Microsoft Flight Simulator PMDG Boeing 737’s progress stalled as it heads to beta testing; New screenshot released


One of the most anticipated aircraft in development for Microsoft Flight Simulator is the Boeing 737 family in development at PMDG.

One of the most anticipated aircraft in development for Microsoft Flight Simulator is the Boeing 737 family in development at PMDG.

Unfortunately, progress was hampered by an unspecified (at least public) platform-level issue that required input from MSFS developer Asobo. Apparently that input has come, and CEO Robert Randazzo announced today that the plane is about to go into beta testing towards its final release.

You can read the full announcement below and check out the new screenshot that comes with it.

We have some good news in the hallways of PMDG this weekend, and it’s best described by an unusual detail in this shot of some of our work this afternoon:

That red cone has long been present in the background of various test flight images and videos of new aircraft types. It provides a static pressure measurement to facilitate verification and (if needed) of the engineer’s predicted static pressure values ​​used for things like the air data system on the aircraft.

In 2011, we added this feature to the 737NGX at the request of a friend of ours who worked in Test Flight at Boeing, and we’ve had it on every PMDG Boeing aircraft ever since. It’s folly actually, but it makes for some fun that you can toggle on or off from the option set we include with the plane when it’s shipped to you.

I’ve traditionally left it visible (along with the test vane plugs in the front windows that are part of the test flight kit) when we test a product prior to first delivery because it looks like an aircraft undergoing the serious business of testing. And serious we are, right now!

Thanks to some long-awaited input from Asobo, we can report that our progress towards beta testing and eventual release has not stalled. We are currently evaluating both a transition-to-test date and an initial release date. I’ll have quite a bit more information about the release process around the time we actually start testing the plane, as there are a lot of items that have been stagnant since early October that we can finally begin to fully evaluate – and I’ll spend the time in between need to talk intelligently about the release process.

There are still a few bridges to cross, which is to be expected. The PMDG 737 is easily the most complicated C++ object oriented project that can be brought into MSFS at the moment and as we have already seen it is possible to run into things that require collaboration to solve. We have a few items on the list of concerns, but we’re just starting to get into them, so we’ll know more over the next week.

In the meantime, enjoy the coming week! I’ll try to come back with some visual snacks for you as we make progress!

While no release date has been announced yet, we already know that the first member of the 737 family to come out will be the 700 version.

We recently published our latest interview with Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann and learned more about Microsoft’s plans for the coming months, including World Update Australia.

If you want to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can read our recent reviews of the Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Kraków Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Cala b ria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi airport.

If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review that will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.

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