[Simulator News] Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update II - USA Now Available


Microsoft and Asobo Studio have released the second World Update, including the United States. World Updates features an upgraded digital elevation map across the entire country, high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for prominent cities, and highly-detailed hand-crafted local airports. Players will also be able to try their hand at executing new exciting Landing Challenges. In addition to the World Update: United States, several fixes and improvements have been added to the sim. At first, update your MSFS through Microsoft Store (or Steam) app, then launch the main MSFS for this update to start downloading.

World Update II: USA

The United States of America has seen a huge update within the simulator with the latest update. As shown off on the Flight Simulator blog, vast parts of the region have seen improvements to both the elevation data and the aerial imagery. The maps shared indicate the current elevation data used in the simulator. The darker the shade, the better the level of detail. Washington, California and New York all appear to have the highest levels of detail for the elevation, with other most others areas still seeing 16m elevation data. In the second map shared, aerial imagery has also been updated in areas across California, Washington, Florida, Texas and many others.

In addition to elevation and aerial imagery, four brand new hand-crafted airports have been added free of charge to all versions of the simulator. These airports are Atlanta International (KATL), Friday Harbor (KFHR), Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW) and also New York Stewart International Airport (KSWF). Furthermore, there have been an additional 50 new points of interest added. Such additions include Chimney Rock, the White House, Fort Knox, Hoover Dam, Kennedy Space Center and also Rainbow Bridge. The full list is down below.


Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update II: USA

AIRPORTS

  • KATL – Atlanta International
  • KFHR – Friday Harbor
  • KDFW – Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • KSWF – New York Stewart International Airport

POINT OF INTEREST

  • Chimney Rock
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown MA
  • Fort Jefferson
  • Washington Monument, Washington DC
  • Capitol, Washington DC
  • White House, Washington DC
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Devils Tower
  • New River Gorge Bridge
  • United States National Arboretum
  • Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge
  • Mackinac Bridge
  • Navajo Bridge
  • Astoria-Megler Bridge
  • U.S. Grant Bridge
  • Lowry Avenue Bridge
  • Lewis and Clark Bridge
  • The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
  • Fort Knox
  • Monument Rocks National Natural
  • Coronado Heights Castle
  • Ellis County Courthouse
  • Monument Valley
  • Yosemite El Capitan
  • Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, Colorado
  • Shiprock, New Mexico
  • Haystack Rock at Canon, Oregon
  • Half Dome, Yosemite
  • Dworshak Dam
  • Hoover Dam
  • Oroville Dam
  • Alcatraz (water tower and lighthouse only)
  • Fort McHenry, Baltimore
  • Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Las Vegas Strip (Night)
  • Confederation Bridge
  • Johnson Space Center Houston (visitor’s center)
  • Kennedy Space Center Florida (visitors center)
  • Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (memorial site)
  • Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Gulf of Mexico, Oil Rigs
  • Airport Graveyard, Tucson

PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY

  • Several crashes were fixed to improve overall stability of the title
  • Optimization on photogrammetry loading
  • Offline air traffic aircraft are now properly removed at a long distance. This caused a performance degradation over time.

PLANES

  • From handling and flight model improvements to auto-pilot fixes, a general review of all planes has been made for this update.

AIRLINERS

  • Fixed: Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental fuel consumption issue
  • Fixed: Airbus A320neo fuel consumption issue
  • Reduced yaw oscillation on the Airbus A320neo by further reducing yaw gain

GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT

  • Pipistrel Virus SW121: Fixed – Cruise speed adjusted (previously too low) in the aircraft selection menu
  • Cessna 152: 5% more elevator authority
  • Cirrus SR22: Fixed – The mixture control is no longer set to Automixture
  • Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX: Fixed – invisible spoiler removed
  • EXTRA 330LT : Engine reactivity increased
  • EXTRA 330LT : Fixed full castoring tail wheel animation and allowed up to 90° rotation
  • Robin Cap10 : Allowed 90° range of motion for full castering rear wheel

Garmin glass cockpit equipped aircraft:

  • Added visual notification on PFD when deactivating AP
  • Flight director is now automatically turned on when AP is enabled and cannot be disabled

UI

  • The data consumption value calculation has been fixed
  • Fix input feedback on some devices
  • The livery name should now be correctly displayed in the menus
  • The weather image in the flight plan should now be correct in all cases
  • Some accuracy for the live time have been fixed
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the checklist eye button to be selected
  • The bushtrip menu should no longer freeze
  • Switching from online to offline in the menu should no longer freeze the title
  • Fixed some behaviors that resulted in having the World map search not responding

INPUT

  • Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant default preset has been added (GA Twin engines configuration)
  • CH Throttle Quadrant default preset has been added
  • CH Flightstick Pro default preset has been added
  • CH Combatstick default preset has been added

ACTIVITY

  • The logbook should now properly log unfinished flights (either via return to main menu or via landing and shutting down the engine and Master)
  • The landing challenge target should now be properly displayed after restarting the activity

WORLD

  • Streetlights of smaller streets and roads should now be displayed more randomly
  • Workers on an airport should no longer randomly freeze and stop being animated

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