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  1. Aircraft Update : Boeing 787-900 Aviator v1.3.0 by Magknight Magknight has put out another update for the Dreamliner Aviator Edition to v1.3.0. This is mostly a behind the scenes systems adjustment, more than a visual update, but a few visual aspects have actually been changed (but you can't see them yet). First to note that you will now have to update your Java to v11.0.3 to access the features on the aircraft, and again this is more to the future than what you will use in this update. I have a big list of installed Javas, but I still didn't have this one, so you will need to install it. Included in the update is a video on how to do this. This information is posted on a new startup pop-up window when you now load up the B787... .... besides the Java video it also notes the "Skunkcraft's Updater" and links to Discord and the development thread. On the Skunkcraft's updater I lost that feature on the last update, now it is back in again? so don't know what was going on there? EICAS Focus of this update is the EICAS - Engine-Indicating and Crew-Alerting System that is situated on the central left display. Most of the details are behind the scenes in the systems, but it is more set out visually, plus there is now the trim indicator added for the rudder. It may look the same but there are now more subtle differences pointed towards realism and you are seeing the aircraft slowly emerge from it's original basic form, like with the Navigation alignment (below left) the nice APU startup sequence (arrowed below right) We will come back to EICAS in a moment... in the last update with the introduction of the "Aviators Edition" we had the new feature of the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag" on the left. This EFB allowed you to access features and an setup the aircraft, the layouts are the same in this new version, but there are a few new addtions. Aircraft setup, and settings are the same except for the Baro that can now be linked together and not requiring individual settings, another option is for the choice of NWS (Nose Wheel Steering) to be selected to ROLL, and the NWS has also been refined better to work with the SimplePushBack plugin All EFB interaction is through the active keypad. All weights, fuel and performance are all added in, and a final adjustment page is used to set up and load everything into the aircraft's systems. (yes the fuel load is not set high here at 15,166 kgs as the route is only 698 nm, and a fraction the distance B789 can cover) When all the data is inputted, you can then "CALC" or set everything and get the aircraft's "Takeoff Weight and CoG (centre of gravity), the one thing I will note is that this Magknight B789 is very good for first timers in for a step introduction to setting up aircraft in this way, it is still quite basic compared to a full study grade aircraft, but it is a good start on how to work things out, but also don't take it either as gospel, as there are still a few blank areas like with the takeoff bug speeds. EICAS (part two) the Dreamliner has a fully independent engine start procedure (nothing like the old pumps and bleeds of the 60"s), and in reality all you do is switch on the chosen engines fuel flow and hit the start switch. v1.3.0 has now the full custom automatic engine start system following over 20 conditions, and it is well done and realistic, and 20 new EICAS messages that are also now part of the system. Again this is nothing like a fully graded B767 or Airbus, but it is certainly a big step forward in system realism. Overall the systems feel more plugin driven now than PlaneMaker automatic, switches here will effect systems there on the overhead panel like with the Hydraulics and Packs (Air-Con) and Pressurisation, Electrical also feels more realistic and all are loosing that snap click to the smooth button operations. The annoying loose sticking out FLCH button is now where it should be and flat to the panel. Externally It looks the same but it isn't. The fuselage is being slowly rebuilt, but it is still covered in the original textures, so you really can't tell. The NMLs (the bumps, grooves and lines) have been redone and all for the coming cabin of which there are early renders here: Excited!, yes... the crappy nose is still there and so is the wrongly raked front windows, but it is coming. Those nice RR Trent 1000 engines have now been aligned more slightly upwards and feel far much better. You can now select the LNAV/VNAV selections on the ground, I rarely use the VNAV as I have my own climb profiles. Many areas have had adjustment including the brakes, autobrakes, spoilers and gear operation system of which is all new...  .... with a low fuel load the B789 will climb easily like a banshee, 2,200fpm at full thrust can make short work of a climb to FL360... ... once there and the required m85 (mach) speed is no problems either, you feel the modernity in this latest of new generation aircraft. Spoilers now run in cycle from the "spoilers toggle" command. Dreamliner looks seriously spectacular in the air... Magknights B789 is still however very tricky to land, originally it was the thrust reversers, then the brakes. But it is now getting better. The B789 should disconnect the AT (Autothrottle) on the use of the reversers? but it seems it still doesn't work, but I don't like that system either as you have no control over the throttles until you are actually on the runway... odd, so I will always use the manual throttle input for landing. Landing notes are 155 knts at full flap is about right, but the aircraft still has a tendency to bounce (created by too much speed?) so landings are still very tricky, at 155 knts you should settle fine as it is slow enough... I will work on that one. Far better was the fuel consumption, I had a rant with the earlier "Aviator" upgrade that the fuel consumption was way, way off, but although this was a short haul, I was pretty please with the returned numbers. 15166 kgs was the fuel load at Dusseldorf and at the gate at Arlanda (ESSA) the return was 5.9 kgs and bang on the SimBrief numbers of 5.9 remaining and 9.3 used, pretty good, and happy with that, but I would like to do a long haul at full weights to see if it is correct and match the earlier review, but overall impressed. Summary A very nice update for one of the most popular aircraft in X-Plane in Magknight's Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, this update is v1.3.0 Focus here is on the EICAS - Engine-Indicating and Crew-Alerting System and the requirement of the JAVA v1.3 plugin. Other items include a lot of fixes and changes with the Nose Wheel Steering and new fuselage NMLs as the highlights. There is now the full scale implimentation of EICAS with a fully custom automatic engine start system following over 20 conditions with 20 new EICAS (warning) messages, most is hidden within the systems, but you can now get a very realistic EICAS and startup simulation. Fuel consumption is highly improved. We will note that this aircraft is purchased under the situation that it is a WIP in progress, this a continuous development that gives you updates about about every three months, exciting is the coming new 3D cabin and better visuals. The aircraft is also great for fliers wanting to transition from basic to study grade aircraft, it is easy enough to follow in settings, but not deep enough to burn your brain in absolute study grade detail and the aircraft is progressing quickly, but it is also still is not fully formed... if you follow the process however you will learn a lot and transfer those new skills to heavier graded aircraft... it is seriously nice to have a greatly detailed Dreamliner in X-Plane as well.... on to the next upgrade. ______________________________________________________________________ Yes! the Boeing 787-900 Aviator Edition Dreamliner v1.3.0 by Magknight is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : B787-9 Aviator Edition Price is US$44.95 This version is X-Plane 11.35 only! Earlier XP10 or XP11 versions are now not supported. Upgrade cost to the "Aviator Edition" from the original payware release version is US$10, see your X-Plane.OrgStore account for the upgrade. Features General Brand new flight model built for X-Plane 11.30+ Improved wingflex Custom IRS simulation, with quick align Auto-update for the lifetime of X-Plane 11 LED exterior lights (exclusive) Revised font for cockpit textures New yoke model Revised cockpit textures Electronic flight bag Take-off calculator PDF chart loader Fuel, cargo and passenger loading Configuration Most settings saved globally Configurable units for weight, altimeter, minimums saved per-livery Support for metric altitude Optional custom cursor Custom electrical system Designed from the ground up for the 787 Ground power unit Custom anti-ice, simulating the resistance in each mat New: Custom fuel and hydraulics systems Brand new custom fuel system (1.2.0) including pump alternation and many other features New custom hydraulics system covering all flight controls, gear and more Updated timers and logic for flight controls based on the hydraulics and electrical systems HelpfulPointers (exclusive) Designed for online flying The aircraft advises you if you forget something important such as lights or transponder. Liveries 10 liveries are included by default; many more are available online: Air Canada, Air China, American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines (pre-merger livery), LOT Polish Airlines, United Airlines, Factory (white), Factory (standard) An additional blank livery is provided for livery painters, along with a full paint kit Auto-Updater Includes the Skunkcraft Updater for Auto-updates Requirements: X-Plane 11.30+ (Prior versions of X-Plane not supported) Windows, Mac or Linux 4GB VRAM Minimum - 8GB+ VRAM recommended Current and Review version : 1.3.0 (July 13th 2019) Installation : Download is 231.14mb which is unzipped and is inserted in your Heavy Aircraft folder as a 321mb folder (with downloaded liveries) Liveries are downloaded and inserted into your B787 root folder separately as a 34.4mb Folder. Documentation : Manual Cabin images are courtesy of aeroniemi (magknight) v1.3.0 changelog (attached) Magknight Boeing 789 Dreamliner changelog v1.3.0.rtf ______________________________________________________________________ Review by Stephen Dutton 16th July 2019 Copyright©2019: X-Plane Reviews  (Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) Review System Specifications: Computer System: Windows - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb - Samsung Evo 1Tb SSD Software: - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.30b2 (aircraft will only fly in 11.30) Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose Soundlink Mini Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro v1.10 US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : BetterPushBack - Free Scenery or Aircraft
