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Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IV Released

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The long-awaited Sim Update IV has been released for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The new build, version 1.16.2.0 comes with a substantial number of changes for a variety of areas within the simulator.

Weather saw some significant changes with this update. For example, the changelog says that icing is now slower to defrost and that live snow coverage has improved. Another improvement for the weather is the fact that the amount of bandwidth to pull in the live weather data has been reduced.

Along with environmental changes, the Sim Update also saw numerous improvements to all aircraft types. All aircraft saw improvements for the autopilot, flight model enhancements and also control changes that no longer fought against the user when inputting certain conditions. As mentioned before, Turboprops also saw a significant overhaul with new tools to fine-tune the engines and dynamics. This fine-tuning has fixed the torque and reverse thrust issues that have been reported. Another key change to aircraft is the addition of a weather radar that now display precipitation instead of cloud coverage, which is far more realistic.

Some other standout elements from the changelog include some new ATC phraseology that has been added conforming to FAA standards, contrails now appear for AI traffic and an increase in the density of the live air traffic. The full changelog for the new update is down below.

Something else that is worth noting future full downloads of the simulator is now only 83GB compared to the 170GB from before.

You can get the update now by downloading the installer package through your original store of purchase and then through the simulator. Don’t forget to remove packages in your community folder first and then bring them back after the update has been installed.

 Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.16.2.0 Changelog

NAVIGATION

  • New AIRAC cycle 2105 has been implemented
  • FAA data has been implemented to our navdata solution
  • Departure gates are now saved in flight plan (.PLN) files
  • Fixed a crash and other issues when selecting a parking space as arrival and no set departure
  • Fixed some Live Air Traffic aircraft using the wrong model
  • Fixed an issue where some Live Air Traffic aircraft had broken callsigns
  • Increased the density of Live Air Traffic
  • Aircraft that are not on the ground but that have an altitude of zero will now appear at a default altitude of 5000m
  • Live traffic stability has been improved
  • ATC phraseology improvements to FAA standards (wording only)

WEATHER

  • Reduced weather data bandwidth
  • Improved precision of live snow coverage
  • “Visual Effect Only” in assistance now does properly deactivate other weather effects
  • “Visual Icing” has been renamed “Icing” in the devmode because it impacts the whole icing system
  • “Icing” in DevMode only changes visual effects if “Visual Effect Only” is activated
  • Ice constant decay is no longer ignored outside of frost conditions
  • Accelerated pitot icing model while making it slower to defrost
  • Fixed pitot icing not scaling with the number of instruments
  • Fixed overspeed controller vibrations not affected by pitot icing
  • Decrease structural icing rate by a factor of 15 for severe icing (6 for moderate)

PLANES

ALL PLANES:
  • Added altitude interception for PITCH HOLD mode
  • Increased native induced drag amount and improved induced drag precision
  • Autopilot no longer flies toward a Waypoint removed from the FlightPlan
  • SimConnect injected traffic (VATSIM, IVAO) should now be displayed in HTML/JS instruments that have traffic displays as well as on the VFR Map
  • Fixed simvar acceleration not taking impacts into account and returning wrong values on ground
  • Writing back corrected acceleration values after impact resolutions so that they are exact when pulled as a simvar
  • Flaps, stall, wing and fuselage updates of flight model
  • More cleanup of the flaps system. Support multi systems with different number of levels and max angles
  • Increased threshold to avoid trim fight against elevator to 50% (corresponds to disconnect threshold)
  • Changed elevator AP with trim to avoid fighting against user input when user input is >50% on elevator
  • Allow setting the empty CG position out of limits
  • Fixed more audio not playing on large aircraft
  • Fixed Autothrottle sometimes disabled by AI
TURBOPROP:
  • Improved tools to tune prop drag on constant speed & turbo propellers
  • Removed fake and completely wrong ITT simulation when prop is feathered or reverse
  • Fixed reverse thrust problem with propeller (no support of negative beta & induced wind)
  • Added prop lever debug on engines debug page
  • Fixed torque increasing with altitude because of N1 / Corrected N1 confusion in FSX turboprop code
  • Fixed crash bug when scrolling Daher TBM 9300 Flight Plan pag
  • Torque fine adjustment per POH for the Daher TBM 930
  • Updated stability and inertia for the Daher TBM 930
  • Adjusted sea level max torque on the Daher TBM 930
  • Turbine fine tuning: ITT, Torque, Performance, and Fuel Flow on the Daher TBM 930
  • Flight model update for handling on the Daher TBM 930
  • Ground level max torque and torque limiter setting updated. 100% max with inertial separator; 112% max, limited to 109% without inertial separator on the Daher TBM 930
  • Reduced effect of inertial separator from 25% TQ to 12% TQ for the Daher TBM 930
  • Tuned stability and inertia on the Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Tweaked Idle RPM from 1030 to 1060RPM for the Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Adjusted max sea level torque on the Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Tuned Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop engine: ITT, Torque, Fuel Flow and other minor changes
  • Added ITT debug to engine debug and added density on fuel flow table for turboprop engines on the Beechcraft King Air 350i
  • Fine tuned fuel consumption per the POH at IDLE, 12000ft cruise and 18000ft cruise on the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Fixed ITT, Throttle to Torque Ratio, and Garmin color bands for ITT and TRQ on the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Pass on stability and inertia on the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Fine tuned Fuel Flow per altitude and adjusted sea level max torque on the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Turbine Torque fine tuned per POH on the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Control surfaces & handling improvements on the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX
  • Prop lever of the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX can now be set in feathering range

