PMDG has pushed a new patch for the 737-700 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, bringing the product to version 3.00.0025.
This new update focuses on cleaning up the package from several remainder issues, keeping up with PMDG’s promise of continued support for the product. This happens while the team is also working on finishing up the initial releases of the 737-600 and -800 models, which are starting to look like they might be released around the same time, since the -600 is a bit delayed while the -800 is more or less on schedule.
Probably the most notable change introduced with this patch is an improved ground steering model that, according to PMDG’s Robert Randazzo, “more tightly integrates the 737 into MSFS“. Do note the following details in order to make the necessary adjustments in your configuration:
It is important to note that this will require anyone with a tiller input assigned to update your control settings – so please be advised! Previously we were using the PROP1 axis in MSFS controls to provide tiller inputs, but effective with this build the 737 will accept tiller steering inputs only from the NOSE WHEEL STEERING AXIS input in the MSFS control menus.
Related to this change, proper pedal steering for users who have both a tiller and rudder axis assigned has been implemented again, further enhancing ground steering in the PMDG 737. See below the full release notes to see all that is new:
0011293: [General – Documentation] Incorrect Switch illustrated for TO/GA (hvanrensburg)
0011420: [General – Unsure] Cockpit control knobs not working with mouse correctly when using PMDG mouse interaction (hvanrensburg)
0011476: [Main Panel – MCP] HDG SEL and LNAV buttons illuminated at the same time (emvaos)
0011208: [FMS/AFDS – LNAV] Holding Entry when within 3 minutes ETA from fix (emvaos)
0011532: [General – Documentation] Typo error in the tutorial (hvanrensburg)
0011481: [External Model – Geometry] Seats textures issues after 3.00.0024 update (jbrown)
0011311: [General – Unsure] Paintkit: Right side overwing exit gray outline is missing (jbrown)
0011539: [Systems – Lighting – Exterior] Beacon reflection in Engine inlet (jbrown)
0011525: [AFDS – General] Dual channel approach nose up trim magnutude at 400ftRA needs adjustment (emvaos)
0011303: [AFDS – Roll Modes] Non-damping Left/Right roll excursions in cruise (emvaos)
0011506: [FMS – Route/Legs Pages] RWY Dashed Lines should not be present without departure airport entered (emvaos)
0011415: [FMS/AFDS – VNAV] SPD INTV should result in FMC SPD FMA not MCP SPD (emvaos)
0011516: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Cabin can be seen from VC on specific position (jbrown)
0011288: [General – Flight Model] Rudder operation with XBOX controller not possible (rsrandazzo)
0011355: [Systems – Wheels & Brakes] Nosewheel Animation and Aircraft turning behavior not in sync with Rudder pedal steering (rsrandazzo)
0011350: [Systems – Wheels & Brakes] Move tiller steering input to new (SU9) Nose Wheel Steering input (rsrandazzo)
0011521: [External Model – Geometry] Floating bolts/nuts in nose gear bay (jbrown)
0011518: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Speed Brake Handle Textures are Blurry (vscimone)
0011494: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Inside of stab trim cutout guards should be red (vscimone)
0011503: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Rudder trim off flag missing (vscimone)
0011514: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Oxy. Press. needle does not illuminate with overhead backlighting (vscimone)
0011499: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Placard missing from back of jump seat (vscimone)
0011488: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] ‘ENGINE START’ missing from overhead panel (vscimone)
0011486: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Space missing between R and WIPER (vscimone)
0011490: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Floating decal text on fuel control levers (vscimone)
0011491: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Engine 2 fire handle floats when pulled (vscimone)
0011492: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Glareshield document holder lacks visible bottom (vscimone)
0011496: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Text remnant to the right of “AILERON” (vscimone)
0011498: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Dots missing from crew oxygen pressure gauge (vscimone)
0011493: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Lines missing from cabin pressure gauge (vscimone)
0011487: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] ‘NORMAL’ missing from overhead panel temp control panel (vscimone)
0011501: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Pass oxygen guard should be safety wired (vscimone)
0011497: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] + missing from cargo fire panel (vscimone)
0011505: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] AO spots on ACP panels (vscimone)
0011495: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Text on yoke is crooked (vscimone)
0011483: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Aux Fuel Panel shows pasrt of the Nose Wheel Steering Panel on BBJ (vscimone)
0011446: [External Model – Liveries] Injestion Warning Decal (jbrown)
0011447: [External Model – Liveries] Gaps in Left Side Injestion Waring Line (jbrown)
0011434: [External Model – Liveries] Texture Mapping. Element Moves Depending on viewing Angle (jbrown)0011521: [External Model – Geometry] Floating bolts/nuts
737-600 and Flight Tablet news
PMDG also published a development update on the next aircraft of the 737 family to launch for MSFS. The -600 variant was estimated to release in late June, but PMDG decided to use that airframe as a testbed for the new Lateral Flight Path model. There’s no word yet on an updated release schedule for the 737-600, but with the estimated launch of the -800 fast approaching (early august), we may get them both at about the same time.
As for the PMDG Flight Tablet, the much-awaited EFB implementation for the 737, it continues under active development and shouldn’t take long for the first previews to be shown. PMDG is currently working on SimBrief integration and counting with the collaboration of Navigraph for chart implementation.
It’s looking like August will be a busy month for PMDG if all goes well over the coming weeks. Simmers have been widely anticipating the launch of new variants of the 737, especially the super-popular -800, and it shouldn’t take long now for that to finally happen, featuring the new Lateral Flight Path model and hopefully the new EFB as well!