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October 14th, 2021 Development Update

Pitts special flying upside down with a view of canyons and water in the background

Screenshot by Maniek87PL

We are just a few days out from the release of Sim Update 6! The new build will go live on October 19th with many anticipated bug fixes from the community. Right after release, we have our monthly Live Dev Q&A on October 20th at 1750Z (10:30 am PT) over on our Twitch channel

In case you missed it, our Discord admins also just opened a spooky livery contest. If you’re skilled with making aircraft liveries or want to create your very first one, join our Discord and look for the channel ‘#halloween-livery-contest’ for rules and how to enter.

Have you been eyeing any Carenado planes in the Marketplace? For ten days starting today at 6pm PT, save 30% on the following aircraft: C170B, CT182T Skylane, M20R Ovation, PA28R Arrow III, PA34T Seneca V, PA44 Seminole, and WYMF5. Check them out in the in-sim Marketplace later today.

We are looking forward to a busy upcoming week!

– The MSFS team 

DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP

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FEEDBACK SNAPSHOT

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 KEY

SU = Sim Update (6, 7, etc.) WU = World Update
ASAP = As Soon as Possible TBD =To Be Determined
Several Releases = Fixes will come over a series of updates
Ongoing Fixes = An item we will continually be working on
Planned = Scheduled to be worked on
Under Investigation = The team is currently looking into this issue
Not Planned = We will likely not work on this
Not Started = We have not begun investigation on this yet
Started = Development work as started on this item

 

COMMUNITY TRIAGE UPDATE

Click here to see our Known Issues list.

Thank you for reporting and providing details on specific issues in the forums.

  • Black Screen/Avionics: Multiple root causes are being investigated.
    • One issue being investigated for Xbox potentially links to a memory leak. Xbox users with this problem usually report the avionics go black and then a few moments later have a CTD. Disabling avionics (screens going black) allows the console to have enough memory if it’s low. This also applies to scenery (some won’t display if there isn’t enough memory on the console). This is being investigated for validation.
    • For PC, if you are experiencing this issue, try the following workaround:
      • Flip the ENG switches off prior to starting a flight. This only applies to the piston aircraft (e.g. C172, DA40).
      • Unbind the “Set Starter” from the ENG 1 switch
      • Unplug the TCA Airbus Quadrant

The following bugs will be fixed in Sim Update 6 (Oct. 19th) based on direct Community Feedback from the forums:

SDK UPDATE

  • Audiokintec Wwise
    • If you use Audiokinetic’s Wwise middleware to build sound banks for MSFS then you’re most likely aware that your key has recently expired. In order to use Audiokinetic’s Wwise audio middleware to build sound banks for FS, you will need a license. A license provides you with a key that is periodically updated and allows you to create content using their tools. Microsoft provides this Wwise license to our 3rd party content creators free of charge and all you need to do is register on the Audiokinetic website to receive yours. There are several methods of doing this based on the scope of your need. Please choose the method that best suits your development needs:
    1. If you’re making a single non-commercial mod, visit the website, and under the Get Wwise menu, click ‘Register my Project’. Then, choose ‘Non-Commercial’ and ‘More than 200 sounds’, then fill out the form. Once approved, you’ll have a non-commercial key to cover your development time.
    2. If you’re making a single commercial mod, visit the website, and under the Get Wwise menu, click ‘Register my Project’. Then, choose ‘Commercial’ and ‘More than 500 sounds’, then fill out the form. Once approved, you’ll receive a free Commercial license, covering your development time.
    3. However, if you’re a company making multiple commercial mods, then register a single commercial project for your company. This just makes things easier, as you can use the same license key for each of your mods. visit the website, and under the Get Wwise menu, click ‘Register my Project’. Then, choose ‘Commercial’ and ‘More than 500 sounds’, then fill out the form. Name the project ‘MSFS Mods for <Company Name>’, to make it clear that it is for multiple mods. Once approved, you’ll receive a commercial license for a 6 month term, which will be renewed if needed later on. Just contact Audiokinetic to let them know you still need an active key, and they’ll take care of it. If you’re within 30 days of your expiration date, every time you build soundbanks you will receive a warning about the impending expiration. To contact Audiokinetic, you can use the ‘Contact your AK representative’ button that is in each project.
    • Please note: If you are currently using the Wwise license key that was provided in the SDK demo project you will need to follow one of the above paths to receive a new key as this one has expired.
  • Dev Mode
    • We fixed a gamma correction issue on the gauges rendered with NanoVG.
    • Action waypoints are now prefixed with the action name when drawn on the screen.
    • We fixed the action waypoint links rendering.
    • We fixed the conflict between drone camera and developer camera.
    • Project Editor
      • We removed the ArtProj type from the list of asset group types.
    • Scenery Editor
      • We made the “Hide and lock by type” window a sub window instead of a popup to be able to dock it.
      • We fixed the switch to developer cam when launching the Scenery Editor.
      • We fixed the light update when moving taxipoints.
      • We added more color for taxiparkings and taxipaths.
      • We are developing a Validation process which will perform several checks on your airport:
        • Taxiways connectivity check
        • Duplicated runway check
        • More to come!
      • We optimized the Scenery Editor CPU usage.
      • We are creating a top down camera to ease the airport creation process.
    • Visual Effects Editor
      • We fixed a gap at particle emission with high velocities.
      • We fixed crashes that could happen when editing BezierCurve with no points (node creation and adding first point)
      • We refactored the particle emission and update. Emission is done after update so old particles may die before we try to emit new one; particle count is significantly more stable.

