Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3 Brings a Bunch of Fixes

Published: March 9, 2021 1:55 PM /


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A bunch of bug fixes and small changes have arrived in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3, although that's not to say there isn't some new content, too — new customization options have also arrived to add a bit of style to your plane.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has enjoyed a fairly robust playerbase since its launch late last summer. Although the playerbase has fallen off, there are still more than 10,000 people playing it every day on Steam alone. Now, a bunch of fixes, changes, and a handful of improvements have arrived in the latest update!


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What's New in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3?

Sadly, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3 does not have any major avionics updates or an Xbox release just yet. That said, the developers have added in a few cool new features in the meantime.

Three new pieces of content are included in this update. The first is the addition of these legacy Flight Simulator X liveries for appropriate planes:


  • Emerald Gold
  • Global Freightways
  • Kenmore
  • Orbit
  • Pacifica
  • World Travel

Adding to this is the second addition: contrails. Contrails can be seen on your own plane, although they're not yet supported for multiplayer or AI planes just yet. 

The third and final new piece of content is a new customization menu in the World map. You can now have an "empty" center of gravity position that differs from a plane with fuel and passengers in it, just like the real world. Planes can also get a bit of character with the addition of changeable control surface limits and the ability to add some slight wear and tear to planes, both of which will better simulate real-world conditions.

These are just some of the changes that have arrived in today's update; you can read about all of them in the full Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3 patch notes. You can take to the skies yourself by buying Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 for PC via Steam or the Microsoft Store starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.


What do you think of the new additions in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3? What fixes, changes, or upgrades do you think the game badly needs? Let us know in the comments below!

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