Welcome to week 22 of our PMDG 737 rebuild series. We are now 90% complete. This week and most of last week we took time to investigate issues with fs2020 and completed the forward panel. discussion is below. We will also cover The next preview (22.11).
The forward panel
We had to break the forward panel into different segments because there were over 50 controls on it. Some of them BVI pilots will never use, such as the DU selectors, some are used elsewhere in TFm, such as N1 or speed brakes.
Main forward panel area
ALT+W – Nose wheel steering. Press to cycle through options.
ALT+C – Capt. Disengage test. Press to cycle through options.
ALT+O – F/O disengage test. Press to cycle through options.
ALT+I – Cockpit lights. Press to cycle through options.
ALT+F – Fuel flow. Press to cycle through options.
ALT+1 – Left Below GS indicator.
ALT+2 – Right below GS indicator.
ALT+3 – Left FMC indicator.
ALT+4 – Right FMC indicator.
ALT+5 – Stab out of trim indicator.
ALT+6 – Anti-skid inop indicator.
ALT+1 – Left auto throttle disengage indicator (red).
ALT+2 – Right auto throttle disengage indicator (red).
ALT+3 – Left auto throttle disengage indicator (amber).
ALT+4 – Right disengage indicator (amber).
ALT+5 – Command A disengage indicator (red).
ALT+6 – Command B disengage indicator (red).
ALT+7 – Command A disengage indicator (amber).
ALT+8 – Command B disengage indicator (amber).
ALT+D – Capt. DU. Press to cycle options.
ALT+U – F/O DU. Press to cycle options.
ALT+C – Capt. Lower DU. press to cycle options.
ALT+F – F/O lower DU. press to cycle options.
ALT+1 – RMI #1. Press to cycle options.
ALT+2 – RMI #2. Press to cycle options.
ALT+N – N1 selector. Press to cycle options.
ALT+S – Speed ref. Press to cycle options.
ALT+T – Auto brake. See the MCP/Speed box for more information.
ALT+B – Brake pressure indicator.
ALT+1 – Speed brake armed indicator.
ALT+2. – Speed brake do not arm indicator.
ALT+3 – Speed brake extended indicator.
ALT+4 – Auto brake disarm indicator.
ALT+L – Left flaps needle indicator.
ALT+R – Right flaps needle indicator.
ALT+1 – Flaps in transit indicator.
ALT+2 – Flaps extended indicator.
ALT+G – Gear lever. Press to cycle options.
ALT+1 – Nose gear in transit indicator.
ALT+2 – Left gear in transit indicator.
ALT+3 – Right gear in transit indicator.
ALT+4 – Nose gear locked indicator.
ALT+5 – Left gear locked indicator.
ALT+6 – Right gear locked indicator.
As always, we will include the TFM settings to turn on/off automatic announcements for all supported aircraft controls/states.
We will release preview 22.11 sometime later this week. Most likely, around the middle of the week. Keep an eye out for it, and don’t forget to read the release notes. This preview has a lot of working parts and new features, including MSFS support for the PMDG 737.
MSFS test flight follow-up
Last week, I tried an MSFS (fs2020) test flight in the PMDG 737-700 cargo aircraft. After some investigation, here are follow-up points from last week.
- MCP controls such as L-Nav, V-Nav, level change, etc always report off. This is only true if you tell First officer next to leave the MCP alone.
- The speed brake reports a float such as 4.93 instead of a whole number like 103. This is true and we will have to build a fix for it.
- It takes TFM a longer time to load the MSFS airports database. This is true. In addition, you must point TFM to the FS2020 airports database after you use makerunways.exe. To point TFM to the FS2020 database, open TFM settings, navigate to the airports database setting category, then use the P3D airports database location to browse for the FS2020 database.
- First officer fails to do auto flows. True if you have AutoFlows = 0 set in the first officer user.config file. Otherwise, it will use auto flows. The only condition is when it tells you to check doors on pushback. In this case, you will have to press the after start flow yourself.
- Getting to the briefing, ops, and other features is difficult at best. The click points are icons with no alt text or focusable items. We hear he is going to make an accessible user interface by the middle of this week, so we will wait and see.
- FSO next fails to program the route and other FMC items. We have mixed results with community members, and are trying to sort out the problem. If it doesn’t program the route pages, you can do it yourself.
My landing rate on this trip was -86. A never before seen in the PMDG 737, at least for me. This would prove that LNav and VNav works better in the MSFS versions. Also, auto throttle works much better in the MSFS version. A better part of my descent, the throttle maintained a .08% thrust.
We will close it up for week 22. We hope the TFM upgrades are working for you. Don’t forget to report bugs and new features, especially on the MSFS side of things. As always, if you need help, let us know.