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A Guide to Flight Simulator v1.60 Released – Japan Overview

“This is an excellent guide. It has answered all of my questions so far. Much to study and absorb. Layout makes it easy to use. Keep up the good work!”

Maurice M, SimShack Customer

Here at SoFly we remain committed to providing updates to A Guide to Flight Simulator as we get feedback from our customers. Version 1.60 adds more information about the recently released World Update I: Japan patch whilst fixing numerous elements of the guide we felt needed a bit of polish.

Version 1.60 adds an additional 10 pages to the guide absolutely free for customers and those purchasing the guide for the first time.

All of the update notes are down below.

How to Get the Update

To get version 1.60, you will need to redownload it from your original point of purchase. If you ordered it from SoFly’s store, then you will need to login to your account and click on the download button for the new guide.

However, if you downloaded the guide from another store (e.g. simMarket), then you will need to login to that account and redownload it.

As a reminder, this update is free of charge for all customers.

Please note that all stores have now received the files, but it may take a few hours to get them uploaded. You should be notified when your store has a new download waiting.

If you have yet to become a customer, you can buy your copy here.

World Update I: Japan

We have updated the guide to include all of the new airports added by the World Update. This means our airport section has expanded beyond what was originally in the guide upon release.

In addition, we have added in new information regarding the newly added landing challenges, the cross-country tour and some of the other improvements the patch delivered.

Quality of Life Improvements

Since release, we have had numerous emails providing us with small snippets of improvements and feedback. We have taken all of those comments and made hundreds or small and major changes. From fixing minor spelling errors to changing text portions to make more sense or easier to follow. Whilst the changes are too many to list, we hope you enjoy continuing seeing improvements delivered at a frequent pace for your guide.

Translations

In our last blog post, we discussed translations. We continue to work on the translations. It should be noted that the translations of updates are not guaranteed beyond version 1.60 of the guide. We’ll have more information on that in the future when we release the free translations.

Future

  • Weather Preset Pro will be updated next week based on feedback. We will also add additional presets for free. You can buy your copy here.
  • Work continues on the “Pro” edition of A Guide to Flight Simulator which will be aimed at those looking to take their simulation experience to the next level. We’ll be detailing our plans for that in the coming weeks.
  • A Guide to Flight Simulator will see a marginal price increase in the coming weeks. Current customers will continue to get free updates. This price increase will be clearly communicated before we change the price along with our reasons as to why.

1.60 Changelog

V1.60 | Release Date: 21OCT2020

NEW – World Update I: Japan section
ADDED – Six new airports based on the free World Update (Japan) for the simulator
ADDED – New information in the performance section for ‘Render Scaling’
CHANGED – Colour for the footer to have better visibility for printing
FIX – Nearly 100 minor changes/fixes to text, spelling and font throughout
FIX – Corrected page number links where they were wrong/linking to the wrong page

TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 232

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Weather Preset Pro Reviews, Testimonials and the Future

It has been just over a week since the initial release of Weather Preset Pro. We are super happy with how many of you are currently using and enjoying the new add-on. Seeing the community embrace the add-on and expand on their existing weather presets is incredible and the screenshots are also remarkable.

In this week’s blog post, we wanted to highlight the response to Weather Preset Pro and also what people are saying.

A Quick Note on the Future

Because of the success of Weather Preset Pro, we are pleased to announce we are working on a free update for all current and future customers. This free update will include a range of new presets that we have been able to produce (again, beyond what the simulator can do) to give you even more weather variations.

We are still producing and testing these new presets so expect them in a couple of weeks. We’ll give more information on the presets we will include in time.

Thank you again to all of our current and future customers.

You can find out more about the current version here. You can also buy from our store or via Orbx.

Reviews

Here are some of the reviews from various outlets we’ve seen for Weather Preset Pro.

MSFS Addons.com

The team at MSFS Addons really liked Weather Preset Pro, saying that the price and number of presets add really great value to those using Microsoft Flight Simulator. They particularly enjoyed how some of the presets added in truly breath-taking views of places such as New York city.

We’ve been testing this addon since its release and can definitely recommended it for its price. They are well integrated with the simulator, right there together with the default presets, and provide not only a lot of variety but also interesting weather scenarios that are more challenging and difficult to fly on.

MSFS Addons.com

Simulated Aviation

Simulated Aviation put together a stunning video highlighting a huge number of presets included with Weather Preset Pro. Alongside that, they said that Weather Preset Pro is a “must-have” for those using Microsoft Flight Simulator.

