Today, Microsoft and third-party developers had news to share about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons.
First, Microsoft has released the Sim Update 9 public beta, which is scheduled for official release on April 26.
You can find the patch notes here and membership details.
We then learn that Carenado is bringing a Pilatus PC-12 to the simulator.
Another revelation comes from Drzewiecki Design, who work on Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport (EPRZ) in Poland
It is the eighth busiest airport in the country and the package seems to include the former Rzeszów Airport (ERPJ) nearby.
Next is Aerosoft, which revealed North Sea Industry, a package that populates the North Sea with all sorts of industrial settings.
Of the industry
- Factory ships
- Purse seiners
- Container ship
- Dump truck
- LNG carriers
- Oil tankers
- Chemical tankers
- Juice tankers (didn’t even know they existed)
- cattle carriers
- Monopile wind turbines
- wind turbine jacket
- Floating Structure Wind Turbines
- Fast Crew Boats
Wind industry construction
- Survey vessels
- Heavy lift vessels
- Offshore support vessels
- crane vessels
- Crane platforms
- Production rigs (spar, jack-up, compliant)
- Normally Unmanned Installations (NUI)
- Driver support systems (satellite stations)
- poisonous mushrooms
- Fast Crew Boats
- Support ships
- Anchor vessels
- Patrol vessels
- Floating ship production systems
- Single column floating production systems
- Single buoy mooring stations
- Drilling rigs
- Seismic vessels
- crane vessels
- Anchor vessels
It will be released this summer with a price between €10 and €15 for PC and Xbox.
Next we take a look at the runway guard lights at Wellington Airport (NZWN) in New Zealand by Flightbeam Studios.
Hype Performance Group presented the work done on the Action Pack extension for its Airbus H145 helicopter.
The HPG team has been hard at work completing the items needed to bring the H145 base pack to 1.0 status and to release the first public version of the HEMS H145 variant of our Action Pack expansion.
Most of the major modeling, texturing and polishing details have been completed for the aircraft frames and our art team has focused on producing the props, humans and scenery items that will help make our missions as immersive as possible for H145 pilots.
On the systems side, Dave has successfully implemented a platform for user generated missions and more recently has focused on HEMS related tasks such as lifting and building the logic behind the mission scenarios. A lot of attention is also paid to the overall user experience and there is a major new feature related to configurations that we look forward to showing off to the community in a future update.
Our ETA for the HEMS variant release is still before the end of this month and you can expect preview coverage ahead of release so you know what to expect from this amazing new project.
We close this update with some photos.
Remember these are photos in development, for example – there will be variations for humans when released, but for now, enjoy the Bruce Willis twins.
Pictures: DRF & Cal Fire Liveries, crew member and accident victim of a mission scenario, firefighting variant interior including some items for lifting, HEMS variant interior and the Bruce Willis twins carrying a patient to the H145 for transportation.
You can follow the development on the studio’s Discord server.
Project Global, which manufactures a Boeing 707, has provided a development update for its upcoming Boeing 707 freeware.
Brief explanation: this update covers a general improvement of the exterior, including the tail, wings, fuselage and equipment! More below
– Tail (With basic texturing)
– Wings (More details in “Parts Started”
– Update fuselage model!
– Gear -> (Gear including wiring, hinges, buttons, etc.
Here are the parts of the plane we started working on in the last month.
– Horizontal stabilizers (with base texturing)
– Flaps + Spoilers + Kreuger Flaps
You can follow its progress on the developer’s Discord server.
Finally, we get a build from FSimStudios, which launched Billy Bishop Toronto Airport (CYTZ) in Canada
It’s currently available in the developer store for $15.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Central Britain, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Airport from Shanghai Pudong, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City and Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City and Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, Okavango Delta , Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, CRJ 550/700, PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City and Airport, the Bonaire Flamingo Airport, the airport from Milano Linate, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, F-15 Eagle, 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, International Airport from Newcastle, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi Airport.
If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S.