Microsoft Flight Simulator – PMDG CEO Discusses Boeing 737-700 Sales, 777 Progress, 737 MAX Release Schedule, SDK, and More

PMDG is one of the most well-known and popular third-party developers for flight simulators, and after their Douglas DC-6s and Boeing 737-700s, they have a large development pipeline for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

CEO Robert Randazzo spoke at length during a interview on Sky Blue Radio this weekproviding interesting information on the activities of the company and what we can expect from it in the future.

Speaking of the 737 NG series, we learn that the 737-700 did “exceptionally well” in terms of sales.

Randazzo mentioned a rough estimate (clarifying that these are not actual numbers but provided for conversation purposes only), estimating that the number of active simmers may have increased 20-fold in the two years following the release. of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Over the years, he has created a predictive revenue model based on social media, forums, and trailer engagement that has allowed him to predict sales with a 2% margin of error in larger simulators. old.

When he inserted the data for the 737-700 for Microsoft Flight Simulator into the model, he thought the model was broken because the prediction was way off the scale. Indeed, it turned out to be broken, as actual sales even exceeded that.

Randazzo thinks the current period is probably the most exciting in the history of flight simulation.

Speaking of updates and upcoming releases, he mentioned that the new lateral flight path code is “hours” away from being signed on the 737-600 (which functioned as a test bed for the feature), then it will be merged into the -700 to test on it.

As it has already been tested in the 600, it should arrive in time for the next 700 update.

While testing of the renewed navigation feature caused a delay for the 737-600 (which was originally scheduled for mid-June), it will still be released before the -800, which is more or less scheduled for the first half. of August but can slip into the third week of the month.

The -600 will also be released on the official Microsoft Flight Simulator market at some point with a “very competitive price” to give people a chance to try out a PMDG product.

We also hear about the upcoming EFB tablet, which simulates an operating system allowing users to use it as if they were using a regular tablet. It has an app that manages all the functionality of Simbrief and acts as an intermediary between Simbrief and the aircraft, performance prediction tools, flight ops apps and a whole lot more. The tablet will be unified among all PMDG aircraft.

Randazzo also mentioned that he hasn’t had a chance to see the new version of the Microsoft Flight Simulator SDK (software development kit) yet, but from his preliminary impression, if it includes some of the tools that he believes he can significantly accelerate PMDG’s development efforts. That being said, he doesn’t think what the company needs most is included just yet. That being said, I mentioned that “it’s okay, every move counts”.

Speaking of the next Boeing 777, which will follow the 737 NG series, there is an overlap between the end of one project (the 737 NG) and the start of another (the 777) and PMDG is currently in this overlap.

The entire 777 cockpit has already been made in pieces and requires time-consuming assembly, polishing, cleaning and texturing, so the developer in charge is currently splitting the work between that these and the 737. . That should be more or less complete by the time the 737-800 is finished developing. Some of the code on the back-end is already being worked on.

Work on the Boeing 747 is progressing the slowest at the moment, as PMDG awaits data that will help on the front lines.

When asked if the Boeing 737 MAX will come after the 777 and 747, Randazzo did not confirm this, because PMDG actually likes to change the pace from time to time by changing to a new aircraft and the MAX is a modification quite simple from the 737 NG. (which provides the basis for the MAX), so Randazzo does not yet know that the company will wait until after the 747 to manufacture it.

There are too many variables at the moment to make a guess. The only thing Randazzo can say for sure is that the MAX will be released “somewhere” between the end of development of the 737 NG and the start of development of the next Boeing after the 747.

Incidentally, Randazzo cleverly dodged the attempt to get him to confirm that said Boeing’s next plane is the 757.

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Margie D. Carlisle