With that being said, if you’re a film-maker or just want to add more weather presets than just the 9 default presets that come with Microsoft Flight Simulator this product is a must-have!

Simulated Aviation

Testimonials

It’s not just reviewers that are enjoying Weather Preset Pro, but also the community as well. Here’s a collection of what people are saying from YouTube, Facebook, the Orbx forums and even our own support channel.

That Flight Sim Channel using Weather Preset Pro

It’s gorgeous flying with the presets!

That Flight Sim Channel

The price is very reasonable and showcases the weather engine well, definitely, a must-buy for me.

Exile 1, YouTube

An amazing product. I highly recommend it to everyone!

Gregorio Antonio Delgado, Facebook

I got the payware version and I’m very happy with the purchase. I highly recommend the WPP themes pack.

DJJose, Avsim Forums

They look great, I even had a sand storm in NH. Right after a snowstorm.

177B, Avsim Forums

Some Screenshots / Video from the Community

Phil0671, Orbx Forums
adambar, Orbx Forums
HeKa48, Orbx Forums
Luna’s World
Mark Collins
WGAP Gaming
Media Hype Train
The Flight Sim Deck

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Weather Preset Pro Now Available for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Experience torrential tropical stormsharsh hurricanes and brutal blizzards all with the click of a button thanks to Weather Preset Pro. Weather Preset Pro goes beyond what is possible with the built-in tools to provide 40 brand-new weather presets to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Weather Preset Pro is the perfect way to try out challenging conditions anywhere in the world. Land at difficult airports in zero visibility or test our your skills with gusty winds sweeping your aircraft from side-to-side.

Content creators will be able to also quickly jump between stunning clear skies to towering storms for those incredible cinematic shots. So whether you’re looking to experience the crisp morning dew air or battle through terrifying sandstorms, Weather Preset Pro will enable you to let your imagination run wild.

You can buy Weather Preset Pro from SoFly’s website or via OrbxDirect.

Price: £4.99 / €5.49 / $6.95 / $8.99AUD

SoFly Store Page

OrbxDirect Store Page

Any customers who need support can contact us through our support portal.

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Weather Preset Pro Releasing Wednesday 7th October 2020

We’re excited to announce that Weather Preset Pro will release on Wednesday, 7th October 2020.

Our newest product will give Microsoft Flight Simulator users the chance to experience 40 brand-new weather presets that will enhance their simulation experience.

Weather Preset Pro is the perfect way to try out challenging conditions anywhere in the world. Land at difficult airports in zero visibility or test our your skills with gusty winds sweeping your aircraft from side-to-side.

You will be able to buy Weather Preset Pro from SoFly and OrbxDirect starting Wednesday 7th October 2020.

Find out more about Weather Preset Pro here.

Price: £4.99 / €5.49 / $6.95 / $8.99AUD

SoFly Store Page (Not visible until Wednesday 7th October 2020)

OrbxDirect Store Page

We look forward to customers experiencing these amazing weather presets. Should customers need help, our new support portal has been designed to provide the help you need.

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Announcing Weather Preset Pro

Experience torrential tropical stormsharsh hurricanes and brutal blizzards all with the click of a button thanks to Weather Preset Pro. Weather Preset Pro goes beyond what is possible with the built-in tools to provide 40 brand-new weather presets to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Weather Preset Pro is the perfect way to try out challenging conditions anywhere in the world. Land at difficult airports in zero visibility or test our your skills with gusty winds sweeping your aircraft from side-to-side.

Content creators will be able to also quickly jump between stunning clear skies to towering storms for those incredible cinematic shots. So whether you’re looking to experience the crisp morning dew air or battle through terrifying sandstorms, Weather Preset Pro will enable you to let your imagination run wild. 

Price: £4.99 / €5.49 / $6.95 / $8.99AUD

Coming soon to SoFly and Orbx.

Visit the Weather Preset Pro Page!

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A Guide to Flight Simulator v1.50 Released – A320NEO Tutorial Flight

Without a doubt, a must have for everyone (Not just for beginners).
A very tight price for everything it offers. Recommended 100% AAA+++.

David L, SoFly Customer

Our newest update is now LIVE. Version 1.50 of A Guide to Flight Simulator brings you a fully featured tutorial flight for the Airbus A320NEO. This is perhaps our most anticipated update yet and adds 20 all-new pages to the guide to help you fly from San Francisco to Seattle in the passenger jet.

