Microsoft Flight Simulator Using FlightAware Data, New Alpha Invites

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The latest Microsoft Flight Simulator blog update focuses on the partnership with FlightAware. FlightAware is an aviation intelligence company that provides real-time and predictive flight insights to companies and users around the world. Often, it is used to see real-world flight data thanks to the 28,000 ADS-B machines all around the world.

This partnership series was given in an interview format between representatives from both Microsoft and FlightAware to give the community an insight into how the data will be used. As we’ve been already from numerous videos, real-world traffic can be injected into the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator. This data is pulled directly from FlightAware’s services and injected directly into your simulator. According to Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, he said that “out of the box, Flight Aware data will allow simmers to fly sharing their air space with the current air traffic but also to check arrivals and departure from airports, select any flight to see its [flight] plan and even have the possibility to, virtually of course, take controls.”

FlightAware was founded back in 2005 with an ambition to take flight data and put it through their hyperfeed solution to be able to give real-time data to users. FlightAware is used by the likes of Google, Airport notification boards and various airline systems to get live data. The data is gathered from an ADS-B machine, which can be hosted by anyone around the world. In the blog post, FlightAware describes how someone with a $100 Raspberry Pi can set up their own ADS-B device to start tracking real-world data.

Alpha Invites, Alpha 5 and Closed Beta

More alpha invites are being sent out today so check your inbox. Microsoft also confirmed that Alpha 5 is inbound on July 9th. Once it drops, we’ll let you know along with the changelog.

Microsoft anticipates announcing the release date of the Closed Beta on July 9th 2020.

Feedback Snapshot

A new feedback snapshot was shared with the community, which highlights some of the issues with the alpha which are being addressed. Along with that Microsoft has shared what their top questions are regarding the simulator and the wish list. You can see everything in the image below.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator June 4th Update – Partnership Series Update, Alpha 4, and more

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The weekly update from Microsoft is here with more details on the upcoming Flight Simulator. This week, we get an update on the Partnership Series, a look into the release schedule for Alpha 4, and more. Let's jump right in. Partnership Series In next week's update, the team will be releasing the next installment of the Partnership Series starting with
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Microsoft Flight Simulator May 28th Update – Feature Discovery Series, Alpha Patch, and more

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Update May 21st – Alpha Patch, New Invites, and more

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Microsoft has released their weekly update for the new Flight Simulator, and while being a shorter update, there are still some great information to check out.


This week’s update gives us an update on the Feature Discovery Series, and the Partnership Series. Episode 8 of the Feature Discovery Series will be released on May 28th. The Partnership Series is still scheduled for early June.


Since last week’s release of Alpha, the team has been working on a patch to the current Alpha after community feedback. The patch will include a number of fixes and improvements. The released date and patch notes will be released in next week’s update on May 28th.

If you want to see the patch notes from the release of, go and check them out here.

Alpha invitations will start being sent out again tomorrow, so keep and eye on your emails if you have signed up to be selected.

Community Screenshots

With the last week’s release of the 747-8i for the Alpha, it is no surprise that we are getting a large number of 747 screenshots this week. Both the flight deck and exterior get attention. Other screenshots continue to show off amazing landscapes, volumetric grass, and more.

As always, we will be sure to update everyone on any new updates for the simulator once they becomes available.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Update May 14th – 747-8i Released for Alpha Testing

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Microsoft has uploaded their weekly update for the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator. A lot of amazing information is packed into this update, so lets dive right in. Watch our video on the 747 update above. Alpha 3 Released Ths biggest new this update is that the latest Alpha build, version, has been released to the Alpha team. Included
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Gaya Simulations Announces Kristiansand Airport (ENCN)

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Update April 30th – Partnerships, Alpha 1.3.X.X, and more

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