Project News

Patch
Pilot 1.019b
Pro 1.018e
07/10/16. The patch to make the MJC8Q400 compatible with Prepar3D V3.4 have been released and can be downloaded from the Support->User Area on the website. The patch has a version 1.019b for the PILOT editions and 1.018e for the PRO editions of the MJC8Q400 addon.
Patch
Pilot 1.019a
Pro 1.018d
29/06/16. The patch to make the MJC8Q400 compatible with Prepar3D V3.3.5 have been released and can be downloaded from the Support/User Area on the website. The patch has a version 1.019a for the PILOT editions and 1.018d for the PRO editions of the MJC8Q400 addon.
Patch 1.018c 16/03/16. The new patch version 1.018c has been released. This patch addresses Prepar3D V3.2 compatibility and fixes several Flight Management System, 3rd party addon integration and other issues. Please see the readme text file within the zip package for the installation instructions as well as the list of changes.
 news 2015 
PRO EDITION
Release
18/11/15. Dash8-Q400 PRO EDITION is now released and available as both standalone purchase or an upgrade from the PILOT edition from our partner stores. Please note, it may take some time for the individual stores to bring the PRO edition online due to the different time zones.
OVPA Video Broadcast 10/11/15. The Online Virtual Pilots Association (OVPA) will host a very special, not to be missed one hour video broadcast on November 14 th at 1900 GMT and will include the special announcement concerning the release of the Majestic Dash 8 Q400 Professional. It will be joined by Mathijs Kok of Aerosoft and Oleksiy Frolov of Majestic Software. The broadcast hosts will be Dave Hodges, OVPA founder, and Collin Biedenkapp of TFDi Design. The broadcast will feature three individual audio/video streams which can be viewed at the same time on the OVPA Website. Viewers are encouraged to ask questions via text message on the stream page and if their question is selected for use on the broadcast they will be entered into the drawing for free software (Majestic and Aerosoft). Official rules for the drawing are provided on the OVPA Website.
Patch 1.017RC2 02/11/15. We are happy to release the new version of the MJC8Q400 PILOT edition RC2. This update includes a number of changes to the systems, FMS, documentation and the general behavior of the add-on. The update is available via SUPPORT/USER AREA. This patch must be installed over the MJC8Q400 Pilot Edition v1.016. Note that there is a beta version of the Prepar3D V3.0 - compatible gauge dll file included in the /panel folder upon installation. If desired this gauge file can be renamed into mjc84_main.dll in order to check the operation of the aircraft under Prepar3D V3.0 click here to see the list of changes.
  • AUTOPILOT
    • Added ALT OFF mode on pitch wheel change during ALT mode
    • Changing pre-selected altitude in ALT Acquire mode will re-select ALTSEL and engage the PITCH mode
  • SYSTEMS
    • EGPWS: bank angle test will not be performed if already done prior to saving the situation
    • Main Gear: Included the blown tyre simulation and breaking alterations on hard touchdown
    • Pressurization: Opening emergency hatch will depressurize the aircraft
    • Pressurization: Bleed air packs will be able to provide the air to the other side air-condition units
    • Electrics: APU DC Gen Voltage reduced by 0.5V to simulate correct load
    • Electrics: STBY Battery will no longer disconnect from LEFT MAIN BUS during battery assisted engine start
    • Electrics: Fixed strobes and position lights working without power
    • Electrics: AUX PUMP will no longer be able to operate without AC power
    • Electrics: IAS Mismatch will cause Elevator Trim and Elevator Feel C/Ls to come on
    • MTOP button- an alternate function is implemented
    • ADC: ADC will restore the last qnh after test
    • Hydraulics: Normal braking and steering will no longer work without hydraulics
    • AFCS: AFCS mode Acquire flag in LNAV mode only comes when LNAV is engaged
    • Antiice: Fixed the airframe - boot inflation sequence on the wings step 3
