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VMAX released the Boeing 777 Series (Professional) one year ago today. It is hard to believe in how quickly the time has passed... The release was a landmark event for the X-Plane simulator. Certainly other releases before the Boeing 777 had many of the great features already available. But the difference with the VMAX release was that you had them all in one aircraft. It is a complex machine to learn and fly (The Manual alone is 532 pages and is a pure Boeing product) . And the highlight of the aircraft is Philipp Münzel's incredible FMS (Flight Management System). Again it is a complex beast... but like everything in life once understood it is an amazing tool for flying this huge giant of an aircraft. The FMS system took me a fair while to work out. certainly with the setting of the SID (departure) and STAR (Arrival) settings. but that is part of the learning curve you do in creating this level of simulation. The rewards are overwhelming once mastered. And this aircraft rewards you like no other machine in X-Plane. I would give one piece of advice. Fly it and fly it often... It requires you to be on-board for a period of time to get the best out of the aircraft. Like a real pilot it demands refresher flights often to keep your skills sharp. For a newcomer to these sort of aircraft it may sound a bit daunting... but it isn't really if you are prepared to spend a little time on the aircraft. In the "Extended' package there are the versions and in that you get the Standard (Professional) - 200LR (Long Range) version: There is the "Cargo" F version with a large opening freight door. And the -300ER (Extended Range - longer fuselage) Price is US59.95 for the "777 Worldliner Professional" : 777 Worldliner Professional And for an extra US$25.00 you can have the Extended Version (Cargo and -300) : Extended Upgrade You can also purchase in packs, 10 liveries for US$10 for all versions : B777 Livery Packs Features Officially licensed By the Boeing © Corporation Accurate dimensions based on 2D and 3D drawings supplied by Boeing © X-Plane 10 - Mac, Windows and Linux - 32 and 64bit Fully Functional FMS - Plan your routes like a real pilot Custom designed Flight Management Computer, integrated with other plane systems Custom programmed LNAV logic for terminal procedures Custom designed Navigation Display Tterminal procedure database with RNAV approaches and transitions VNAV managed climbs and descends Takeoff and approach speed calculation Custom autopilot modes for autoland Optimum cruise performance and step climb calculation Incredible 3D modeling - the best eye-candy Amazing virtual cockpit with crisp details - Dynamic reflections Custom 3D sounds and Announcements Add-ons: Push-back truck, Fuel Truck, Passenger bus and Emergency slides ... On-Screen Menus: Configuration and loading menu, Quick Zoom True-to-life radio navigation with procedural-, route-, and navigation support auto-tuning Custom programmed FMC navigation using GPS-, radio- or inertial navigation with individual position errors and management of actual and required navigation performance Magnetic, true and polar grid course reference Alternate airports, diversion and arrival management Ground proximity warning system using real sounds FMC can be used on external touchscreen or tablet, optimized for the new iPad If the coming Boeing 757 from VMAX is as good as their B777 then we will have a double treat! as for the B777 itself it has had a lot of improvements over its year of release, for more information on the last version update (126.96.36.199) then go here: I can't list here the amount of pleasure and experience this aircraft has delivered for me over the last year... Currently the Freighter version is being used on my 2013 Formula One (Follow the flyaway races) program with Singapore GP coming up in a few weeks... with Korea, Japan, India, Abu Dhabi, Austin (US) and finally Sao Paulo (Brazil) coming till December and will certainly keep me in the B777 cockpit for quite awhile... For an interview with one of the developers of the Boeing 777 Roman Berezin : then go here: 7th September 2013
Flightfactor has updated the Boeing 777 series to 188.8.131.52, Note the extra .1 and not 1.5.1, although only a small change in the "corrected engine limits for auto throttle". It is however important to make sure you have the correct version. The B777 some had some niggles. Nothing that would really spoil the simulation, but niggles they were. My main niggle was the park brake staying on when you set the auto brake (that was fixed in update 1.5.0) and it drove me senseless in the fact I did a complete perfect flight to be then dragging my squealing bogies of tyres down the runway trying to free them from their pain, It is now fixed and so is the issue on the rudder toe pedals as well. Most of the fixes are around the throttle settings and really the rest are mostly final fine tuning. One item that was noted and made the biggest noise on the forums was the fan blade animation, I joined in the chorus as it just didn't look right... and here is the fix. Power on up and the changes in the fan speed are significant. The childish glee turned to outright delight as I powered up those huge GE90-115's to full power and back down again, turn up your sound volume and fill the room with engine power and screeching brakes as the Worldliner drags itself down the runway! Power up and then down and you will certainly love this animation of changing speeds and the way the central core runs the opposite way and then starts to move in the correct rotational direction of the huge fan blades. The animation has moved from being one of only an average visual distraction, to one of the best in X-Plane. A new set of liveries for the -300 version has also been released. The Liveries : US Airways - SAS - JetBlue - Turkish Airlines -TAP - Air Berlin Qantas - Alitalia - Avianca - Iberia In Roman Berezin's I asked him on the status of the B777 Series, My feeling with this upgrade the series has reached nearly a year on from its release a point of maturity, Roman agrees with me there. There will always be somewhere to fine tune or fix as the list is never ending, but at this point the B777 series is at a point that it is now one of the best and mature simulations we have in X-Plane10. Update details: 184.108.40.206 change log (all XP10 models only) -corrected engine limits for auto throttle 1.5.1 changelog (all XP10 64bit only) -new gear model and animation for a more realistic appearance on the ground -new fanblade animation that looks nicer and is fps-independent -corrected reference point of the -300ER, correcting elevator effectiveness at slow speeds -fixed a bug in "Real Limits" option that could cause the wrong crash detection to trigger -corrected animation of the pushback truck -callouts added: V1, approaching minimums (thanks to Pierre Lavaux) -corrected callout logic for Baro decision altitude -added MCP altitude alert sounds -enhanced the thrust reverser sound -corrected some problems with playing PA sounds -corrected engine idle/engine out drag -enhanced autobrake behavior with pedals -enhanced remote CDU graphics and touch responsiveness (thanks to Bradley Fisherman) -stab trim indication on FCTL page fixed -decreased throttle limit for TO/GA selection on the ground -fixed a buffer overflow on the FMC FIX page that could lead to crashes on Windows -corrected thrust settings for flight idle descent -correct pagination for SIDs with more than 4 airway transitions -fixed some typos The Boeing Worldliner - (extended) Cargo (extended), - 300 version and all liveries are all available from the X-Plane .Org Store. Boeing Worldliner US$59.95 : Boeing Worldliner Professinal For the Extended (Cargo) and the -300 version you have to have the main "Professinal" package installed. The add-ons are then: - US$10 Extended (Cargo) - US$10 -300 Version All Livery Packs are US$10 per 10 liveries ($1 per livery) 4th Aug 2013