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NEWS! - Boeing 747-8 Series Anniversary Edition v2.4 by SSG

 

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And they keep on coming...  Again the Supercritical Simulations Group delivers another version update with another load of features. This time it is a small but still an expansive set of features, but moving forward never the less. This is version v2.4

 

Most of the v2.4 changes are in the cockpit. Again the cockpit textures are being renovated, this time with a nice PBR (Physically Based Render) sheen, it is hard to tell the difference but it is there when you get close. (note this area is still a WIP (Work In Progress)), so what you see here is not the final finished result.

 

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Noticeable is the (slightly) lighter framerate from the new textures, the original cockpit textures were found to be one of the culprits of the bleeding of heavy framerates. And one of the reasons the textures were having another overhaul.

 

More noticeable are the new Tablets...

 

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The tablet now has AviTab built in, and activation is via the logo in the top right hand corner.

 

The original Menu/Tablet layout below looked like this, quite basic in graphic design.

 

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The new Tablet version is of a far more better quality, and looks far better for it. The MODEL and VERSION are shown top left.

 

The layout displays are basically the same, but better now organised into six main icons top and three icons left lower. Top Icons in order (LtoR); INITIALIZATION, GROUND SERVICES, PAYLOAD MENU, AIRCRAFT FUELING MENU, SOUND CONFIGURATION and OPTIONS/SETTINGS

 

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The three left lower icons represent, GPU (connect/disconnect), CHOCKS (place/remove) and RESET CHECKLIST (Checklist is built into the MFD (Multifunctional Display).

 

INITIALIZATION : Represents the start state of the B748I aircraft, three options; Parked Cold and Dark, Parked Powered and IRS Aligned and Parked all switches off.

 

GROUND SERVICES : Ground services is really the doors (open/close) menu, with the GPU state shown (still no external physical GPU though?) Shown here with the recommended JARDesign GHD active.

 

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PAYLOAD MENU : The "Payload" menu shows you your Actual Load and Entered Load...  with final Payload/ZFW/Total Fuel/TO Weight, note that you can switch from Lbs to Kgs left lower right panel.

 

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AIRCRAFT FUELING MENU : Again the refueling menu is very familiar, with enter keys and the added EMPTY TANKS selection.

 

SOUND CONFIGURATION : Not only is the Sound Configuration panel all new, but so are the actual sounds... and they sound absolutely fantastic, best aural is the new startup and shutdown procedures, well worth listening too.

 

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OPTIONS/SETTINGS : There are four VIEW options; Hide Yoke Captain Side, Hide Yoke First Officer Side, Hide Outside Figures and Show F.O. Side Tablet. Note that you can now actually hide just one yoke and not both. SYSTEM OPTIONS include; Fast IRS Alignment and Set Nav Display Heading Up.

 

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Notable is that on all menu screens your FPS (Framerate) is shown lower right corner.

 

Again to note that everything here is still and feels a bit like a WIP, so expect more updates (Via the SkunkCrafts updater)

 

Update v2.4
beta 1
 -New tablet with same functions plus the inflight (not all finished).
- New external/internal sound 3D and internal environment.
- Now the fuel feed system is fully custom ( fixed eng 3 fuel intro).
- Fuel loader load the reserve + main 1/4 as same as main 2/3.
- Electrical tie don't opens if 4 engines is running ok.
beta 2
- Linux version now in beta.
- Fixed  center fuel pump sasl error
- Fixed APU not starting after landing or after turned off.
- Fixed some fuel synoptics graphic.
- Fixed some tablet issues.
- Fixed weather map showing in wrong map.
- Added  a AP disengage command and  virtual 3d spot in the yoke.
- Fixed some sound issues.
beta 3
- Update the rest of the actuators zones for a better 3d format, especially for VRers.
- Fix engine generators not turning off with other power sources.
- Fix custom timed instruments and lights not working in replay.
beta 4
- Fixed Auto throttle bug.
- Added AT engage desengage command to hardware and virtual on the TLA.
- Added AT desengage message.
- Added  autopilot desengage message.
- Fixed overspeed sound.
- Remixed some engine sounds inn and out plus some other sounds like aircond.
- Added overshoot weight max payload to both versions.
- TCAS now shows over 20 acfs.
FMC changelog due all beta phases
- Cost index now can be zero.
- Airport position init in POS INIT PAGE set the proper coordinates.
- Fixed when select arrival, all data disappears.
- First waypoint in a SID proper procedure. 
- Correct number pages and page numbers for LEGS and RTE page.
- Proper use of Altitude restrictions during climb. 
- Prev and next keys work properly in legs and RTE pages.
- At the STAR in the RTE page the waypoint is the last of the star.
- Enter if cruise level at VNAV CLIMB and CRUISE PAGES.
- Enter of speeds at VNAV PAGES.
- Acceleration altitude included in takeoff page 2.
- RNAV approaches more lateral accurate.
- RTE PAGE sometimes glitches.
- Save preferences and sound of the tablet.
 
