The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is one of the better-built and more recent aircraft currently in-game. However, it lacks animated instruments. The animated instruments retrofit has worked wonders on the Airbus A320 series, and it should, therefore, work just as well on the MD-11. This is a perfect opportunity for the MD-11 to be refreshed and enhanced.
“The MD-11 features a two-crew cockpit that incorporates six interchangeable CRT-units and advanced Honeywell VIA 2000 computers. The cockpit design is called Advanced Common Flightdeck (ACF) and is shared with the Boeing 717. Flight deck features include an Electronic Instrument System, a dual Flight Management System, a Central Fault Display System, and Global Positioning System. Category IIIb automatic landing capability for bad-weather operations and Future Air Navigation Systems are available.”
The MD-11 is an excellent aircraft for both short and long-range operations and is a seasoned veteran in both passenger and cargo transport roles. It is the last widebody trijet aircraft to be mass-produced and is one of the later designs of McDonnell Douglas before it was merged into Boeing. Although not many exist in our skies, it will live on inside flight simulators and in internet archives.