Rotate MD-80 v1.3 Pro released


Get the new Rotate MD-80 v1.3 Pro here.

This update, is free for all users already owning a license of the previous version. I t is compatible with X Plane 11beta*, as well as for X Plane 10.51 and up (support for previous versions has been dropped). It includes a lot of new features.

LNAV and VNAV have been completely reworked and the FMS includes new pages like PROGRESS and HOLD and offers support for ARINC424 instructions (DME arcs, Procedural turns, conditional waypoints, VECTORS, …). Vertical profile is computed with time, fuel consumption and altitude predictions. Navigation Display draws the route with calculated curve transitions according to speed predictions.

Virtually all the instruments and controls are now interactive, and mousewheel control is available for the relevant manipulators. Many new systems have been simulated with great realism, and others tuned up.

Rotate MD-80 v1.3 Pro offers a complex and immersing simulation experience: full preflight routines and complete route planning, or engine fire failures, ending with a complete engines out emergency landing. Situations where details, like the hydraulic accumulators, or the brake temperature readings, can be appreciated.

*Full compatibility can not be guaranteed as long as X-Plane 11 is in beta, so be aware that this X-Plane beta compatible version is a beta version itself.

Here the complete feature list:

Flight characteristics:

  • Precise flight model
  • Fine tuned engine performance
  • Developed with the help of two MD-80 pilots

Custom systems:


  • Accurate PW-JT8D-219 model
  • Engine Starting and Ignition System
  • Engine Oil System
  • Fuel Distribution, Heat and Quantity Indication
  • Thrust Reversers
  • Automatic Reserve Thrust
  • Thrust Rating Panel
  • Engine Display Panel
  • Systems Display Panel

Electrical System:

  • Power Generating and Distribution System
  • Battery and bus monitor system
  • Emergency Power System
  • Ground Power Unit

Hydraulic System:

  • Rudder and Elevator HYD/MAN operation
  • Ground Pneumatic System
  • Reversers and Brakes Accumulators

Air System:

  • Pneumatics
  • Air Conditioning and Distribution with Ground Operation and In-flight Pneumatics
  • Cockpit and Cabin Temperature Control
  • APU On-Ground Air Conditioning
  • Airplane Pressurization
  • Ground Pressure Supply for on ground A/C operation

Automatic Flight, navigation and FMS:

  • Dual IRS alignment rutine, NAV and ATT modes
  • Custom LNAV and VNAV. Climb, cruise and descend management with altitude and speed restrictions. ARINC424 instructions support
  • Performance management, with complete VNAV profile calculation, including T/C, T/D, and time, fuel and altitude predictions
  • Lateral Navigation: NAV, VOR/LOC, ILS
  • Vertical Navigation: VNAV, VERT SPD, IAS/MACH, ALT HLD
  • Speed modes: SPD and MACH sel, EPR LIM, FMS OVRD
  • All autopilot readouts simulated
  • Flight Mode Annunciator
  • All EPR modes
  • Flight planning, navigation, performance management and airplane guidance
  • FMS pages:
    • IDENT
    • POS INIT
    • RTE page with VIA and DIRECT selection, DISContinuity detection and CO ROUTE
    • LEGS with insertion and deletion capabilities and RTE DATA
    • DIRect TO waypoint
    • DEPartures and ARRivals pages with SIDs and STARs (third party database included)
    • PERFormance page with BURN SCHED, WIND/TEMP corrections and calculated remaining fuel
    • CLIMB page with estimated times and restrictions and CLB DIR function
    • CRUISE page
    • DESCENT page with SPEED/PATH, DES NOW and DES DIR modes
    • TAKEOFF REF and APPROACH REF with automatic V-Speeds calculation
    • HOLD page with entry pattern calculation and Present POS
    • PROGRESS pages with pilot selectable waypoint
  • Save and load route options
  • Aircraft Management page
  • Custom PFD and ND with curved transitions and MAG/TRU operation
  • Accurate navigation instruments and displays
  • Weather Radar and TCAS with TA/RA advisories

Complete Engine Fire Detection and Extinguishing simulation

Simulated Tests:
DFGC, Altitude, Engine Fire, APU Fire, GPWS, Windshear, Flight Recorder, Voice Recorder, TCAS, Brake Temp, Stall, Anti-Skid, LED/Annunciators


  • Slat/Flap controls with Dial-a-Flap selection wheel
  • Vertical trim control with Take-off Condition Computer
  • Hide yoke option

Hyperrealistic visuals:

  • Highly detailed 3D cockpit, passenger cabin and exterior model, with accurate animations
  • Accurate control surfaces animations with control tabs. Precise wing flex animation
  • Thorough 4K texture work
  • Normal and specular maps
  • 10 High quality liveries (Air Liberté, Alitalia, Allegiant, American Airlines, British Island Airlines Delta Airlines 1, Delta Airlines 2, German Wings, Iberia, Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Cockpit crew modelled
  • Paint-Kit 4K


  • Cockpit flood lamps and thunderstorm lights
  • Cockpit instruments, text and digital lights
  • Panel flood lights
  • Overhead panel flood light
  • Wing lights with off, on and deployed positions, and nose lights
  • Nav, strobe and anti-collision lights
  • Exterior flood lights, wing and nacelle lights.


  • Custom 3D sound engine with stereo and doppler effects
  • High quality multi-layered engine sounds
  • Wind and control surfaces sounds
  • Cockpit sounds: varied switches and knobs, avionics and Air Conditioning, tests and alerts,…