  2. Aircraft Update : Boeing 787-900 v1.05 by Magknight Only back in June 2018 I finally caught up and reviewed the Boeing 787-900 by Magknight. I had flew the aircraft earlier and basically kept an eye on the progress, but as the aircraft went from a development stage and into a sale payware aircraft it then came up on to my radar. Overall the review was very good for an aircraft that is basically built up in PlaneMaker and not as a custom plugin design. This is a tribute to the developer Magknight to get such a quality aircraft out of which is the only the default system of X-Plane. There was some inadequacies, but the aircraft is a project in progress and you sign up for that from the start, overall it is at this stage getting really good and here is the next version v1.05 step with more areas now adjusted and more points that have been developed forward. Externally the aircraft has been revised with a new normal map and the new quality shows, the distinctive nose has also been remodeled to form a better shape. It certainly looks better, but the older map outline on the radar dome is still the same so it looks still like it is penciled in and not defined. A new livery is provided for Qantas with VH-ZNA, and a very nice livery it is, but it also shows up a new issue... ... the tail texture quality is not as bright or as clean as the fuselage and is more contrasty, it is not as noticeable on white tails, but certainly on the coloured tails, that was not there on the previous version (I checked), I think it is to be aware of a work in progress, but it should have been an item that should have been covered before release. There has been a lot of work done on the marching ants issue, that was particularly bad on the moving parts of the engines. This area is now far better, but not perfect... as the ants are still there but now central fuselage and not the same issue as before? The ants are now only noticeable from certain angles (arrowed) and you have to really go looking for them, but they are still there. It doesn't takeaway the detail and quality design of these new-gen engines of which are the best currently reproduced here. Most of the focus here in v1.05 is on the OverHead Panel (OHP) switchgear. Areas are now 3D button operational including Battery, Lights and you now have overhead failure annunciators covering APU Bleed FAULT, Engine Driven Primary Pump L FAULT, Engine Driven Primary Pump R FAULT, Hydraulic Electric Pumps L, C1, C2 & R and all now show electric pump FAULT (Failure). Switchgear can be still slightly clunky, but I had issues starting the engines, as the No.2 engine switch flickers and the engine wouldn't start? (annoying) and you have the strange feel of the mouse scroll being on the half moon manipulators and than set on the full moon manipulators, as it is still slightly clunky to use... but you do get used to it. My current irritation is that a lot of developers go ahead and keep putting in newer and newer features but over look the basics. Here it is the engine start, bleed and fuel introduction... Most functions here on the OHP are also still blocked off like with the EXT (External) power, but overall it a nice step forward in functionality. Clock (below) now works as well with cycles between START, STOP, RESET and the glareshield has more functionality... ... new items include; Caution/Master Warning button, WXR button, TFC Button and a working A/P Disengage Bar. Flap positions and detents have been updated to the -9 Series variant and look great... but in performance you have a slight engine surging at top mach or in this case m.84, but X-Plane11 is mostly the cause of that and it is up to the developer to fine-tune it out... ditto the performance model in fuel usage to thrust power required, which feels a little better, but with the surging throttle it then also cancels out any clear readings. For a long haul airliner of this caliber then this area of performance is crucial. More new pedestal detail includes; Fuel control levers (Engine fire lights corrected), Extinguisher levers (Now show engine fire annunciator) and bottle discharge annunciators. I wasn't very happy with the v1.04 dull panel (display) brightness... ... cockpit lighting adjustment is now more adjustable and the main displays feel and look far more brighter, a bit more brightness would still be nice, but it is far better flying the aircraft now at night. There is however still too much cockpit overhead lighting for dark instrument approaches and the "Storm" lighting button is blanked off, in it being also switched "on"? Those impossibly beautiful wings are really well done here, and they have had some attention a well with better wingflex and dynamics, and they certainly look and react far better. The aircraft's external lighting has had a lot of attention... the lighting actually was not that bad, but