Welcome to week 3 of the PMDG 747 rebuild series. This week has given us some ups and downs. However, we made it through the week with some interesting changes to TFM. So, read on for some fun and potentially not so fun updates.
Changing the blog series name
Since we started the blog series on the PMDG 737, we have introduced new features and bug fixes not related directly to the 737. It is the same with the 747. We are introducing new features and fixing bugs not directly related to the 747. Keep in mind, we are still working on the 747. We are also working on things not related to PMDG aircraft. Given this, we are thinking of changing the series name to “TFM updates, week X” or something similar. If you have any other ideas, feel free to drop us a line on the contact form on the website.
What happened to Navigraph?
Some users might have seen the GitHub commits mentioning the removal of the Navigraph support in TFM. This is true. Navigraph has taken forever to get back to us about adding Navigraph support to TFM. Since they are taking forever and we aren’t using it anyways, we removed support for it. In the event we are able to make use of it, we will add it back into TFM.
PMDG 747 changes
Since we have been working in other areas of TFM, the 747 hasn’t gotten much attention. There are a few things to mention.
- The Overhead Maint/Electrical panel buttons now work.
- Added the Overhead Maint/Fuel panel, described below.
Overhead Maint/Fuel panel
This panel is self explanatory. It only has two buttons listed below.
ALT+S – Scavenge pump. Press SPACE or ENTER to toggle.
ALT+R – RSV 2-3 transfer. Press SPACE or ENTER to toggle.
While looking through the SDK, there are some controls or entire panels that have write-only controls on them. This means we can provide a setting, but can’t read the setting. These controls and panels aren’t much use to BVI pilots, so we will leave them out of TFM until PMDG can provide an outlet for reading the existing setting of these controls and panels. In the Overhead Maint panel, the following panels are left out of TFM until further notice.
- EMU (748 only)
- APU startup source (748 only)
Since we are working on other things along with the PMDG aircraft, we decided to start putting weather tracking into TFM. Adding weather is nice because we can add a few things at a time until the weather services are exhausted. Here are the weather events added this week. The below are added to the request wind command which will be renamed in a future release.
- Visibility in knotts.
- Turbulence level, none, moderate, severe, or extreme.
- Precipitation level, none, light, moderate, heavy, very heavy.
- Precipitation type, none, rain, snow, or hail.
We also added the ability for TFM to automatically announce when the aircraft enters/exits a cloud. The precipitation level/type will get added in a future release.
Bug fixes for this week
- The PMDG 737 now only displays its own heading box. Previously, it would display the heading window for freeware aircraft instead of its own.
- The rebuild database button in TFM’s airports database settings is now ‘build database’. Previously, it had the confusing name ‘rebuild database’.
- The build database will only display if either P3D or MSFS is loaded into a cockpit. Previously, it would be displayed even if there were no simulators loaded. Pressing the build database button without a loaded simulator forced TFM to crash.
- Read instrumentation now works. Press right bracket (]), then SHIFT+M to toggle it on and off.
- When using ‘Where am I?’ right bracket (]), then SHIFT+C while on a runway will now give the runway distance in feet.
What about the 737 comms panels?
We are still working on the comms/audio panels. There is a sequence of events we have to figure out to make the microphones and receivers change frequency type. We will keep everyone updated as things move along.