3RD PARTY UPDATE

  • As of 10/10, we have now approved 219 (+0) third parties into the in-sim marketplace and – so far 119 (+0) have released 548 products on PC (+3) and 185 on Xbox (+29).
  • In total, 1,392 products (+16) have already been released in 3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 391 products (-2) from 3rd party developers are in production (255 announced, 136 unannounced). In total, over 1,783 3rd party products (+14) are either released or are in development.
  • Airports:
    • 1,115 airports (+10) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 894 airports (+13) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 439 airports (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 108 airports (+1) beyond the released airports have been announced.
      • 113 airports (-4) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an airport is in production.
  • Aircraft:
    • 227 aircraft (+0) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 74 aircraft (+0) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 43 aircraft (+1) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 130 aircraft (+0) beyond the released aircraft have been announced.
      • 23 aircraft (+0) are not announced, but the dev let us know that an aircraft is in production.
  • Scenery:
    • 398 sceneries (+4) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 381 sceneries (+3) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 38 sceneries (+1) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 17 sceneries (+1) beyond the released scenery have been announced.
  • Mission Packs:
    • 43 mission packs (+0) are either released or are in various stages of development.
      • 43 mission packs (+0) have been released on the platform so far in various stores.
      • 4 mission packs (+0) have been released in the in-sim marketplace.
      • 0 mission packs (+0) beyond the released missions have been announced.

MARKETPLACE UPDATES

There are 28 new products (10 on PC, 18 on Xbox), and 27 updated products (21 on PC, 6 on Xbox) in the Marketplace today.

28 NEW PRODUCTS: 10 ON PC, 18 ON XBOX

Mig 15 - Mscenery

New on PC and Xbox ✅

Nieuport 17 - Big Radicals

New on PC and Xbox ✅

Sukhoi Su-57 Felon - Deimos Inc

New on PC and Xbox ✅

EDDC Dresden Airport - JustSim

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

EDDH Hamburg Airport - JustSim

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

EDDL Dusseldorf International Airport - JustSim

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

EKRN Bornholm Airport - Simnord

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

EKYT Aalborg Airport - Simnord

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FACT Cape Town International Airport - FSDG

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FAPE Port Elizabeth Airport - NMG Simulations

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FARB Richards Bay Airport - NMG Simulations

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FASD Saldanha-Vredenburg Airport - NMG Simulations

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FAVG Virginia Airport - NMG Simulations

