Microsoft Flight Simulator Free 40th Anniversary Edition Released; Airbus A310 gets tutorials galore; Detroit airports announced


Prepare for the challenge of flying an Airbus A310, gliders and helicopters in MSFS.

Today Microsoft released the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator along with Sim Update 11, but third-party developers weren’t idle.

The 40th Anniversary Edition is completely free for anyone who bought the simulator (or is enjoying it through Game Pass) and includes a ton of content including gliders, helicopters, multiple planes and airports.

Below is a list of new content, and full patch notes can be found on the official forums.

  • 7 classic planes:
    • 1903 Wright Flyer
    • 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny
    • 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis
    • 1935 Douglas DC-3
    • 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose
    • 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
    • 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules
  • 2 helicopters:
    • Guimbal Cabri G2
    • bell 407
  • 2 gliders/gliders:
    • DG Aviation LS8-18
    • DG-1001E new
  • 1 authentic airliner:
  • 4 famous airports:
    • Hong Kong Kai Tak
    • Meig’s Field in Chicago
    • Princess Juliana International in Sint Maarten
    • First Flight Airport, Kitty Hawk
  • 24 classic activities from previous Flight Simulator titles:
    1. First flight at Kitty Hawk
    2. Run on the island of San Juan
    3. 1. US Air Mail Route, 1918
    4. Aleutian Cargo Run
    5. Panoramic tour of the Grand Canyon
    6. Transcontinental land speed record
    7. The Hell Route, 1918
    8. Charles Lindbergh, New York to Paris
    9. Vacation in Hawaii
    10. Blind flight over the channel
    11. Meigs field
    12. spruce goose
    13. Airline Run Rome-Naples
    14. Sitka approach
    15. monsoon
    16. Landing in the Caribbean
    17. Hong Kong at dusk
    18. Waimea Canyon
    19. Mount Rushmore
    20. Miami by moonlight
    21. San Francisco sunset
    22. Mendenhall Glacier Tour
    23. 1950: Frontier Airlines
    24. Alaskan seaplane pilot
  • 7 new glider tutorial missions:
    • aerotow
    • winch launch training
    • Winch launch training, advanced
    • Basic handling
    • Slide approach and landing
    • Thermal identification
    • flying high
  • 14 heliports
  • 15 glider airfields

One of the biggest new features of the 40th Anniversary Edition is the Aurbus A310.

This is the first HD airliner ever released as a standard aircraft in a flight simulator. Given its complexity, Microsoft and its developer iniBuilds have released a series of tutorial videos, which you can check out below along with some trailers.

If this is your first experience with this type of high definition airliner, you will come from a whole new world of flight simulation.

The next piece of news comes from Orbx, which has announced it will declassify Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (KDTW) in Michigan, USA.

As one of the largest and busiest international airports in the United States, this is certainly an important addition to the simulator.

In addition, the developer is also planning Coleman A. Young International Airport (KDET) and a Detroit City Pack.

Next, UK2000 Scenery released Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX) in Colorado, USA.

You can find it in the developer’s own store and on Simmarket for $9.94 plus tax.

You can read its features and watch a trailer below.

  • Full detail building
  • Realistic floor markings
  • Hi res floor image
  • Stunning night effects
  • Airport vehicles with high details
  • Outstanding frame rates
  • Full character set
  • fencing
  • vegetation
  • PBR materials
  • Internal details
  • Internal Static Aircraft (Optional)

Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently available for PC (Windows 10 and Steam) and Xbox Series X|S. If you want to read more about it, you can check out our review. Microsoft Flight Simulator Free 40th Anniversary Edition Released; Airbus A310 gets tutorials galore; Detroit airports announced

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