We also took the time to ensure that some other quality of life improvements were made to some errors and mistakes that our community has picked up over the past few weeks.

All of the update notes are down below.

How to Get the Update

To get version 1.50, you will need to redownload it from your original point of purchase. If you ordered it from SoFly’s store, then you will need to login to your account and click on the download button for the new guide.

However, if you downloaded the guide from another store (e.g. simMarket), then you will need to login to that account and redownload it.

As a reminder, this update is free of charge for all customers.

Please note that all stores have now received the files, but it may take a few hours to get them uploaded. You should be notified when your store has a new download waiting.

If you have yet to become a customer, you can buy your copy here.

A320 Tutorial Flight

This is our main focus for this guide update. Our tutorial will take you on a short hop from San Francisco (KSFO) to Seattle Tacoma Airport (KSEA). The guide will take you through a step-by-step tutorial from starting with the aircraft in a cold & dark state all the way to shutting down at the other end. We also cover autolandings, derated take-offs and much more.

Japan Update

With the World Update released from Microsoft right before publication, we were able to sneak in some details about the update into the guide. A future update to A Guide to Flight Simulator will cover the update in more detail including all airports.

Quality of Life Improvements

Some of our customers have been passing on feedback to us to continuously improve the quality of the guide since release. We have listened to all of that feedback and updated the guide since with multiple changes reflecting what they had pointed out to us.

Translations

We’re pleased to announce that soon a Simplified Chinese Edition and a French Edition of A Guide to Flight Simulator will soon be made available free to current customers. More details on those translations coming soon.

We’re also looking for anyone to help us translate the guide into German and Spanish. If you’re up to the task, send us an email.

New Product Announcement

We’ll be announcing a new product on Friday 2nd October 2020. Keep an eye on your inboxes for what it could be!

Changelog

V1.50 | Release Date: 01OCT2020

NEW – A320Neo Tutorial Flight
ADDED – Information on Microsoft Flight Simulator Build 1.9.3.0 [Japan Update]
CHANGED – Updated credits list in relation to upcoming language translations and other contributors.
FIX – Various minor spelling errors throughout the guide [Thanks to Brian B]
FIX – Corrected link to SkyVector

TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 222

Where to Buy

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Buy from SoFly

Buy from simMarket

Buy from FlighSim.com

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Buy from FlightSimWebShop

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A Guide to Flight Simulator v1.40 Released – Snow & Ice, Assistance Options and Updating Your Sim

Glad you did the manual as this is the first sim I’ve had where I’ve used an aircraft with the G1000.  On the other sims I only flew classic aircraft with steam gauges.  With your guide I am now getting used to the glass cockpits…really great technology.

Garry L, via email.

We’re so pleased that customers like Garry are able to expand their type of flying because A Guide to Flight Simulator managed to help out. This week, we’re looking at various other aspects in the simulator including snow, ice and how you can use the various assistance options to help support you.

Version 1.40 brings new information in support of your new flight simulator. A Guide to Flight Simulator now features 200-pages of gorgeous content for you to enjoy. Find out everything changed in the blog notes below.

How to Get the Update

To get version 1.40, you will need to redownload it from your original point of purchase. If you ordered it from SoFly’s store, then you will need to login to your account and click on the download button for the new guide.

However, if you downloaded the guide from another store (e.g. simMarket), then you will need to login to that account and redownload it.

As a reminder, this update is free of charge for all customers.

Please note that all stores have now received the files, but it may take a few hours to get them uploaded. You should be notified when your store has a new download waiting.

If you have yet to become a customer, you can buy your copy here.

Here’s a more detailed look at what this update brings.

Snow & Ice

Snow and ice are an important element of the new flight simulator and this guide update gives you an idea on how the adverse weather will impact your aircraft. The guide will give you a flavour on also how to tackle some of the dangers ice build-up can bring to your aircraft.

Assistance Options

There are plenty of options for your simulator when it comes to having a helping hand. Newcomers to flight simulation may want to use these to help them get the best landing, whilst experienced simmers may want to find navigating cities a lot easier with some of the assistance options.

Updating the Simulator

With new builds for the new simulator being released regularly, it was time to introduce a brief tutorial on how to update your simulator. There’s also some guidance on some of the key changes that took place with the new build. This section will grow along with any build updates from the simulator itself.

