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Microsoft Flight Simulator Updated to Version 1.9.3.0

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After last week’s announcement from Microsoft, Microsoft Flight Simulator has been updated to version 1.9.3.0. The new update primarily focuses on the Japan ‘World Update’, but also adds a range of quality of life improvements to the flight simulator.

Starting with the Japan ‘World Update’, the World Update brings updated digital elevation across the entire region along with high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for six Japanese cities. Those cities include Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya and Yokohama. Alongside that, six hand-crafted airports have also been added to the simulator including Hachijojima, Kerama, Kushiro, Nagasaki, Shimojishima, and Suwanosejima. In addition to the cities and airports, there are also over 20 landmarks and points of interest to go and discover in the Land of the Rising Sun. Correction: After the publication of the article, we realised that you have to download the World Update I pack from the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace to get the Japanese related content. This is a free purchase from the Marketplace store. 

Whilst many will be excited about World Update I, there are also a huge number of changes with this build based on community feedback. Airports such as Malaga Airport (LEMG) and Clermon-Ferrand Auvergne (LFLC) have been added and there have been improvements to 60 other airports based on feedback. There has also been significant changes for numerous aircraft including the 787-10, the A320NEO and a variety of general aviation aircraft. For those using TrackIR, you are now able to enable/disable it from the camera menu. Other update changes include improvements to the way in which waves are generated, as well as other terraforming issues around the world. A full list of all the changes can be found down below, or you can read the notes on the Flight Simulator forums.

We’re sure that many will appreciate the change that disables the music before or during the initial download on startup, especially with the 9GB update download.

You can download the free update to Microsoft Flight Simulator right now.

Thanks to Hexplosions for the tip.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.9.3.0 Changelog

Airports

Airports added:

  • LEMG – Málaga Airport
  • LFLC – Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
  • PAFR – Bryant Army Airfield Heliport

Airports improvements:

  • 60 airports improvements based on community feedback
  • Control towers added on 700+ US airports

UI

  • Sensitivity screen is now displayed correctly
  • The Manual cache management UI has been improved
  • ATC Options should now correctly be saved
  • Liveries selection menu should now work as expected
  • The music can now be deactivated before or during the initial download on startup

AERODYNAMICS

  • The collision problems at negative altitudes have been fixed
  • Braking power on ground has been tweaked to reflect more realistic braking distances
  • Fuel consumption updating mass problem has fixed for some airplanes
  • A plane with no fuel leak system should no longer lead to a crash
  • Aircraft gyroscopic stability can now be set in our SDK toolset

PLANES

  • Incorrect energy formulas resulting in inaccurate autopilot behavior have been fixed
  • Autopilot overshooting altitude capture during descent has been fixed
  • Allow to up to 8500fpm max climb speed after the new AP is now more accurately respecting 6000fpm

Visuals and animation

  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: wing flex has been improved
  • Beechcraft King Air 350i: rudder pedals animation is now correct
  • Cessna 152 : fixed a graphic glitch when switching between cockpit and external views
  • Airbus A320neo : fixed issues related to copilot AP button lights

General aviation systems

  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk: fixed impossible connection with ATC when BUS 1 is ON and bus 2 is off
  • Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX: fixed PFD and MFD button issues between pilot and copilot sides
  • Robin DR400/100 Cadet: can now request ground services to the ATC
  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk (G1000): fixed checklist camera issues during the “After starting engine” procedure
  • Cessna 152 and 152 Aerobat: fixed pilot heat not working
  • Cessna 152 and 152 Aerobat: fixed copilot not setting master switch ON during starting engine checklist procedure
  • Daher TBM 930: fixed fuel tank incorrect tooltip

General aviation avionics

  • Garmin avionics : fixed issues with auto switch from NAV to LOC in approach
  • Garmin avionics : Fixed wrong country codes
  • G1000/3000 : Fixes on flightplan entering / duplicate waypoint page
  • G1000 : performance improvements when displaying nearest airport page
  • G3000 : it is now possible to active approach legs
  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk (G1000): fixed automatic change from GPS to VOR 1 when a flight plan or approach loaded
  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk: fixed crash when deleting direct-to flight plan
  • Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX: fixed default state of avionics Sby & avionic bus guarded switches when starting cold and dark
  • Cessna Citation CJ4: Upper menu and ENG buttons are no longer INOP

Airliners systems

  • Airbus A320neo Fix APU Fuel Flow shutting down left engine
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner/ Airbus A320neo Fixed lack of elevator authority with FBW at low speeds
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: fixed APU fault light behavior
  • Airbus A320neo : fixed max thrust display
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: altitude target can no longer be set to negative values
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental: fixed wrong approach VREF speeds

Airliners avionics

  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner HUD colors and layout improvements
  • Airbus A320neo : fixed missing runway in the MCDU perf page
  • Airbus A320neo : improved disappearance of legs too early when following a flight plan
  • Airbus A320neo : STARs are filtered to display the ones connected to the selected runway in the MCDU
  • Airbus A320neo : “Invalid entry” has been replaced by “Not allowed” message in MCDU
  • Airbus A320neo : Flaps “F” indication replaced by “FULL” when flaps completely deployed

WEATHER

  • The wind gradient when getting close to the ground on live weather has been fixed
  • Lightning have been added when applicable

MARKETPLACE

  • Average rating has been fine-tuned for more accuracy
  • 3rd party filter is now sorted alphabetically
  • Improved notification system for content bought outside of the marketplace existing in the Community folder
  • Version history is now available when an item is patched

CONTENT MANAGER

  • The community content is now clearly identified in the content manager
  • The content manager button in the Marketplace will redirect to the corresponding addon content
  • Version history is now available when an item is patched

INSTALLATION MANAGER

  • The title’s audio is properly muted when the window is out of focus
  • Graphic settings UI during onboarding has been fixed
  • Apply and Save pop up now displays only once during the Graphic Settings in the Onboarding

LOCALIZATION

  • Various typo fixes in multiple languages

CAMERAS

  • Fixed visual glitch happening in camera cuts
  • Fixed wrong LOD selection when a camera cut happens
  • Camera reset function does not revert Cam speed/ momentum to default values anymore

INPUT

  • CH Eclipse default preset has been added
  • TrackIR can now be enabled or disabled in the camera panel
  • Track IR is now disabled when on the pause menu
  • Improved support for Logitech Multi panel

BUSH TRIPS

  • Back on track should no longer show the wrong airport

WORLD

  • Ocean rendering has been improved (waves scale, foam and reflections)
  • Water mask has been edited to display actual aerial image near the shore in some areas
  • Luminance has been tweaked for some photogrammetry cities (Napoli, Darwin, San Gorgonio, Las Vegas)
  • Fixed terraforming issue which was causing issues in KTEX airport
  • Water elevation has been updated to improve rivers (Missouri river and around Toronto for example) and lakes (center of Canada)
  • Fixed detail map rendering around runway/taxiway borders

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Game may crash if the VFR Map is not opened right after starting the flight
  • Cessna Citation Longitude: Regression AP FLC and VS mode
  • Cessna Citation Longitude: Autopilot climb and level off issues
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental: Autopilot switches to FLCH mode instead of catching the glideslope
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental: Autopilot switches to VNAV mode on take-off even if VNAV is not used by the pilot
  • Airbus A320neo : PFDs shutdowns randomly
  • The Tour of Japan discovery flight will be greyed out in the main menu if the Beechcraft King Air 350i is not installed
  • A new install on a different install folder will only download the mandatory content and will require a reboot (non mandatory content can be downloaded from the Content manager)

Tags : JapanMSFSUpdateWorld Update I
Calum Martin

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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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