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Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update 9 Beta Announced; Bogota, Pamplona, Marsa Alam Airports & Warships Pack Released

Today Microsoft and Third-party developers had relevant news and releases to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons.
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Today Microsoft and Third-party developers had relevant news and releases to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons.

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We start with the announcement that the beta of Sim Update 9 is starting tomorrow. Joining the test will become available in the next few hours and the build will be distributed tomorrow, April 1.

You can find out how to join here, while update notes have not been announced yet. Do keep in mind that this is a pre-release test likely to include issues and that you shouldn’t join if you just want a preview, as it may negatively affect your enjoyment of the sim.

Then get another screenshot of the upcoming update for the freeware Airbus A330neo by Headwind currently in active development and already available on

The release should come in a few days, and a new paint kit is currently available for those who want to work on liveries.

Gate15Scenery provided the first images of the first model created for its next airport in Japan, Tokushima Awaodori Airport (RJOS).

It’s a more ambitious project compared to the developer’s previous releases, as it’s a bigger airport that is used both by airlines and the Japan Self-Defense Force.

FSimStudios revealed that its rendition of Toronto City Billy Bishop Airport (CYTZ) in Canada will be released tomorrow (April 1) for $15. Below you can find a list of features and a gallery of screenshots.

  • Extremely Detail representation of Toronto City Billy Bishop Airport CYTZ
  • Fully detailed interiors on over half of all buildings included in the product.
  • CPZ9 Toronto City Water Aerodrome
  • Over 20 hand-made buildings Downtown Toronto, including the CN Tower and Rogers Centreand more to be added in future updates
  • CNW8 and CTM4 Hospitals Helipads in Downtown Toronto
  • “Fictional Jet Concept” Proposed runway extensions, coming up in a future update

Simnord revealed its next airport, and it’s Endelave Airfield (EKEL) in Denmark. This one if a fairly small general aviation airport with a grass runway.

Below you can check out a single screenshot.

Moving on to releases, we start with something fairly peculiar. Marine Flightsim released the Warship Fleet Pack, including three playable warships that you can use to cruise the seas of the simulator.

These include Japanese Destroyer JS Kongou Class DDG-173, Battleship North Carolina BB-55, and another one which I won’t name.

You can check out a trailer and a list of features below, while the package is available on Simmarket for $18.80 plus applicable VAT.

  • Detailed interior
  • moving fire turrets
  • Start anywhere in the world over water
  • Night lights
  • Water trails instantly when on the go
  • Sounds
  • Smoke particles
  • Friendly fps

Next, Chudoba Design released Marsa Alam International Airport (HEMA) in Egypt.

This is the developer’s first airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and they’re also considering releasing Taba International Airport (HETB).

It’s currently available at IniBuilds’ store for $9.18

  • Custom hand-crafted PBR ground textures
  •  Buildings with detailed, PBR textures
  •  Custom terminal building
  •  High level of detail throughout
  •  Tuned for HDR lighting
  •  Accurate ground layout
  •  Custom, hand-placed objects

Beautiful Models of the World released Pamplona Airport (LEPP) in Spain. For now, it’s available only on the official in-sim marketplace for $9,99

Prospective buyers should keep in mind that the airport will also be released likely before the end of the week within the developers’ growing all-access collection which includes 26 airports (counting Pamplona) for a €32 one-time payment, promising more to come down the line. That’s likely a much better deal compared to the single purchase.

Last, but not least, V Pilot released El Dorado International Airport (SKBO) serving Bogota, Colombia.

This is exclusively available on the official in-sim marketplace for $21.99. You can check out a trailer below.

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Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.