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

FAWX Zebula Gold Estate and Spa - NMG Simulations

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

KSRQ Sarasota Bradenton International - VerticalSim

New on PC ✅

LFNF Vinon-sur-Verdon Airfield - LMT Simulation

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

New on PC and Xbox ✅

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

SBAE Nauru-Arealva Airport - RMStudios

New on PC and Xbox ✅

SCAS Cabo 1 Juan Roman Airport - Simulacion Extrema

New on PC ✅

SCNT Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport - Simulacion Extrema

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

UUBC Kaluga/Grabtsevo Airport - Scenery Creation

New on Xbox ✅

Already on PC

27 UPDATED PRODUCTS: 21 ON PC, 6 ON XBOX

Britten Norman BN-2 Islander - Blackbox Simulation

Updated on PC and Xbox 

Las Vegas Airport/City Bundle - FlyTampa

Updated on PC and Xbox 

EDDC Dresden Airport - Justsim

Updated on PC 

EDDH Hamburg Airport - Justsim

Updated on PC 

EDDL Dusseldorf International Airport

Updated on PC 

EDER Wasserkuppe Airfield - Stairport

Updated on PC 

EKRN Bornholm Airport - Simnord

Updated on PC 

EKYT Aalborg Airport

Updated on PC 

FAPE Port Elizabeth Airport

Updated on PC 

FARB Richards Bay Airport

Updated on PC 

FASD Saldanha - Vredenburg Airport

Updated on PC 

FAVG Virginia Airport

Updated on PC 

FAWX Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

Updated on PC 

KEYW Key West International Airport

Updated on PC and Xbox 

LEBL Barcelona-El Prat Airport

Updated on PC and Xbox 

LFNF Vinon-sur-Verdon Airfield

Updated on PC 

SCBA Balmaceda Airport

Updated on PC 

SBGV Governador Valadares Airport

Updated on PC and Xbox 

UKBB Kyiv Boryspil International Airport

Updated on PC and Xbox 

UUBC Kaluga/Grabtsevo Airport

Updated on PC 

WADD Ngurah Rai International Airport

Updated on PC 

TWITCH UPDATE

We stream weekly on Twitch.tv/MSFSOfficial!

This week’s Community Fly-in Friday, our flight plan comes courtesy of Twitch streamer CaptArash, an Iranian-born Canadian. We start by flying along the coastline of the Caspain Sea before turning south through the Alborz mountain range before arriving at Iran’s capital city of Tehran. Click here for details. All are welcome to join!

COMMUNITY VIDEO

Have you been thinking about enhancing your sim realism by communicating with human air traffic controllers on the VATSIM network? Many flight sim pilots would like to get started with VATSIM but are unsure where to begin or feel nervous with “mic fright”. There’s no need to be intimidated! YouTuber AtmosFlight is here to help with this great tutorial that guides you through everything you need to know to get started on the VATSIM network.

FEATURED FREEWARE MOD

Did you see Senior Community Manager Jayne’s flying lesson with Forder on Wednesday’s Twitch livestream? They discussed virtual flight planning in Microsoft Flight Simulator and showed a variety of tools sim pilots can use to plot their routes including LittleNavMap, SkyVector, and SimBrief. Community developer DrinkingGuide84 has recently released another MSFS flight planning tool, Grand Tour Flight Planner, with many unique features not found in other apps. GTFP allows users to add waypoints based on many different methods, including street address, geographic coordinates, or landmark name (e.g. “Golden Gate Bridge”). Check it out at the following link:

https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/announcement-grand-tour-flight-planner-gtfp/460704

SCREENSHOT CHALLENGE

You can now submit your screenshot via Instagram and Twitter with #MSFSchallenge or the Weekly Forum Post! This week’s screenshot challenge: Fly Me to the Moon

This past week our Screenshot Challenge was Upside Down. Here are our runner ups this week:

Screenshot by ValTrust

Screenshot by Borgxence

Screenshot by canuck695

Screenshot by Xpilot7

Screenshot by MartinFromCH

Screenshot by fs_spotter_kaf

Screenshot by SubtotalGuide81

Screenshot by Intoxicated06

Screenshot by Ellegaard17

Screenshot by Parorng

NEXT DEVELOPMENT UPDATE BLOG – October 21st, 2021

Sincerely,

Microsoft Flight Simulator Team