Today Microsoft and third-party developers had news to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons, and released a couple of airports.
We start with Microsoft itself, which released the beta of Sim Update 12, currently slated for a full release on March 21 . The update brings many improvements including tweaks to previously-released aircraft, a reduction of boot times, improved download speeds, improvements to weather including a setting for the intensity of turbulence, improvements to AI traffic, Turkish and Korean localization, and much more.
You can find the full patch notes on the official forums , while keeping in mind that you should join the beta only if you're willing to help test the update, as you may experience bugs and issues that may negatively impact your enjoyment of the sim.
Moving on to third-party developers, we start with the reveal of a brand-new Boeing 767-300ER by RHDSimulations, which will come soon. The developer released a trailer today and mentioned to us that, while specific pricing has not been announced, it'll be around the $30 range.
Here's a list of features. We also heard on the developer's Discord server that the systems use the default 747 as a backbone but they have been extensively customized, mostly on the visual side.
- 767-300ER equipped with General Electric CF6 engines
- Options for both winglets and original wingtips
- Accurate modeling of exterior, flight deck and cabin with attention to every detail
- 4K/8K PBR textures for the whole aircraft
- True to life animations of flight surfaces, landing gear components and doors
- Wingflex animations with smooth and dynamic bendings
- Custom animations of various cockpit elements like side windows, seats and armrests
- Authentic flight model
- Customized sounds for both engines, cockpit room tone, and for custom animations
- Modified cockpit screens, to replicate the real aircraft
- Fuel system, as it is in the real aircraft
- Custom dynamic cockpit lighting
- Engine and wing effects, like contrails, engine heat, and vortices
- Full support for MSFS ground equipment
- Support for the native startup checklist
- 13 included liveries from all continents:
- American Airlines Old livery
- United Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- SAS Star Alliance (1998 livery)
- TUI fly Nordic
- Generic White livery
Another aircraft has been revealed by LatinVFR, and it's a CEO version of the Airbus A320. While this aircraft is based on the default A320neo like the developer's A319, A321, and A318, they're working on implementing new features and then extending those to their previous aircraft.
"A320ceo for MSFS Work In Progress. New features on the cockpit, its not an external mod. These are things we hope to implement, and we need more testing, things such as a tablet with some limited and basic functions and enhancing the cockpit with improvement on the systems, overtime all of these improvements we going to pass to the rest of the 320 family products. This is all WIP and more testing and development is going to happen between now and release . So no release date yet."
We also get new screenshots of Aerosoft's Airbus A330, mostly focusing on the opening animations and details of the passenger and cargo doors.
More screenshots focus on Pyreegue's upcoming East Midlands Airport (EGNX) in the UK, showing the usual impressive level of detail. The developer mentioned that cars will be added in the parking areas.
Moving on to releases we get a one-two punch of small airports in Germany published by Aerosoft, starting with Porta Westfalica Airport (EDVY) by partner developer Stairport. Sceneries.
It's available on Aerosoft's own store for $12.19 including the following goodies.
- Authentic replica of the airfield EDVY Porta Westfalica
- Including highly detailed Emperor Wilhelm Monument and TV tower POIs
- Texturing based on tons of on-site photos
- Detailed modeling including main terminal, maintenance and club hangars
- Custom lighting including correct RWY lights
- Custom static aircraft and 3D people to enhance immersion
From partner developer Aviation-Sim-Design comes Kyritz Airfield (EDBK), priced on Aerosoft's store at $14.63.
Here's a list of features and a gallery of screenshots.
- Highly detailed modeling of the buildings with hangar interiors
- Realistic PBR texturing on all objects
- Static aircraft with partially real paint schemes
- Realistic replicated taxiway signage
- Realistic night lighting
- User-defined aerial view for the entire airfield area as well as the surrounding area
- Manual as PDF (English and German)
- Many animations and dynamic changes depending on the time of day (e.g., train traffic, vehicles, hangar gates, people, airplanes, awnings, lawn mowers etc.)
- Actual runway, taxiway and stand layouts
- Rebuilt vegetation, roads and elevations around the airfield
- True-to-life KMG hospital Kyritz (incl. landable helipad)
- Optimized for excellent performance and visual quality
- Many VFR objects including transmission mast, AGRAVIS silos, road patrol depot, solar park
- Models and textures are based on hundreds of photos taken on location
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 host daily Microsoft Flight Simulator news to keep you updated on the many add-ons coming and released for the sim. We have also just reviewed Orbx's Oslo Gardermoen Airport.