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Welcome to MDMAX, the most advanced MD Super80 aircraft and panel for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, info page. This software reproduces the actual cockpit with an amazing degree of realism: every aspect of real life procedures, including a complete cockpit inspection and preparation, is simulated with a so tremendous accuracy, that you will fully feel the true, MD Super80 pilot's everyday life.
MDMAX has dozen of exciting features, previously never seen under Flight Simulator 2004, implemented through an attractive graphical look, complete with special effects and a friendly user’s interface. Custom special code has been specifically developed in order to improve or add features, otherwise inaccurately supported, or not supported at all, by Flight Simulator 2004: an example is the possibility to dim gauges and lights (to make them readable depending on ambient illumination) or the improved ILS capture and tracking, with a fully working autoland for CAT3 operations.
The panels are designed to match the actual Super 80's EFIS layout and functionality, in particular, a complete overhead panel has every single switch and gauge actually working and acting as appropriate, with an Annunciator part, showing any caution and warning message.
Top quality External model
- Professional, highly detailed 3D Model (MD-82 version 2.0) made by JCA - Jet City Aircraft, featuring working lights, mobile surfaces, animated doors, stairs, cargo and catering is provided in the full version or as upgrade package, supplied with 5 liveries (Alitalia, Finnair, SAS, Swiss and MDMAX).
- Integrated with MDMAX, letting moving parts to actuate when commanded. Landing lights may be operated separately.
- Additional liveries like American Airlines,
Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, CAAC 1985, China
Southern, Continental Airlines, Crossair, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Martinair, Meridiana, Northwest Airlines, Reno Air, Star Alliance, Snowflake,
Spanair, Spirit Airlines and more are available for free from the JCA site(www.jetcityaircraft.com). A repainter pack is also available for download.
Cockpit Main Features
- Hi quality cockpit reproduction
- Real startup procedures.
- True checklists and full cockpit preparation may be performed.
- Complete hydraulic, electric, pneumatic, fueling, icing, air conditioning and cabin pressurization systems, including automatism.
- Real and advanced DFGC computer system with thrust rating computation through TRC (TRP)
- Real EPR settings management.
- TCAS system integrated on VSI with complete control Xpdr/Tcas control panel.
- FMA (Flight Mode Annunciator) showing over 60 annunciations for various DFGC selected modes, cautions and advisory lights.
- PDF, ND (rose, arc, map modes).
- EFIS control panel.
- 2 ADF systems usable at the same time.
- CADC and AHRS internal simulation.
- Analog and digital instruments.
- AC/DC powered by APU, External Power, Battery Emergency Bus, Engines.
- Working X-Feed systems as fuel, pneumatic and electrical.
- Realistic flight dynamics.
- Complete and working Autoland logic is usable also with strong crosswinds conditions up to final alignment at touchdown.
- Intelligent icing system.
- EOAP and WAAP displaying caution annunciations and warnings advisories affecting airplane's systems.
- Pitot and static ports simulation (ALTERNATE included).
- Real cabin temperature management.
- Real sound and voice warning and advisory system.
- Advanced graphics designed for 1600 resolution and vector optimized for particular instruments.
- Fully working panel lighting with dimming control and cockpit's ambient lighting (panel, flood and thunderstorm). Areas are dimmable separately.
- Complete set of cabin announcements.
- Full left and right Overhead panel composed by two parts for and easy systems management.
- Intelligent mouse usage supporting push and pull as needed and mouse wheel, possibility to reorient the outside view up and down, quickly and smoothly, rotating the mouse wheel.
- All systems work as in real aircraft. For example, if you have no or low hydraulic pressure, you will not be able to move flaps (or they move very slowly). If you don’t have anti-ice systems properly set, you can experience flight commands lock-up and so on. The flight dynamics are so optimized that your will be able to operate as in real aircraft (for example you can taxi in idle).
- Braking action related to the runway surfaces conditions.
- Internal integrated aircraft loading module (fuel and payload). It works in real time and changes the aircraft's weights and the fuel onboard dinamically without have to use FS menu or reload the aircraft.
- Flight recorder data entry, the Flight Recorder system generates an encrypted file that will be readable only with a special external program. This module is mainly intended for professional use but can also be used by all virtual airlines to check the pilots career.
- Private logbook.
- Automatic pilots ranking system available through the MDMax website to log flight hours and define the career status.
- METAR reports window.
- Provided with an automatic/manual checking syste for new software versions and upgrades.
- Complete manual with logic schemes and cross reference information divided in three volumes (Installation, Procedure Guides, Cockpit Interface, Flight Techniques with demo flight)
- The FMS module, fully integrated in the aircraft's systems, works in conjunction with other interfaced equipment reducing cockpit workload by eliminating many routine tasks and computations normally performed by the flight crew.
- No additional programs required.