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Yes! the Boeing 747-8 Inter v2.4 Anniversary Edition By Supercritical Simulations Group is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

 

Boeing 747- 8 Inter Anniversary Edition v2

Price is US$69.00

 

Features  

EXTERNALS
  • Fuselage closely modeled on the real one with many details.
  • Each door can be opened individually and is very detailed.
  • Almost all parts that can open/move on the aircraft are modeled.
  • Many external details such as a satellite antenna, tail camera (Intercontinental) and various vents, drains, etc.
  • Cut passenger windows with “glass” panes.
  • Vertical and horizontal stabilizers with added details, such as fuel vent (Intercontinental).
  • Detailed nacelles and engines with many details and animations.
  • Detailed landing gear/gear doors with proper animation.
  • Leading and trailing edge flaps, detailed flap mechanisms and proper animations (such as partial retraction of leading edge flaps during reverse thrust).
  • Speedbrakes/spoilers with accurate function and logic for individual panels.
  • Interiors with seats, galleys, lavatory and crew rest, with stairs to lower deck and some animations.
  • Wing flex and nacelle animations.
  • Separate and animated windshield wipers with accurate timing and rate.
  • Functioning Ram Air Turbine (RAT).
  • Pilot figures (can be hidden).
  • Animated Angle of Attack (AOA) vanes.
  • Fans windmill when engines are off.
  • Several blocked windows on the Intercontinental.
  • Various cargo types on Freighter main deck.
  • Visible fuel vapor during fuel jettisoning.
  • Custom external lights design with realistic width, direction and range.
COCKPIT
  • Detailed 3D cockpit with enhanced textures and accurate differences between the Intercontinental and Freighter models.
  • Detailed overhead panel with most buttons/switches modeled and working.
  • Accurate forward panel with most buttons/switches modeled and working.
  • Detailed pedestal with most buttons/switches/handles working.
  • Detailed side panels and window frames.
  • Detailed cockpit seats.
  • Option to set up various panel states from “cold and dark” to “through flight”.
 
SYSTEMS
  • Flight dynamics tested by real 747 pilots and mechanics.
  • Custom brake system with autobrake and antiskid, and hydraulic system dependency.
  • Tailstrike protection.
  • Gear system with sensed tire pressure, wheel temperature and associated advisory messages .
  • Realistic warning/caution system with advisory messages at all 3 message levels with over 120 Messages.
  • Hydraulics with system pressures simulated on all 4 systems plus brakes.
  • Fuel system with opening/closing pump valves.
  • FUEL TANK/ENG logic and warning, as well as fuel imbalance warning, and many others.
  • Engines with fire bottle discharges simulated that empty when used.
  • Fuel dump system.
  • EICAS decluttering function.
  • 3 radio consoles that can be used with any left or right channel COMM 1 / COMM 2 plus custom transponder panel.
  • High resolution displays.
  • Minimum callouts based on radio altimeter or barometric altimeter
  • Display manager like in the real aircraft that shows over 10 synoptic pages in any MFD side and lower EICAS with electronic normal checklist.
  • Lights switch test and dim implemented.
  • Display brightness is controllable.
  • Custom cockpit lights.
  • External sounds (3D localized sounds) using the DreamEngine plugin.
  • Fuel system with accurate tank loading.
  • Detailed EGPWS implementation and displays.
  • Realistic AUTOSTART and RUNNING indicators on engine displays.
  • Realistic air conditioning system and logic.
  • Detailed Navigation Display (ND) with many accurate functions like Airport Map, TCAS and Weather radar (default XP).
  • Clock and chronometer display on ND.
  • Detailed electrical system logic and switching.
  • Realistic baro pressure switch logic (STD, preselected, transition altitude).
  • Inertial Reference System (IRS) implemented with alignment function.
FMC
  • FMCs are modeled closely after the real 747-8 ones with most menus and functions implemented.
  • Captain and First Officer CDUs.
  • RNAV approaches (non-precision) implemented. 
  • FMC FIX page implemented.
  • FMC Route 2 function implemented.
  • FMC Diversion function implemented.
  • Custom navigation data supported by Navigraph and Simbref.
Tablet with extra functions, such as:
  • Realistic fuel loader with FMC fuel prediction.
  • Payload options page.
  • Ground service and door control page.
  • Wheel chocks are selectable.
  • Sound control page.
  • Pushback function that permits joystick control.
  • Cargo main deck light control (Freighter).
 

Requirements:

X-Plane 11

Windows , Mac . (Linux not supported)
4 GB MB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended

Current version : 2.4 (November 14th 2021)
 
WebFMC Pro  and  "Ground Handling Deluxe" Plugin by JARDesign is highly recommended with this aircraft.
 

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Update News by Stephen Dutton

15th November 2021

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