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Major Upgrade for the TFDi Design 717


Version 1.1 of the TFDi Design 717 is out now.

This is a major update to the aircraft that includes 265 additions and improvements.  The exterior model has been completely revamped with new features such as wing flex and cabin lights.

Other highlights include major improvements to the AFS (Automatic Flight System) and MCDU (Multifunction Control Display Unit).  The AFS now has better NAV and PROF logic as well as proper ATS (Autothrottle System) CLAMP functionality.  New features added on the MCDU include better altitude, speed, fuel, and time predictions and improved leg sequencing/ waypoint insertion.  Support for holds (HOLD) has also been added.

Other main features:
• New paint kit
• Official Prepar3D v4 support
• AFS-guided VOR tracking support
• ADF simulation
• Scroll and drag support for documents on the tablet
• RemoteCDU integration
• Improved ND PLAN mode
• Pause at top of descent option
• Engine performance more accurate during various stages of flight
• Revamped terrain display
• Improved air manifold pressure and demand system
• FADEC and throttle behaviour improved
• Improved taxiing
• Various minor improvements to cockpit and night lighting textures
• Improved VOR simulation
• New performance options via the Addon Manager
• Yoke light
• Improved hardware and MCDU keyboard interaction
• Enhanced logic for more efficient system resource utilisation

For a full list of updates click here for more information on the TFDi Design website.

According to TFDi Design, with the active development of the TFDi Design 717 winding down, they will begin to put more focus on upcoming projects.

Lead programmer, Collin Biedenkapp explained: “We’ve announced Passenger and Crew Experience (PACX), and that will be our focus for the immediate future. We will, of course, over the coming weeks, months, and years periodically update the TFDi Design 717 with new features or fixes as appropriate, but the rate of development and updates will be significantly slower. Users experiencing issues will still receive the quality and timely support they’ve come to expect from us during development.”

He also said the company has more projects lined up, “but they’ll get their time to shine in the future.”


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