Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40th Anniversary Edition Update Introduces Helicopters and Gliders

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition Update
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Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40th Anniversary Edition is a major content update now available to all players for free. This update introduces tons of new content, including new helicopters and gliders.

The latest update adds new aircraft to Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate the history of aviation. The headlining aircraft in the 40th Anniversary Edition patch is the huge and spacious Airbus A310-300.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition Update Airbus A310-300
Airbus A310-300 Photo: Asobo Studios

Players who want to hone their piloting skills will love the new sailplanes/gliders: DG Aviation LS8-18 and DG-1001E neo. The folks at Asobo Studios have painstakingly crafted the new helicopters as well. Players can pilot the Guimbal Cabri G2 or the Bell 407 so they can have a totally different flying experience.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition Update Gliders
NEW: Gliders Photo: Asobo Studios

According to Microsoft Flight Simulator’s head Jorg Neumann, there has never been a great helicopter sim, until now. He and his team wanted to deliver something unique, so they made sure that they got things right, from the rotors to the way helicopters work at specific turbulences.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition Update Helicopters
NEW: Helicopters Photo: Asobo Studios

Here’s a rundown of the new content introduced in Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40th Anniversary Edition:

  • 7 classic aircraft:
    • 1903 Wright Flyer
    • 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny
    • 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis
    • 1935 Douglas DC-3
    • 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose
    • 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
    • 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules
  • 2 helicopters:
    • Guimbal Cabri G2
    • Bell 407
  • 2 sailplanes/gliders:
    • DG Aviation LS8-18
    • DG-1001E neo
  • 1 true-to-life airliner:
    • Airbus A310-300
  • 4 iconic airports:
    • Hong Kong Kai Tak
    • Meigs Field in Chicago
    • Princess Juliana International in Sint Maarten
    • First Flight Airport, Kitty Hawk
  • 24 classic activities from previous Flight Simulator titles:
    • First Flight at Kitty Hawk
    • San Juan Island Run
    • 1st US Airmail Route, 1918
    • Aleutian Cargo Run
    • Grand Canyon Scenic Tour
    • Transcontinental Speed Record
    • The Hell Stretch, 1918
    • Charles Lindbergh, New York to Paris
    • Hawai’ian Vacation
    • Flying blind across the channel
    • Meigs Field
    • Spruce Goose
    • Rome-Naples Airline Run
    • Sitka Approach
    • Monsoon
    • Caribbean Landing
    • Hong Kong at Dusk
    • Waimea Canyon
    • Mount Rushmore
    • Miami by Moonlight
    • San Francisco Sunset
    • Mendenhall Glacier Tour
    • 1950: Frontier Airlines
    • Alaskan Floatplane Pilot
  • 7 new tutorial missions for Gliders:
    • Aerotow
    • Winch Launch Training
    • Winch Launch Training, Advanced
    • Basic Handling
    • Slipping Approach and Landing
    • Thermal Identification
    • Ridge Soaring
WEATHER
  • Added Metar interpolation every 10 minutes to avoid haze apparitions being too abrupt
  • Better handling of Metars in areas where there are a lot of available Metars
  • Proper temporal fading over 1 minute when new data arrives
  • The clear sky preset is now cleared of all clouds
  • The sun disc is no longer visible through thick clouds (does not affect overall lighting conditions)

So, what can you say about this massive content patch?

Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40th Anniversary Edition Update is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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