Third-party developers have revealed plenty of new assets and released new addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
“Here’s another Development Update and the latest screenshots for our 146 Professional for MSFS.
These show the 146’s extensive cockpit lighting options which are fully-functional in MSFS – dimmable and independent Captain and First Officer instrument and flood lighting, hundreds of annunciators (which all work like the real thing), dome and emergency lighting, pilot lap and flight kit spotlights and more. This huge array of options provides you with the means to tailor the cockpit lighting to your exact requirements for each stage of the flight.
The exterior lighting is also nearly complete, with realistic landing, taxi, turn-off, navigation (with high or low intensity options), strobe, wing, logo and cabin lights for a highly immersive night flying experience.
We aim to bring you a video showing off all aspects of the lighting pretty soon. Stay tuned!”
While the manual is included, you can also download it from here if you want to get a headstart.
Moving on to releases, we start with MK-Studios, which released Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (EFHK) in Finland.
It’s currently available on Orbx Direct for $16.50.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Helsinki Airport in very detailed rendition
- High definition 4k textures with PBR
- Satellite image for the airport area
- High-resolution terrain mesh
- Runway elevation profiles
- Simplified terminal interior
- Airport surrounding buildings
Next is Simulación Extrema, which released El Tepual International Airport (SCTE) serving Puerto Montt in Patagonia, Chile.
While this is sold as a new product, those who already purchased the older version can download an update without having to purchase it anew.
It’s available on Simmarket for about $16 plus applicable VAT.
- New facilities, expansion and modernization of the airport.
- New boarding gates are incorporated.
- High quality texturing in PBR with 2K and 4K resolution
- All ground services available.
- ILS corrected frequency 110.1
FlyLogicSoftware also released Speck-Fehraltorf Airport (LSZK) near Zurich, Switzerland.
It’s priced at approximately $12 plus applicable VAT on Simmarket.
- Realistic and detailed representation of the small airfield
- Optimally created for MSFS
- Adapted to World Update 6
- Markings on the apron and runways
- Lifelike lighting effects
- Animated people and windsock
- Static vehicles and planes
- Farms, huts and sports fields near the airport
- Optimized processing speed through the use of LOD
Last, but not least, REX Simulations released REX AccuSeason, bringing seasonal variation to the vegetation of the sim.
Here’s what you can expect.
Automated Dynamic Seasons provides an accurate representation of foliage as it changes within each season throughout the year. Watch tree colors change as they progress through the season, such as weekly changes during the northern hemisphere’s Autumn to Winter and bi-weekly or monthly changes during other times of the year. All automatic as the app applies foliage colors based on current date and requires no user interaction!
You may also manually select any prior or future time periods. For example, if it is late Autumn and you want to fly in an early Autumn, you can select that time period and fly in early Autumn foliage.
With REX AccuSeason, you get a large amount of realistic and visually pleasing presets to use in your simulator. Every season has multiple unique presets with more to be added in future updates.
Seasons are represented globally, with the season in the northern hemisphere opposite of the season in the southern hemisphere. You can fly from New York in autumn and arrive in Buenos Aires with spring vegetation. Or fly out of Sydney in Australia’s winter and arrive in Seattle with summer vegetation.
Updates to Regional Vegetation
Many areas in the world have been updated to reflect vegetation more accurately. Conifer trees have been replaced in Iceland with more applicable vegetation. A large central part of the United States has been updated to display deciduous trees rather than a large conifer forest. Palm trees have been added to many cities where before there were none.
New biomes have been created to depict steppe, tundra, Australian scrublands, New Zealand vegetation, and different conifer regions. Updating regional vegetation is a large and ongoing effort and many more improvements will be made in the future as we continue to develop further.
Winter Deciduous Trees
Microsoft Flight Simulator snow gives us attractive winter landscapes. To move to the next level, REX AccuSeason offers OUR rendition of deciduous winter trees for all areas where the simulator depicts deciduous trees and the winter season applies. These trees show significantly less leaves and look great in winter landscapes with or without snow.
Adjust the Tree Height
To further customize your experience, REX AccuSeason offers three options for tree height: short, medium, and tall. Additionally, some trees have been properly sized in the app to reflect more realistic proportions, such as the massively sized default trees that display in Sydney, Australia.
Select the Deciduous Tree Canopy
An irregular-shaped canopy for deciduous trees is available in addition to the default shape (which is predominantly a rounded canopy). The irregular-shaped canopy makes a nice difference, as deciduous trees with irregular canopies look more varied in shape. The color within the tree often has more color variation, and colors in general appear deeper and richer.
Select Your Choice of Vegetation’s Overall Color Tone
REX AccuSeason lets you select the overall color tone that looks best to you with a choice of three color tones: cool, warm and neutral.
Manage Your Seasons and Customization with a Modern App!
With all the vegetation options provided, the app allows you to choose your selections quickly and easily. No need to manually work within Windows folder structures to change files or edit text documents. Simply select preset and customization choices within the app and it will do all the work for you. As future enhancements are developed, updates will occur automatically, so no need for frequent downloading and manipulating files.
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.
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, 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.
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