OTHERS:

  • Weather radar now displays precipitation instead of cloud coverage
  • Fixed contrail behavior on player’s aircraft during windy conditions
  • Contrails are now displayed for applicable AI traffic planes
  • Reduced rudder authority based on the Cessna 152
  • Stability and inertia pass on Cessna 172 Skyhawk and Cessna 152
  • Flight model handling update for the Cessna 152
  • Fixed Cessna 152’s rear wheels not touching ground
  • Pass on engine power & propeller drag. Fine tuned max speed, cruise speed, climb speeds, glide speeds and other minor tweaks on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk
  • Flight model tuning of Cessna 172 Skyhawk (handling, induced yaw, roll and stall)
  • Fixed water on windows and tail color on LOD5 for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
  • EICAS now displays “CLB” instead of “CL” when the thrust levers are set to CL in the A320
  • Fixed an issue which prevented copilot from autocompleting the Securing Aircraft page on the Diamond DA40 TDI
  • Improved propeller drag and engine drag tuning for the Diamond DA62
  • Flight model handling update on the Diamond DA62. Made engine effect more important by adjusting rudder surfaces
  • Increased rudder stability slightly and fixed engine stall in air at low speeds on the EXTRA 330LT
  • Added a notch more dihedral to increase induced roll a little on the EXTRA 330LT
  • Fuel Pressure gauges now display correct levels of pressure on the EXTRA 330LT
  • Fine tune on the 103Solo Engine and implementation of engine clutch below 2100 RPM
  • Fixed FS Livery on Cessna Citation Longitude disappearing too early on LOD6
  • Corrected Pipistrel Virus SW121 flaps animation which would not properly play for negative flaps values
  • G3000 : Map zoom level is now kept constant between Regular and Weather map
  • G1000 : Airspaces are redrawn uppon change in map orientation
  • G3000 : Fix PFD display error when a DirectTo is requested
  • Fixed aircraft spawning with glasscockpits turned off randomly
  • Fixed FlightPlan displaying passed waypoints when canceling a DirectTo
  • Fixed FlightPlan guidance not re-engaging properly when DirectTo is canceled or reached
  • Fixed G3000 and G3X MFD TopBar displaying True Bearing instead of Magnetic
  • Fixed overspeed strip being too low on airspeed tape
  • Fixed bug where the flightplan was not displayed properly if the flight was started directly on approach
  • Fixed VFRMap not updating approach according to FlightPlan
  • Tactile glasscockpits scrollbars are bigger and can be interacted with more easily
  • Fixed FlightPlan guidance not re-engaging properly when DirectTo is canceled or reached

INPUT

  • Fixed resetting position peripheral input position when user exits the pause menu
  • Fixed the unresponsive specific axis on Honeycomb Bravo Throttle
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Eclipse Yoke
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Fighter Stick
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Flight Sim Yoke
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Fighter Stick Pro
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Pro Pedals
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Pro Throttle
  • Fixed default mapping for the CH Throttle Quadrant

UI

  • Community Folder Addons will now show up as Installed in the Content manager
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Calum Martin

The author Calum Martin

I have been an avid fan of Flight Sim since the release of ‘2000 and have developed my love for aviation ever since. I have the knowledge and experience to really deliver an excellent aviation community. Although no real life flying experience, I have a good understanding and always learning more and more.
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