Today third-party developers had plenty of interesting news and new assets to share about upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, including aircraft and airports.
We start with an airport near and dear to my heart. Japanese developer Technobrain just announced Tokyo Haneda Airport (RJTT). Since it's Japan's busiest airport, a high-quality rendition for Microsoft Flight Simulator is long overdue, and considering the quality of Technobrain's previous add-ons (Kansai International Airport and Yao Airport in Osaka) this is very promising.
If you're unfamiliar with Technobrain, they're industry veterans who also develop the I Am an Air Traffic Controller ATC simulation series available on Steam and its Airport Hero version for Nintendo Switch. You can see a few work-in-progress screenshots of Haneda below, featuring the iconic ATC towers.
Next, we get new screenshots of Aerosoft's Airbus A330 thanks to beta tester BlackLiverieZ, featuring a Eurowing Discovery livery they have made themselves. The livery won't be included in the base package, but it'll be downloadable separately.
Drzewiecki Design showcased the progress on the two airports it's currently working on, starting with Everett Paine Field (KPAE) in the United States and its Boeing factory.
We then get to take a look at Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport (EPGD) in Poland, by the same developer.
Last, but not least, Hype Performance Group announced on its Discord server that its Airbus H145 helicopter has been updated to version 2.0 and it's leaving early access. This means that you have only until next Sunday (May 21) to get it at the $42.99 early access price. After that, it will be priced at $50. You can purchase it on the developer's own site. The Action Pack add-on, which adds 5 rescue and utility variants, will remain priced at $35 for the time being.
Here are the new features you can expect.
- Native Asobo CFD Flight Model (realistic with the AFCS both OFF and ON)
- New Native AFCS with realistic trim and parallel actuator simulation
- New Control settings for everybody
- Updated aircraft sounds
- New full screen Mission app
- Added Aerosoft North Sea Landmarks HEMS Medevac Missions (requires third party Aerosoft North Sea Landmarks scenery)
- POI databases (hospitals, helipads, MSFS world update POIs) on NAVD/DMAP page and the mission app map
- ForwardLooking HTAWS aural and builtin HAT (height above terrain database) at the correct increments and colors
- FlightControlReplay partner integration for flight recording and playback watch for future growth with this integration
- DMAP/NAVD map background and foreground layer selection
- Mission System features for higher fidelity missions (briefings, object management)
- Hype Radio app to listen to internet radio stations nearby to your sim location
- Hype Live Map with POIs and other live H145 players
- Many many bugfixes and general improvements
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. We have also recently interviewed Microsoft's Jorg Neumann about the Antonov An-225 "Mriya" and iniBuilds' CEO Ubaid Mussa on the work of the popular third-party developer. If you're interested in reviews, you can check out iniBuilds' New York-JFK Airport, Orbx's Oslo Gardermoen Airport, and RHDSimulations' Boeing 767-300ER.