Changelog

V1.40 | Release Date: 23SEP2020

NEW – Snow and Weather Manipulation
NEW – Handling Icing In Your Aircraft
NEW – Accessibility Options
NEW – Updating Your Simulator
ADDED – Key features of simulator build 1.8.3.0
ADDED – Information on in-sim menu after build update 1.8.3.0
ADDED – Updated back cover
FIX – Acronym error on Page 134

TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 200

Where to Buy

Buy from Aerosoft

Buy from Google Play

Buy from SoFly

Buy from simMarket

Buy from FlighSim.com

Buy from SimShack

Buy from FlightSimWebShop

What’s Next?

Jet flying is next. Fast, fun and exciting. We can’t wait.

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A Guide to Flight Simulator v1.30 Released – TBM 930 Tutorial, SkyVector and More

This manual is well laid out and easy to read & understand. The walkthroughs are a good way of putting the information into practice. I will definitely get more out of FS2020 thanks to reading this!”

Gordan C, SimShack Customer

We’re excited to announce our latest update for A Guide to Flight Simulator has been released. Version 1.30 builds on our previous releases and adds a complete tutorial on becoming an expert with the TBM 930.

The tutorial will take you on a trip from Telluride Airport to Aspen Airport, whilst navigating the nearby mountains from VOR to VOR. The tutorial will cover everything from using the G3000 and the autopilot, to powering up the aircraft and shutting it down.

This update brings yet another 20-pages to the guide bringing the total page count to 190-pages of stunning material to help support you get to grips with Mircrosoft Flight Simulator.

How to Get the Update

To get version 1.30, you will need to redownload it from your original point of purchase. If you ordered it from SoFly’s store, then you will need to login to your account and click on the download button for the new guide.

However, if you downloaded the guide from another store (e.g. simMarket), then you will need to login to that account and redownload it.

As a reminder, this update is free of charge for all customers.

Please note that all stores have now received the files, but it may take a few hours to get them uploaded. You should be notified when your store has a new download waiting.

If you have yet to become a customer, you can buy your copy here.

Here’s a more detailed look at what this update brings.

TBM 930 Tutorial Flight

You will be doing an early morning departure from Telluride Airport to Aspen Airport in the TBM 930. You will learn how to turn the aircraft on from a ‘cold and dark’ state, add in VOR data and learn how to use the autopilot in the G3000. By the end of the flight, you will have covered a lot of new skills and techniques to help you become an even better virtual pilot.

Navigating Using VORs

You will be using VORs to fly between the two airports. Version 1.30 will feature a comprehensive look on how to program the information you need to fly using this type of navigation aid. Furthermore, you’ll be shown how to switch between various different navigation modes whilst in-flight.

Introduction to SkyVector

SkyVector is a wonderful online tool to help real-world and simulator pilots with flight planning. In version 1.30, we take the time to introduce you to the website and how you can use it for your own flight planning purposes.

Changelog

V1.30 | Release Date: 16SEP2020

NEW – TBM 930 Tutorial [Part of TBM Tutorial]
NEW – Information on SkyVector Flight Planning [Part of TBM Tutorial]
NEW – Information on using VOR naviagation [Part of TBM Tutorial]
ADDED – Page numbers now link directly to pages within the guide
FIX – Minor spelling error on In-Sim Menu Options on page 48
FIX – Minor spelling error on ATC communication options on page 49
FIX – Minor spelling errors on Airliner section on pages 68 and 69
FIX – Some page numbers were incorrect after guide updates; now fixed

TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 190

Where to Buy

We are pleased to announce that FlightSimWebShop is now an official reseller of A Guide to Flight Simulator.

Buy from Aerosoft

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Buy from SoFly

Buy from simMarket

Buy from FlighSim.com

Buy from SimShack

Buy from FlightSimWebShop

What’s Next?

Our next update will focus on weather, icing and also taking a look at some of the more interesting visits to explore in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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A Guide to Flight Simulator v1.20 Released – G1000 Training, Key Combinations and Airport Navigation

“WOW! What a beautiful well-designed book for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. This book is exactly what I need to get familiar with the new MSFS 2020”

Gil D, SimShack

Good news for Gil and all of our customers as we have just released version 1.20 of the guide free of charge for all customers.

When we first released the guide back on August 18th 2020, we gave our word that we would release free updates to the guide to continue your learning experience beyond what we had originally included. We continue delivering today with our next update, version 1.20, which includes a full tutorial on how to use the G1000, easily navigate around airports and also a complete list of all key combinations for those using a keyboard.

