Every month that has passed since the launch Microsoft Flight Simulator We’ve received a variety of new add-ons from the free software community. What used to be new, dripping content has turned into a steady stream of releases.
It can be difficult to sort through all of the new content, especially if you are new to this whole thing. Fear not, here are some of my personal recommendations for cool additions that I have been using to improve my flight simulator experience. This list contains four extras. There’s also a list I made in January Five other great options.
Unlike the previous list, this one will contain a mix of utilities And Additional aircraft, given that there have been some pretty impressive versions in the last few months. Plus, all of the add-ons on this list are completely free to get.
Airbus A330 from the Mega Pack project
Microsoft Flight Simulator It has quite a few aircraft spread over its three versions, and there have been some great paid software offerings that have popped up. But, it’s always nice to fly something new, and paid software add-ons can be quite pricey. Here is where Airbus A330 from Mega Pack Project Enter.
This new shiny heavy-duty was specially designed by the Project Mega Pack Team. It includes a fully rendered exterior mockup with great animation and attention to detail. The virtual cockpit borrows a lot from the virtual A320 (although in real life this resembles both aircraft), it is well adapted to suit the new aircraft.
This A330 add-on also comes with its own audio package, which is of good quality. The aircraft’s flight dynamics are relatively simple, so you won’t push the realism factor like the venerable A32X add-on. However, this is still a pleasant bird to fly and provides a pleasant alternative to longer routes than what the A320 would use. This is also a great addition for anyone who doesn’t own the Premium Deluxe version of the sim, since this version has the Boeing 787 as an exclusive offer.
Since we’re on the subject of Airbus …
Airbus A32NX from FlyByWire
Obviously, you have been looking for new add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, So there’s no doubt you’ve come across a mention of this at least once. The illustrious A32NX mod It is a feat. While it uses a lot of the characteristics from the virtual A320 already present in the sim, what this team has done is to improve the flight model and its systems beyond the default rendering. The result is a study-level delivery process for the aircraft, which behaves much closer to a realistic A320.
The biggest change you will notice is that a lot of the switches and buttons formerly called “Inop” (inoperable) are now fully functional. To take advantage of everything in the most effective way, you’ll likely want to take a look at a YouTube tutorial or two. However, it’s still very easy to fly once you get stuck – no need to be intimidated. Another great addition is the Enhanced Sound Package, which provides some really clear playback of every flight event and effect from on to off.
FlyByWire recently announced that the A32NX mod will soon be separated from the default A320 and released as a standalone add-on on the in-game Marketplace. It will still be completely free. The only caveat is that the creators will have to convert it to be compatible with this new version.
Volanta from ORBX
This is an add-on that I didn’t know I needed / wanted until I was curious to try it. Simple but also Volanta A versatile application Which ORBX describes as a community hub for virtual pilots, and is compatible with a variety of different flight simulators. What is really the essence of this tool is that it allows simmers to view their flight information in real time on the map. This includes designating the call code, flight number, and itinerary. It will also display your bird type and registration. In a way, this is basically FlightAware / FlightRadar24, but for the sake of the boil.
What’s really cool about Volanta is that once the flight is complete, it will store that data and then let you display all your flights on a map. It is a great way to archive your virtual travels. You can also click on an airport and see what other users have traveled there, the number of virtual flights that have arrived / departed from that airport during the current week, as well as the top users of each airport per month.
Even if you ignore the social aspects (like I do), Volanta is simply a great tool for tracking and archiving. I even like to use it while flying because it states the number of nautical miles left during the flight as well as the estimated time of arrival; A really good clutch feature during long trips!
Flight recorder by nguyenquyhy
Last but certainly not least Flight recorders. This ultra-light tool does exactly what it says it says: It records all flight data during a session. However, this registry Not Video recording, but input recording. Thus, it allows you to save this data and create a file that you can easily upload and come back to later to create a video recording using external software (such as GeForce Experience, Xbox Game Bar, OBS, etc.)
Due to the way Flight Recorder records sim data, you can scan the flight as if it were a video. This is useful if you want to redo a certain part, like trying to get a smooth landing (guilty as accused). You can also use this along with the sim’s built-in drone camera to get some really cool shots, such as placing the camera at the base of the runway and watching your plane fly over it as it descends or even upon takeoff. The creative possibilities are endless. Just keep in mind that the state of the virtual world will continue to change. For example, if you record a flight that occurred during a thunderstorm and then try a day later to record a video of that same flight, the weather will be very different.
The ability to record flight is something that was present in most previous sims games. Unfortunately, even though he’s coming at some point, Microsoft Flight Simulator It still lacks that functionality. Flight Recorder comes in handy as a good backup so the functionality is included in the basic sim card.
To see it in action, here’s a video I managed to put together from Just Flight Piper Arrow III (Which we previewedUsing Flight Recorder:
More in store for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Just like I said with Previous group, The add-on features on this list are just a few of the many great products offered for this segment. These are still early days of Microsoft Flight Simulator, So there’s a lot on the horizon. FlyByWire and Project Mega Pack are currently working hard on futuristic products like Airbus A380 and Boeing 737-800 respectively. Not to mention there are other free projects popping up all the time. And if you don’t mind spending a little money, the paid software offerings like the aforementioned Piper Arrow from Just Flight are highly coveted offerings. Mitsubishi CRJ from Aerosoft Other great offers.
With more add-ons emerging, you can definitely expect more listings like this one in the very near future.