    • Sound: Modified Engine sounds to make the Nh sound cone prop rpm dependent
    • Sound: Chime will only repeat after previous chime ended (Seat belts case)
  • FMS
    • Fixed the PVOR page
    • Added Crossfill progress indication
    • TUNE Page is fully re-designed
    • Holding will correctly terminate if PROCEED is allowed upon the next passing of the holding waypoint
    • Info page: Fixed the bug of forcing every waypoint to be of type NAV, added the correct waypoint type identification
    • ListAirways page: Fixed incorrect airway to waypoint designation
    • VNAVPage: Fixed VNAV offset functionality
    • VNAVPage: Target VS indication will be replaced with VS estimate with 45 seconds intervals during VNAV operation
    • VNAVPage: Fixed VNAV disconnect message on Cruise mode activation
    • FPLPage, FPLTemplate, LISTPage: each next fpl page will begin with the last waypoint from the previous page
    • FPLDepart, FPLArrive pages will show the last data. Added MENU function
    • FPLArrive: Cursor will move to approach select line after STAR is selected
    • FPL: Fixed the NO LINK indication
    • FPL: Manually entered altitude for waypoint will read as @
    • FPL: Disallow entering the altitude less than specified at waypoints with restriction @orAbove
    • FPL SUMMARY: Fixed local time calculation
    • Fuel Page 1: Changing average pax weight on fuel menu page will update pax total weight on fuel page 1
    • Fuel page 1: total reserve will show is all 3 (alternate, holding, reserve) exist (0 or more entered)
    • Fuel page 1: Default setting for Fuel entry is "total"
  • INSTRUMENTS AND GAUGES
    • replaced Hydraulic STBY and PTU pushlights with newer versions
    • PFD: WPT alerts are magenta with inverse indication
    • PFD: Fixed AFCS warnings logic
    • PFD: Added DG AHRS mode annunciator
    • PFD: Altitude bug will turn to CYAN 300 feet from target altitude
    • PFD: Fixed the TCAS test IVSI indication
    • PFD: Barometric connection will default to 1013.25 (29.92 in)
    • PFD: Flight Director is now centered inside the aircraft sign (not over it)
    • ND: FORMAT button will not reset the RANGE and DATA settings when alternating between MAP and ARC
    • ND: Color of the EGPWS elevation peaks will represent the color of the respective elevation
    • ED: Added AF TEST ABORTED message
    • ARCDU: Added timer to DIM/BRT function
    • ARCDU EXP and PG1/2 behavior fixed
    • ARCDU Removed ATC STBY setting from the ATC expanded page
    • ARCDU channel will switch to 1 after passing 8
    • Fixed manual pressure INC/DEC switch on the overhead panel, having opposite effect. Added spring-loaded function
    • Setting EFIS screens brightness to zero will not cause them to report a failure
    • Stby VHF panel: Fixed the fonts, implemented 888.88 indication on test
    • Gear horn switch left/right clicks for LEFT down, RIGHT up
    • Fixed tooltip on prop deice mode selector
    • Steering Caution Light is permanently off since we don't simulate castoring properly
    • Aligned FMS screen with LSKs on FMS Popup
    • Corrected the throttle quadrant TRIM and FLAP indicators back-lighting
  • SIM INTEGRATION
    • Added support for engine start during GSX add-on -assisted pushback
    • Setting MSFS Engine1 and Engine2 Mixture according to engine running flag for other add-ons
  • DOCUMENTATION
    • Included the new Control Panel guide version
    • System Description guide includes the FPL WIND function
    • Added the Performance manual
    • Sample Flight guide is updated
  • OTHER
    • MS Windows 10 compatibility-related modifications
Patch 1.016 05/08/15. We are happy to announce that it is now possible to fly your favorite addon under Windows 10. The 1.016 version patch can be found in the USER AREA under SUPPORT on our website.

As an additional surprise, this new version also adds FPL WINDS functionality to the FMS, allowing entry and prediction of the en-route winds. The wind data is then use to calculate the en-route time, fuel and so on.

