ifly, developers of the 737NG and 747-400 have announced that they are developing the 737MAX for FSX and P3D, this comes after PMDG hinted in a forum post that they are ‘MAX’d out’, raising the question of quite possibly seeing a 737MAX from PMDG, but iFly have beat them to an official announcement, seen here…
The team has been busy with commercial projects over the past 2+ years, details of which we cannot disclose. This work will have some spinoff towards the 737NG base aircraft in the form of Service Packs of which the latest is Service Pack 220.127.116.11. This has just been released with new features based on our commercial work.
In 2018 some of this commercial spinoff will probably produce another Service Pack for the 737NG and at that time the team also plans to release a special HD (2048) texture pack update for the 737NG 64-bit Prepar3D Virtual Cockpit and Exterior models. They will also release a revised paintkit.
At some point in 2018 they will complete the iFly 747-8i for FSX/FSX-SE/P3D v3 & v4. This aircraft will be provided free of charge for prior 747 purchasers, and will come in the form of a Feature Pack Update.
Once certain 737NG commercial contracts are completed we plan to share with you some of the details of the associated projects. We think you will be interested! And although these projects do not apply to the home simmer, you may be affiliated with a school or enterprise that may have a need or requirement for such a project.
This brings us to the next point and probably the most asked one, “What is next from the iFly Developer Team and Flight1 Partnership?”
We can confirm that the next Project and Aircraft that will come from the team will be the iFly 737MAX. This aircraft will be a complete rebuild from the ground up and made available in Commercial, Pro (Cockpit Builders Edition) and Normal format for P3D 64-bit ONLY. The team is pursuing the 64-bit route as this provides the best technology that would allow the team to accomplish the highest level of simulation with the least amount of restrictive overheads.
The iFly 737MAX is projected for release in first half of 2020, but, as with all things in development, time estimations can change depending on unforeseen external factors.
Check back often for any news or announcements!