Microsoft Flight Simulator Globe Swift announced; Harrier Gets WIP Screenshots As DC Designs Tease Working Weapons; Release of London Biggin Hill and Doncaster Sheffield airports
Today, new add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator have been released, while news has been shared by third-party developers.
We start with an announcementwith Airplane Heaven soon to release the Globe GC-1 Swift.
You can see the first screenshots below.
Comes next DC designsB, which featured new in-progress footage of the AV-8B Harrier II.
The developer also provided an update on its plans and teased “working weapons, which will be revealed later this year.
“Granted, those other sims have working weapons and MSFS doesn’t, right? Bad. Outside the market, MSFS has weapons. Working weapons. And my plane too. More on that later this year.
This week I split the work between the cockpit of the Harrier and the SC Designs F-16 Vipers, which needs an update to bring them new functionality. Sometimes I have to switch plans depending on what needs to be done the most, and Fighting Falcons had a few minor bugs that really needed fixing (smoke wasn’t working for some users since SU9 etc. .).
During the F-16 update process, I took the opportunity to figure out how to get the Asobo afterburner shockwave effect to work (many thanks to Pete B, who helped me with this) . This feature looks really good and will be rolling out to the F-15 Eagles, F-14 Tomcats and Concorde with their next updates. Around the same time, Sim Acoustics provided me with updated Eagles sound packs that include the full AI sounds – users will be able to hear the true roar of the Eagle engines in multiplayer. Additionally, CodenameJack has included the Head-Mounted-Display system with the F-16 Vipers, and this same system will be added to the F-15 Eagles for their next update. The Viper’s flight models are also updated and even more refined and accurate now than they were before (and real Viper pilots already loved them, so CodenameJack’s additional improvements bring things even closer to the reality).
The Harrier’s cockpit is now fashioned to a basic level, with scaled instruments and displays to match the actual aircraft. I can start detailing next week, as well as UV maps and the first texturing. We’re already halfway through July, but with most of the current update work completed or in the process of being finished, that clears the way for me to work full-time on the cockpit until it’s complete. This will take several more weeks to complete.
Work on the VTOL flight model continues, with CodenameJack and myself now working on a unique system from scratch to control the Harrier that is even more realistic than the Pelican model or any other model currently available. For those of you wondering, our real-world Harrier pilot contact felt there should be limitless realism in the hover model, and we agreed. If you are wrong, you will die. Do it more or less well, and you might live long enough to be wrong. Do it well and you will be a hero. According to real Harrier pilots, learning to fly an F-35 is like learning to program a kettle. In contrast, learning to glide a Harrier was considered an art form that, if not done correctly, could become very dangerous, very quickly. Consider yourself warned!
Finally, there’s been recent news that while the SU10 beta is working well and seems to be stable with all my current products, WASM apparently won’t come with SU10, so Concorde’s INS will be on hold longer provided that. There is a small glimmer of hope as CodenameJack noted the presence of INS compatible data in the simulation itself and is reviewing it, but for now it looks like the next Concorde update will not include the ‘INS. More news on this when we have it.
Moving on to releases, we start with Pilot Plus, which launched the historic London Biggin Hill Airport (EGKB).
you can buy it on Orbx Direct for $15.60.
- A high fidelity rendition of London Biggin Hill
- Precise terrain with 1 meter accuracy, including the slope of the track and the classic biggin bump.
- Full implementation of high resolution PBR, from buildings to airside and ground clutter
- Dynamic rain on control tower glass
- Realistic and precise night lighting everywhere
- Latest high resolution ground imagery and layout of the airport, including the new Bombardier super hangar
We stay in the UK with DominicDesignTeam, which released Doncaster Sheffield Airport (EGCN).
It can be bought on Simmarket for $14.51 plus applicable VAT.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out our brand new interview with Microsoft Flight Simulator lead Jorg Neumann about the 40th Anniversary Edition, Global Update, and more.
If you are curious about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Beijing Capital International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, Fenix Airbus A320, Yeager International Airport from West Virginia, Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson Airport, The Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport , Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Central Britain, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA -28R A rrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City and Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Nari ta Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin and Seoul City Wow.
We also recently published a review of the Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition, which is an excellent controller for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is already available for Windows 10 and Steam, and Xbox Series X|S. A free 40th Anniversary Edition with lots of goodies was recently announced.