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Microsoft Flight Simulator

Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X
Genre: Simulation
Release Date: July 27, 2021

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'Microsoft Flight Simulator' Rolls Out World Update XI: Canada + Local Legends VII: Cessna 195 Businessliner - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2022 @ 3:42 p.m. PDT

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next installation in the long-running flight simulation series.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is specifically designed to celebrate flight simulation fans through a focus on the authenticity of flying and visually stunning environments.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.

By revamping our tech, working in close collaboration with the community and pursuing the best partnerships across the industry, we intend to deliver the best-in-class flight simulation experience.


Canada is filled with a plethora of sights to explore from the air: magnificent urban architecture, wave-battered northern coastlines, and vast sweeps of tundra, glaciers and towering peaks. Microsoft Flight Simulator’s World Update XI invites simmers to explore this massive, diverse country, presented in the highest resolution and fidelity yet!

In creating World Update XI: Canada, the Microsoft Flight Simulator team processed troves of its latest geospatial data, including digital elevation models, satellite imagery, and aerial photography. Complementing the data, models and imagery, the update highlights 12 urban regions enhanced with the latest photogrammetry data and features 87 hand-crafted points of interest.

World Update XI features:

  • 5 handcrafted five airports including:
    • British Columbia’s Castlegar / West Kootenay Regional Airport (CYCG)
    • Victoria International Airport
    • Vancouver Island
  • 9 exciting missions:
  • Three bush trips (Vancouver Island, Newfoundland, and the Canadian Rockies)
  • Three landing challenges (Castlegar, Barkerville, and Calgary)
  • Three discovery flights (Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto).

World Update XI: Canada is available free to all owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Simply update your account, download World Update XI from the in-game marketplace, and prepare to be enchanted by the sights of Canada from the air!


In conjunction with World Update XI: Canada, Microsoft Flight Simulator  released its latest aircraft in the “Local Legends” series of planes. Manufactured by Carenado, the 195 Businessliner is a single-engine, high-wing general aviation and utility airplane by American aviation manufacturer, Cessna. The aircraft is one of a small family of two consisting of the 190 and the 195. The 195 was the last Cessna aircraft the company developed that was powered by a radial engine, and the first composed of all-aluminum construction. Aimed at the business market, the 195 has seating for five, including the pilot.

Cessna developed the 195 from its mid-1930s offering, the Airmaster, a high-wing, cantilever monoplane with a traditional undercarriage. The 195 took its maiden flight in 1945 and was introduced shortly after in 1947. Quickly earning a reputation as reliable and efficient, the 195 was adopted by the United States Army, which designated it the LC-126, and the Air Force, naming it the U-20. Cessna produced the Businessliner from 1947 to 1954. There are many that still fly today and are highly sought after due to their rugged build, solid performance and look that evokes earlier decades of flight.

The 195 measures 27 feet, 4 inches in length, stands 7 feet, 2 inches high, and has a wingspan of 36 feet, 2 inches. It features a standard empennage and a fixed traditional undercarriage. The roomy cockpit is smartly arranged and sports polished wood controls. The aircraft is powered by a 7-cylinder, air-cooled Jacobs R-755B-2 radial piston engine that produces up to 275 horsepower and swings a Hamilton Standard 2-blade constant-speed propeller. When at cruising speeds of 170 mph to 178 mph, the Cessna 195 has a range of 633 miles, an endurance of four hours, a ceiling of 18,300 feet above sea level, and climbs at 1,135 feet per minute.

The Cessna 195 Businessliner looks both elegant and powerful with its large cowling that encloses its radial engine and smooth lines throughout its entire form. Flying the Cessna 195 is an unforgettable experience; its engine really delivers, and the aircraft demands pilot precision for each control input, from take-off to landing. The 195 Businessliner includes ten liveries: eight classic and an Xbox and an Aviator’s Club. It is available now in the Microsoft Flight Simulator in-game marketplace for $19.99. The sky is calling!

Key Features:

  • Vivid and Detailed Landscapes – Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with more than 37 thousand airports, 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more.
  • A Living World – Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather and animals.  
  • Highly Detailed Aircraft – Hone your pilot skills in a variety of aircraft from light planes to commercial jets with comprehensive flight models. Every aircraft includes highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.
  • New Checklist System – From pro to beginner, scale your level from full manual to full assist with interactive and highlighted instrument guidance and checklist.
  • Dynamic Weather – The new weather engine enables users to switch on the live weather mode to experience real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain and more.
  • New Day & Night Engine – Experience flight at any time of day or year allowing for night VFR, visual flight rules, navigation.
  • Aerodynamic Modeling – A state-of-the-art physics engine with over 1,000 control surfaces per plane allows for a truly realistic experience.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available for Xbox Series X|S and PC (Xbox Game Pass).


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