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06

January

2023

January 5th, 2023 Development Update

Screenshot by HeKa48 (Forum)

Happy new year and welcome to 2023!

We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday season surrounded by friends and family. The MSFS team has returned from holiday and are now once again hard at work to bring you tonnes of great flight sim content in 2023. Coming up first is Aircraft & Avionics Update 1 (AAU1), which is currently in public beta testing with a full release planned for later in January. Yesterday, we deployed a new build to beta testers; you can see the release notes here.

AAU1 is the first of several updates scheduled for 2023. We have already revealed some of our plans in the 2023 development roadmap, including the next World Update (New Zealand). We also have a few surprises in store for later in the year, so stay tuned for more information about those!

On behalf of the team, we’d like to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous new year. The sky is calling!

MSFS Team

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Development Roadmap & Feedback Snapshot

A new Development Roadmap and Feedback Snapshot will be available in an upcoming Development Update.

Marketplace Update

Click here for the web-friendly version of the Marketplace Update.

There are 14 new and 32 updated products in the Marketplace today. Marketplace updates generally go live on Thursdays between the release of this blog post and 5pm PT. Below you can find the Marketplace Update from December 29th, 2022.

14 NEW PRODUCTS: 7 ON PC, 7 ON XBOX

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

New on PC and Xbox

Oslo Night Enhanced by DreamScenery. USD 9.99

New on PC and Xbox

Pamplona Night Enhanced by DreamScenery. USD 9.99

New on PC and Xbox

YVERDON HOSPITAL EHNV by SPINOZA. USD 11.99

New on PC and Xbox

 

LGPA Paros - LGNX Naxos by Simtek. USD 10.99

New on PC

 

32 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 16 ON PC, 16 ON XBOX
A-10 Thunderbolt by MScenery. USD 14.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

Concorde by DC Designs. USD 40.49

Updated on PC and Xbox

EA-7 Edgley Optica by Got Friends. USD 19.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

F-35 Lightning II by IndiaFoxtEcho. USD 29.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

Kodiak 100 by SimWorks Studios. USD 34.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

Kodiak 100 Amphibian by SimWorks Studios. USD 17.49

Updated on PC and Xbox

MB-339A/MB-339PAN by IndiaFoxtEcho. USD 23.49

Updated on PC and Xbox

B747-8 Liveries Pack Worldwide by 4Simmers. USD 2.99 (-40% from USD 4.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

Enhanced Airport Graphics by Zinertek. USD 8.99 (-36% from USD 13.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

58CA Hooper Heliport by iniBuilds. USD 5.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

Cancun and Riviera Maya by DXR Simulations. USD 14.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

EDDP Leipzig-Halle Airport by DigitalDesign. USD 17.49

Updated on PC and Xbox

EDLP Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport by Aerosoft. Free.

Updated on PC and Xbox

FARB Richards Bay Airport by NMG Simulations. USD 10.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

FASD Saldanha-Vredenburg Airport by NMG Simulations. USD 10.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

Fash Stellenbosch Airport by NMG Simulations. USD 4.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

 

Marketplace Update – Dec. 29th

The following Marketplace Update went live on December 29th, 2022.

There are 20 new and 51 updated products in the Marketplace today. Marketplace updates generally go live on Thursdays between the release of this blog post and 5pm PT. Below you can find the Marketplace Update from December 29th, 2022.

 

2 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 1 ON PC, 1 ON XBOX

Garmin GNS 430/530 by Working Title Simulations. Free

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

20 NEW PRODUCTS: 9 ON PC, 11 ON XBOX
Searey Elite (Advanced) by FlightSim Studio AG. USD 9.99

New on PC and Xbox

Searey Elite (Light) by FlightSim Studio AG. USD 9.99

New on PC and Xbox

Trinidad TB21 GT by Lionheart Creations. USD 15.99 (-36% from USD 24.99)

New on PC and Xbox

King Air 350 Livery Pack 1 by DC Scenery Design. USD 4.99

New on PC and Xbox

La Palma Scenery Enhancement by Island Creations. USD 5.99

New on PC and Xbox

Omaha Night Enhanced by DreamScenery. USD 9.99

New on PC and Xbox

USA State Capitals + Washington Night Enhanced by DreamScenery. USD 149.99

New on PC and Xbox

FACT Cape Town International Airport by NMG Simulations. USD 16.99

New on PC and Xbox

LSGG 1935 Geneve Cointrin Airport by Redwing. USD 8.99

New on PC and Xbox

LSMI Interlaken + Rega10 by Koubilai. USD 11.99

New on PC and Xbox

 

SBJH Sao Paulo Catarina Executive International Airport by Geardown Simulations. USD 9.99

New on PC and Xbox

 

51 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 28 ON PC, 23 ON XBOX
C170B by Carenado. USD 14.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

DHC-6 Twin Otter by Aerosoft. USD 34.99

Updated on PC

Douglas DC-6 by PMDG Simulations. USD 44.99 (-25% of USD 59.99)

Updated on PC

F-14 A/B Tomcat by DC Designs. USD 24.99 (-29% from USD 34.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

F-15 C/D/E/I by DC Designs. USD 40.49

Updated on PC and Xbox

Gee Bee R3 Special by Got Friends. USD 14.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

KA10M by TouchingCloud. USD 4.49 (-31% from USD 6.49)

Updated on PC and Xbox

Leonardo M-346 Master by IndiaFoxtEcho. USD 24.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

Letov S-328 by Passion2Fly. USD 19.99 (-43% from USD 34.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

MG Hjet HA420 by FlightFX. USD 24.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

PA-11 Cub Special by Flight Replicas. USD 14.49 (-22% from USD 18.49)

Updated on PC and Xbox

T-45C Goshawk by IndiaFoxtEcho. USD 24.99 (-17% from USD 29.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

