Rotate Previews MD-11 FMS System

Sunday, March 22, 2020

In the first news from Rotate's newest project in six months, developer Kucoman has dropped a brand new post on the group's website showing off the MD-11's flight management computer system.

Kucoman says in the post: "After a few months of silent work, we can now show some screenshots featuring the MCDUs. Around 30 individual pages were put in the roadmap, and most of them are already operative. Some of the most relevant pages are shown here on these screenshots."

"We have advanced a lot in the FMCs and FCCs, continuing with the dual cockpit approach. The autopilot is now waiting for tuning. We are preparing now to address the few pages and functions that you will miss on this publication: the performance related pages which are part of our next milestone, along with aerodynamics and navigation.

"As can be seen in the images, MCDUs can be independently connected to onside/offside FMCs, or together to the STBY NAV/RAD mode. Both primary and secondary flight plans are available, as well as alternative destination flight plan and the possibility to enter custom user waypoints."

Based on information published in the last update from September 2019, the group appears to have used the last half-year to focus in on the system-side of the MD-11, with the developer saying back then that were yet to explore the FMS at that time. Screenshots also showed a blank FMS panel, which is now obviously not the case. See more from that update in a previous article.

Prior to that, the last update came in May 2019, coming up on 10 months ago. Silent work appears to be the forte of Rotate, so only time will tell on how long we've got until release. Not even a soft window for launch has been specified yet, but when there is, Threshold will keep you informed.

See the source post for this article on the Rotatesim website.

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