Third-party developers had plenty of news to share today about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, including relevant releases.
Yet, we start with Microsoft itself, which announced that beta testing for the Aircraft & Avionics Update 1 is in its final phase and the developers are wrapping things up in preparation for a full release "soon."
We then move to DC Designs, which released the freeware F/A-18C promised a couple of months ago. It's currently available on Flightsim.to offering another inexpensive option for those who want to fly a modern fighter jet and land on carriers.
We stay with DC Designs, and this time around we get a brand new look at the F-4 Phantom, alongside a development update detailing progress on the aircraft.
"The F-4 got its coat of dirtiness this week, as well as continued exterior modelling detail, mostly focusing around the gear bays. Spoilers were animated further with hydraulics and detailing, and I also build the US Navy refuelling probe and animated it ( the USAF fuel receptacle is already in place and animated atop the fuselage).
There is still a fair bit of detailing to do, around the undercarriage and also the exterior model’s cockpit interior ( if you see what I mean, the lower-poly version of where you sit ) and I need to position nodes for lights, but I’m closing in on completion of the exterior model now. Once done, the other variants’ details can be added in.
The virtual cockpit continues as well, and I should have something to show within two weeks or so. The great news is that thanks to Sim Acoustics, we have arranged a real-life recording of a Rolls Royce Spey engine to get the most accurate sounds possible for this product. The recording is planned for April, by which time the rest of the sounds and package will be ready, so that’s the likely launch window for the Phantoms now to ensure the most complete package launch we can create."
Next, Carenado released its Piper PA-28 Archer II. The aircraft is available on the official marketplace only, priced at $19.99, offering an affordable light general aviation aircraft.
Speaking of affordable light general aviation aircraft, SimWorks Studios announced that its Van's Aircraft RV-10 will be released on February 3 at 5:00 pm GMT. The price will be 14.99€. Availability in other stores will be announced next week.
You can check out a trailer below.
Last, but not least, Orbx released a brand new scenery add-on, Helipads LA Police. This basically does what it says on the tin, including the LAPD heliport in Los Angeles, US, on top of buildings like the LAPD headquarters, the LA County jail, and many sheriff's department helipads.
The developer promises "one of the biggest helicopter playgrounds in the world" available on Orbx Direct for $10.26.
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