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Aircraft Update : Boeing 747-8 - Intercontinental Adv / Freighter 1.2 by SSG

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Aircraft Update : Boeing 747-8 - Intercontinental Adv / Freighter 1.2 by SSG

 

Supercritical Simulations Group (SSG) has updated the Boeing 747-8i Intercontinental Advanced and their Boeing 747-8F - Freighter aircraft both to version 1.2.

 

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There is first a sync in aircraft versions. As both aircraft were released at various different times, they have been out of sync in the updates as their development points were once very different, but here they are now both on the same release version and the update here now relates to both versions and that means the aircraft are now both at the same development level.

 

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The major reason for this update is that now you no longer need to update your navigation data inside the aircraft folder. This data can from this version 1.2 on both aircraft be stored in a new X-plane/Custom Data/UFMC folder. You need to create a new folder called “UFMC” in your X-plane/Custom Data/ folder. Then place all Navigraph or Aerosoft NavDataPro files into this folder. The SSG 747-8 Series FMC will then look first into this folder and then into the aircraft folder and respective aircraft’s plugin folder. Here the FMC will find the default AIRAC 1406 data in the plugin folder. No user changes are required. To update the data, place all your files into this folder and then you will see in the FMC that the data being read is the one from the “UFMC folder.”

The data files needed for the FMC are as follows:

“earth_awy.dat”

“earth_fix.dat”

“ufmc_approach.dat”

“ufmc_sid.dat”

“ufmc_star.dat”

Navigraph and Aerosoft have been notified to change their data package files and/or installer for future SSG updates.

 

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FMC and Autoflight updates are quite a few in :

- Speed/altitude restriction operating in VNAV CLB and VNAV DES pages

- Speed restriction management in VNAV CLB and VNAV DES pages

- Better CLIMB autopilot behavior avoiding oscillations in most cases

- More realistic STAR/TRANS/RWY selection

- The destination runway/STAR/approaches transitions logic selection has been changed to match the real one

- A bug when selecting airways has been fixed. This is different from the custom data folder use

 

And as the aircraft is now past the development point of refinement, most areas in this update is more concentrated on the finer points.

 

- Wingtip strobes have been adjusted to reflect the timing of the LED strobes on the real aircraft (which are different from the Xenon strobe on the tailcone)

- The red anti-collision beacons are now controlled separately, allowing selection of LOWER and BOTH in the cockpit as in the real aircraft

- Visual enhancements to EICAS messages

- Tailstrike protection logic based on the real aircraft’s

- Flight Path Vector (FPV) function added to the Primary Flight Display (PFD). This can serve as an indirect angle of attack indicator and works as in the real aircraft

- External normal files by  Leen de Jager showing enhanced aircraft skin details

- Cockpit texture enhancements by Kostas Koronakis

- Other external texture enhancements

- Wing flex is now slightly greater and the wing in Replay mode now stays lifted

- Minor fixes to the EFB

- ND waypoints and airport representation is now better and faster

- Speedbrake / Thrust Lever logic implemented

 

Looking closer at the points (like the LED strobes) you can see the detailing is far better, but I can't say I see the differences in the cockpit textures, except for a little mottling on the glareshield? Most of the work in this update is really hidden well in the background to make the aircraft logic more efficient and cleaner, this B748i/F has been a big project but the refinement is now very much in evidence.

 

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So this great combo is now on the same page, which is better?  The Intercontinental Adv is a global killer in one go, but the -8Freighter is one of the best choice in X-Plane for the Cargo Lifters (B777F is close but smaller) and really any choice of a set of dual airports is possible with this aircraft's immense range. I have more work on offer for the -8F so that would be my choice.

 

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Yes! the Boeing 747-8 - Intercontinental Adv is now available from the New X-Plane.Org Store here : Boeing 747-8 Inter Advanced  and is priced at only US$45.00

 

The v1.2 update is free to all users that have already purchased the SSG - B748I Adv  (check-in at your account at the .OrgStore)

 

Yes! the SSG Boeing 747-8F Freighter is now Available from the New X-Plane.OrgShop : Boeing 747-8F Freighter  and is priced at only US$45.00

 

The v1.2 update is free to all users that have already purchased the SSG - B747-8F  (check-in at your account at the .OrgStore)

 

Earlier reviews and updates are here:

 

Aircraft Update :

 

Aircraft Review :

 

Developer Site : Supercritical Simulations Group (SSG)

 

Support Forum : SSG Boeing 748i Advanced .org

 

Features:

 

       • Officially licensed by the Boeing Corporation.

        • Completely rebuilt from scratch, building on SSG's experience with its popular freeware 747-8 releases.

        • Accurate 3D external model based on 2D and 3D drawings supplied by Boeing, complete with animations and hi-res textures

        • Accurate 3D Internal model based on 2D and 3D drawings. (Freighter version only).

        • Aircraft meets most of the real aircraft's performance data for consumption, AOA, speeds, flight dynamics, etc. in consultation with real world 747 pilots.

        • Manufacturer’s performance data embedded as tables in the FMC.

        • Realistic 3D cockpit with high resolution, in all render settings.

        • Realistic displays (PFD, ND, EICAS, and MFD with system synoptics)

        • Many systems are implemented with realistic logic, such as electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, engine fire extinguishing, fuel (with dumping capability), wing and engine anti-ice, communications, and TCAS.

        • Electronic checklist system that can automatically detect certain aircraft configuration changes.

        • Complete autopilot functioning in modes similar to the real aircraft's.

        • External lights and strobes operate realistically.

        • Display management similar to that in the real aircraft (information can be switched between displays).

        • First Officer's ND display is independent from the Captain’s, and with a PopUp option

        • EICAS messages based on the real aircraft's with lists for multiple pages and recall capability.

        • Autobrakes with anti-skid system that works in all conditions and includes a realistic rejected takeoff mode.

        • Realistic wing flex and other animations.

        • Window rain effects and animated wipers (viewable from the cockpit).

        • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with payload management, fueling and pushback menus.

        • Ground vehicles include a tow truck, fuel truck, and GPU

        • 3D  sounds with Dream Engine plugin

        • TSS (Turbine Sound Studio)  real recorded sounds.

 

Custom built-in FMC and Navigation

        • FMC made by FJCC especially for the 747-8i with more than 100 interactions with the flight model, including SIDs, STARs, transitions, approaches, flare and rollout modes.

        • FMC is compatible with AeroSoft's NavDataPro and Navigraph navigation databases.

        • Option to use either a 2D pop-up (resizable) FMC or one within the 3D cockpit.

        • Custom radio communication and audio consoles with digital keypad optimized for on-line virtual ATC operations.

        • FMC performance information based on real aircraft data, including calculated V-speeds.

        • FMC includes capability for autotuning navaid frequencies.

        • Vertical Situation Display (VSD) on the ND (a first for X-Plane)

        • Airport diagrams displayed on the ND (a first for X-Plane)

        • Compatible with the AirFMC app to permit the use of an iPad as an external FMC.

        • Comprehensive Flight Crew Operation Manual (FCOM) and a Quick Start Guide.

 

Technical Requirements:

Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7 / 8 (32 or 64 bits) or MAC OS 10.7. Sorry not compatible with Linux

X-Plane 10 fully updated. 32 or 64 bit. (X-Plane 9 not supported)

4GB RAM/512 MB VRAM (8GB RAM and 1GB VRAM Highly Recommended)

Current version : 1.2 - last updated May 3rd 2015

 

4th May 2015

 

©copyright 2015 : Stephen Dutton

 

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