has now been refined more. Taxi light is now in the correct position, All three landing lights work individually in left, right and center, you can if you have set the X-Plane key landing light in that all three will switch on or off with one switch. Both runway turnoff lights work, as does the wing and those double tail strobe lights. Navigation lights are still the same, but they were fine originally. I only found the light throw was not very long for the landing lights and you can't see anything the runway turnoff lights do from the cockpit (they are supposed to light the taxiway exits?), however the wing lights are very good. Summary So let us get to the short and chase of this upgrade. Yes I really love this aircraft, and it is coming along very nicely and it looks really great in X-Plane. Yes it is an ongoing project, and yes the updates will continue to come in creating an excellent Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The v1.05 update covers a lot of areas including more functionality, in switchgear and actions and noted failures, new mapping and a higher quality external aircraft. Lighting and wingflex has also had attention and so has the ant marching distractions. But, here there is a few backward movements as well with the tail now not matching the fuselage in colour and contrast? And there is still some ant marching from the internal area of the aircraft (this reflects on to the engines?).... But, and this is the main point in that for all the wonderful changes a few of the very X-Plane basics still don't work? There is first with battery off (or cold) still full power to all the displays and avionics? "External" power connection (is on all the time) and this is just a simple switch. Engines don't start correctly (flickering Eng No.2 switch with the wrong manipulator?) and they don't switch back to the stop position once used, engine fuel switching on start up doesn't work, bleed on engine startup doesn't work (yes it is automatic, but you should still be able to switch the bleed and start the fuel flow, ... I found the aircraft to be buggy if you reload while in X-Plane (from the menu) as the ILS Align and APP does not then work correctly... and so for the next version the fundamental basics required for flying the aircraft should really be the priority before anymore new features... and yes I love it and otherwise it is a really great aircraft with a load of protential. ______________________________________________________________________ Yes! the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner v1.05 by Magknight is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : B787-9 Price is US$24.95 Features: New engine fanblades. New wing with updated wingflex and various control surfaces details and wingtip improvement. Corrected "marching ants" and mapping issues. Lower L1 door position for active jetways, autogate, etc. New paintkit Interior model Improved MFD with Fuel, Hydraulics, Control surfaces and Electric synoptic indications. Hydraulic switch now available. HPA indication in PFD (not switchable for the moment) Systems Corrections in fuel efficiency and engine power to allow longer flights. Groundspeed, TAS and wind vector corrected in the ND. Transponder Ident now available. Transponder digits can now be changed up and down. Airspeed in PFD now hides at mach speeds instead of showing '0'. Flaps maneuverability issue solved. The aircraft now follows easily the glideslope and acts quickly at lower speeds. Artificial stability now corrected at lower speeds. (Better handling) Tail light now available. Tail will light up with the logo button in the cockpit. There is no need for special night texture for each livery. The external night texture is the same for all. Yoke hides now pressing 'Y' on the keyboard. (Only XP11) Vertical speed display now hides in VNAV. A checklist is available. Additional livery packs American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, United Airlines, Air China livery and now a Qantas livery. Requirements: X-Plane 11 or X-Plane 10 Windows, Mac or Linux 2Gb VRAM Minimum - 4Gb + VRAM recommended Current version : 1.04 (XP11) 1.03 (XP10) Installation : Download is 107mb which is unzipped and is inserted in your Heavy Aircraft folder as a 168mb folder  Liveries are downloaded and inserted into your B787 root folder separately as a 34.4mb Folder. Documentation : None ______________________________________________________________________  Update Review by Stephen Dutton 30th August 2018 Copyright©2018: X-Plane Reviews  (Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) Review System Specifications: Computer System: Windows - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD Software: - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.25 Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose Soundlink Mini Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro v1.09 US$69.90 : XPRealistic Pro v1.0.9 effects US$19.95 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : BetterPushBack - Free Scenery or Aircraft -KSEA - Seattle Airports XP by Drzewiecki Design (X-Plane.OrgStore) - US$43.00 -KLAX - Los Angeles International HD by ShortFinal Design (X-Plane.OrgStore) - US$26.95
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