Today third-party developers had new assets and releases to share regarding add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
First of all, we get a development update from IndiaFoxtEcho, which revealed progress done on the Sukhoi Su-31 and M-346 Master, on top of announcing the TA-4J Skyhawk and revealing the first screenshot. We also hear a bit about the Eurofighter Typhoon.
SU-31 – RELEASE SOON! We have been trying to release the SU-31 in these days, but we were not happy with the quality of the Release Candidate builds. That being said, the latest build seems much better and we think that the package will be available before Easter.
M-346 – WIP We apologize for the lack of news on this project, but a couple of weeks ago one M-346 crashed in the real world and one of the pilot died. Therefore we refrained from posting anything on our recreational virtual rendition.The project is looking very good and it is moving forward at a steady pace – we hope it will be available for release before summer.T
A-4J – FIRST SCREENSHOT We have started doing some “serious” work on our Skyhawk family for MSFS. As for our other project, we do not want this to be a lazy conversion from our P3D assets: we have started reworking the external model to fix a number of inaccuracies, while the virtual cockpit will be redone from scratch. It looks promising but it will take a while before it will be ready.
EUROFIGHTER – WIP We are working hard on it, but it is still too early to show you anything… more news soon.We are also working on a lot of other things, including some VERY interesting partnerships we cannot discuss at the moment…and let’s not forget about DCS! We’ll provide some news for DCS crowd very soon!
Speaking of A330, Headwind released the 1.0 version of the freeware Airbus A330neo, which can be downloaded from Flightsim.to.
Below you can read the update notes.
# External model
• New wings
• New engines
• New wingflex and engine torque (first freeware with this native wingflex)
• New tires
• New stabilisers
• Improved main gear cinematic
• Cleaner and smoother fuselage mesh
• New version without sat dome
• New sat dome
• Sharklets decals
• Engine decals
• Fixing colors for the Airbus livery
• Adding white livery
• Adding 3 Condor liveries
• Optimised lods
# Internal model
• Fixing stick button
• Multiples changements on the cockpit to render more close to the A330 cockpit
• Optimised lods
• Fixing the duplicate cockpits
• Fixing the cockpit texture normal and roughness
• Fixing the aircraft shadow render
• FBW 0.7.4 Integration
• Flight model evolution
# Know issues
• Some system values are based on the A320
• Incorrect fuel consumption
Speaking of releases, Flight Sim Development Group launched two new airports in Africa. The first is Kotoka International Airport (DGAA) in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
It can be purchased on the developer’s own store for 21,42€.
- Accurate and detailed rendition of Kotoka International Airport, Ghana (DGAA)
- Interior modeling with 3D humans
- Animated jetways
- Static aircraft for more realism (can be manually disabled)
- Optimized for great performance and visual results
- Compatible with all known add-ons
- Manual included
The second airport is Enfidha Hammamet International Airport (DTNH) in Tunisia.
It can be purchased on the developer’s own store for 11,90€.
- Accurate rendition of Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport (DTNH)
- Latest MSFS technologies like dynamic lights or ground materials
- Realistic static aircraft for more authenticity
- Optimized for great performance and visual quality
- Compatible with all known addons
- Manual included
Lastly, JustSim released its rendition of Innsbruck Airport (LOWI) in Austria.
It can be purchased on SimMarket for $10.75 plus applicable VAT.
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, the Twin Otter, 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.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.