It’s a big day for Microsoft Flight Simulator fans as Update 9 has arrived packed full of new features and fixes. It’s also the launch day for Famous Flyer #2: the Granville Brothers Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2. Let’s dig into the news!
Sim Update 9
Introducing new features and bug fixing a long list of items, Sim Update 9 has some interesting items packed into the change log. One of the first items that immediately stands out to me is the new CFD simulation that is now available on the Cessna 172. This was mentioned during the last couple of Q&A sessions and it promises to offer high fidelity simulation for aircraft in the sim. This is available only on the Cessna Skyhawk G1000 edition right now but now that it’s hear I expect Asobo and third parties will be adding support over time. This is hopefully a big step towards addressing some shortcomings of the flight model at present.
New vapour effects have also been added to the F/A-18E Super Hornet. Wingtip and wing vortex effects are now in as is a vapour cone when breaking the sound barrier.
The ATC system has been switched over to Azure Neural Text-to-Speech technology which should offer more natural sounding air traffic control. I’m personally hoping that the next step to this technology is the ability to talk to the ATC, have it recognize you, and then read back. I can dream.
There are also plenty of general bugfixes, stability updates, improved ILS handling when opposing runways use the same ILS frequency, improved live weather and cloud rendering in dense cloud formations, a long list of updates to the F/A-18E, several fixes for the 787, 747, A320neo, C280, King Air 350i, CJ4, TBM 930, Volocity, DA40NG, and SR22.
For the complete list of updates and fixes, visit the Sim Update 9 announcement.
Zoom along in the ‘Gee Bee’
Famous Flyers #2 is out and this time its a recreation of the Granville Brothers Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2. This classic era racing plane was famous for its stubby appearance and high top speed for the era. It’s 800hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp was able to get the aircraft up to 255 knots.
The aircraft is available in the Marketplace for $14.99 USD. Check out the announcement here and watch the trailer below.