Development group FlyByWire Simulations has had a busy few days since the release of the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator update. The update released, which included the latest world update, consequently broke the aircraft and the team has since worked hard to resolve the autopilot issue. However, the team has confirmed this is now resolved and shared some new previews for the night lighting improvements coming to the freeware mod.
Version 0.4.2 corrects an issue with the autopilot which made the aircraft unusable. After extensive work by the development team and community, the observations made were forwarded to Asobo Studio who then helped provide a temporary fix to the aircraft making it now stable. The fix addresses issues with the autopilot banking too much, along with course deviation and localizer alignment issues. The fix has now been added to the current development version and will soon be released in the stable release. You can download the latest update from the ‘unstable’ development branch to get the aircraft working properly in your simulator.
Further to the fix, a new series of previews for improvements to the night lighting were also shared. The external model will soon see changes to the take-off and landing lights, along with the strobe and beacon lighting. In the cockpit, the development team are also working on improving the display back-lighting to make it more realistic. The new lighting is coming with version 0.5.0 of the mod.
All of these improvements and changes continue to remain free to the community. Whilst you await your download of the new stable build, why not check out the upcoming Simbrief integration preview video.
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Update: Ammended the article to confirm that only the development branch currently features the fix as it’s not yet available in the Stable branch. Added a brief note that the night lighting will come with version 0.5.0 as pointed out in the comment section.