Monthly Archives: October 2010

SDK Available for Download
October 30, 2010

The Prepar3D SDK is now available on the download page!

The SDK documentation is now part of the new Learning Center launcher.  After installation of the SDK, a shortcut will appear in your Start Menu called ‘SDK Learning Center.’  This can also be found in the SDK installation directory in \LC\LearningCenter.exe

You can choose an article,  select the Add to Favorites Star, and customize your own SDK articles in the ‘Favorites’ section.

Here is a screenshot:


Getting Ready for Prepar3D Download
October 29, 2010

As you know, Prepar3D will be available on Monday next week for purchase and download.

The Prepar3D application is a very large file!  The download will be 10.5Gb and the SDK will be an additional 304Mb.  A download manager is a must in order to download successfully and ensure a restart if the connection is interrupted for any reason.   You could download without it if you have a solid reliable internet connection.  Any good download manager that can point to an FTP or HTTP download address will be fine.  I have successfully tested wxDownload Fast (an open source download manager app) with Prepar3D.  You can get it from here: 

After you purchase or subscribe, a download address will be sent to you.  Enter the address into your download manager and you will be good to go!

To download with wxDownload Fast:

1.  Press the “New” button on the menu bar.

2.  Enter your download directory (make sure you have more than 10.5Gb free!) in Save to.  Enter in the download address from your invoice into the Address box.  Press Add.  Press OK

Lets get ready!!

New UI Screenshots
October 27, 2010

I have just posted screenshots of some parts of the user interface elements that have been updated.  These are in the Experience gallery.  Enjoy!

A week to go
October 25, 2010

I have to tell you that I am getting excited about the release next week.  With a week to go we are all excited here.  Putting the final touches on the product and wrapping it up so it can go up onto our website.   I know that the product is an amazing achievement for the team.   The developers started with a million + lines of code and the team has managed to create something that is very special and an important step maintaining a 28 year legacy with this product line.    We have certainly encountered some challenges along the way and some areas continue to challenge us, but we are definitely moving forward!  Very importantly you will see some amazing new features that I believe developers and our users will appreciate.   This include the ability to use submersibles and go under the water for the first time.  We have added in sensor views and we have reworked major portions of the user interface.

On the performance front, we continue to make headway in determining where the bottlenecks are.  These will start making there way into future releases and the roadmap has us upgrading to Dx10 and 11 in the future.

On the business side, I believe that we have also made significant headway as well.  We have announced our MarketPlace and will be providing a single place for customers to come and purchase Prepar3D™ compatible products.    We have also made it easier for people to talk to us through this website and see the names and faces behind the software!    Soon we will be introducing a new Innovation portal on our website that will allow you to provide ideas on product improvements and features that you want to see and then vote on them.

All and all it has been a very interesting journey so far and I hope that many of you reading this will be part of that too!   All for now.


Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® Launches Nov. 1
October 20, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Prepar3D™, Lockheed Martin’s professional training and simulation software, will be available for purchase starting Nov. 1 on for $499 per licensed copy.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) created Prepar3D™ (pronounced “prepared”), based on Microsoft® ESP™ technology, as a training application for military, educational, civil and aviation professionals. The Prepar3D™ software lets individuals and organizations conduct realistic training by engaging users in immersive environments. It can also be used for evaluating and preparing people for real world assignments and tasks.

“We believe this enhanced training capability will be a great asset not only for aviation professionals, but also for emergency responders, maritime forces and others,” said Chester Kennedy, vice president of engineering at Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. “Delivering Prepar3D™ direct to users over the Web provides a real-time, low-cost response between identifying a mission need and implementing a solution.”

At, users can buy the software and download a software development kit to create add-ons such as aircraft, instruments, boats, buildings and other environmental features. Additionally, Lockheed Martin is launching a Prepar3D™ Development Network to which software and hardware developers can subscribe for a monthly fee. The developer subscription includes two development license copies of Prepar3D™, software tools, add-ons and support forum access to grow Prepar3D™ capabilities.

Lockheed Martin began furthering development of the Microsoft® ESP™ COTS program in late 2009 and since then has added features including the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocol, sensors, global underwater capabilities, multi-channel support for dome displays, and a rapid cockpit design capability. Future plans call for expanding training capabilities for military and civil applications for ground forces, seaport load crews and heavy equipment operators.

Visitors to the Interservice, Industry, Training, Education and Simulation Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando this November can see Prepar3D™ on display in the Lockheed Martin booth.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.0 billion.


Lockheed Martin

New Video Posted!
October 19, 2010

I just posted a video showcasing a few things about Prepar3D™. Please have a look! The link can be found under the “Experience” link in the menu.

Lockheed Constellation uploaded
October 5, 2010

Hi Everyone,

My ongoing quest to find legacy aircraft for my virtual Lockheed Martin museum continues!  Manfred Jahn gave his kind permission to allow me to upload his FS9/FSX Lockheed models to the site, so I have started this morning by uploading his excellent model of the Lockheed L749 Constellation.  Here is a shot of it inside Prepar3D:

The installation is straight forward, just follow the readme.txt installation instructions for FSX.  There is a note that the propellor disks do not render properly in FSX, however I have not had these issues in Prepar3D, so you will probably not need to swap out the prop textures as suggested in the file.  A great aircraft.  Thanks Manfred!



T-33 In Development
October 4, 2010

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share a screenshot of a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star that is currently in development.   It should be released at the end of the year, or early 2011 and will be compatible with both FSX and Prepar3D.  It is being fully instrumented and will have a realistic flight model.  It is being built by Classic Jet Simulations for us and as you can see by the in-progress screenshot below, they are doing an awesome job!!

New Downloads page and menu structure
October 1, 2010

Just finished adding the Downloads page to the site. You may reach it by clicking on “Downloads” from the menu. The downloads listed are free of charge. You will also note that there is a Downloads widget on the left hand side of your dashboard. You may upload your files to the Downloads list. A few simple rules for uploading:

  1. Please upload only files relevant to Prepar3D™. Uploads will be moderated and any files that we deem as unrelated will be removed.
  2. Please make sure to choose one or more categories and tags when adding a file. This will make it easier for others to find your upload if they are looking for it.
  3. Please check the Download list to make sure the file you want to upload isn’t already there. You can do a search from the Downloads page.
  4. If you would like your upload removed, please contact us via email at We will only remove the requested file if YOU uploaded it.
  5. Uploads are limited to 200 MB.
  6. Please provide  a mirror or a list of mirrors for your upload if they exist.

We also have changed the menu. The Forum link is now under support.