Microsoft Flight Simulator will likely be getting a brand new passenger plane subsequent yr. The French and Italian ATR 42, a turboprop passenger airliner, is in growth now due to a partnership between developer Asobo Studio and plane producer ATR.
There are two variants of the -600 sequence deliberate for addition to the simulation game. First is the ATR 42-600, a 42-50 seat airliner, which was first introduced in 2007 and options two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M turboprop engines, able to producing 2,619 eshp a bit. The plane additionally encompasses a ‘glass cockpit’ flight deck with 5 large LCD screens changing the older EFIS flight instrument system. The engines have a ‘boost’ operate that delivers extra energy when wanted – helpful for brief runways, excessive altitudes, or sizzling situations.
The different variant that’s on the approach to Flight Simulator is the 72-seat ‘stretch’ model, designated the ATR 72-600. Like it’s shorter sibling, it sports activities the similar -600 sequence enhancements in instrumentation and engine expertise, however its longer fuselage means it could possibly carry extra passengers and cargo.
It’s getting more and more troublesome to inform screenshots of Flight Simulator other than real-world photographs, as you may see in the tweet beneath:
Who’s excited for the new @ATRaircraft coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator subsequent yr?
Where will you fly this magnificent plane? pic.twitter.com/4uPd8z01A6
— Microsoft Flight Simulator (@MSFSofficial) April 19, 2021
Third social gathering builders have created some terrific add-ons for Flight Simulator, together with IndiaFoxEcho Visual Simulations’ Aermacchi MB-339 light attack trainer jet and Aerosoft’s magnificently detailed CRJ 550/700. The ATR 42-600 is being developed in-house, with collaboration from the airliner’s real-world producers.