This update has added an additional 20 pages of stunning content, bringing the total page count to 170 pages in total. This is the most expansive and detailed guide available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

How to Get the Update

To get version 1.20, you will need to redownload it from your original point of purchase. If you ordered it from SoFly’s store, then you will need to login to your account and click on the download button for the new guide.

However, if you downloaded the guide from another store (e.g. simMarket), then you will need to login to that account and redownload it.

As a reminder, this update is free of charge for all customers.

Please note that all stores have now received the files, but it may take a few hours to get them uploaded. You should be notified when your store has a new download waiting.

Here’s a more detailed look at what this update brings.

G1000 Tutorial

We spent a lot of time looking at the included G1000 in Microsoft Flight Simulator and have put together an extensive overview of the included systems. We cover everything from the numerous display options available, the autopilot systems and a full training flight to help you get to grips with the software.

Airport Navigation

Not sure what the taxiway signage means or how to get from the gate to the runway? We have put together some tips to help support you with just that.

Key Combinations

We’ve heard your feedback and have included a comprehensive key combinations guide to help you spend more time flying than looking at the control menu. You can print this out and keep it as a quick reference.

Note: We will be updating our key combinations with visual references and also for some common controllers in upcoming free updates.

Changelog

V1.20 | Release Date: 09SEP2020

NEW – G1000 Tutorial
NEW – Airport Manoeuvring
NEW – Primary Key Controls
FIX – Corrected airport elevation for Sydney International Airport (YSSY)

TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 170

More Places to Buy

Our guide is now in more places then ever to pick up! Starting right now, you can buy A Guide to Flight Simulator directly on Aerosoft’s store. In addition, we are also ready to download on Google Play and Google Play Books. You will get automatic updates direct to your mobile device.

This means you can buy the guide from

Want to see us on iOS and the Apple Store? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Buy from Aerosoft

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What’s Next?

We have another update coming soon which will give you a full tutorial lesson with the TBM.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support.

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How-To: Quickly Change Aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Another week has passed so we wanted to offer a quick how-to tip for you this week. This week, we want to focus on changing aircraft nice and quickly, even when the simulator has loaded up.

We know how frustrating it can be to sit through long load times, especially if you load the simulator at the wrong gate, airport or even the incorrect aircraft type. Whilst the quick-access menu enables you to fill up the fuel tanks or change the time of day/weather, adjusting the aircraft is a bit more complicated. Luckily, there is a workaround that anyone can do with minimal efforts. It’s a lot faster than exiting to the main menu and reloading with your new aircraft.

Step 1 – Enable Developer Mode

Whilst it sounds a bit intimidating, ‘Developer Mode’ will give you the ability to quickly swap aircraft whilst in the simulator. You don’t need to worry about all the options, as we’ll focus on just swapping aircraft.

To enable Developer Mode, from the simulator, press the ESC key and navigate to the “General” options from the main menu.

From here, click on the “Developers” tag and toggle “Developer Mode” to on.

A new black bar will appear.

Press F11 to now apply and save the changes. Exit back to the simulator.

Step 2 – Find The Aircraft Selector Menu

Now with ‘Developer Mode’ enabled, you have some new options to experiment with. Since we are looking to change aircraft, we will need to focus on finding “Aircraft Selector”.

To do this, click on “Windows” from the black bar and then click on “Aircraft Selector”

Step 3 – Select Your New Aircraft

A new window will pop-up on your simulator which lists all aircraft (including liveries). Now double click on the aircraft you wish to load.

Your aircraft will take a few moments to load up. Once it does, you can now fly it.

Step 4 – Cleaning Up

With the aircraft now loaded up, you should clean up your interface so you can have a distraction-free flight. Close the “Aircraft Selector” box with the X icon.

If you wish to remove the “Developer Mode” bar, simply hover over “[DevMode]” and click on “Exit [DevMode]“.

Other Use Cases

If you followed our tutorial on how to add liveries to your aircraft, you may wish to swap in and out of different aircraft without going back to the main menu. You can follow the steps above to swap in and out of liveries at any point also.

Continue Your Learning

If you found this helpful, be sure to continue your learning with A Guide to Flight Simulator. This guide will take you through the first steps of the new flight simulator, tips and tricks and also ways to maximise your performance.

Click here to find out more.

Be Careful

Some users have reported that there can be oddities when swapping aircraft with this method. Whilst more times than not it has been fine, just be aware that the best way to swap aircraft will always be to exit to the main menu and load back in.