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Microsoft Flight Simulator Osaka Itami, Perth, & Samedan Airports Announced; Wasserkuppe, Aldinga & Ísafjörður Released

Today is another big day for airport developers for Microsoft Flight Simulator, with plenty of announcements and releases.
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Today is another big day for airport developers for Microsoft Flight Simulator, with plenty of announcements and releases.

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A spin-off group from Metropolitan Airport Development Brothers (who recently released Chofu) is working on one of my favorite airports, Osaka Itami (RJOO) in Japan.

While in recent years it has lost traffic to Osaka Kansai airport, it still hosts a lot of scheduled flights, and features a very scenic approach over the city.

Next is Axonos, who announced Perth (YPPH) in Australia with a teaser trailer.

On the other hand, Orbx goes back to Europe with the scenic Samedan (LSZS) in Switzerland. Below you can check out plenty of images and a features list.

  • Completely new version of the bestseller
  • Located in the south east of Switzerland
  • Full PBR UHD texturing
  • Incredibly detailed, high definition rendition of Samedan Airport
  • Scenic mountain landscape with glaciers, lakes and rivers all make stunning visual approaches
  • Realistic HD textures created from on-site photography to provide the most immersive experience possible
  • Includes the villages of Samedan and St. Moritz with many custom hotels and churches – perfect for the VFR fliers
  • By Andreas Hegi

Moving on to releases, Aerosoft launched the historical Wasserkuppe (EDER) in Germany by  Stairport Sceneries.

It’s available on the publisher’s own store for a quite affordable €10.20 including applicable VAT.

  • Custom buildings covering the airfield and the surrounding area
  • Custom orthophoto covering the airport and surrounding
  • Seasonal animations for various objects
  • POI Radome and “Fliegerdenkmal”  included
  • Realistic runway slope profile
  • Custom static aircrafts depending on weather and season
  • Gliders flying in the vicinity (if weather permits)

For something even more affordable, AUscene released Aldinga Airfield (YADG) in Australia.

It doesn’t get more affordable than this, since you can grab it at the developer’s own store for… free.

Moving on to challenging approaches, here’s one of the most dangerous airports in the world from Pearl Simulations, Ísafjörður (BIIS) in Iceland.

It’s available on SimMarket for $9.40 plus applicable VAT.

There’s also news for those who want more aircraft with IndiaFoxtEcho providing new images of its SU-31.

We also get a development update, with the mention that it requires an estimated 100 work hours to be completed. There is no target release date yet.

  • External model is 99% complete. Some minor texture tweaks are needed and there are some minor animation glitches to be solved.
  • Internal model is almost complete in terms of modeling and needs some work for textures.
  • The flight model is mostly derived from the stock Extra 330, and shows the same limitations
  • Sound package not started yet

Since today is April 1, Aeroplane Heaven released a… cardboard Spitfire, but the formation masters at FlyFS still managed to make it look majestic.

You can download it for free at AH’s own website.

Last, but not least, we get some acquisition news. The popular charts and navigation data service Navigraph acquired the flight planning portal SimBrief.

That being said, the flight planning service will remain free. The two services had been working together for a long while, integrating Navigraph’s AIRAC data into SimBrief’s plans, so this is hardly surprising.

Recently, we published our massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, who provided a lot of new info about the present and future of the sim. A few days ago, we also got to hear more, including a trailer for World Update 4 which will feature France and Benelux.

If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of  London Oxford Airport,  Berlin 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 that 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 will release in summer 2021 for Xbox Series X ad Series S.

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