Breaking down the Microsoft Flight Simulator pre-order trailer

There was a lot going on in the brand new Microsoft Flight Simulator pre-order trailer and so what better way to get a grip on everything new and exciting than to break down all of the major scenes. Let’s have a look!

Scene by scene

The new trailer starts of serenely as most of the Flight Simulator promotional clips have. A bush plane on a steep grassy field seems like a perfect way to start this off and show off a new aircraft. This looks like the Zlin Savage Cub – a Cub based bush plane by Zlin.

Another shot of the Savage Cub as the music starts to rise.

Next up, we see a Cessna 208B Caravan flying a low approach over some choppy water. The waves look spectacular as ever.

Another new aircraft appears. This is the VL-3 made by Czech Republic based Aveko. It’s a microlight that set a world two-seat ultralight class record of 274.78 km/h in 2005.

Next up, one of my favourite shots of the trailer. This is the Beechcraft King Air 350i, a twin engine business turboprop aircraft with 11 seat capacity and plenty of fans behind it. This is the first time we’ve seen it in an official trailer.

Then a somewhat familiar looking shot of the Cessna Citation CJ4 keeping with the business aircraft theme but upgrading us to the next level with this jet powered type.

We see the A320neo again, however, this is the first time we’ve seen it in company livery with the Iberia airlines scheme – flag carrier for Spain that was founded in 1927.

Our next few images include some nice over wing shots of the 747-8 showing the wing subtly bending and flexing in the airstream.

From the cockpit of the VL-3 we see some impressive detailing on buildings located in Shanghai. I love how the individual rooms and windows seem to light up and have depth in this shot.

Then the trailer jumps into some more action packed bits with what looks to me like the XCub – I’m not completely sure. Ignoring the aircraft for a moment we get to appreciate the impressive water and island detailing and the clouds as well. Amazing!

Our next scenes are of the Beachcraft Bonanza G36 in which New York is shown with a rainstorm and rainbow effect off in the distance. As the scene cuts from left to right the scene changes to include the winter version of New York as well. Nice touch!

Back in one of the Cubs (I think it’s a Zlin Savage Cub), the trailer shows off multiplayer group flying through a heavily forested area – something I’m looking forward to!

I love the next little bit which shows off the brilliantly marked up Pits Special S23. This aerobatic biplane is an incredible performer and I’ve seen many expertly flown Pits Specials at airshows over the years. Flying this one looks like fun!

Next it’s the Extra 330LT aerobatic plane going straight up next to the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world. No problem for the Extra 300 though! Off in the distance is one of the palm islands – artificially constructed islands in the shape of a palm tree.

Easily one of my favourite sequences in the trailer. A Beechcraft King Air 350i comes in for a landing at a costal airport with heavy breaking waves in the distance. Just impressive how the whole scene comes together here with the moody skies and contrasting ground and water.

A similar view of the same airport although it looks like the weather conditions are subtly different with clearer skies off to the right side. There aren’t a huge number of cockpit shots in this trailer but this one shows off the glass panels to good effect.

More landing sequences but this time from a different cockpit. I believe this is the cockpit of the Cessna Citation CJ4 and it may be the first time that we’ve seen inside this aircraft in a promotional clip for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Our next cut is to the 747 and views of LAX (KLAX) which is included in the standard release. This is a high detail airport with custom buildings. There are 37,000 manually edited airports in the sim, however, a far smaller number are getting the custom treatment and the famous Los Angeles airport is one of them.

A brilliant shot showing the A320neo pulling up to a terminal with a ground crew guiding them in.

Finally, a 747-8 flying off into the sunset. It’s a fitting way to end a trailer and a beautiful shot.

That’s all that I saw

It’s one impressive trailer showing off the wide range of experiences you can have in this upcoming sim. It’s got me excited and I am very much looking forward to the experience of trying this new sim out for the first time come August 18th. There’s plenty to talk about based on todays reveal so look for more articles coming soon.

Let me know in the comments if I got all of the key pieces of content or if I’ve missed some cool detail somewhere!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:


    Really looking forward to flying over Canada. Would love to fly up to Ellesmere Island.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. LD88 says:

    If the FM’s & ground handling match the eye candy, that’s a definite winner.


  3. clannk says:

    Been some rumors that the game isn’t ready, but i’m looking at it like an “Early Access” release(!)

    I’m going to presume the flight models are decent, and that the cockpits will be functional but not Study Level – and both are fine by me.

    In any case, there’s simply no other sim offering scenery and weather anything close to this one.Looking forward to exploring the world!

    p.s.: did you know BeechCraft was founded by Walter Beech in the 1930’s?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      At this point they are still in alpha test mode. That’s quite an ambitious beta test schedule so I’m not sure what the plan is here.

      We’ll see. And I’ll definitely be reporting on whatever I can.


  4. Jeroen says:

    Last version i saw still didn’t have trackir support.
    No headtracking, no buy. Which is kinda sad since it’s actually an amazing sim.

    But it’s been a few weeks since I last saw it. Fingers crossed it will make it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      As far as I know that’s still an issue. No head tracking of any kind yet. With hope right now that it’s done between now and launch.

      It is on their community interests tracker.


  5. 1_Robert_ says:

    Just waiting for VR and I’m all over it!


  6. Warlock says:

    People are SO going to fly through that holed building.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Oh yeah. There’s no doubt in my mind 😀


  7. Stephen J Decatur says:

    I thought that this sim was going to be a pay by subscription deal?
    (Which is why I have not followed it’s development)


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      For some reason this rumour has perpetuated but it was never true. The earliest press conference stated it would be available as a one time purchase. Of course you can fully expect additional purchases as DLC from their store and other third parties will be selling as well but the base package is what you see announced.


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