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NEWS! - Aircraft Update - Magknight 787 Aviator Edition v1.8.0


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Almost monthly now, here is another update to the Magknight Boeing 787-8 and version v1.8.0. There is still no sign of a custom FMS, but this is still however a heavily customised version of the default FMS, so it doesn't look that out of place in the cockpit. But there is still no ETA of when the full custom FMS version is going to be installed.


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last months update focused on an Improved fuselage and cockpit art, Improved fuel system, automatic checklists and an active enroute CPDLC/ACARS using HOPPIE.



There are a few new additions to the aircraft...

  • EFB performance calculations
  • New flightmodel
  • New GE3 engines including independent mapping
  • Updated FMOD soundpack


Most obvious is the new General Electric GEnx engines (69,800 lbf (310 kN)) in version -1B70, so now you will have both RR (Rolls Royce, top) and GE engines (lower). And notable is that the FMOD sounds and EFB performance have been upgraded to cater for the new engine variant.


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In the bad news, your livery collection is again invalid, yes again...  so you will need to update all your liveries to v1.8.0, and there has been a special page set up to re-download the newly converted version liveries; 787-8 Liveries


X-Plane 12 will change a lot with the default graphics on the PFD (Primary Flight Display) and the MFD (Multi-Functional Display) after years of some very basic graphic elements. This v1.8.0 aircraft comes now with the updated SASL 3.14.5, which is also X-Plane12 compatible. This is shown here by the now much more custom graphics in the CDU and the PFD/MFD. We won't see the full dynamic impact until X-Plane12 is released, but you are now seeing these newer dynamic interfaces now actually being implemented, and that aspect is highly noticeable and exciting here. Notable also is to make sure you have the current Dr Gluck v1.28 TerrainRadar plugin.


The CDU has had however a few new features including;

  • Added new CDU pages
  • Added NAV RAD and POS INIT/REF CDU pages
  • Custom IRS/AHRU simulation
  • Added CDU button highlights
  • Added CDU help box
  • Added custom nav radio simulation
  • Added new CDU graphics

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Brand new custom ND

  • Added custom PFD minimap, including TCAS
  • Added DU startup sequence
  • Added MFD screen popups
  • Added ND/minimap turn rate indicator
  • Added new custom moveable ND, including, terrain, weather and TCAS views
  • Added PFD ADF visuals
  • Changed MFD keyboard entry to not require focused components
  • Increased ND max range to 1280nm

Optional AviTab

  • Added optional avitab (required avitab plugin)
  • Tablet shown on left and right cockpit sides, and is rotatable

There is now also the option of the AviTab tool...  set besides the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) it is very handy to use on both sides of the cockpit, but does also cover the tiller in horizontal mode. But yes it can also be rotated from the horizontal to the vertical positions. The AviTab is selected via the EFB/Settings menu


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Other Items changed or updated are noted below, and notable is the removed GNS430 data set, the Magknight 788 only uses the main X-Plane default data from now on. Slowly but surely the default beginnings are being removed for a fully custom aircraft.

  • Added @cajunjosh cockpit hotspot to vrconfig
  • Added custom wiper simulation
  • Added ENG FUEL PRESS L,R eicas messages
  • Added FUEL CONTROL commands
  • Added N1 prediction arcs
  • Added new mono typefaces
  • Added optimum and maximum altitude calculations to EFB
  • Added yaw-roll linkage
  • Fixed next waypoint time
  • Fixed NWS sensitivity changes at 80kts
  • Fixed overhead panel button typefaces
  • Improved cockpit textures to be brighter
  • Improved keyboard entry to MFD displays
  • Improved PFD artificial horizon colours
  • MFD position reverts to default on double tap
  • Reduced the size of some textures to save vram
  • Removed dependency on GNS430 navdata
  • Removed glass from legacy liveries
  • Removed inactivity unlimited fuel
  • Updated SASL to 3.14.5


In the last few days we have seen the influence of X-Plane12, and here again it is noticeable in the update notes, your not going to get your goodies earlier, but you are seeing the aircraft already being converted ready, the next update should be even more significant in that regard.


Again the Magknight Boeing 787-8 makes another large stride forward, and it is now coming together, but I have to verify the performance and flying aspects...   Overall this aircraft is now emerging very nicely with here in this release a new GE engine option, AviTab, PFD/MFD and ND improvements, and making the Boeing 787-8 certainly now far more removed from it's very default beginnings.



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Yes! the Boeing 787-900 Aviator Edition Dreamliner v1.8.0 by Magknight is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


B787-9 Aviator Edition

Price is US$44.95



X-Plane 11 Fully updated

Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM recommended
Download Size:  1 GB
Current version : 1.8 (May 23rd 2022)


NEWS! - Aircraft Update by Stephen Dutton 

24th May 2022

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  • 8 months later...

First Magknight don't do the usual update/upgrade cycles. It is a continuous build, but when they feel like it, it goes into a upgrade. Confused, well we all are. So they don't follow the norm. In other words when they feel like charging (that should be an Upgrade), they do.

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