will revert to LNAV arm when the plane is laterally off a manually selected intercept by more than 2.5nm. Intercepting a manually selected course must now be flown in HDG mode until LNAV engages. This is exactly how the real plane works.
-improved depiction of manual intercept courses on the temporary flightplan
-added intercept-from functionality to the FMS. Now you can create intercepts into radials going from arbitrary waypoints.
-fixed a bug where several waypoint combinations in transitions would collapse into one waypoint
-fixed a bug that could cause the plane fly parallel to the route after an intercept
-added DEL key assignment for CDU popup
-changed auto-thrust vs thrust-limit logic. It is now possible to manually increase takeoff power over the preset target when in A/T is in HOLD mode
-changed EEC characteristic for N1/EPR and command arcs to work more realistically
-improved interaction of A/T and EEC
-improved finding of alternate airports
-fixed a bug that could cause the FMC to not accept new airway entries
-added the possibility to load flight plans in .flp format, which can be exported by flight planning tools like PFPX and also by online services like simbrief.com
-corrected FMC and autopilot behavior in the approach phase of non-precision approaches
-improved autoland capabilities. For all improvements to work, X-Plane 10.30 is required
-fixed a bug that caused performance info on primary route to be deleted when secondary route was entered
-fixed a bug in entering LAT/LON waypoints in full format
-fixed a bug in the display of ETA on T/C and T/D pseudowaypoints
-fixed a bug in VNAV where a lower speed for a speed restriction was activated too early
-fixed a bug in VNAV where too high a speed was selected after a crossing restriction
-improved holdings in cross wind situations
-fixed several bugs related to flightplan saving and loading. Particularly, approaches with procedure turns and holdings in lieu of procedure turns will now also work when loaded from a saved flightplan
-improved the calculation of turn radius in holdings. The predicted holding patterns will now match the real performance more closely
-fixed a bug that could cause indefinitely small holdings to be generated
-fixed LNAV ignoring the first waypoint of the flightplan if no departure runway was selected
-improved generating fix-to-DME-distance legs from Aerosoft navdata
-corrected autopilot bank limits in LNAV mode
-improved prediction of the turn radius in LNAV mode, generating much smoother interceptions to next leg
-fixed a bug in turn radius calculation that caused the aircraft to jiggle in procedure turns when flying very slow
-greatly improved interception of legs at high speeds, i.e. large course changes in the cruise portion of the flightplan will be much smoother
-added absolute altitude labels to TCAS display
-corrected TCAS symbol colors and shapes as per TCAS 7.1 specification
-added DMOD and ZTHR logic to displayed TCAS threats
-changed TCAS implementation to work on different datarefs for online traffic from xsquawkbox and X-IVAP
-improved FMC climb predictions especially for long climbs
-fixed a bug in the autopilot that could cause it to stay in LNAV arm but never engage it even close to the calculated route
-fixed a bug in the descend speed logic that would override descend speed transitions with higher restriction speeds from previous waypoints
-working EXEC light on the remote CDU
 
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Is the FMC on iPad included in the standard B777 or is it part of the 'extended package'? If so, I assume it is an app that you install that works in harmonay with an X-plane addon... can anybody confirm?

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Hello, I have been trying to fly the 777 for quiet a while now. But I have not been able to because when ever I take off about 5-10 minutes into the flight all of my electronic systems shut down for no apparent reason. If I go to my Aircraft problems and failures and go to G1000 it says that my Generator battery is low and when I try to set it to always working it will not want to change. I am not sure if this has something to do with the aircraft or something to do with my computer, but can someone please help me fix this.  

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Hello, I have been trying to fly the 777 for quiet a while now. But I have not been able to because when ever I take off about 5-10 minutes into the flight all of my electronic systems shut down for no apparent reason. If I go to my Aircraft problems and failures and go to G1000 it says that my Generator battery is low and when I try to set it to always working it will not want to change. I am not sure if this has something to do with the aircraft or something to do with my computer, but can someone please help me fix this.  

Probably a failure... but it's weird that the problem is recurring. I would recommend making sure that no failures are active, do this by un-ticking 'Custom Failures' in the menu. Also, Flight Factor just released a new update of the 777, so if the above does not work try reinstalling the whole thing. For the rest... I can only advise making sure you fly the aircraft properly, and if the situation gets desperate send the 777 support team a mail with your log and they will help.

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were do I find Ipad Extension

 

It is built in...  You have to connect the iPad to X-Plane via the "Net Connections" panel on the iPhone/iPad tab in the X-Plane menu over the wifi.  It is a little messy at this point as the data port has been changed? we are waiting on how to change this... SD

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