Patch 1.015 RC1 30/06/15. MJC8Q400 Patch 1.015 RC1 PILOT edition. This patch fixes the following issues: click here to see
  • FMS
    • TUNE PAGE: Fixed the COM frequency range
    • FMS VNAV vwpt sel: fixed 10 wpts shown instead of 9
    • APManager: Fixed OBS heading inconsistency on switch to approach
    • Fixed the (FD) path
  • INSTRUMENTS
    • STBY VHF: Fixed the COM frequency range
    • Fixed the problem with elevator deflection during full sensitivity (ELEVATOR_EFFECTIVENESS = 1.0) operations
  • SYSTEMS
    • Added Windows XP compatibility
    • Added FSX Steam version 3 (10.0.62613.0) compatibility

The patch can be found in the Support / User Area section on our website.
Version 1.014 25/03/15. MJC8Q400 Version 1.014 PILOT edition. This version fixes several issues, among them the crash on resize under Prepar3D when mipmap panels option is off as well as the audio problems in the Cabin views. In addition, it now allows usage of several copies of the Q400 software on the same computer even when installed on the different hard drives.
Please note: the package is a full installer, there will be no patches issued due to changes in the copy protection structure. If you own a download edition, please download the new installer package from the vendor. If your copy is on CD, you may get the new CD version installer via Support / User Area here on this site.
Patch 1.013 23/02/15. MJC8Q400 Version 1.013 PILOT edition patch is released. It provides compatibility with Prepar3d v2.5. The patch can be installed over the MJC8Q400 Pilot version 1.009, to 1.012. As usual, the patch can be found in the Support / User Area section on our website.
Patch 1.012 13/01/15. MJC8Q400 Version 1.012 PILOT edition patch is released. It brings compatibility with Prepar3d v2.х and FSX Steam. The patch can be installed over the MJC8Q400 Pilot version 1.009, 1.010 or 1.011.
Click here to see what has been fixed since 1.009
  • SYSTEMS:
    • NavReceivers: optimized math for angle calculation
    • NavReceivers: now correcting distance to GS for antenna offset from the runway
    • Stall volume up 30%
  • SCRIPTING:
    • Removed the script line count limitation
    • allowed arbitrary number of internal vars
    • Redeveloped the scripting to support the named labels instead of line numbers
    • Added AND and OR logical operarions
    • Doc: updated scripting specification to eliminate the .mjs files

The patch can be found in the Support / User Area section on our website.
 news 2014 
Patch 1.011 21/08/14. MJC8Q400 Version 1.011 PILOT edition patch is released. It brings compatibility with Prepar3d v2.3 and corrects a certain number of bugs.
Click here to see what has been fixed
  • Changed the String variable format (please see the scripting docs)
  • Fixed the Rudder PFCS travel indication
  • P3D: Fixed the speed loosing during repositions
  • Fixed the yaw moment at AP disconnect
  • Fixed the incorrect camera Near View Clipping
  • Made compatible with P3D V2.3
Patch 1.010 &
Prepar3d compatibility
23/07/14. MJC8Q400 Version 1.010 PILOT edition patch is released. It brings full compatibility with Prepar3d v2.2 and higher.
Click here to see what has been corrected
  • New simplified scripting format is introduced
  • Glideslope and DME receivers will add accuracy by using the newly added by Navigraph Glideslope and DME antenna data
  • Numerous performance related fixes
  • FMS airway listing and procedure joining fixes
  • Improved compatibility with multiplayer by using the standard lights assignments for taxi/landing/nav lights

The complete list of changes can be found in the patch readme document, available under Majestic Software Support / User Area
Patch 1.009 12/05/14. MJC8Q400 Version 1.009 PILOT edition patch is released.
