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A WHOLLY NEW CONCEPTWelcome to MDMAX, the most advanced MD Super80 aircraft and  panel for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. This software reproduces the actual cockpit with an amazing degree of realism: every aspect of real life procedures, including a complete cockpit inspection and preparation, is simulated with a so tremendous accuracy, that you will fully feel the true, MD Super80 pilot's everyday life.Developed by Rodolfo Arata, the author of the famous Mad Dog, the Super 80  for Flight Simulator 98 and 2000, MDMAX has  over its predecessors numerous and outstanding new features, which are the result of years of research and programming, following the technical advices of real Super 80 pilots and cross-checking any information in actual cockpits,  airline's full-size motion simulators, and original McDonnell Douglas operative manuals. MDMAX has dozen of exciting features, previously never seen under Flight Simulator 2004, implemented through an attractive graphical look, complete with special effects and a friendly user’s interface. Custom special code has been specifically developed in order to improve or add features, otherwise inaccurately supported, or not supported at all, by Flight Simulator 2004: an example is the possibility to dim gauges and lights (to make them readable depending on ambient illumination) or the improved ILS capture and tracking, with a fully working autoland for CAT3 operations. The panels are designed to match the actual Super 80's EFIS layout and functionality, in particular, a complete overhead panel has every single switch and gauge actually working and acting as appropriate, with an Annunciator part, showing any caution and warning message.


Great attention has been paid in developing the aircraft’s systems, in fact, there are fully working electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic plants, complete with the related gauges and controls. Like in real life, those systems are left & right separated and each "side" can supply the other, should one of them fail, by just setting them as required.The APU is provided in order to generate electrical and pneumatic power during ground operations, to energize the cockpit (ground power is available as well, if you wish to use it in place of APU), to supply the air condition system and to start the engines. The electrical power is also produced by left or right running engine (which can produce pneumatic power as well) and by the Emergency Power system, directly supplied by a battery. Separated left and right hydraulic systems are used to actuate the movement of aircraft's mobile parts (control surfaces, gear, brakes, reverser, etc.) and is a pilot's responsibility to operate the hydraulic pumps accordingly, in order to obtain the correct power (for example, flaps and gear will move slower, or will not move at all, if the hydraulic pressure is not sufficient). Like in real life, the engine startup procedure is quite far away from just pressing a couple of buttons: specific conditions, like required pneumatic pressure and correct engine's temperature, must be previously met, with the entire startup sequence requiring approximately the same time, the same resources and the same actions normally necessary in the actual airplane. Ice accumulation while operating in standard icing conditions is simulated and the appropriate use of anti-ice systems (airfoil and engines) is required in order to continue your flight safely, otherwise performance degradation, jammed controls, engine’s damages or unexpected shutdown may occur (sufficient pneumatic pressure must exist while using the airfoil anti ice; the Engine Ignition must be operated accordingly while flying in icing conditions, heavy rain or turbulence).


The avionics and aircraft’s systems can be tested during the preliminary cockpit preparation, as in real life. Like most real Super 80s, this panel is TCAS equipped.The traditional “analog” Vertical Speed Indicator, has been replaced with an LCD monitor, showing appropriate graphical symbology for nearby traffic visualization (works with Flight Simulator generated AI traffic) and vertical speed information. As in actual cockpit, this instrument has an its own brightness knob, to dim the monitor independently from the other gauges.The Navigation Display works in Rose, Arc and Map mode: a custom graphic library has been specifically developed in order to improve its readability and precision.A feature seldom seen in Flight Simulator, but available in real airplane and in MDMAX, is the possibility to use dual ADF and VOR, having their symbology and neddles displayed simultaneously (ADF1+ADF2,  VOR1+VOR2) respectively on the Navigation Display and on the RMI, as applicable.Fully working Standy Horizon and Standby Altimeter/Airspeed Indicator (with its own separated QNH setting) is provided and can be used like in real life.


Of course, the same care has been adopted in designing the flight model and any "flight" related matter. The DFCG lets you to perform climbs and descents in IAS/MACH mode (the selected speed is obtained through combined pitch and thrust commands), rather than using a less efficient, fixed Vertical Speed. A Bank Angle selector is provided to set the bank angle for Autopilot or DFCG commanded turns, form 10 to 30 degrees, in steps of 5. The built-in Flight Simulator’s support for ILS and Localizer, has been improved in order to enhance the aircraft’s capabilities to intercept and follow the ILS beacon. An autoland is provided for CAT3 operations, including automatic approach guidance, flare, touch down and roll-out, working also in crosswind (providing that the Autoland’s max certified wind components, aren’t exceeded; any crab angle is automatically corrected, by combined rudder and ailerons’ action).MDMAX has full working CAWS, GPWS and Mark7 systems, with associated visual/aural warnings recorded from a real Super 80 cockpit.


Dimming controls are provided to tune brightness, backlighting and flood light respectively of digital readouts and LCD monitor-based gauges, analog instruments, panels and cockpit. The Super 80 has a complex illumination system, where each area of the panel (and sometimes each single gauge) can be dimmed separately, through its relative knob or push & pull button. The same approach has been used in MDMAX so, for example, the Flight Guidance is provided with two knobs, to dim the digital readouts separately from the panel’s backlight, like in real life. Dimming control panels are supplied for the other parts of the cockpit as well, and you will be really surprised to realize how much frequently you will wish to use them, each time that the ambient light changes (like when flying from dusk into the night). The same care has been used in designing the airplane’s external lights, for example you can switch on and off the left & right wing landing lights separately, set the nose light in off, dim, bright, with the ground illuminated accordingly.


A custom control panel is supplied in order to define general flight’s information, passengers and fuel to load. A full airplane may take more than 20 minutes to complete the loading and boarding procedures, which can be constantly monitored during cockpit preparation. A LOAD SHEET is finally issued, containing any pertinent weight information and MACTOW (long trim) setting; the weights are used to compute the appropriate takeoff speeds, and to set the Speed Bugs accordingly. Like in real life, you will feel the airplane behaving differently, depending on the weight.


A professional Operative Manual is supplied with the software, containing the checklists and a complete Procedure Guide used by airlines, a volume with panel’s description where every single gauge is in-depth analyzed and illustrated through professional line-art graphics, and finally, a Flight Techniques guide discusses general aspect of cockpit preparation and flight, explaining normal systems usages and providing an exciting sample flight. Drawings, tables and operating specifications complete the documentation of MDMAX.

MDMAX has a lot of features, impossible to summarize in a single page. More detailed information and the main features description, although still not everything that MDMAX has to offer, is provided through different sections.

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