Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Update 3 is Here

A rather large update.
A rather large update. Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 received a big patch - Update 3. But most of the changes are for planes as expected. There's also some new content arriving in the game.

One of the new pieces of content that players can expect is the FSX legacy liveries, which are now available on appropriate planes. These include Kenmore, Emerald Gold, Global Freightways, Orbit, Pacifica, and World Travel. Besides, contrails are now displayed on the player's aircraft though, MP and AI aren't supported at this time.

Customization Menu

With this update, the customization menu in the World map has been adjusted to make sure that the aircraft in the game matches the real-world models. These include:

  • Empty CG position:
    • There’s now a different empty CG position, just like in the real world.
  • Wear:
    • The wear of the fuselage may now be increased.
    • This should increase the parasitic drag a bit and simulate an older aircraft.
  • Control surface limits:
    • The maximum angle limits for elevator, rudder, and aileron control surfaces, can now be adjusted.
    • This should simulate the small difference that could exist between various real aircraft.

World Map

The new update introduces several changes to the World Map. Players should be happy to know that runways are now properly set when setting approach. It should be interesting to note as well that all waypoints are now displayed. However, the zoom scores have been changed to balance the number of new points.

Changes to Planes

As mentioned, planes got many changes including:

  • Autopilot / FMS
    • Corrected an issue preventing the use of the VS Wheel to control the pitch on some planes.
    • Fixed General Aviation planes displaying FMS instead of GPS.
    • Fixed roll hold mode behaving like wing leveler.
  • Displays
    • Airliners – Speed Trend arrow is now more reactive and accurate.
    • Fixed issue in FLT files that lead to flight plan not being loaded in instruments.
    • Fixed the display of LDA approaches that were wrongly aligned to the runway at the end of their path.
  • Engines
    • Fixed Beechcraft Baron G58 incorrectly having automixture enabled.
    • Corrected an issue that would prevent the engine from ever shutting down while in unlimited fuel mode.
  • Cockpit interaction
    • Improved the behavior of knobs that repeatedly send an action to prevent it from sending multiple events at once.
    • Fixed Mouse Events not handled correctly on Tactile Screens.
  • Control surface
    • Corrected Flaperon animation on Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner which was incorrect in the air.
    • Corrected an issue preventing the autobrakes of the Airbus A320neo from enabling on the Funchal mission.
  • Lighting
    • Corrected some emissive elements staying active when they should be off on the:
      • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
      • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
      • Airbus A320neo

You can view the complete list of changes here.

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