Click here to see what has been corrected
  • DME/VOR incorrect readings under certain conditions are fixed
  • Electrical system switching for abnormal operation is improved
  • Glideslope problems on certain runways are fixed
  • EGPWS elevation coloring is corrected
  • Numerous FMS LNAV and VNAV modifications are introduced in order to for FMS to better fly the approaches
  • Control Panel Weight & Balance page saving and loading of the parameters to the ini file is fixed
The complete list of changes can be found in the patch readme document, available under Majestic Software support→User Area
Patch 1.008-1-2-3 27/03/14. 1.008-1-2-3 cumulative patch was released in order to replace the previous hotfixes, and to provide compability with the upcoming Fs2Crew package. This patch has to be installed over the MJC8 Q400 PILOT edition versions 1.008, 1.00801 or 1.00802 Click here to see the summary of changes
  • INSTRUMENTS:
    • Incorrect altitudes propagation of the LNAV waypoints on the ND is fixed
    • Fixed the FORMAT button timing
    • Fixed the yoke movement in VC
  • SYSTEMS:
    • Composite Brakes temperature simulation improved
    • Livery-specific passenger announcements logic fixed
    • incorrect DME receive ranges are fixed
    • BC mode is working
    • added AUTO_RUDDER_FACTOR into the [FLIGHTCONTROLS] section of mjc84.ini. This factor will be taking into account when the autocoordination is enabled in the FSX
    • Receiving range for NDB/VOR/DME adjusted
    • Morse codes playback after "Y" letter fixed
    • Cone of Silence simulation repaired
    • VOR OS mode is repaired
    • Mode 21 (BANK ANGLE) will come at any altitude (1.00803)
    • Fixed the bug of VOR/ILS mix up when frequency only differs by 50 kHz (1.00803)
    • Fixed the bug of navaid is received beyond the range (1.00803)
  • FMS:
    • Procedural Turns navigation fixed
    • RCL function fixed
    • Manual overfly waypoints selection fixed
    • Overfly flag retrieval as part of the procedure from the database is implemented
    • RNP based NAV deflection is added
    • LNAV turn anticipation logic is re-done
    • Automated activation of VNAV during approach is added
    • VNAV transitions between waypoints with different altitudes will be smoother
    • SIDs will be scanned for runway transitions when presented by the FMS (LFPG case)
    • Fixed Intercept to AF Curve transition
    • Fixed approach course activation timing
    • Fixed VNAV governing within the arc path
    • FAF course will now be set the same as EOA course
    • VNAV will not provide a slope for offset approaches
    • New LNAV algorithm for line to curve, and curve to line transition
    • Fixed the incorrect IAF course for some approaches
    • Fixed airway legs do not show for length of airway >100 wpts (1.00803)
Hotfix 1.008-02 08/03/14. 1.00802 fix mostly addresses FMS issues
Click here to see what has been fixed
This fix has to be installed over the previous one (1.008-01).
  • INSTRUMENTS:
    • Incorrect altitudes propagation of the LNAV waypoints on the ND is fixed
  • SYSTEMS:
    • Composite Brakes temperature simulation improved
    • Livery-specific passenger announcements logic fixed
    • incorrect DME receive ranges are fixed
    • BC mode is working
    • added AUTO_RUDDER_FACTOR into the [FLIGHTCONTROLS] section of mjc84.ini. This factor will be taking into account when the autocoordination is enabled in the FSX
  • FMS:
    • Procedural Turns navigation fixed
    • RCL function fixed
    • Manual overfly waypoints selection fixed
    • Overfly flag retrieval as part of the procedure from the database is implemented
    • RNP based NAV deflection is added
    • LNAV turn anticipation logic is re-done
    • Automated activation of VNAV during approach is added
    • VNAV transitions between waypoints with different altitudes will be smoother
    • SIDs will be scanned for runway transitions when presented by the FMS (LFPG case)
    • Fixed Intercept to AF Curve transition
    • Fixed approach course activation timing
    • Fixed VNAV governing within the arc path
    • FAF course will now be set the same as EOA course
    • VNAV will not provide a slope for offset approaches
    • New LNAV algorithm for line to curve, and curve to line transition
    • Fixed the incorrect IAF course for some approaches
 news 2013 
Hotfix 1.008-01 27/12/13. 1.00801 fix provides turbulence tuning, and a number of other modifications.
