Today, third-party developers provided a lot of relevant news about upcoming and existing additions to Microsoft Flight Simulator.
We start with Fenix, which launched its Airbus A320 exactly one year ago. After a quiet period where the developer worked on improving the plane, today we hear about the upcoming “V2” update, which looks to be massive.
The update will bring the much-anticipated variant of the IAE engine, based on Fenix’s own external model engine technology, an overhaul of the display’s graphics and fonts (including “noticeable and significant performance improvements” while improving visual effects), shadow-casting lighting, and a corresponding improvement to the flight model .
As for the flight model, we can expect crosswind improvements during takeoff and landing, fixed roll behavior, and more. The aircraft also receives “a number of avionics changes and fixes” with a changelog that currently seems too long to list, including “several common errors in VNAV, DECEL point calculations, general system behavior errors, hydraulic system improvements. , issues with no autoflight descent restrictions, FMA improvements, bug fixes, etc. and so on.”
Finally, the EFB tablet is also being redesigned to improve responsiveness and add features, including the ability to add a custom runway intersection to the performance calculation and the ability to disable the lock screen. Of course, IAE engines will get their own performance calculation.
Since the development update is 5,000 words long and includes several videos and images, it would be impossible to include everything here, but I encourage you to read the full post on the Fenix website. The release date of the update has not yet been announced.
Moving to the other side of the narrow-body airliner sky, the PMDG has changed his estimate for release on Xbox Boeing 737-700 and 737-800. If everything goes perfectly, they should be out on May 25th or June 1st due to Microsoft’s slow adoption process. The developer recommends patience.
Let’s move on to the more ancient Just Flight airliner demonstrated new video Fokker F-28 Scholarship, focusing on the undeniably attractive cockpit modeling and texturing. Interestingly, there are quite unique animations and features, including the ability to set your own music in the cabin.
We also hear that the developers are putting the final touches on the plane and that beta testing is “in full swing.” While we don’t get a release date today, “the finish line is near.”
Then we get advertisement from Carnenado, which will launch the Cessna 182RG, and showed off some screenshots to celebrate the reveal.
More screenshots are also coming from DC Designswho had something to show for today the future F-4 Phantomincluding metric ton livery and functional radar and inertial navigation system.
We’re also hearing that the Oleo retractable forward nose gear for carrier launches will work properly, and that the aircraft is in the final stages of production and should arrive at the Just Flight factory in early June. A market release for PC and Xbox will follow shortly after.
Moving on to releases, Cowan Simulation has launched its Bell 222B helicopter. It is currently only available in the developer’s own storebut it’s coming soon to retailers like Orbx and the official marketplace for both PC and Xbox.
It’s priced at $29.99 and here’s what you can expect.
- Free future updates
- Detailed paint set
- Tested and tuned by real pilots
- Realistic start-up procedure
- Pilots and passengers
- Customizable panel configurations
- 39 painting (liveries)
- Slap and vibration
- Dynamic weight parameters
- Functional spot lamp
- Medical version (HEMS)
- Luxury version
- Wwsie Fully Dynamic Sound Pack
- Ready for virtual reality
- Realistic flight dynamics
- 4K PBR textures
- Special 3D tools
- Detailed night lighting
Last but not least, SLH Sim Design produced the Robert L. Bradshaw Airport (TKPK) serving St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.
It is currently available at iniBuilds store for $18.00 with the following features.
- Fully simulated airport
- Dynamic night lighting
- Custom 3D signs and taxi/runway lights
- A fully modeled airport with attention to detail throughout the scenery
- Accurately modeled interior of the airport terminal and air zone with passengers
- Added static sea motion
Microsoft Flight Simulator currently available for PC, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Cloud Gaming including Game Pass. If you want to know more, stay tuned to TechRaptor, like us daily Microsoft Flight Simulator news to keep you up to date with the many sim add-ons and releases. We have it too recently interviewed Jorg Neumann from Microsoft about the Antonov An-225 “Dream” and meniBuilds CEO Ubaid Moussa on the work of the popular third-party developer. If you are interested in reviews, you can check iniBuilds New York JFK Airport, Orbx Oslo Gardermoen Airportand RHDSimulations’ Boeing 767-300ER.