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Microsoft Flight Simulator Adds Detailed Caribbean Airports and POIs in World Update

Flight Simulator's new World Update makes the Caribbean come alive for virtual pilots. Over 100 landmarks and 7 detailed airports enhance the region

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Flight Simulator has rolled out a significant World Update, enhancing the Caribbean region's details for virtual pilots seeking warmer destinations. The upgrade introduces an array of graphical enhancements, meticulously upgrading islands within the zone.

Enhanced Features and Detailed Airports

The World Update XVI: Caribbean update, now available at no extra charge, features an extensive addition of over 100 points of interest, capturing the essence of the Caribbean's picturesque landscapes and historic landmarks. In its quest to deliver a more immersive and authentic flight experience, the development team has meticulously crafted seven additional airports, each characterized by precise architectural details that reflect real-world terminals and runways.

Further enriching the user experience, the developers have included new activities that are designed to engage pilots in the vibrant and diverse atmosphere of the Caribbean. These activities serve as new challenges and opportunities for users to test their piloting skills across the updated tropical landscapes.

Addition of the Bell 47J Ranger Helicopter

Alongside the Caribbean's virtual facelift, Microsoft Flight Simulator enthusiasts can now pilot the classic 47J Ranger helicopter. The helicopter, renowned for its historical significance as the first to transport a sitting U.S. President, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1957, is now making its mark in the digital skies.

The Bell 47J helicopter, in the simulation, is depicted with precise dimensions of 32 feet and 5 inches in length and 9 feet and 3 inches in height, showcasing a 37 feet and 2 inches rotor diameter and a potent 6-cylinder Lycoming VO-540-B1B piston engine. Its operational performance mirrors the original, with a 260-mile range, 870-feet-per-minute climb rate, and a service ceiling reaching 11,000 feet above sea level. Virtual pilots can enjoy realistic cruising at 91 miles per hour and push the machine to a top speed of 105 mph.

As an added layer of versatility in simulation, the helicopter is furnished with options for conventional landing skids or floats, the latter enabling water landings, embodying the full range of the aircraft's operational capabilities. It offers seven liveries, each paying tribute to the helicopter's storied past. The Bell 47J Ranger is now available for purchase within the game's Marketplace for a price of $14.99, offering both history enthusiasts and flight simulation aficionados a chance to reenact historical moments or simply enjoy the view from a classic rotorcraft.

FS2024 Coming This Year

Microsoft is keeping to its promise of delivering updates for the 2020 version of Flight Simulator even with the launch of Flight Simulator 2024 coming this year. FS2024 is powered by the significantly evolved Asobo Studio engine, which leverages , machine learning, improved graphics and gaming features to create the most sophisticated, immersive and awe-inspiring flight simulator of all time.

FS2024 will offer a variety of careers and missions for players to pursue their dream of an aviation career, such as aerial firefighting, search and rescue, helicopter cargo transport, air ambulance, agricultural aviation, mountain rescue, skydive aviation, aerial construction, industrial cargo transport, VIP charter service, air racing, glider pilot, scientific research, experimental flight, low altitude training, executive transport service, airship tours and hot air balloon trips.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.