Today third-party developers had new reveals to share about upcoming aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
During a livestream that has just ended, Synaptic Simulations provided news about its freeware (and soon open-source) Airbus A220.
We get to see quite a few impressive new renders of the aircraft, including both the interior and the exterior, on top of in-sim textured screenshots.
We then get to see a video (you’ll have to click on the link as embedding is disabled for the video) showing off cockpit interactions, including a look at the electrical system in action.
Another video shows the primary flight display in action on top of the EICAS.
Next, we take a look at the flight management system and the map. The custom FMS has been developed in collaboration with FlyByWire and Navigraph. Users will be able to select default navdata from Microsoft Flight Simulator or Navigraph’s navdata.
A release date has not been announced, but it won’t be this year. Most modeling has been done and when texturing is finished the team will switch to open source development, allowing everyone to download the work-in-progress aircraft and to contribute directly to progress.
It’s “unlikely” that it’ll come to the official marketplace and Xbox due to issues with licensing.
Wing flex will be implemented and the cabin is fully modeled, including the announcement lights. TCAS will be available, while VNAV and LNAV are being worked on in collaboration with FlyByWire. The HUD will be modeled after release.
You can follow the development of the aircraft on Synaptic Simulations’ Discord server.
Recently, we published our latest interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann and we heard more about Microsoft’s plans for the next few months, including World Update Australia.
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