First, I want to apologize for the long delays of SP2 and VCP and for the reduced support activity during in the last time. A number of unplanned changes occurred in my life, which kept me really busy, but in no way this should be any apology for the problems stated before. Anyway, now my daily business has calmed down, life is more or less stable again .-). The customer support and future developments will be done again in the reliable way as it is known from Digital Aviation. Additionally, we try to increase active the number of persons in the support forum, to be more independent of individuals.
But the last half year also brought some advantages for the Fokker product; I finished a jet type rating and now try to transfer as many experiences as possible into our Fokker SP2 and future Digital Aviation products, to enhance realism.
DA Fokker Fonts:
Some of you experienced problems during the installation of Fokker fonts. The type of fonts supplied, can not be installed automatically on some windows systems. Flight1 is doing the installer software and they are really professional on that. Steve Halpern (President of Flight1 Software) told me the reason is unknown, in such a case only manual installation of the fonts helps. All fonts are available at our Download section, with manual installation description here:
DA Fokker Box:
In February, the DA Fokker Box was released. The boxed edition includes exactly the same version as is available for download. Additionally you get a printed documentation and a cockpit video DVD of real Fokker flight operation (ITVV).
DA Fokker Virtual Cockpit:
Currently, I try to define a release date for the Fokker virtual cockpit, which will be published here as soon as possible. Let me make two things clear: First, there WILL be a virtual cockpit and second, it WILL be free (I heard rumours saying that we would charge for it).
DA Fokker Multicrew:
There were sames changes in the Windows network handling, which caused problems to establish a connection on quite a few systems. This was solved by a patch that we made available in the download section of our forums a few weeks ago. Of course this patch will be included in SP2. Other problems of Mutlicrew are not addressed in SP2. In LAN connections it works flawless, internet connections may have troubles. I will stay on that of course, I think about a new concept.
DA Fokker Service Pack 2:
SP2 is finally complete and currently in testing. I hope to be able to send it to Flight1 very soon so they can create an installer for it. The release will follow a few days after the installer is done. The service pack can be used for both, the download and CD version of the DA Fokker.
SP2 contains following bugfixes and new features:
The Fokker is now able to support the Navigraph navigation database. Airport/Navaid/Waypoint/Airway/SID/STAR/approaches and approach transitions are available, by using the Digital Aviation Cheyenne Navdata set.
Copilot checks and calls out speed before selecting flaps and gear.
The load editor will now consider the CG movement of fuel, but the new version will be supplied separately in the Download section
Flight dynamics are revised
FMC supports now keyboard entries
a number of small bugs[/list]
mouse areas are corrected(WXR
errors in the speed tape corrected
engine high vibration in cold temperatures fixed
Some FMC bugs fixed
phantom part in the F100SD model removed
TCAS problems solved
better diagnostics (logfile)
flightplan import/export problems solved
multicrew connection problems solved, see download section, patch is already available
Some screenshots showing the new navdata support:
departure from Zurich runway 28:
departure from Palma de Mallorca runway 06L with DME ARC:
arrival Frankfurt/Main runway 07L using PSA07 transition
arrival Frankfurt/Main runway 25L using PSA transition and missed approach ending in CHA holding