Here is an update on the current postponed deliverables:

  • MID APRIL – Partnership Series update will be released.
  • EARLY MAY – EPISODE 8 (IFR) will be released.

ALPHA BUILD UPDATE HAS BEEN RELEASED build notes can be found here.

Upcoming Alpha releases:

  • Alpha Update – Build
    • In final testing. Prepping for release. Target release date within 7 days.
    • SDK bug fixes
    • ATC bug fixes
    • Experimental tech for community feedback – Neural TTS solution
    • Full build notes to be posted upon release.
  • Alpha Update – Build
    • In testing.
    • Target release date – May.
    • Boeing 747 ready for first round of community testing/feedback.
    • Bug fixes
    • Full build notes to be posted upon release.


After a brief pause to focus on releasing the Alpha build, the team is back working on the Alpha participation assessment.

  1. Ensure that everyone that received an acceptance email has access to the Alpha.
    • Status – Nearing completion.
  2. Assess Alpha participation options for adding more people as quickly as possible.
    • Prioritize access for those that registered early for pre-release build testing.
    • Status – Ongoing.

Community Spotlight: SimTom112

Drone Pilot Photographer by day, Virtual Pilot by night.

Today we’d like to feature an outstanding flight simmer and Alpha participant, SimTom112. You have probably seen some of his screenshots in many of our development updates and social media posts. He’s got a great eye for photography and is an integral part of our Alpha community.

SimTom112, or Tomas, is a professional photographer and drone pilot by trade. He uses his skills in-game when it comes to framing the perfect MSFS shot.

”In essence, it shouldn’t make a difference if photographing or filming something virtually or in real life. The same principles regarding framing or composting can be applied here as well. With the drone camera I’m free to place the camera wherever I want, no messing around with heavy cameras or tripods. The added bonus is that you’re not bound to any technical limitations (lens restrictions and such).”

We asked how drone piloting, at all, has played a role in his flight sim skills.

“To be honest, there’s still a big difference with aircraft because they move in a lateral way, while drones should be compared to helicopters(this might ruffle some feathers :wink:). I use a controller to control the aircraft because that’s what I’m used to when flying drones. And of course, it translates perfectly to the in-game drone camera.”

Tomas started simming with FS2004 16 years ago, and then moved on to FSX, P3D, and MSFS. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite moments he has captured from Microsoft Flight Simulator.

You can view his photography and more on his instagram!

We love our community and look forward to highlighting more outstanding simmers in the future!


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