Following the posting of 1.7.2 RC3, there were a handful (less than five... "handful" referring to fingers of course) of older bugs that were brought to our attention for correction.
We did so, but in that process we saw a way to integrate an item that has been raised for the past few months... the re-enablement of the Block Time and Block Fuel entry fields on the Administrator!
This is a tricky process and we hope to have a new build out to the Test Captains within 48 hours... and if all goes well we will offer a new public Release Candidate by the end of the coming week.
This release will feature increased accuracy in fuel loads, Dispatch Messages to alert you to cabin emergencies (in case you have your FA and FO muted, or if you simply weren't in the cockpit when the announcement was made), plus other minor adjustments.
We will keep you apprised of these changes.
Although I do feel that now is the time I should mention that the airlines with which ACME negotiates have finally announced to us a response to the recent round of contract negotiations which have seen an increase in nearly all Captains' profits.
It seems all of the airlines' accounting departments are demanding to withhold and garnish wages for the flight crew on flights which seem to have "crashed" (to use the vernacular) in order to help assuage the costs of such "crashes" to the airlines.
For Captains who have never crashed an aircraft, this would have no affect. For other Captains... you might see a reduction in pay and in reputation.
We really pushed to have a public release by last Friday, but I was a little under the weather last week and rather than try to aggressively code things, I managed some moderate cleaning that I've been putting off for some time.
That all seems to have gone over nicely, but a newly reported bug from one of our testers has me updating the in-flight Emergency screen for the FCDU. Now instead of a single declaration of "Emergency Landing Pending" you'll have ID, bearing and distance to your destination and to the closest suitable airport for your aircraft. You'll also see the current gross weight of the aircraft, and the current fuel range. (Both colored green / yellow / red to indicate various degrees of concern.)
You may ask why should we be concerned about the current gross weight of the aircraft. Just know that we're giving careful consideration to the consequences of an overweight landing. (That's what my wife says every time I sit down, but let's not go there....)