An Icelandair Dc-3 passes over a plane wreckage covered in ice and snow.

11

January

2024

January 11th, 2024 – Development Update

This week’s Screenshot Challenge winner is Forum user DaveBGaming! If you’re interested in participating in our weekly Screenshot Challenges, check out the details in the Community section below!

Earlier this week, we announced that applications to join the World Hub closed alpha test are now open! For those unaware, the World Hub is an upcoming tool which will allow any Microsoft Flight Simulator player (i.e. YOU!) to submit corrections and updates to any default airport so that they better match their real-world counterparts. If you would like to help test the World Hub as we get it ready for its full release, you can find instructions on how to apply to the closed alpha on our forums here.

We’re also pleased to announce that our next Developer Livestream is coming up later this month on Wednesday, January 31 at 10:30am PT (18030 UTC). As always, you can tune in to our official Twitch channel to watch our regular panel of Jorg, Seb, and Martial plus special guests answer questions from the community and discuss the future of Microsoft Flight Simulator. If you would like to pre-submit a question to the panel, you can do so using this web form.

– MSFS Team

 

Feedback Snapshot

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Marketplace Update

This week, we’re pleased to bring players on both PC and Xbox the legendary Avro Vulcan from developer Just Flight!

Developed by Just Flight’s in-house team after comprehensive, hands-on research with a real-life Vulcan B Mk. 2, XM655, based at Wellesbourne Airfield, this product includes the B Mk. 2 strategic bomber, K.2 Air-to-Air Refuelling and Maritime Radar Reconnaissance (MRR) variants that saw service with the Royal Air Force.

The aircraft has been modelled to an exceptional level of detail and features stunning 8k textures, with paint schemes covering its time in RAF service, realistic payloads (including Maritime Radar Reconnaissance (MRR) Pods, and bomb bay fuel tanks) and custom ground equipment. Realistic animations include crew and bomb bay doors, Ram Air Turbine, multi-position airbrakes and the distinctive braking parachute.

The aircraft are brought to life with wear and tear based on extensive reference photos, immersive dynamic cockpit and exterior lighting and 3D Wwise sounds.

The Vulcan B Mk2 is an iconic, four-engine, delta-wing strategic bomber which saw service in the UK during the Cold War. XM655, on which this product is based, was the third-from-last Vulcan to be produced for the Royal Air Force. It was delivered in 1964 and saw service as part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force throughout the 60s and 70s. It is now being preserved by a team of volunteers at Wellesbourne Airfield.

Check it out!

 

Marketplace releases

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There are 61 new and 39 updated products in today’s Marketplace Update.

61 NEW PRODUCTS: 30 ON PC, 31 ON XBOX

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC

New on PC and Xbox

 

New on PC and Xbox

 

 

 

 

37 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 19 ON PC, 18 ON XBOX

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

 

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketplace Backlog

Current Backlog: 320 Total

BACKLOG: NEW PRODUCTS
Testing Status
Content Type In MS Processing In MS Testing In 3P Testing Total
Aircraft 12 2 26 40
Mission 0 0 46 46
Scenery 2 2 6 10
Livery 23 5 16 44
Airport 12 1 18 31
Other 6 2 7 15
Total 55 12 119 186

 

BACKLOG: UPDATED PRODUCTS
Testing Status
Content Type In MS Processing In MS Testing In 3P Testing Total
Aircraft 6 4 15 25
Mission 2 0 0 2
Scenery 6 2 1 9
Livery 4 0 4 8
Airport 9 7 46 62
Other 2 8 18 28
Total 29 21 84 134

 

SDK UPDATE

Asobo
  • No update this week.
Working Title / MSFS Avionics Framework
  • MSFS Avionics Framework
    • Check out MSFS Avionics Source Code Mirror to access the latest Avionics Framework source code.
    • Find documentation about the avionics framework here: MSFS Avionics Frameworks and Instruments.
    • Key SU_14 Framework Updates:
      • Fixing a bug in GarminSDK where AdcSystem was not publishing altimeter baro setting data when not powered on. (SU_15)
      • Adding additional optional styling props to TurnRateIndicator in GarminSDK. (SU_15)
      • Expanding VerticalData object in the avionics framework FlightPlan to accommodate temperature compensated waypoint altitudes. (SU_15)
      • Fixing a bug with the framework autopilot where update loops would not initialize if the game was already past the briefing state during instrument initialization. This only affects instrument reloads in certain situations after the flight had already been loaded. (SU_15)
      • Adding fractional digits to the avionics framework base lat/lon display waypoint component. (SU_15)

