PMDG has announced the long-awaited Universal Flight Tablet for the PMDG 737-600/700/800/900 series in Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.
This update is primarily focused on bringing the first build of the new Universal Flight Tablet to the 737 fleet but also includes some additional improvements and bug fixes for the 737 itself.
The PMDG tablet features a small suite of applications that are focused on EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) functions, including SimBrief flight planning integration with the ability to import flight plans, download weather for the route, flight plan/weather sharing between tablet/aircraft, display the Operational Flight Plan and real-time METAR information.
Other details include performance data such as take-off, diversion and landing computations, data import from flight plans or the aircraft and reduced runway length calculations.
The Universal Flight Tablet is a new ecosystem within the PMDG product line that is designed to provide a space from which to offer applications and tools that will improve the overall simming experience. As development continues, additional features will be added to the tablet environment focused on control of PMDG aircraft, such as managing all of the PMDG options, functions and failures from the tablet or the FMS menu.
Other additional features are coming, which PMDG will detail in later posts. They have begun to coordinate with some outside developers to bring direct access to their applications from within the PMDG Universal Flight Tablet. This will allow for some integrations with the applications and tools from within the tablet without breaking realism and needing several pop-up screens on the desktop.
The update is available only to PMDG's direct customers via the Operations Center. For MSFS Marketplace customers, the update must go through an approval process before it becomes available.
More information is available on PMDG’s website.