Flight Simulator Boeing 737:
Does anybody know if there will be a 737 coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator anytime soon? If this is your question as well, then this article will be definitely useful for you!
Third-party developers had a lot of goodies to share about upcoming aircraft add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
First and foremost, acclaimed developer PMDG finally decided to pull the Boeing 737 out of the hat, showcasing some really fetching screenshots on top of an extensive development update.
The Boeing 737 is a narrow-bodied, short- to medium range airliner. It has 10 variants that can carry 85 to 215 passengers. It is the best-selling commercial jet airliner and has been in continuous production since 1967. It has been over going development and design changes since its first production and safety records improved. American company made the Boeing 737 in recent years, and now they can fly long-distance because of updated engines. Previously American company used Boeing 747-400 for long-distance travel due to their large size and four engines.
Microsoft Flight Simulator:
Microsoft Flight Simulator is a series of amateur flight simulator programs for Microsoft Windows operating systems and for MS-DOS and Classic Mac OS.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was released in 1982 by Microsoft as a demo for the Microsoft Computer Xenon. The name was derived from “Flight Simulator” by Flying Simulator Service, released in 1981 for Apple II, Acorn Electron and Commodore PET in PAL regions and on Timex Sinclair and TRS-80 systems in the U.S.
The name Microsoft was chosen because it was shorter and a lot less complicated than the original names “Xenon” and “Simulation”. Microsoft did not develop Flight Simulator but licensed the title to a group of enthusiasts led by Jack D. Moore. This group developed the game with the help of Lucasfilm. Microsoft sued them over the trademark name but later settled, recognizing that the original developers had the trademark.
Right off the bat, the developers seem to have chosen an opportune moment to finally add the Boeing 737 to the Microsoft Flight Simulator X, noting that the airliner can be used for a number of types of flights, including executive jet, private jet, international carrier, VIP jet and even short-haul flight, depending on the simulation mode selected.
PMDG said that the base game is a proven aircraft, proven technology, and it will be the first time that the airplane gets new content. The target audience for this plane is small- to medium-size aviation companies.
In addition to the new Boeing 737, PMDG also released a series of screenshots showcasing the development progress for other aircraft in the upcoming downloadable content packs.
Meanwhile, Flight Sim Labs announced their first Windows 10 Flight Simulator add-on: VF-10 (Vertical Flight Simulator) at a price of $20. This new edition will include three aircraft: the F-15E Strike Eagle, the S-2 Tracker, and the Sikorsky CH-53G Stallion.
The first flight simulation add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X was in 2016, and PMDG promised that the company would support the new version of the simulator, which is to be released sometime in spring of this year.
The aircraft is used for commercial and private purposes.
Boeing 737 specification:
Maximum speed: up to 900 km per hour
Range: up to 7000 km
Altitude: 40,000 feet
Passenger capacity: 149
Maximum take-off weight: 70,000 Kilogram
Note: The maximum take-off weight is less when there are no passengers.
Boeing 737 Cockpit:
The Boeing 737 cockpit interface is more advanced than smaller aircraft because of more controls. However, it is not that difficult to navigate and control. That is especially if you completed the Flight Simulator lessons or if you are a pilot. The only difference between small aircraft and large aircraft is that the screens and the controls are larger. The overhead panels have lots of switches like an electrical switch, fuel feed button switch, generator switch, etc.
Controlling the aircraft:
Just like smaller aircraft, you need to know how to switch the engine on or off. Use the controller like the joystick or the arrows on the keyboard to turn the aircraft and lift the plane up or down (climb and descend). You can retract or extend the flap incrementally or fully. On the aircraft screen, you will see flap and landing gears indicator, navigation displays, primary flight displays, etc.
The minimum runway length for this aircraft is 2000 metres. Smaller Boeing aircraft should land on a runway less than 2000 metres. A speed brake (spoiler) is needed to achieve maximum brake. For more information about runway requirements click here.
On the way for MSFS:
No explanation on what’s next for MSFS yet, other than the fact that it “will come out again next year and will add some of the greatest planes that we can imagine,” PMDG head of the product engineering and simulation team Chris Lammers told CVG. Other airlines were highlighted as well, and more details on this will likely arrive when we get closer to the December 11 date.
The airshow in Japan will be even busier as PMDG also just announced a new long-term license partner: Aussie firm SimWorks. This means the long-awaited Airbus A380 for MSFS is coming, even though the game itself has been delayed several times over the last few years.
Some other developers, however, unveiled plans for new aircraft and ground simulations. In the picture below, you can see a mockup of the Supermarine Spitfire P39A “Pantechnik” jet trainer in flight. It will be released by Fokker and published by Aces’n’Dogs.
Aces’n’Dogs are promising great looking graphics, realistic handling and realistic gameplay. Fokker also made a slew of information available about their upcoming football sim, featuring live gameplay events.
But before we even take a look at new 3D aircraft models, take a look at the Apple preview of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Speaking of time; we have not yet completed a test build. Although we are still confident that the package will be ready before the end of October. HOWEVER, given that Sim Update 6 will bring some changes to the flight model (and to other important areas) we will not release it before proper testing.”
How to buy the game:
Microsoft also sells a version of the game online on its website. To purchase the software, visit the Microsoft Flight Simulator website.
Online: You can also get the software online from several sites.
PlayStation: You can purchase a downloadable copy of the software on any Sony’s PlayStation Store.
Mac: You can purchase the software for the Mac from several online sites and app stores all around the world.
Other: You can download the software and try it free through many popular websites like Microsoft Virtual Academy and via a downloadable link.
My Experience with Boeing 737-800:
I like the Boeing 737-300 because it is more sophisticated, but when I tried it for the first time, it was overwhelming and challenging because there were lots of controls and features, but eventually, I got used to it.
When taking off the checklist procedure was simple. For landing, it is more difficult because I have to maintain the aircraft at a certain altitude and maintain speed. I have to align the plane to the centre of the runway and put the flap to certain degrees or all way down. I have to push the throttle all the way for full take-off. After take-off, I have to push the throttle all the way to the centre to avoid overspeeding the aircraft.
There is a warning speed indicator if you are flying at high speed so reduce the throttle halfway. There is no need to put the throttle to idle unless you land on the runway. The downside is when on autopilot and try adjusting the heading, the aircraft turns very slowly. The plane has a warning voice indicator that will alert if you put the nose down or flying at a very low altitude. Take action immediately to save the aircraft from crashing. Overall the experience is excellent.
I noticed the landing gear does not have doors like other Boeing aircraft. The gear is visible even when retracted.
Here is a video of Boeing 737:
While it’s nice that Microsoft is still continuing to support Flight Simulator despite the aforementioned issues, a good few platforms are still missing from the collection. It will likely be quite some time before Microsoft adds more support for Windows 10 as the company said there’s a technical obstacle to adding support for those versions.
Flight Simulator is a flagship product for Microsoft, and it’s no surprise the company likes to keep it updated as much as it can. We’re looking forward to hearing about the next milestone for the service.
Thank you for reading this article; if you are one of those MFS lovers, do not hesitate to leave your opinions about this game in the comments below and let me know what feature or aircraft makes you happy if it’s been added to the game. Who knows, maybe one of the Microsoft Flight Simulator developers read your comment, and it’ll come true in the next update!