Microsoft Flight Simulator Update April 16th – Boeing 747, Alpha, and more

Microsoft Flight Simulator Update April 16th (13)

The weekly Microsoft Flight Simulator update has been dropped on the regular blog website. While this is a shorter update, there are still some new noteworthy information.

Watch our video breaking down the new screenshots above.

Deliverables Update

Mid April is still set to see the update to the Partnership Series, while episode 8 of the Feature Discovery Series, IFR, is now due in early May.


As previously posted, the latest Alpha build was sent out to the Alpha team, which included the A320. Some new details on the next two Alpha releases have been released as well. Alpha build is in final testing, and is targeted to release within 7 days. This update will include SDK and ATC updates and experimental tech for community feedback. Alpha build is due in May, and is set to include the first round of testing for the Boeing 747 and general bug fixes.

  • Alpha Update – Build
    • In final testing. Prepping for release. Target release date within 7 days.
    • SDK bug fixes
    • ATC bug fixes
    • Experimental tech for community feedback – Neural TTS solution
    • Full build notes to be posted upon release.
  • Alpha Update – Build
    • In testing.
    • Target release date – May.
    • Boeing 747 ready for first round of community testing/feedback.
    • Bug fixes
    • Full build notes to be posted upon release.

Alpha invitations are now continuing to be sent out after a brief pause after was released. Here is the priority for the team currently.

  • Ensure that everyone that received an acceptance email has access to the Alpha.
    • Status – Nearing completion.
  • Assess Alpha participation options for adding more people as quickly as possible.
    • Prioritize access for those that registered early for pre-release build testing.
    • Status – Ongoing.

Community Screenshots

As normal the team has provided many new screenshots as well as some new GIFs of the sim. Many of the images show off the new A320, some wildlife, multiplayer images and more. They also have a community spotlight shout out to one of the Alpha members, SimTom112, who has had his images featured in the weekly updates many times before.

As always, be sure to check out Microsoft’s feeds for more info, and we will be sure to post about any new updates.

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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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