Today third-party developers released a couple of new add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator and shared news aplenty about more.
We start with the Boeing 737-900 by PMDG which has finally been launched and is available at the developer's own store for $49.99.
This completes the 737NG series, leaving the developer free to proceed to the previously announced 777. Here's what you're getting in the package.
- Fully customized system simulation for all major and minor aircraft systems and components.
- Highly sophisticated logical simulation of onboard information systems and aircraft management.
- PMDG's customized, flight model with enhanced physics augmentation.
- Rigid body physics for wing and tail surfaces.
- Fully customized flight control systems with normal, standby and reversionary capability.
- Accurate resolution cockpit displays
- Interchangeable equipment options for cockpit instrumentation
- Numerous user configurable options from throughout the global 737 operator fleet.
- Updated 737 options packages reflecting operational improvements and changes to the global 737 fleet.
- Full featured failures simulation to cover nearly all QRH scenarios as well as real-world mean time to failure simulations model.
- Native PMDG datalink simulation compatible with simBrief integration.
- Incandescent and LED lighting packages, as well as fully dimming flight deck lights and annunciators.
- Driveable pushback tug.
- Customized sound package that leverages advanced sound recording and playback technology for incredible realism.
- Sound environment built using recordings from a purpose-instrumented airplane recording effort.
- Highly integrated exterior, interior cabin and flight deck sound environments.
- Includes the 737-900 in passenger configuration with both blended winglets and split scimitar winglet configurations.
- Includes the the 737-900ER in passenger configuration with both blended winglets and split scimitar winglet configurations.
- Full set of ground equipment for each aircraft type, including passenger servicing vehicles.
- Virtual cockpit model, with ultra high detail textures, 3D rendering and reflective properties.
- Advanced animations techniques leveraging the new MSFS engine to truly bring the 737 flight deck to life.
- PMDG Operations Center 2.0 for easy livery installation and ease of receiving free product updates from PMDG.
Next, we get an announcement from iniBuilds, which has certainly been on a roll as of late. It's the second of their classic series following the P-40F WarHawk, and it's the pre-World War II single-engine monoplane Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun.
The aircraft has been developed using Microsoft Flight Simulator's CFD technology on all primary and control flight surfaces as well as the propeller. It can land at 45 knots thanks to its peculiar leading edge slats, a fully simulated fuel system, and plenty of interactive points including foldable wings and more controlled via the EFB tablet. Panel text is available both in German and English with Metric and Imperial gauges. 10 4K-resolution liveries will be included in the package.
A trailer will launch on February 10 with the release coming "soon after." Here's a feature list and a gallery of screenshots.
- Utilizing the latest in CFD implementation from Microsoft in aspects of flight including the primary flight surfaces, control surfaces and the propeller
- Authentically modelled engine, delivering true to life performance
- Fully modelled and functional fuel system, utilizing the new fuel mechanics offered by Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Fully functional leading edge slats giving Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities
- Fully functional EFB - including maintenance page, moving map, weather information, rain cover options and settings. This is an optional feature, for those wishing to have a more authentic experience (EFB can be toggled off)
- Authentic WWISE sound set
- Removable rain cover with Eight colours
- Various interactive touch points, including functional doors and windows, cockpit curtains and foldable wings!
- Ten 4K liveries using the latest industry techniques, whilst maintaining an authentic style of the aircraft
- Ability to switch between German and English cockpit labels
- Ability to switch between Metric and Imperial gauges
- Automated full checklists with evaluation mode
An interesting tease comes from acclaimed airport developer Taxi2gate which released a couple of screenshots on Facebook. The studio is finally debuting on Microsoft Flight Simulator with Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (TFFR) serving the French island of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe.
It's one of the most relevant airports in the Caribbean, so it's great to see it come to the simulator.
We also get new screenshots of Fukuoka Airport (RJFF) in Japan, which is being built by SNJ Sim. The international terminal is now complete, and it looks like a great rendition of one of the busiest airports in Japan.
[MSFS] Fukuoka International terminal completed🛬 pic.twitter.com/lWXC38EsOS— SNJ-Shiizo✈️ (@ShiizoSnj) February 7, 2023
Pyreegue launched new screenshots and an interesting little video of its East Midlands Airport (EGNX) in the UK, focusing on the Nestlé and XPO Logistics building (which indeed looks photorealistic) and the nearby Donington Park Circuit, which apparently is included in the package.
Is this photorealistic now pic.twitter.com/z3JrPxzRjP— PYREEGUE Dev Co. (@pyreegue) February 6, 2023
It is MSFS, not Gran Turismo, believe me pic.twitter.com/3aknnK7CIZ— PYREEGUE Dev Co. (@pyreegue) February 7, 2023
FlyLogicSoftware released another airport, Locarno Airport (LSMO) in Switzerland. It includes the general aviation portion, the Swiss Air Force base, and even the grass runway for gliders. You can grab it on the developer's own store for $14.90.
- Realistic and very detailed depiction of the airport
- Lifelike lighting effects
- Animated clock on large hangar shows FS time correctly
- Animated quad radar system
- Static airplanes and vehicles
- Animated people and windsocks
- Precise collision detection at the buildings
- Optimized execution speed through the use of LOD's (3D objects and textures)
- Compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator from World Update 6
Last, but not least, SLH Sim Designs also goes to French Guadeloupe with Marie-Galante Airport (TFFM).
It's available on Simmarket for $6.47 plus applicable VAT and it includes the following.
- Features List
- 4K PBR Textures
- Accurate Terraforming and runway slope
- Dynamic Night Lighting
- True-to-life airport with land side recreation.
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.