Today third-party developers released multiple add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator and revealed new assets about more upcoming ones.
We start in Japan, with the launch of the scenic Amami Airport (RJKA), perfect for those summer flights from Tokyo to the heavenly southern islands.
It’s currently available on SimMarket for approximately $15 plus applicable VAT.
If you want to know more, you can already read our review.
- An ultra-realistic rendition of Bristol Airport
- Precise terrain of 1 metre resolution, inclusive of accurate runway slope
- Full high-resolution PBR implementation, from buildings to airside clutter and ground
- Dynamic rain on terminal and tower glass
- Full exterior and interior of terminal and control tower
- Realistic and accurate night lighting throughout
- Latest high resolution ground imagery and airport layout
- Includes Mendip Transmission Station
Moving on to aircraft, Hype Performance Group released the early access luxury version of its Airbus H145 helicopter.
You can grab it at the developer’s own store for $42.99, keeping in mind that it’s an early access release, so development will continue, including the addition of the civilian and military versions.
Below you can check out the latest video and plenty of release screenshots, alongside a list of features.
- High quality cockpit modeling, textures and details such as dust & fingerprints
- Interior and exterior sounds (real H145 sounds)
- Avionics with NAVD, VMS and FND pages available (more coming)
- Weather radar, Terrain radar
- Fully supported pms50 GTN750
- Working emergency flotation system- Full VR functionality including VR Zoom
Interestingly, we also get pricing information. The package will cost approximately $34.
Apologies for the delay in posting here, it’s been a hugely busy month.
After a break of two weeks, while the DC Designs F-14 Tomcats were launched, it’s been back to work on the F-16s. This week saw the alteration of the model to reflect the newer GE-F100 engines and exhausts fitted to the later-model F-16C, as well as some coding to create visibility conditions for the various stores, fuel tanks, and ordnance on the exterior model.
The interior model has also been installed and compiled in order to check the PBR and modeling while inside the simulator. Obviously, all images are WIP as are textures and modeling, but it’s a sensible step to get things into the simulator to make sure they’re heading in the right direction.
One thing that is most remarkable about the F-16 Falcon is how incredibly small the cockpit is! In virtual reality, it really feels as though you have very little room at all, although the huge teardrop canopy prevents any sense of claustrophobia – in fact, it’s even a little bit unnerving to have such incredible all-round visibility. The screenshots don’t do it justice really!
I’m happy to announce that Sim Acoustics are doing the sounds for the F-16s, having already created GE-F100 sounds for the DC Designs F-15 Eagles, so the aircraft will sound every bit the part.
Work will now continue apace on the Falcons, as will updates here, with a launch date of November 2021 now being aimed for. The package will contain both the F-16C single-seat and F-16D twin-seat Falcon, and will retail for the same price as the DCD F-14 Tomcats, around $34, with the package including a manual and paint kit, and also the same customization potential as the Tomcats.
If you’d like to learn more about what the CPDLC system of Fenix’s 320 can do, you can check out the official blog post with plenty of details.
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 Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, 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.