Today third-party developers had several reveals to share about upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, focusing on new aircraft.
We start with a twin (in more than one way) reveal by Black Square, known for its popular "Steam Gauge Overhaul" series. This time around, they're making a full aircraft, or two, depending on how you see it.
They're working on the Beechcraft 60 Duke in two versions, turbine and piston. Both will be high-detail aircraft with failures, an extensive manual, and deep system simulation. Here's a list of systems for the Turbine version to give you a good example.
- Improved turbine dynamics (ITT, TRQ, Ng, Fuel Flow, Inertial Separator) and hot starts
- Turbine engine failures, such as compressor stall and surging, and fuel control failures
- Turbine bleed-air-driven pressurisation system and cabin climate system
- Completely interactable electrical system with 14 buses and 100 circuits
- Dual battery temperature monitor and AC inverter logic
- ETM Engine Trend Monitor
- Engine limit excursions that decrease engine health and will eventually lead to failure, with fire detection and extinguisher system
- State saving for fuel, radio selection, radio frequency memory, cabin aesthetics etc.
- 120+ system failures, set via in-cockpit interface. Either random based on settable MTBF, or schedulable, with optional time acceleration.
- Cabin environmental control system for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and ram air cooling. Cool things off by opening a door or watch the aircraft heat up in the sun.
- Crew/Passenger oxygen system that depletes according to pressure altitude, passenger occupancy and passenger weight. Working carbon monoxide detector and leaks.
- Mathematically accurate VOR & ADF signal attenuation and noise, and remote compass
- Working ice protection systems and animated inertial separators
Below you can check out screenshots of the Turbine Duke.
And here are a few images of the Piston Duke.
We move on to an announcement from AzurPoly, which is working on the iconic North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco light attack and recon aircraft. No real information was provided for now besides the image below.
Last, but not least, we get a video from PILOT'S GesmbH showing the flight deck of the de Havilland Canada Dash 7.
On the ground one can pull the thrust levers into reverse, as the Flight Idle Gate is down and open. Once you advance the throttles and the combined torque of all four engines exceeds 2355 foot pounds, along with the number 1 and 4 power levers being advanced above 88% Ng, the ARM light comes on to indicate that the auto feather system is armed.
When the wheels leave the ground the Flight Idle Gate automatically goes up into the closed position ... this now prevents the thrust levers from being able to go into reverse during flight.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently available for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Cloud Gaming, including Game Pass. If you'd like to learn more, you should stay tuned on TechRaptor as we have daily Microsoft Flight Simulator news to keep you updated on the many add-ons coming and released for the sim.
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