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Microsoft Flight Simulator Harrier Gets New Trailer & Screenshots; Gibraltar Scenery Announced; Hot Air Balloon, P-750 XSTOL, & SeaRey Elite Released

Microsoft Flight Simulator Harrier
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Harrier Gets New Trailer & Screenshots; Gibraltar Scenery Announced; Hot Air Balloon, P-750 XSTOL, & SeaRey Elite Released

Today third-party developers released several relevant Microsoft-Flight Simulator add-ons, and also revealed new assets.

Today third-party developers released several relevant Microsoft-Flight Simulator add-ons, and also revealed new assets.

We start with DC Designs, which released a new video of the GR9 Harrier II showing a hovering demonstration and the custom sound pack.

On top of that, Just Flight opened the full product page. While it’s not for sale yet, we get some new details, a livery list, and the pricing, €29.95, alongside a ton of screenshots.

“The Harrier has been coded with Microsoft Flight Simulator native ‘Model Behaviors’ animations and built to MSFS SDK specifications to minimise issues.

The DC Designs Harrier includes a brand-new, custom-coded vertical take-off and landing system built specifically for MSFS without the need for WASM gauges. VTOL in the Harrier respects both realistic aircraft aerodynamics and enviromental factors such as ambient wind, requiring good stick and throttle skills to control.

Other features include authentic night lighting which includes user-operated ‘slime lights’ for combat operations and custom-coded animations, stores selection page and up-to-date special effects. The Harrier is also fully compliant with Virtual Reality headsets.”

COCKPIT

  • Truly 3D virtual cockpit featuring accurately modelled ejection seat, controls and detailed texturing
  • Instruments constructed in 3D with smooth animations
  • Custom-coded MFD screens and Head-Up Display to match the real Harrier’s displays
  • ‘Scratched canopy’ glass effects, reflective glass
  • Crew figure in the virtual cockpit is coded to disappear when you occupy their seat
  • Full Interactive Checklist to ensure smooth operation of the aircraft

12 LIVERIES INCLUDED

Royal Air Force GR9

  • 1 Squadron
  • 3 Squadron
  • 4 Squadron
  • 800 Squadron Fleet Air Arm

AV-8B

  • VMA-211
  • VMA-214

AV-8B Plus

  • VMA-231 (CAG)
  • VMA-231 (Line)
  • VMA-513
  • VMA-542
  • Spanish Armada (Navy)
  • Italian Air Force

Next, Orbx released the recently-revealed Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL.

You can purchase it on Orbx Central for $24.61.

  • Beautiful 3D model and textures based on real-world aircraft and data
  • Capable IFR avionics including 2 COM/NAV radios, an EHSI, CDI and GPS
  • S-TEC 55X autopilot
  • Custom-coded Electronics International gauges for monitoring engines, fuel and electric systems
  • Accurate fuel and electric systems derived from real-world documentation including bus tie
  • Almost all circuit breakers functioning
  • Passenger and cargo variants with cargo pod and openable animated doors
  • Skydive variant with unique interior modelling, skydive door, working skydive jump lights and a pilot-operated door handle for high speed descent capability
  • Solid agricultural variant with unique interior/exterior modelling and an animated hopper door operable by the pilot
  • Optional TDS GTNXi support
  • Dimmable interior lighting
  • Integrated virtual tablet to configure aircraft settings like ground power, display units and avionics suite
  • 13 detailed liveries of real-world operators

Another release comes from Hype Performance Group, and it’s the Hot Air Balloon.

It can be purchased on the developer’s own website for $15.

Highly Detailed 3D Model, Textures and Animations

  • Professionally modeled with incredible interior and exterior details
  • 17 liveries included, all at 4K resolution and with PBR textures inside and out
  • Fully animated cockpit and animations for inflation, deflation, stall and collapse
  • Animated 3D humans including a hot air balloon operator and 2 passengers
  • Designed and optimized for VR with great FPS performance, working VR Cockpit Zoom and proper visual scaling throughout the model

Avionics & Systems

  • Steam gauges showing barometric altitude, vertical speed and envelope thermometer
  • Available AI pilot that can control the hot air balloon based off terrain or altitude 
  • EFB tablet included with maps and additional apps available 
  • Balloonist Maps App: shows GPS speed and track
  • Little NavMap App: connect to LNM, the free open source flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport search and airport information system
  • Nearby Radio Stations: listen to radio stations local to the area you’re currently flying in

Hot Air Balloon Flight Model

  • Fully integrated internal hot air balloon flight model and envelope simulation
  • Power Plant: 2x 12 million BTU burners with realistic visual and sound effects

Immersive Sound Pack

  • Realistic burner and environmental sounds 

Bonus Features

  • Launch fireworks with realistic visual and audio smoke and explosion effects
  • Create other nearby AI flown HPG Hot Air Balloons on demand
  • HPG Hot Air Balloon can be set to follow a MSFS flight plan or current wind conditions

And we’re not yet done with releases just yet.

Aerosoft launched the Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey Elite amphibious flying boat.

Interestingly, it’s available in two versions, Light and Advanced for €10.20 and €18.40 respectively.

This is what you get with the Advanced version:

  • Realistic replica of the Searey Amphibian LSA including homebuild experimental version
  • Impressively detailed 3D model, inside and outside
  • Multiple real world liveries included
  • Custom realistic sound set
  • Supporting native MSFS technologies like:
    • Windshield rain effect
    • High-resolution PBR textures
    • Visual icing effects
    • Interactive checklist with auto-completion
  • Custom EFB/Tablet with various settings:
    • Integrated flight plan data and moving map
    • Real time weight & balance menu
    • Simulated walkaround with interactive & animated check items like wheels, control surfaces, prop rotation and tie-down
  • Multiple custom-coded instruments:
    • Garmin inReach
    • EIS 4000
    • GTX320
    • IC-A200
  • Custom electrical and fuel pump logic to reflect the real operation of the top-mounted backward-facing engine
  • In-game checklist including custom camera positions and action item highlighting
  • Several special features such as:
    • Dynamic registration on liveries
    • Custom yaw string animation
    • Simulated autopilot to hold altitude/heading/gps course
    • Anchor simulation to keep aircraft position in water
    • Camping equipment

And here’s the feature list for the Light version.

  • Realistic replica of the Searey Amphibian LSA
  • Impressively detailed 3D model, inside and outside
  • Multiple real world liveries included
  • Custom realistic sound set
  • Supporting native MSFS technologies like
    • Windshield rain effect
    • High-resolution PBR textures
    • Visual icing effects
    • Interactive checklist with auto-complete function
  • Integrated flightplan route direction indicator (Garmin inReach mini)
  • Multiple custom-coded instruments:
    • Garmin inReach
    • EIS 4000
    • GTX320
    • IC-A200
  • Custom electrical and fuel pump logic to reflect the real operation of the top-mounted backward-facing engine
  • Several special features such as:
    • Dynamic registration on liveries
    • Custom yaw string animation
    • Simulated autopilot to hold altitude/heading/gps course
    • Anchor simulation to keep aircraft position in water

Last, but not least, SamScene3D announced its new project that will release in November, it’s “Gibraltar Scenic Life,” designed to integrate and improve the  LXGB airport included in the simulator and its surroundings, the city, and more.

You can check out the trailer below.

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 available for PC (Windows 10 and Steam), and Xbox Series X|S.

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