Today third-party developers had plenty of news to share about aircraft and airport add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
“Bringing the Fokker F28 to MSFS has given the opportunity to increase the level of detail and feature list even further as we strive to make each new aircraft our best yet. We have recently been working on a brand-new virtual cabin for the four F28 variants (1000 to 4000), giving you the chance to fly in retro style with open overhead bins and large windows, providing an excellent view of the wings and rear-mounted engines.
We are also working on significant upgrades to the cockpit to take full advantage of MSFS capabilities, and as you’ll have seen with our recent Fokker 100 screenshots, the end result will be worth the wait!”
IndiaFoxtEcho also had work-in-progress images to showcase of its upcoming Eurofighter Typhoon, alongside a development update, which is being remade from scratch to achieve the best possible quality.
“While we were collecting screenshots for a comprehensive update on all of our projects, which will be posted soon, we thought the MSFS Eurofighter screenshots were worth a separate post.
As we discussed in an earlier post we were not happy at all with our P3D model, and we were not happy either with several licensed meshes… so we decided to take the hard path and redo the model from scratch: this will take a significant amount of time, but we think it will be worth it.
We are quite happy with the results so far, and while it is still way too soon to bring it in game, we are confident that we will be able to deliver a decent rendition of this fantastic aircraft.
In general, we will ALWAYS try to steer away from cheap port-overs of out existing models, unless there is a very good case to reuse part of the old assets (as we did for the fuselage geometry of the F-35). MSFS can do way more than P3D in terms of graphical fidelity, and we will try to make the best usage of the sim capabilities – even if this means a longer development time.”
Moving on to airports, WFSceneryStudio released the massive Beijing Capital International Airport (ZBAA), serving the capital city of China.
You can purchase it on SimMarket for $25.24 plus applicable VAT and enjoy the trailer below.
- PBR Textures
- Animated Jetways.
- Dynamic Lights
- Manually planed viecles in airport
- Real Ground Markings
- Animated Airport Train
Moving from massive to smaller, Aerosoft and its partner studio 29Palms released Twentynine Palms Airport (KTNP) in California, United States.
You can purchase it on Aerosoft’s own store for $12.19 including VAT.
- Highly detailed rendition of Twentynine Palms Airport (KTNP), California
- Complete coverage of the airport and the surrounding area with high resolution satellite imagery (0.25m/px)
- Realistic night lighting using almost exclusively dynamic lights
- High resolution textures (2048px²) with full PBR
- Over 100.000 hand-placed and custom-made rocks and vegetation objects
- Complete reconstruction of airport’s lighting equipment with realistic custom-made taxi, runway, rail lights, hazard lights and beacons
- Animated 3D people, Eagle
- Numerous custom-made static objects and aircraft around the airport
- Excellent performance with high framerates due to optimizations
- Custom made animated windsock
Last, but not least, Jetstream Designs released new screenshots of its upcoming Lampedusa Airport (LICD) in Italy, specifically portraying the beautiful custom cliffs created to enrich the approach to runway 26.
If you’d like to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out our brand new interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann about the 40th Anniversary Edition, the world update, and more.
If you’re curious about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Anchorage International Airport, Fenix’s Airbus A320, West Virginia International Yeager Airport, 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 recently published a review of the Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition, which is a great controller for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
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.