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    A First Look at Microsoft’s New Flight Simulator

    Here’s my take (which was embargoed until today) after I had a look at it about 10 days ago.

    http://inspire.eaa.org/2019/09/30/an...ght-simulator/




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    That's a nice article, Hal. And your comparisons with FSX are very helpful, too. Looks as if it'll be a very interesting "update" to the series, even if a bit overdue. Too bad this wasn't around a year ago, since my real and sim flying buddy for over 40 years passed away last spring, and he'd have loved it, too. Meantime, I'm looking forward to more info -- it might even force me to replace my 9 year old computer, which still does fairly well on FSX and P3D V2.

    And for a slightly different take on it, here's a rather lengthy article on Ars Technica about the new sim.
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    Thanks for the article, Hal....this could be a major game-changer!!

    Among other things, we use our sim as an adjunct to RW pilot training.. I pretty much abandoned P3D in favor of XP11 around v3.? because of the ability to run on Linux. Then XP11 on Win10 because of the RXP GTN 650/750s being Win-only; As you know, they mimic the Garmin GTN units 100 percent. Currently running a couple of fairly hefty networked computers with big TV's, a touchscreen for the RXP units, and home-built switch panels. It's much easier to teach folks to run their 'new' avionics and do procedures training with a pause button.

    If MS pulls this together, it will totally change the landscape of the sim world! Any word on timeline for availability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Rosenow View Post
    It's much easier to teach folks to run their 'new' avionics and do procedures training with a pause button.
    Agreed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Rosenow View Post
    If MS pulls this together, it will totally change the landscape of the sim world! Any word on timeline for availability?

    Jim
    Jim -

    Officially, all they've committed to is 2020. There are rumors that it will be November of 2020, but they're unsubstantiated, and hitting alpha (their current milestone) a year before a planned release date would be pretty unusual, so I'm expecting it to be much sooner than that.

    The best answer I've heard about release dates, though, is, "not until it's ready." In my day (says the old codger), we didn't always have that luxury. We had to be wrapping it up in late September so we could RTM (release to manufacturing) in October, getting discs burned and stuffed into boxes in time for Christmas. Without that pressure, they really should be able to just wait and release it when it's ready.

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