29.6.2021 – 07:20z

SSG Releases a Major Update for the 747 (XP11)

Supercritical Simulations Group have recently released a new major update for their Boeing 747-8 Series Anniversary Edition for X-Plane 11. Bringing the aircraft to version 2.3, it features many improvements to the aircraft model, textures, and systems.

The overall external model of the aircraft was revised and improved for better user immersion, a new set of PBR textures was introduced for the best visual experience, the particle system was improved featuring more effects, or the lighting was improved throughout the interior.

In case of the system improvements, RAT engine turbine was added to the hydraulic systems, new terrain display on the ND was introduced with automatic terrain detection, the autopilot was improved as well as it should now follow all SIDs properly, and generally, VNAV and LNAV logic was improved for better accuracy.

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For users who were experiencing performance issues while using the addon, the developers have as well included FPS improvements in the update that are especially visible while using Vulkan or Metal rendering engine.

The complete changelog of the new version can be seen below. Before updating the aircraft using SkunkCrafts Updater, the developer recommends the user remove all liveries from the aircraft files as they are not compatible with the new model and textures.

If you want to purchase the addon, you can do so through the X-Plane.org Store for $48.

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Changelog

EXTERNAL MODEL

  • FPS improvements, especially in Vulkan/Metal but also works well in OpenGL.
  • the complete external model was revised and many new UV fixes were made.
  • Fixed an error where the magenta track was offcenter when the ND range was set at less than 2.5 miles.
  • Complete a new set of PBR textures.
  • New customdesigned external lighting.
  • Added Freighter main deck lights.
  • Added working Ram Air Turbine (RAT) and logic/systems.
  • Added electrical system dependency to certain cargo door operations.
  • Added details to the landing gear.
  • Improved particle system, including added fuel jettisoning and potable water draining.

COCKPIT

  • Improved internal lights.
  • Fixed CDU and general instrument brightness.
  • Added crew lavatory to Intercontinental.
  • Added crew rest to Intercontinental.
  • Some texturing fixes were made.
  • Added more button sounds and animations.

SYSTEMS

  • Added RAT to the hydraulic system.
  • Added the second GPU for better system behavior.
  • Updated the automatic connection between electrical sources and bus ties.
  • Updated fuel, hydraulic, electrical, and other synoptic pages.
  • Improved the EICAS advisory message behavior and reset button function.
  • Added/revised fuel advisory messages.
  • Added emergency lights message.
  • Fixed engine #3 starting/shutdown logic.
  • Fixed and revised the external lights system and its power sources.
  • Updated behavior of the leading edge flaps and spoilers/speed brakes during all flight phases.
  • Added pitch limit indicators to the PFD.
  • Added fuel and electrical dependencies to APU starting.
  • Updated the wiper system to include independent control and added the cycle time for intermittent settings.
  • Updated some system sounds and added some new sounds for the improvements in this version.
  • Updated caution warning sound.
  • Fixed some manipulators such as vertical speed dial and autopilot disengage.
  • Fixed flaps up command for VREF + 100.

FMS 

  • Increased the route legs list to 25 pages.
  • Fixed an error where the magenta track was offcenter when the ND range was set at less than 2.5 miles.
  • Improved Navigation Display (ND).
  • Improved VNAV and LNAV logic.
  • Fixed throttles when advanced, now if TOGA is pressed, the throttles advance from their present position.
  • Fixed a bug that when STAR was changed, LNAV control was negatively affected.
  • Fixed an error where the magenta track was offcenter when the ND range was set at less than 2.5 miles.
  • Fixed error when autopilot changed from FLCH to V/S mode and vice versa.
  • New ND terrain display with automatic terrain detection.
  • Improved holds to be more accurately flown.
  • Fixed airways entering, which was not recognized in some situations.
  • Improved the FD bars to be more accurate during takeoff and before autopilot mode connection.
  • Improved steps as displayed on ND in MAP mode.
  • Added green range arc during the climb.
  • Fixed Index page with LK6 opening an incorrect page.
  • Fixed some STARs that did not appear in the last DEP/ARR pages.
  • Fixed the autopilot not following some SIDs properly.
  • Improved stability with strong crosswinds.

TABLET

  • Fixed some click areas.
  • Improved fuel load sequence to match real loading behavior.
  • New details were added over the entire external airframe.
  • Added “Cold and Dark” start options.
  • Updated manuals
  • SSG 7478 V2 Quick Start Guide.pdf
  • SSG 7478 V2 FCOM.pdf

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