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Microsoft Flight Simulator Cessna 172 Skyhawk Enhancement & Kitakyushu Airport Announced; Incheon Coming in September; Suvarnabhumi & Perugia Released

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Cessna 172 Skyhawk Enhancement & Kitakyushu Airport Announced; Incheon Coming in September; Suvarnabhumi & Perugia Released

Third-party developers had interesting Microsoft Flight Simulator reveals and releases to share today.

Third-party developers had interesting Microsoft Flight Simulator reveals and releases to share today.

We start with the 172sp Classic Enhancement by WB Sims, which will release “later this week” under Just Flight’s umbrella.

This is an add-on to the default Cessna 172 Skyhawk (including standard, float plane, and ski plane versions) that enhances the default cockpit instrumentation to considerably boost realism.

Here’s a list of features:

Electrical system

  • Dynamic battery voltage drop
  • Correct ammeter display
  • External charging available
  • Accurately working relays
  • Battery amperage subject to temperatures
  • Functional circuit breakers, which may trip from faulty equipment

Cockpit and equipment

  • Optional state saving with 90+ points being saved so that your plane will be just as you left it
  • Gyro spin-up animations
  • Custom lighting throughout, dims if voltage is low
  • Gauge needles subject to engine vibrations
  • ADF needle subject to noise
  • ADF needle instrument upgraded to the KI 227-01, which slaves the ADF card to the directional gyro
  • Working cabin heat/defrost
  • Fully functional M803 clock, including settable FT alarm and ET countdown mode
  • Operational MD-41 GPS annunciator
  • PMS GNS 530/430 included
  • Custom-coded KAP140 autopilot corrects and adds a lot of missing features including accurate hold altitude, functional ALT arming, 20ft altitude adjustments and aural alerting
  • Enhanced KT76 transponder, with dynamic radar pings and correct dimming function
  • KR87 ADF with proper testing feature and audible ET countdown alarm
  • All Bendix units feature an accurate font, and the KAP140 and KR87 have auto-dimming displays

Engine wear and tear

  • Spark plug fouling
  • General engine wear
  • Fuctional engine priming
  • Starter overheating
  • Oil usage

Damage

  • Everything simulated may have consequences if not maintained. From gradual power loss as the hours accumulate, fouled plugs and engine failure from lack of oil, to the struts getting ripped from the fuselage from too many hard landings.

Devinci Aerospace teased an unnamed new project with a single image, but you cannot escape my knowledge of Japanese airports (I’m basically an aviation weeb, what can I say?). It’s actually Kitakyushu Airport, (RJFR), which the developer confirmed.

As one of Japan’s major off-shore airport and the home base of Starflyer, this will certainly be an interesting addition to the sim, especially considering the quality of Devinci’s previous release, Kobe.

We stay in Asia with Pacific Island Simulations, which showcased the custom jetways of its Incheon International Airport (RKSI), which serves the capital of South Korea, Seoul.

According to the developer, this major hub will be released in September.

Another Asian airport has been released by SiamFlight, and it’s the massive Suvarnabhumi Airport (VTBS) serving the capital of Thailand, Bangkok.

You can purchase it on SimMarket for $20.10 plus applicable VAT.

  • New Satellite-1 Terminal detailed model with PBR materials and Day/Night lighting.
  • APIS++ A-VDGS to match real airport. Work as a clock and gate sign when idled. ( Works with Gate to Gate flight plan, Only “Heavy airliner can spawn APIS++ of new satellite terminal ) – SimObject.
  • A-VDGS for North terminal and parking ramp. Also, work as a clock and gate sign when idled – SimObject.
  • Custom Animated Jetways to match real Suvarnabhumi airport new Satellite-1 terminal and North terminal. SimObject. (Can connect one jetway per parking space.
  • Ground service approved taxiways names. (Controller may instruct you to taxi around just for fun sometimes)
  • Matches parking gate numbers, North terminal, Parking ramp, Cargo ramp, and New Satellite-1 terminal.
  • Full Airport services. Pushback, Baggage cart, Catering service, Power supply, Jetways connection, Boarding stairs, and Marshaller. Configure for each Parking Gate/Ramp with Appropriate regions and aprons workers.
  • Hand-placed Taxiing Guidance Signs System.
  • Hand-placed Taxiways and Runway light system. Taxiways center, Taxiways edge, Runway light system, Taxiways lead-off, Stop bar, Guard lights, etc.
  • Custom ground scenery SimObjects, dynamic Boarding stairs. Airport Shuttle bus, Trucks, Vans, Operation pick-up trucks, Tug, etc.
  • Moderate terminal interior details.
  • Transfer Baggage Terminal model and PBR materials with small various details around the building.
  • FBS cargo, TG cargo, and Cargo zone warehouses.
  • Free Zone Operation Building, Thai Airway office building, and all other surrounding buildings.
  • Full Day/Night lighting.
  • Hand-crafted ground markings and textures matched the real airport.
  • Taxiways, aprons, and runways match the real airport.

Last, but not least, Tega Airports released Perugia San Francesco d’Assisi – Umbria International Airport (LIRZ) in Italy.

It can be purchased on Simmarket for $12.06 plus applicable VAT.

  • True to life reproduction of the whole Perugia airport
  • Custom 3D models with PBR textures
  • Custom 3D vertical signage based on real footage
  • Custom ground markings for all the airport area
  • Finest details including the whole car parking area and the Aeroclub zone
  • Realization of all the service roads, with sharp details
  • Full configuration of the apron, holding point and approach lighting system
  • Precise calibration of the VOR/DME, ILS (LOC/GP) and PAPI lights

If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of the Twin OtterAuckland International AirportSkiathos AirportAthens International AirportBergamo Orio al Serio AirportAmami AirportBristol AirportMarrakech Menara AirportGreat Britain CentralTehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo AirportShanghai Pudong AirportKraków AirportFukuoka City & AirportFort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & AirportManila AirportSantiago Airport, the Frankfurt City PackKey West Airportthe Okavango DeltaBali AirportLondon Oxford AirportBerlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow IIIKristiansand Airport, Macau City & AirportBonaire Flamingo AirportMilano Linate Airport, the Singapore City PackTokyo Narita AirportYao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City PackGreater Moncton AirportTweed New Haven AirportSantorini AirportSydney AirportHelsinki-Vantaa AirportReggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta AirportMunich Airport, Paris Orly AirportNewcastle International AirportSankt Johann AirfieldDublin 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.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.

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