Click here to see what has been fixed
The fix should be installed over the last update (1.008).
  • INSTRUMENTS:
    • Fixed the FORMAT button timing
    • Fixed the yoke movement in VC
  • SYSTEMS:
    • Added ini file parameter TURBULENCE_FACTOR in the [FLIGHTCONTROLS] section
    • Fixed the Glide Slope antenna positions for the ILSs not known by the FSX
    • Whenever available the DME antenna position for ILS DME will be taken from the FSX
    • Power Levers taxi correction from the tiller position will be disabled when in the air
    • Stick Shaker sound Volume up by 25 %
    • Brakes will start warm when the plane is selected
    • Incorrect variation and inbound course for the right hand procedural turns is fixed
    • FMS TUNE page ATC code and the recall function is fixed
Update 1.008 09/12/13. The third update to the MJC8 Q400 has been released. It addresses a large variety of issues, from the navigational framework (LOC/GS disconnects, NAV receiving ranges), to the FMS, performance and system stability.
Click here to see what has been fixed
  • FDE:
    • Added turbulence and windshears - both intristic and triggered by FSX weather
  • SYSTEMS:
    • Fixes in the elevator disconnect logic
    • Optimization of the system performance and the CPU cores utilization
    • Fixed the COM2 microphone switching for online flying (Vatsim/IVAO)
    • Fixed the landing spoiler extension timing on touchdown
    • Fixed the nav radios reception ranges
    • Fixed the autopilot disconnects during the NAV/APPR modes of operation
    • Fixed the logic of Weight on Wheels detection
    • New VOR/ILS type detection routine
    • Implemented the composite brakes temperature and efficiency simulation
    • Simulating the FADEC "NO DISPATCH" flag
    • Corrected the Vertical Speed reversion when alt selected crosses the current altitude
    • Flight Director re-developed to allow the correct manual operation (pitch/roll axis)
    • Fixed rudder shutoff logic
    • Fixed a bug in the Sound System, that sometimes result in the CTD upon exiting the simulator
  • FMS:
    • Minor fixes on the VNAV pages
    • Minor fixes in the airway selection logic and insertion into the FPL
    • FPL Distance to Destination page will update the distance in real time
    • Added the FPL SUMMARY page (visible on the ground only)
    • Added the overfly time indication for the waypoints on the FPL page
    • Removed the blinking coursor and updated the cursor entry alignment for numerical entries
  • GAUGES:
    • Partial P3D compatibility
    • Reduced mouse click zones on the disconnect handles
  • EFIS:
    • PFD Display: Added dumping to the IAS indication
    • PFD Display: Fixed the CDI width flickering when MFD->PFD reversion is in use
    • NAV Display: DATA function will not show the VORs which are shown as part of Flight Plan
    • Performance optimization by using the faster memory cleanup during display output
    • Fixed the incorrect SAT indication on the ED
    • NAV Display: No FMS flight plan will be presented in the VOR mode
    • PFD Display: Flight Director sometimes showing without active FGM modes fixed
  • APPS:
    • Control Panel will save the last Weight and Balance values entered
    • Fixed the incorrect fuel setup when the APU is running
  • INSTALLER:
    • Fixed the inability of the installer to accept more than a single word as a last name input
    • Added a new directX components updater
  • OTHER:
    • Fixes in the pilots behavior logic (external views)
    • Fixed the First Officer VC camera position
    • Added the joystick connector to send joystick button commands to the internal Q400 variables (see Special Features Guide for details)
    • Setting fuel flows via fsuipc (for XAcars)
    • Added XML variable interface for reading the internal Q400 system variables (specification available on request)
  • DOC:
    • Added maneuvres section to the System Manual
    • Added the joystick connector manual to the Special Features guide
Update 1.007 10/06/13. The second update to the MJC8 Q400 has been released. It's a big update centered mostly on navigation issues but also correcting many other bugs.
