PMDG continues to work on the massively anticipated Boeing 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, arguably the jetliner everyone is looking for. After the lovely Christmas Special we were presented with a couple of weeks ago, Robert Randazzo returns today with a new development update that features one particular feature of the aircraft: the EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System).
As we’ve come to expect from PMDG’s boss, this update is long and detailed, albeit perhaps not concerning the most exciting aspects of the aircraft. Randazzo talks about the refinement work that is being put on the 737, especially concerning the visuals: graphical quality, 3D model, colors, lighting, and so on (perhaps using some unexpected free time while the team waits for Asobo’s fixes…).
This time, there’s only one new image to show, which features a closer look into the instrument panel, from where some cool bits of information can be extracted. On the MCP, Randazzo calls for our attention to the levels of detail that have been put on the several knobs, buttons, and displays. The team is working to deliver an unprecedentedly realistic and immersive aircraft, and the imperfections that can be seen in places are a way to fulfill that promise. Some things may look slightly odd, but that’s how they are in the real world, and that’s how PMDG is going to put them in MSFS.
While all this is all fine and dandy, the core of today’s update is the EGPWS, which can be seen working in this new image. This system includes a Vertical Situation Display that shows a profile view of the terrain ahead, providing pilots with a clear view of how the flight vector compares to the elevation profile in front of the aircraft. This is especially useful with low visibility, as the system helps pilots to gain better altitude awareness in relation to the terrain below.
On other fronts, Randazzo says that the team will begin to integrate Navigraph’s charts into the EFB. Seeing how this is something that was planned to happen at the final stages of development, it’s a good sign that the team is starting to tick off the last outstanding items on their current to-do list for this project. Some preview videos and tutorials are also now being created and should be unveiled soon.
Finally, Randazzo says the team is looking forward to continuing to bring their product catalog for MSFS… but also for a completely new airplane going forward! We reckon it’s the 757… any bets? Let us know in the comments below!
To learn more about the latest developments concerning the PMDG 737 for MSFS, see below our previous coverage on this subject.