Microsoft Flight Simulator doesn’t know slow news days even on the weekend. Today third-party developers have released several add-ons.
Below you can check out screenshots from within the simulator and renders of both the exterior and interior of the aircraft. You can also read an update from the developer.
“Hello everyone! I’d like to show off our nearly completed beta cockpit 3D Model. The model renovations went okay with a lot of optimization and textures still needing love. While the textures are started this month, the displays will continue to get the magic sauce from our screen developer. The decals for the entire cockpit backlighting were put into place and they look outstanding at any angle and focal length.
We would like to demonstrate the jet in a development video, but we have not found a good way to set this up yet and we are rather busy with the jet development itself. Any free time we get goes into making the jet better day by day. Sim Update 5 posed a decent challenge for us this month as a few of our package builders refused to work all together.
I am glad to announce we have assembled our livery team on the E170! Quick Special shout out to Ashie, Holland, Noga for their continuous support when we need it through the screen development process. It means a lot to us!”
- Heat Blur Added Behind Engines
- New “Final” Camera Positions
- Cleaned up SDK Folder a bit
- Flight model tweaks
- Entire Cockpit revisited with new additions in ceiling
- Texture tests starting again
- Main Pedestal controls re-animated
- Fixed various light ingress errors
- Fixed numerous shading errors
- Added Backlit decals
- New Observer Console (Should work in future updates post release)
- Removed old placeholder Asobo Templates from Airbus systems
- Alpha Livery Team formed!
- Livery Template test
- House Livery Incoming! – Exterior needs reworks before liverys enter beta state. Primary “Focus” was the cockpit this past month.
- Added MFD With Cursor device
- MFD Received main page buttons with highlighted animations
- MCDU code added with functioning radio switcher, XPDR/Radio ALT Submenu
- Overhead sound collection complete
- Main Panel sound collection complete
- Pedestal sound collection complete
- Airbus NEO Engine sounds left over (For now)
We then move on with Big Radials, which remains faithful to its name by releasing the vintage Nieuport 17.
It’s currently available on the developer’s own store for $25.00. You can check out an official features list and a gallery of screenshots below.
- Highly detailed 3D model and textures
- Historical liveries
- Accurate sounds recorded from a Le Rhone rotary engine
- Accurate flight model making it nimble and useable on many tiny airstrips
- Animated pilot scarf and streamer
- Interactive clipboard
- Speedometer in knots or kmh
- Hidden radio set for IVAO or VATSIM users
- Working machine guns!
- Comes with 1 mission and 2 landing challenges
- Rob, our consultant actually built and owns a real one 🙂
We then move to something entirely different with Iris Simulations, which released its Grob 115E/Tutor T1 light training aircraft.
It’s available on Iris’ own store for $19.99. Take a look below.
On the opposite side of the aviation spectrum is the Caproni-Vizzola C-22J Ventura, an aerobatic light jet that certainly shows its Italian Heritage.
Released by Mario Noriega Designs, it boasts tuning support by the real aircraft creator himself. You can purchase it on SimMarket for approximately $11 plus applicable VAT and see what it’s all about below.
Moving on to airports, we get the release of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (VMKK) in Malaysia by The Secret Studio.
It’s currently available on SimMarket for approximately $23 plus applicable VAT.
While this is the studio’s first payware release, it has been active on the freeware scene for a while. A freeware version with less detail is actually available as well, if you want a sort of demo.
You can also enjoy a trailer below.
Orbx announced the scenic Split Airport (LDSP) in Croatia. Apparently, this one should release very soon.
The airport is very popular during the summer months and plays host to a ton of seasonal airliner traffic, making it the second-busiest in the country.
Here’s what it will offer and what it’ll look like.
- 62.5sqkm of 30cm seasonal photoreal
- High-res PBR textures
- Detailed terminal building with interior modelling
- POIs in the surrounding area
- By the Havant Studio team
Update: The airport has been released and you can now find it at AUScene’s own store for €16,95, discounted for a limited time from the €17,95 regular price.
- Hand Crafted Rendition of Ballina Byron Gateway Airport for MSFS
- Custom High Resolution Aerial Imagery
- 1m High Resolution DEM data covering YBNA and Cape Byron
- Custom Airport Services Configuration
- Authentic PBR Textures
- Interior Modelling of Two Hangars
- Realistic Aprons with Custom Materials and Markings
- Static Qantaslink Dash 8
- Static Local R44 Helicopter
- Realistic Night Lighting
- Custom Vegetation Placement
- Custom Watermasking of nearby Lakes
Recently, we published our brand new and massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, focusing on the Xbox version and short and long-term plans for the sim (on both platforms).
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Kraków Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, the Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport, and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi airport.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review that will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.