Following on from the 717 released in 2016, Collin Biedenkapp from TFDi has announced the MD-11 is in development.
He explained: Our last aircraft, the TFDi Design 717, was a fantastic learning experience for us. We intend to build on that experience to create an even deeper, richer, and more realistic simulation of the MD-11. The similarities in the systems, as well as refined processes and technologies will allow us to create something even the most experienced MD-11 crew and enthusiasts will enjoy.”
Currently, the intent is to natively support Prepar3D v4 and v5 at the time of release. Colin continued: “There is a possibility that a modified version will be made of the product to support older simulation platforms (FSX, FSX: Steam Edition, Prepar3D v1-3) but it is yet to be confirmed. No official statement has been made regarding the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator. We will continue to monitor the development of this platform and will do our best to support it. We intend to develop this aircraft in a format that will allow cross-compatibility in a much more practical way.”
As with the 717, TFDi has put out a call to community members to provide documents, videos, photos, sound clips, data, or even personal experience and knowledge to help create the best product possible. These include:
- Aircraft reference documents (FCOM, FCTM, etc)
- Any aircraft photos (even of the most obscure items)
- Sound clips (such as aural warnings, unique flight deck sounds, etc)
- Engine data (such as EPR charts/tables, fuel flow data, etc).
No release date has yet been announced, but according to Collin, a larger team is working on the MD-11 compared with the 717 with significantly more experience, "which will allow us to develop it better and faster."