Trinidad TB21 GT by Lionheart Creations. USD 15.99 (-36% from USD 24.99)

Updated on PC

WYMF5 by Carenado. USD 14.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

A320 Neo Liveries Pack Africa & Middle East by 4Simmers. USD 2.49 (-50% from USD 4.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

A320 Neo Liveries Pack Asia & Oceania by 4Simmers. USD 2.99 (-40% from USD 4.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

Storm by SoFly. USD 8.99 (-31% from USD 12.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

Fuerteventura Scenery Enhancement by Island Creations. USD 7.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

La Palma Scenery Enhancement by Island Creations. USD 5.99

Updated on PC

EBBR Brussels Airport by Aerosoft. USD 24.99

Updated on PC

EDDK Cologne Bonn Airport by Aerosoft. USD 17.99

Updated on PC

EFRO Rovaniemi Airport by MK-Studios. USD 9.99 (-31% from USD 14.49)

Updated on PC and Xbox

EGNM Leeds Bradford Airport by Orbx. USD 11.99 (-33% from USD 17.99)

Updated on PC

ENVA Trondheim International Airport by Aerosoft. USD 14.99

Updated on Xbox

FAKT Kitty Hawk Aero Estate by NMG Simulations. USD 4.99

Updated on PC and Xbox

FAPN Pilanesberg International Airport by NMG Simulations. USD 7.99 (-27% from USD 10.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

LFLL Lyon Airport by DigitalDesign. USD 13.99 (-33% from USD 20.99)

Updated on Xbox

LICC Catania-Fontanarossa Airport by Beautiful Model of the World. USD 8.99 (-10% from USD 9.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

SBGV Governador Valadares Airport by GearDown Simulations. USD 4.49 (-10% from USD 4.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

SKBO El Dorado International Airport by V Pilot Designs. USD 16.49 (-25% from USD 21.99)

Updated on PC and Xbox

 

SDK Update

  • JOIN THE WORLDHUB ADVENTURE!!!
    • If you missed our presentation of the new WorldHub, you can find it here! And if you want to subscribe and be part of the 50 alpha testers who will help us improve the airport logic, all you have to do is apply here. With the WorldHub, the Earth is calling.
  • JavaScript NavData API:
    • We have fixed the naming for departure, arrival and approach transitions to better match what appears in the real avionics databases. (AAU_01)
    • We have added approach vertical angle to the approach procedure data object so that vertical angle can be read by avionics units for a given approach via the API. (AAU_01)
  • Bleed Air System in the Sim:
    • We have fixed a longstanding issue where engine bleed air could not be used to start another engine. Now, you should be able to start other engines with engine bleed air as long as the running engine bleed air is selected or the bleed air system is set to AUTO. (AAU_01)

 

Third Party Update

  • As of 12/31, we have now approved 290 (+0) third parties into the in-sim marketplace and – so far 175 (+1) have released 1,610 products on PC (+18) and 1,321 on Xbox (+25).
  • In total, 2,574 products (+54) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 655 products (+43) from 3rd party developers are in production (322 announced, 333 unannounced). In total, over 3,229 3rd party products (+97) have either been released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 1,751 airports (+32) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 1,525 airports (+29) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 965 airports (+7) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 114 airports (-9) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 112 airports (+12) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 488 aircraft (+15) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 189 aircraft (+6) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 132 aircraft (+5) have been released in the in-sim PC marketplace.
      • 104 aircraft (+6) have been released in the in-sim Xbox marketplace.
      • 188 aircraft (+5) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 111 aircraft (+4) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 848 scenery packs (+41) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 741 sceneries (+16) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 256 sceneries (+2) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 20 sceneries (-2) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
      • 87 sceneries (+27) are not announced, but the dev let us know that scenery is in production.
  • Mission Packs:
    • 142 mission packs (+9) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 119 mission packs (+3) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 45 mission packs (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 mission packs (+0) beyond the released missions have been announced.
      • 23 mission packs (+6) are not announced, but the dev let us know that they are in production.

 

Community Fly-In

For our first fly-in of 2023, we will be visiting Iceland, one of the countries featured in World Update V: Nordics! Iceland is a stunningly beautiful country with some truly fantastic natural scenery. It’s also the home nation of Eurovision contestants Fire Saga, known internationally for their hit song “Ja Ja Ding Dong”. Our flight plan will take us to a popular aviation-themed Icelandic tourist destination, the wreckage of a DC-3.

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

 

Community Video

With 2022 now in the rear-view mirror, YouTuber SimHangar Flight Simulation recently posted his Top 3 flight sim hardware peripherals from the past year. What products made the list? Watch the video to find out!

Screenshot Challenge

You can submit your screenshot via Twitter with #MSFSchallenge or the Weekly Forum Post! This week’s screenshot challenge: Ringing in the New Year

This past month our Screenshot Challenge was Winter Wonderland

There were many fantastic entries, so we chose a couple extra runner ups:

Screenshot by ElasticSack182 (Forum)

Screenshot by CpuGeta486 (Twitter)

Screenshot by HolmesCZ6127 (Forum)

Screenshot by DaveBGaming (Forum)

Screenshot by Ikulin09 (Twitter)

Screenshot by JohnStarp (Forum)

Screenshot by KnackBretzel (Forum)

Screenshot by Mifaman701 (Forum)

Screenshot by MihamaBlend (Twitter)

Screenshot by pommes_l (Twitter)

Screenshot by Punkoflyer (Forum)

Screenshot by tsujiKa_air (Twitter)

Screenshot by ukaka5656 (Twitter)

Screenshot by ZILLNIAZI17 (Forum)

 


NEXT DEVELOPMENT BLOG UPDATE – January 12th, 2023

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team