Advanced Systems Simulation
• FULLY WORKING AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
Great attention has been paid in developing the aircraft’s systems, in fact, there are fully working electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic plants, complete with the related gauges and controls. Like in real life, those systems are left & right separated and each 'side' can supply the other, should one of them fail, by just setting them as required.
The APU is provided in order to generate electrical and pneumatic power during ground operations, to energize the cockpit (ground power is available as well, if you wish to use it in place of APU), to supply the air condition system and to start the engines. The electrical power is also produced by left or right running engine (which can produce pneumatic power as well), and by the Emergency Power system, directly supplied by a battery.
Separated left and right hydraulic systems are used to actuate the movement of aircraft's mobile parts (control surfaces, gear, brakes, reverser, etc.) and is a pilot's responsibility to operate the hydraulic pumps accordingly, in order to obtain the correct power (for example, flaps and gear will move slower, or will not move at all, if the hydraulic pressure is not sufficient).
Like in real life, the engine startup procedure is quite far away from just pressing a couple of buttons: specific conditions, like required pneumatic pressure and correct engine's temperature, must be previously met, with the entire startup sequence requiring approximately the same time, the same resources and the same actions normally necessary in the actual airplane.
Ice accumulation while operating in standard icing conditions is simulated and the appropriate use of anti-ice systems (airfoil and engines) is required in order to continue your flight safely, otherwise performance degradation, jammed controls, engine’s damages or unexpected shutdown may occur (sufficient pneumatic pressure must exist while using the airfoil anti ice; the Engine Ignition must be operated accordingly while flying in icing conditions, heavy rain or turbulence).
• ADVANCED AND REAL AVIONICS
The avionics and aircraft’s systems can be tested during the preliminary cockpit preparation, as in real life. Like most real Super 80s, this panel is TCAS equipped.
The traditional “analog” Vertical Speed Indicator, has been replaced with an LCD monitor, showing appropriate graphical symbology for nearby traffic visualization (works with Flight Simulator generated AI traffic) and vertical speed information. As in actual cockpit, this instrument has an its own brightness knob, to dim the monitor independently from the other gauges.
The Navigation Display works in Rose, Arc and Map mode: a custom graphic library has been specifically developed in order to improve its readability and precision.
Fully working Standy Horizon and Standby Altimeter/Airspeed Indicator (with its own separated QNH setting) is provided and can be used like in real life.
• ACCURATE FLIGHT MODEL
Of course, the same care has been adopted in designing the flight model and any 'flight' related matter. The DFCG lets you to perform climbs and descents in IAS/MACH mode (the selected speed is obtained through combined pitch and thrust commands), rather than using a less efficient, fixed Vertical Speed. A Bank Angle selector is provided to set the bank angle for Autopilot or DFCG commanded turns, form 10 to 30 degrees, in steps of 5. The built-in Flight Simulator’s support for ILS and Localizer, has been improved in order to enhance the aircraft’s capabilities to intercept and follow the ILS beacon. An autoland is provided for CAT3 operations, including automatic approach guidance, flare, touch down and roll-out, working also in crosswind (providing that the Autoland’s max certified wind components, aren’t exceeded; any crab angle is automatically corrected, by combined rudder and ailerons’ action).
MDMAX has full working CAWS, GPWS and Mark7 systems, with associated visual/aural warnings recorded from a real Super 80 cockpit.
• DIMMABLE PANELS, GAUGES & LIGHTS
Dimming controls are provided to tune brightness, backlighting and flood light respectively of digital readouts and LCD monitor-based gauges, analog instruments, panels and cockpit. The Super 80 has a complex illumination system, where each area of the panel (and sometimes each single gauge) can be dimmed separately, through its relative knob or push & pull button. The same approach has been used in MDMAX so, for example, the Flight Guidance is provided with two knobs, to dim the digital readouts separately from the panel’s backlight, like in real life. Dimming control panels are supplied for the other parts of the cockpit as well, and you will be really surprised to realize how much frequently you will wish to use them, each time that the ambient light changes (like when flying from dusk into the night). The same care has been used in designing the airplane’s external lights, for example you can switch on and off the left & right wing landing lights separately, set the nose light in off, dim, bright, with the ground illuminated accordingly.
• PASSENGER AND LOAD MANAGEMENT
A custom control panel is supplied in order to define general flight’s information, passengers and fuel to load. A LOAD SHEET is finally issued, containing any pertinent weight information and MACTOW (long trim) setting; the weights are used to compute the appropriate takeoff speeds, and to set the Speed Bugs accordingly. Like in real life, you will feel the airplane behaving differently, depending on the weight.
• COMPLETE AND PROFESSIONAL USER MANUALS
A professional Operative Manual is supplied with the software, containing the checklists and a complete Procedure Guide used by airlines, a volume with panel’s description where every single gauge is in-depth analyzed and illustrated through professional line-art graphics, and finally, a Flight Techniques guide discusses general aspect of cockpit preparation and flight, explaining normal systems usages and providing an exciting sample flight. Drawings, tables and operating specifications complete the documentation of MDMAX.