Click here to see what will be fixed
  • SYSTEMS:
    • Database access framework was migrated to a newer platform
    • FDE System: Fixed incorrect Heading on reposition
    • Sound will not mute during the video (or instant) playback
    • Interfaced the speed bug values to be used scripts (see the updated .xls file, EFIS system)
    • Added Windows 7 sound compatibility setting (mjc84.ini SOUND section) to address the reported Windows 7 sound problems
  • FMS:
    • Numerous approach selection fixes (approach types will be identified correctly)
    • Fixed the airways selection
    • Fixed the approach points sequencing logic
    • Approach mode HSI sensitivity is up 50%
    • SIDs will be filtered correctly, based on the runway (ex. LFPG with too many listed SIDs)
    • NAV page will be updated upon the SID selection, or FP deletion
    • Fixed the Track to Fix logic when the previous wpt is of a dynamic type
    • LNAV and VNAV approach activation method is updated
    • Runway MAP point will lead to the landing zone, not the rwy threshold
    • VNAV logic is adjusted for smoother approach following
    • Procedural Turn leg will allow for an intermediate waypoint between the turn zone and the turn reference navaid (some approaches have errors of this kind (CYQM 06ILS). Only done when flying the approach. Terminal PTurns will be flown normally
    • Fixed the holds with the time entry
    • Entering the hold at non-hold wpt will create a prior wpt prior to the hold, to fly to before entering the hold
    • VTO Page: Fixed the waypoints listing for selection
    • VNAV disconnect due to momentarily incorrect VNAV distance upon VNAV approach engagement fixed
    • Included the new Nav Data database. Important: the Navigraph Nav database included in the 1.006 was missing several navaids. Please use the included in the 1.007 database, or re-download your navadata from Navigraph to obtain the latest
  • GAUGES:
    • ISI: During initialization the A/C field will indicate the dll version (ex. 1.007)
  • EFIS:
    • From point will be displayed on the ND
    • Procedural Turn and HOLD leg bearing/distance indication fixed
  • DOCS:
    • Sample Flight Tutorial is updated to use a correct STAR procedure
  • APPS:
    • Installer now allows selection of 2 Virtual Cockpit versions (wing view/no wing view)
Update 1.006 05/05/13. We are happy to announce the release of the MJC8-Q400 version 1.006. This version fixes numerous issues, found in the initial MJC8-Q400 (V1.005) addon release.
Click here to see what will be fixed
  • FDE:
    • aircraft.cfg: updated gear positions for smoother repositions
    • Now writing Vert Speed to FSX for addon compatibility
    • mjc84.ini : PLs set for 0 position at DISC to enable the Reverse using F2 button
  • SYSTEMS:
    • Secondary bus will be powered by the APU
    • Sound : modified for Windows 8 usage
    • Nav: Fixed the DME antenna position
    • VHFs: Fixed the COM range to include 136.XXX
    • EFIS : Fixed the incorrect inverse text output
  • FMS:
    • NavManager: Fixed Heading to Altitude procedural navigation
    • NavManager: Fixed Course to Altitude procedural navigation
    • NavManager: Fixed Course from Fix to Altitude procedural navigation
    • TERMINAL navigation, leg termination threshold is now 1.0 nm
  • MODEL:
    • Included the wing and propeller views in the Virtual Cockpit
    • Corrected specular component on the night textures
  • OTHER:
    • Fixed the un-installer
Release The MJC8 Q400 addon has been released to the stores on Saturday, 20th of April 2013 (available from 09:00 GMT). Only PILOT version is available so far. PRO and TRAINING versions will be released separately later.
Forum The project support forum (navigate to SUPPORT / FORUM) is now available
Upgrade Just Flight and Simmarket confirm that the owners who have purchased the Majestic Dash 8 Q-400 for FSX from their stores will be able to upgrade to the next editions when they are available, with the upgrade cost simply being the price difference between the current owned version and the next version with no additional cost.
Distributors The official distributors of MJC8 Q400 addon are :