The developers of Microsoft Flight Simulator continue to share new reveals and add-on releases for the popular sim, and today is no exception.
We start with DC Designs, who provided an update on the Harrier and Eurofighter Typhoon, which will now include V-8B, AV-8B+ and GR9 variants.
The Harrier is supposed to be released in early November, with the Hurricane coming first in mid/late October.
Work is now nearing completion on both current projects, the AV-8B Harrier and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Both aircraft look and fly great, so most of my focus now is on detailing and improving what’s already there.
I’m happy to report that the Microsoft Marketplace team outdid themselves and provided me with LOC files for the AV-8B, AV-8B+ and GR9 Harrier variants, so there are now three Harriers included in the bundle (each with same cockpit model ). I can also confirm that Sim Acoustics has sampled the sound and the Harrier’s trademark whine is perfect and as loud as you’d expect. All this means I only have a few more textures to do, the manual and associated test-flying to wrap up the project and submit it for publication. CodenameJack is working on some final system coding before we put it all together.
Typhoon is pretty much in the same spot, with a lot of detail added this week. The flight modeling is complete, with just strings and some final code from Jack to finish off the systems. A few more liveries will be added and the manual will be written soon enough now.
There won’t be many further updates on either project as we get closer to launch, with the Typhoon likely in mid/late October and the Harrier in early November. As soon as I have release dates I will share them here as usual.
Terrainy Studios follows a relevant announcement. The developer has just launched Van’s Aircraft RV-8.
It is available on SimMarket for $19.50 plus applicable VAT.
- The Precision Flight model was developed together with real rv8 pilots
- Realistic tail behavior
- Cockpit with full IFR capability
- GPS options, G430 (Asobo) and GTN650 (PMS50)
- Circuit breakers work
- Dynamic/interactive static objects
- Dynamic fuel in fuel tanks with visible level
- Tablet in the cockpit to control static objects
- Physical cockpit checklist
- Simulation of ice accumulation on surfaces and engine
- 3D adjustable lighting both inside and outside
- High resolution 4k PBR textures
- Optimum performance
- Compatible with VR
Next up is Flightbeam Studios, who have released the first images of San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) in the United States.
Moving into Asia, Pacific Island Simulations has announced the completion of Incheon International Airport (RKSI), serving South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
The release of the airport is “imminent” and below you can see a list of features and several images.
- Replaced Microsoft’s default terrain textures with new ortho-iconography that reflects the real-world Incheon. Entire Incheon Island covered.
- Added/removed vegetation (grass and trees) where needed.
- Added realistic coastlines using proper blending techniques.
- Added Incheon Bridge (longest bridge in South Korea).
- Added buildings and apartment buildings to Songdo city/region.
- Added wharf, fuel tank farms and buildings in coastal areas near Songdo and Incheon Island.
- Added buildings and apartment buildings on Incheon Island and near the airport.
- Added terminal buildings, including terminals 1 and 2, satellite lounge and air traffic control towers.
- Added cargo terminals and airplane parking lots.
- Added airport fire stations (south, east and west areas of the airport).
- Added airport catering buildings and service/maintenance buildings.
- Added grunge work showing tire marks on runways and taxiways.
- and many more.
UK2000 Scenery has announced a brand new airport, Belfast City (EGAC) in Northern Ireland.
Its release is actually very close as it will be released on September 30th. You can see what you can expect below.
Last but not least, tomorrow (September 24th) the Flight Simulation Association will be hosting a live streaming panel on “Gaming vs Flight Simulation”.
Yours truly will be there to try and represent both sides of the issue, along with friends from FSElite and HeliSimmer.
The panel starts at 7:00 PM Zulu, which translates to noon PDT, 3:00 PM. EDT, 8:00 p.m. BST or 9:00 p.m. CEST, depending on where you live.
Below you can read a description of the panel and find the embedded live stream ready to watch when it starts.
“Today, flight simulation is available on game consoles, low-end computers, and even mobile devices. Through the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the hobby of flight simulation has become more accessible and mainstream than ever before. Does this mean we are entering a new “race to the bottom” for the quality of flight sim plugins? Is it worth developing products for the PC market anymore?
Join some of the community’s best-known media personalities for a discussion about how the world of flight simulation is changing. The live discussion will also include a Q&A segment with the audience.”
If you want to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you may enjoy our recent reviews of Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Airport Menara, Central Great Britain, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport , Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, CRJ 550/700, PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney y Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Cala Bria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airport, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore’s Changi Airport.
If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam and Xbox Series X|S.