Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) - We're really sorry about Microsoft Flight

I went back to my flight from Moscow to Siberia again today. Just miles and miles and miles of flat forests and farms and meandering rivers.

It’s the kind of place that would never ever be generated for a game on purpose if it wasn’t auto-generated like this, from doing the whole world.

Sometimes I’ll go so many miles of dense forests, and then randomly find what’s obviously a farm smack dab in the middle of the trees, with no roads leading to it. It just makes me think: what the hell farmer?

Liveries compatible with the new forked A32NX are appearing on flightsim.to again now, thankfully.

Also, there’s an official community fly in tonight. I really enjoy these. I have the official Twitch up on one monitor but I hang around in the discord and chat with the people there instead of on Twitch. I’ve done several of these now and they’re very pleasant. We just chill while we fly, discussing the simulator, latest addons, compare hardware preferences, discuss the best way to approach the landing etc.

The routes are always good too. My favourite so far was a low level tour of the Norwegian fjords (a very well made flight plan which I’ve saved to do again). Tonight’s is a tour of some Indonesian islands, with a guest: the creator of the popular Bushtalk radio mod.

This guy lost me a little when he started appreciating all the weird glitches in the simulation within ugly cities. But I’m all in on the parts where he’s walking around beautiful hills and using the game as a walking simulator in those parts.

I did a rando flight from Bakersfield to Boulder City in a Cessna last week. Seeing the little solitary trailers and shit out in the middle of nowhere. Smelling the hot metal, listening to the bangs of the old screen door blowing in the desert breeze.

Jan Kees Blom (Jankees) is amazing. He’s already contributed about 150 repaints of various planes, from fighters to airliners, on Flightsim.to. (And hundreds more for FSX/P3D on Sim-Outhouse.) I requested the Flying Heritage collection’s FG-1D on Flightsim.to and this is the result, along with a pic I took of the real plane. So talented, and so prolific!

Breckenridge Leg 14 is the first time I completely stopped trying to figure out the text description of where I’m supposed to go. I just ended up completely lost twice, not knowing what the heck they were talking about.

Instead, on the third try I used the headings and the time. So heading 302 for five minutes and 20 seconds, that type of thing. I followed those instructions, but I always wondered how they get those times. Are those times taken with the plane at top speed? Anyway, I got where I thought the runway had to be (judging by the 2D map, since it was South of a lake) about 90 seconds ahead of the time specified by the final instruction. I figured because of the map that if I go farther, it doesn’t make any sense because I’ll leave the lake behind. But the little picture of the landing strip showed a bunch of red land around the runway, and I didn’t see any red lands anywhere in that area.

I flew around for about 20 minutes south of that lake, just flying in circles looking for a red area that looked like the picture and just didn’t find it. Finally I just looked at where on the map I should be compared to the lake, and I landed, and I taxi’d around for a while, and I found some runway yellow markers! So I stopped the plane. Phew! That was it. I wonder why the land wasn’t red like the picture though.

Haha, that’s great. I did a tourist trip via helicopter to the Grand Canyon years back, and flying over these solitary trailers out in the desert blew my mind.

I had to redo that leg a couple of times. The right-angled roads direction threw me, as there were several before the one you’re supposed to use. Looks like there’s a dark-coloured section of land to the north which might be your red? I’m colourblind so I don’t register those things.

Yeah, the time that displays on the navlog is calculated by the system when you start the flight. For example, if you swapped out your cub for a jet in the files (you’d have to do this before leg 1 ;) ), it would show the jet times between POIs. I assume it chooses the best possible speed; I’ve never been able to match the times between POIs myself, I’m always slower.

You’re well through the trip now, keep going! Hope you’re still enjoying it.

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Wow, nice. That’s impressive.

I also got my first achievement in Flight Simulator yesterday when I decided to try out one of the landings. The one in Chile is where I started. So the scenario starts, and I landed 2 minutes later. Achievement popped.

A bit anticlimatic. Though admittedly the scenery around this runway is really pretty, so I’m sure that’s why they chose it.

Oh, and Leg 15 of the Breckenridge Bush Trip is down. That was relatively easy compared to previous legs. I landed on a real runway!

Community add-ons just make this sim so much fun.

Imagine this once you can animate scenery objects. :)

Ahaha nice! Is that you Denny? Changed display name?

I got to Eagle Lake last night on the Breckenridge Bush trip. Wow, what a delight. It’s so refreshing to see water and life and greenery again after spending so long in alien landscapes.

Woohoo, Viaduc de Millau confirmed! Also, @Wendelius, you’ll be pleased to hear the Waterloo mound is properly represented in the update.

So they’re doing France for the next update?

EDIT: Oh here we go. France and lots more:

I would like them to do… Michigan next :)

Yep! Decided it was time to give up my BBS-era user ID habits. :)

I will indeed. Now I’ve got to go see it.

Today’s live event is a pretty amazing spot. It’s the first one I tried. I had a heck of time trying to find where to land. But when I did, suddenly I got 5 achievements. 5!!

I downloaded lots of stuff from the marketplace. Don’t forget the updated content is not automatic, you still have to “buy and download” the free update from within the in-game marketplace.

Oh yeah, meanwhile the Breckenridge Bush trip continues.

I had to go into VR to complete that landing challenge. In pancake mode the view kept panning up as I was trying to land, and you can’t turn off the automatic tracking in 2D mode in a challenge. Did unlock two achievements. Also got the one for locking the view on a star landmark, which I should have unlocked six months ago, so I guess they fixed some of the bugged achievements.

The new scenery is fun. I flew under the Eiffel Tower and was happy to see the collision boxes were realistic. So I decided to really push it and fly through the Arc De Triomph in my Xcub! Made it! So then I was going to land next to the big glass pyramid at the Louvre but I collided with invisible nothing while flying too low over the building.

Oh well. Two out of three ain’t bad.

Does anyone know when the UK-update compatible OrbX London scenery is coming to MS Marketplace? OrbX’s support forums are very passive-aggressive on this point…