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Watch the Latest Fenix Simulations A320 Feature Video Focusing on the Indicating/Recording System

The latest feature review for the upcoming Fenix Simulations A320 has been released. Development on the aircraft product continues to move along and the team are keen for the community to learn even more about what to expect in the A320 on Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Before the video begins, Aamir did want to give a brief update on some behind-the-scene stuff to answer some common questions seen on the team’s Discord the past few weeks. First up, the reason behind the lack of update last week was due to the fact Fenix were tackling a single bug that required the full team to help track it down. The all-hands-on-deck approach was needed to crush the bug, but the good news is that things have been fixed.

For those wanting to know when the aircraft will enter beta, Aamir said this is still “up in the air” at the moment with no definitive date for when this will happen. That said, Fenix has expanded their initial alpha team a little further to include a wider range of systems to start identifying areas where performance can be best utilised. The team have a wide range of PC specs to be working with so that upon release, the plane should perform well regardless of whether you have a high-end or low-end machine.

As for this week’s feature review, the team has decided to look at the Indicating/Recording system of the A320. In the 30-minute long video, Aamir shows us how the aircraft collects data and then presents it to the pilot. Again, this is an extensive overview of just a singular element of the plane. Aamir also confirmed that a future feature review will focus on the ECAM, so there’s that to also look forward to.

The Fenix A320 continues to shape up into one of the most anticipated aircraft for the new simulator. There have already been numerous feature reviews you can check out, including the pneumatic systems, CDPLC functionality and also the MCDU and FMGS. You can also read our first-look article and also the Fenix A320 announcement post to learn more.

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FlyByWire Simulations A380 Previews

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Over on their Discord, FlyByWire Simulations have shown a few more previews of their upcoming Airbus A380. The previews shown the full aircraft exterior in the sim for the first time, as well as some close-up shots of the engines. The team also shared two videos. One of the videos shows the FMS data section of a select airport. The other video shows how the FMS can fill in a flight plan and how you can select departure and arrival runways, as well as SID and STAR procedures.

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Milviz Teases Blackbird SR-71 for MSFS

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Over on Twitter, Milviz has teased a single image, featuring the famous SR-71 Blackbird in Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s the first time that Milviz has shown this product in MSFS, with the plane initially planned for Prepar3D. However, it’s been very quiet surrounding that project and it seems that the plane may have undergone the same fate as that of the ATR, which Milviz will instead bring only to MSFS.

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Watch Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 6 Trailer

In case you missed it, Microsoft shared a trailer for the upcoming World Update 6 which is due to release very soon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The new world update will bring with it numerous new photogrammetry cities such as Frankfurt, Basel, and Vienna along with plenty of new points of interest. Points of interest include Heligoland (Germany), Melk Abbey (Austria) and Chillon Castle (Switzerland). In addition to the updated cities, the resolution for the mesh in the area has been increased to up to 7cm, meaning the Alps will look sharper than ever.

You can watch the official trailer for it above.

World Update 6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available to download for free come September 7th 2021.

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Flightbeam Previews Auckland Airport for MSFS

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After showing some previews of Wellington last week, Flightbeam is back with showing previews of Auckland Airport (NZAA) in MSFS this time. The previews show the airport up close from an airplane cockpit on the airside, but also the landside of the terminal is shown. The previews also show some of the terrain details that we might come to expect with the scenery.

Flightbeam recently released Auckland Airport for Prepar3D. As as technical footnote, Flightbeam emphasises that the scenery is not a port. Instead, the models have been re-designed with PBR materials and compiled using the latest MSFS SDK.

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Orbx Previews Stockholm Bromma for MSFS

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It’s been a bit quiet around this scenery, but Orbx is back with some new previews of Stockholm Bromma Airport (ESSB). The previews show off a lot of different aspects of the scenery. From up close at the terminal or on the apron, to far away, giving a glimpse at the surrounding scenery. Unfortunately the actual status of the airport remains a bit of a guess, as the previews did not go accompanied with any sort of announcement or progress update. Orbx announced Stockholm Bromma Airport in January of this year.

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Watch the Volocopter Official Trailer for MSFS

In case you missed it, Microsoft announced they will be bringing the Volocopter to Microsoft Flight Simulator. 

The Volocopter has been developed in conjunction with the aircraft manufacturer. As a result, the Volocopter will come with accurate modelling and data so you can get a realistic flight as you soar over the world.

The Volocopter is a unique aircraft in that it is powered by 12 rotors and will act as an air taxi around major cities to ‘Voloports.’ The aircraft type can take off and land vertically and is powered electrically, making it a great way to transport people around cities in an environmentally friendly manner.

You can watch the official trailer for it above.

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Orbx Announces Zadar Airport

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Zadar Airport (LDZD) is coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator, as announced by Orbx. Zadar Airport is an international airport serving a varied number of airlines, albeit with seasonal destinations only. Zadar Airport is the fourth largest airport in Croatia in terms of passengers. It also serves as a hub for Ryanair.

Orbx’s Zadar Airport is developed by Rasha Tucakov. It will of course feature a complete and authentic rendition of the airport itself, featuring a number of custom static aircraft with the airports mixed use by civilian and military aviation. Furthermore, in Orbx fashion, the coverage of the scenery will expand well beyond the airport itself, and the city will see multiple enhancements with the addition of several points of interest and landmark buildings. These include the historic Land Gate, the Church of St. Donatus and the Kresimir Cosic Sports Hall, amongst others. The scenery will also feature full PBR and custom orthophotos for the airport.

Orbx has not yet announced a release date, so for now we have these previews to get us excited about the project.

Features

  • Detailed depiction of Croatia’s 4th busiest airport
  • Custom POIs across the city of Zadar
  • Full PBR
  • Custom ortho for airport area
  • Unique static aircraft
  • Weather-influenced ground polygon with unique textures and markings
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Watch the Junkers JU-52 Official Trailer for MSFS

In case you missed it, Microsoft last week announced that they will be releasing a Junkers JU-52 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Introducing the first of many “local legends,” the Junkers JU-52 is a German-designed aircraft that first flew in 1930. The trailer released during Microsoft’s Gamescom 2021 Xbox presentation showed the aircraft in action. We can see that the plane will come equipped with a detailed exterior model and a fully working cockpit with dials, and a virtual cabin. The aircraft will also come with great looking animations and custom sounds.

The Junkers JU-52 will be released alongside World Update 6 on September 7th 2021 via the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace. We’ll keep you updated on the Junkers JU-52 when we learn more.

You can watch the official trailer for it above.

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Watch the Reno Air Race Official Teaser Trailer for MSFS

In case you missed it last week, Microsoft announced that later this year, Reno Air Race downloadable content will be coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The new paid downloadable content will allow you to take to the skies in a competitive way to beat fellow simmers across a number of races. In collaboration with STIHL National Championship Air Races, Reno Air Races will include the ability to compete with friends and others.

You can watch the official trailer for it above.

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