 

THIRD PARTY UPDATE

  • As of 01/08, we have now approved 245 (+0) third parties into the in-sim marketplace and – so far 210 (+1) have released 3,099 products on PC (+23) and 2,832 on Xbox (+34).
  • In total, 3,996 products (+115) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 830 products (-30) from 3rd party developers are in production (346 announced, 484 unannounced). In total, over 4,826 3rd party products (+86) have either been released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 2,265 airports (+30) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 2,041 airports (+37) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 1,523 airports (+46) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 112 airports (-2) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 112 airports (-5) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 790 aircraft (+13) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 344 aircraft (+19) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 268 aircraft (+21) have been released in the in-sim PC marketplace.
      • 250 aircraft (+18) have been released in the in-sim Xbox marketplace.
      • 213 aircraft (-1) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 233 aircraft (-6) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 1,095 scenery packs (+22) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 1,054 scenery packs (+36) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 613 scenery packs (+41) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 20 scenery packs (-1) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
      • 21 scenery packs (-13) are not announced but the dev let us know that scenery is in production
  • Mission Packs:
    • 245 mission packs (+6) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 217 mission packs (+10) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 156 mission packs (+10) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 mission packs (-1) beyond the released missions have been announced.
      • 28 mission packs (-3) are not announced, but the dev let us know that they are in production.
  • Livery Packs:
    • 393 livery packs (+15) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 313 livery packs (+13) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 305 livery packs (+12) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 1 livery pack (+0) beyond the released scenery has been announced.
      • 79 livery packs (+2) are not announced, but the dev let us know that scenery is in production.
  • Ships & Watercraft:
    • 38 ships & watercraft (+0) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 27 ships & watercraft (+0) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 22 ships & watercraft (+1) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 ships & watercraft (+0) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
      • 11 ships & watercraft (+0) are not announced, but dev let us know that scenery is in production

Community Fly-In Friday

The Community Fly-In Friday World Tour  continues!

As always, we depart from our last arrival airport, in this case Ottawa (CYOW). From there, we will fly eastbound along the St. Lawrence River where we’ll visit Montreal and Quebec City. Then we have a long stretch over parts of New Brunswick and the Gulf of St. Lawrence before we arrive in Newfoundland.

Note: this stage and the next few after it will be longer than usual as we make our way across the Atlantic Ocean. Once we arrive in continental Europe in a few weeks, we will once again be able to fly shorter distances and better enjoy the scenery.

Event details are available here. All are welcome to participate!

Tubeliner Tuesday

 

Unfortunately due to technical difficulties, Tubeliner Tuesday was postponed this week; however, it will be back next week!

For the first Tubeliner Tuesday stream of 2024, we will be back on the VATSIM Multiplayer Network for a flight from Bahrain (OBBI) to Dubai (OMDB) in the PMDG Boeing 737-800. This one hour flight will see us cross the Persian Gulf to be greeted by stunning skyscapes including the tallest building in the world with the Burj Khalifa!

Event details are available here. Feel free to follow the flight on our Twitch channel!

Community Video

Join That Flight Sim Guy for an immersive trip around the world in this week’s Community Video. Flying the Piper Arrow, That Flight Sim Guy embarks on a round the world tour, starting and ending in Shoreham, England (EGKA).

This phenomenally well put together video highlights the picturesque locations visited throughout this remarkable journey. With clever editing techniques and camera placement alongside fitting music, we were thoroughly impressed with this video diary. We look forward to seeing even more from That Flight Sim Guy in 2024!

screenshot challenge

This week’s screenshot challenge: City Update V

This past week’s Screenshot Challenge was: Wild Winter

Weekly Screenshot Challenge Winner: DaveBGaming (Forums)

Screenshot by @ukaka5656 (Twitter)

Screenshot by @2525ARW (Twitter)

Screenshot by KnackBretzel (Forums)

Screenshot by Acuario9383 (Forums)

Screenshot by @tsujiKa_air (Twitter)

Screenshot by @Johnny_aircargo (Twitter)

Screenshot by HeKa48 (Forums)

Screenshot by @pommes_l (Twitter)

Screenshot by HolmesCZ6127 (Forums)

Screenshot by @MihamaBlend (Twitter)


NEXT DEVELOPMENT BLOG UPDATE – January 18th, 2024

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team