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Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta Now Available

MSFS Closed Beta

Microsoft has just announced that the closed beta for their upcoming Flight Simulator has been released. Coming two days earlier than expected, let’s take a look at what is new with the sim with this 1.6.13 release.

Version 1.6.13 includes a number of additions, including a number of new aircraft, lots of new landing challenges, new flight training tutorials, and new bush trips. One addition that lots of people will be happy about is the addition of Track IR support. A full list of additions to the sim can be found below.

For those in the Alpha, you already have access to the closed beta. Invitations will continue to be sent out through the 30th of this month as well.

As always, we will post updates when they become available. Be sure to check out Microsoft’s blog website for more information, as well as where to preorder the simulator. 

NEW CONTENT

9 NEW AIRCRAFT

The following airplanes are now available to fly.

Piston Aircraft

  • Aviat Pitts Special S2S
  • Extra 330LT
  • Flight Design CTSL
  • Icon A5
  • JMB Aircraft VL-3
  • Robin Cap10
  • Zlin Aviation Savage Cub

Turboprop Aircraft

  • Textron Aviation Beechcraft King Air 350i

Jet Aircraft

  • Textron Aviation Cessna Citation CJ4

3 NEW BUSH TRIPS

Bush Trips are a set of activities which test your navigation skills and have you flying long-distance across remote locations.

  • Breckenridge to Mariposa Yosemite – Nevada – Savage Cub
  • Los Cerros to Cochrane – Patagonia – X Cub
  • Rijeka to Santorini – Balkans – Cessna 172 Skyhawk SP

4 NEW FLIGHT TRAINING TUTORIALS

  • Flight training teaches you how to fly using a Cessna 152.
  • Traffic Patterns – Maneuver safely around a busy airfield
  • First Solo Flight – tackle a traffic pattern on your own
  • Navigation – Follow a flight plan from point A to point B
  • First Solo Navigation – Fly from A to B entirely on your own

22 NEW LANDING CHALLENGES

Famous

Well known locations and challenges that are well within reach. Focus on fundamental landing techniques, precision and smoothness.

  • Jackson – KJAC, USA – Cessna Citation CJ4
  • Llanada Grande – SCLD, Chile – Cessna C172 Skyhawk (G1000)
  • New York – KJFK, USA – Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
  • Nice – LFMN, France – Beechcraft Bonanza G36
  • Quito – SEQM, Ecuador – Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Rio de Janeiro – SBGL, Brazil – Airbus A320neo
  • Sydney – YSSY, Australia – Airbus A320neo
  • Toronto – CYTZ, Canada – Daher TBM 930

Epic

Face the most iconic and dangerous places to land in the world.

  • Aspen – KASE, USA – Cessna Citation CJ4
  • Bugalaga – WX53, Indonesia – Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Lukla – VNLK, Nepal – Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Paro – VQPR, Kingdom of Bhutan – Airbus A320neo
  • Saba – TNCS, Caribbean Netherlands – Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Saint-Barthelemy – TFFJ, French Antilles – Daher TBM 930
  • Tegucigalpa – MHTG, Honduras – Airbus A320neo
  • Strong Winds

Strong winds make a pilot’s job even harder. Contend with air currents and crosswinds along the approach path to ensure a good landing.

  • Donegal – EIDL, ireland – Beechcraft Bonanza G36
  • Funchal – LPMA, Portugal – Airbus A320neo
  • Gibraltar – LXGB, United Kingdom – Airbus A320neo
  • Innsbruck – LOWI, Austria – Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
  • Nanwalek – KEB, USA – Cessna C172 Skyhawk (G1000)
  • Nassau – MYNN, Bahamas – Daher TBM 930
  • Queenstown – NZQN, New Zealand – Cessna Citation CJ4

NEW FEATURE

Track IR

Microsoft Flight Sim now supports Track IR. This must be configured outside of the sim in the normal method. Track IR is available in the following locations:

  • Menu – Hangar
  • In-flight – Cockpit camera
  • In-flight – Chase camera
Tags : AircraftClosed BetaLanding ChallengesMicrosoft Flight SimulatorMSFSTrack IR
Nicholas Hesler

The author Nicholas Hesler

I’ve been a very passionate flight simmers for over 12 years now and am one of the biggest AvGeeks you will meet. I make cinematic flight sim videos, and I also do a lot of real-world plane spotting in my free time. My favourite aircraft is the Boeing 747, and I always enjoy learning more and more about aviation and flight simming.
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