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    Posted: Mar-08-2018 at 11:00am
Dear Customers,
 
Over 10 years ago development of the iFly 737NG for FS2004 started and it’s now been on the market for nearly 8 years!  During this period we released versions for FSX, FSX-Steam Edition, P3D 32-bit v1, v2, v3 and then converted it to 64-bit for P3D v4.
 
Over the span of its life the product gained many additional features, functions and options.  To name but a few:  -700ER and -900ER, IAN Operation, Active Sky Weather radar integration, Fail Operational A/P System, Legs and Descent Forecast Wind integration via Active Sky and Revised Air Files.   Many systems were updated, corrections were made and recently a performance boost for FSX, FSX-SE, 32-bit and 64-bit P3D was introduced with Service Pack 3.2.3.2.   

For the home and cockpit builder enthusiasts we developed and released the Cockpit Builders Edition for FSX, P3D v3 and 64-bit P3D v4.
 
All this is to say that the iFly 737NG went thru an extensive, exciting and active production period and we certainly thank the 10’s of thousands of customers who are using it.
 
Flight simulation enthusiasts experienced many exciting changes over these past 8 years, of which the advent of 64-bit simulation is the most significant.  X-Plane and then Lockheed Martin and others released 64-bit versions of their flight simulators.  64-bit blew some much needed fresh air into our simulation hobby.  We as developers and distributors are embracing the possibilities it brings.  But with that also comes difficult decisions.
 
64-bit simulator development is not static; it is breathing and evolving with each new released version bringing new capabilities which push the boundaries of what is possible - it also pushes us farther and further away from 32-bit versions.  Maintaining a 10 year old code base in multiple areas is just not practical any longer.
 
The iFly Development team is now at the point where we sadly have to say farewell to development for 32-bit flight simulators.  It was an enjoyable and exciting run since 1995 but alas we have reached the end of development of 32-bit products.  Those who desire to use 32-bit flight simulators will continue to be supported via our forums as always and those products will continue to be available at Flight 1 for purchase.  But there will be no new products developed for the 32-bit versions of the Microsoft or Lockheed Martin flight simulators.
 
There will be another update for the 64-bit version of the iFly 737NG later in 2018.  This update will mainly focus on the introduction of high definition textures for the virtual cockpit and exterior model and a revised paint kit.  There may be a few minor system logic updates which are spin-offs from the commercial project with which the team is involved.  This update will conclude active development of the iFly 737NG entertainment version.
 
We will also complete our 747-8i and release it as a free feature pack update for FSX/SE, P3D v3 and v4 customers who purchase the iFly 747-400.  A minor update to the 747-400 will be included in the feature pack.  There will be more details on that when we get closer to release.   The feature pack will conclude development of the 32-bit version of the iFly 747 v2, with no more updates or “fixes” for that simulator platform.  It will continue to be available for purchase on the Flight 1 product page and, as for the iFly 737NG, will be supported in the forums.
 
The iFly Development Team is committed to keeping the 64-bit versions of the 737NG and 747 v2 simulations compatible with Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D.  Updates will be released as necessary to keep the iFly software up-to-date with any changes to Prepar3D.   
 
Moving forward all our resources will be focused on completing the 737MAX, as was announced in this December post:   http://ifly.flight1.net/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=16751&FID=13&PR=3&title=whats-coming-2018-and-beyond 
This aircraft will be newly built from the ground up using the latest software, techniques and technologies presently available.
 

The iFly Development Team and Flight1 would like to thank you for your continued support.  We want you to know that exciting times are ahead - the 737MAX is going to be amazing!!
 

Regards
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