Finally! Aerosoft just released the Cheyenne Update to their customers. Customers at Simmarket will follow shortly. There will be no updates, only full versions, so please uninstall the Cheyenne from your PC, get the new version via your Aerosoft/Simmarket account and do a fresh installation.
You can find a list of additions, changes and fixes in this thread on our forums.
Please also note that we changed we use version number 4.0 instead of 2.0 because the FS9 versions already had numbers like 3.4. Version 4.0 is also we only version that will be supported in the future.
Today, we uploaded the release candidate for the Cheyenne 2.0 to our servers. Unless we stumble over some serious bugs in the next few days, it will be released the week after next. Everybody who’s interested can already download the release candidate from the public beta section of our forums: http://www.digital-aviation.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=6105&start=0
So, why 2.0?
There’s a simple but important reason for bumping the version number up to 2.0: Escape from version hell. We want a common version number for both, the FS2004 and FSX versions, and we’re perfectly sure that customers want this too. Aerosoft will also prepare new installers for this version so there’s no need to start at v1.00 and download tons of service packs to finally get the latest version.
There’s another reason for this. You might be aware that the navdata format introduced with the Cheyenne is in use with several other add-ons like the Flight1 Cessna Mustang and Super 80 products and of course our Fokker. As more and more developers are using this format, Navigraph and us decided to put the navdata in a more “neutral” location than the “Digital Aviation” folder. This location will be “<FS Folder>\Navigraph\NavData”. The Cessna Mustang already uses this folder, the Cheyenne and Fokker will start doing so starting with the release of the upcoming service packs.
So, the bump to 2.0 will help everybody to identify their version of the Cheyenne in order to get the correct navdata installer from the Navigraph site. (Note: the new path will be in the release version only, not in this release candidate!)
There’s a simple way to identify version 2.0: load the aircraft and watch the Trimble startup “screens”. If it says “SYSTEM CODE: DA02 c2009″ you got v2.0
What will follow?
To be honest, the Cheyenne has pretty much reached the end of its development cycle. This means there won’t be any more service packs unless it’s about real show stoppers. It’s CRJ time now and after that we certainly will have to start thinking about other simulation platforms and perhaps there will be a new version of the Cheyenne when a successor for FS (whoever might do that) finally hits the shelves.