Product Update - Valve
New Microsoft Flight Update Now Available

Here are the changes included in this latest update:
- We made a few changes to help address an issue that was causing some players to crash when starting the game.
- We addressed an issue that was causing a CRC validation error for some players.
- We also made some adjustments to help improve Windows 8 compatibility.

A special thank you to all the players who participated in the beta test of this build! Your efforts are appreciated.
Aug 31, 2012
Community Announcements - Loki MS Flight
The C-46, the last completed piece of Microsoft Flight DLC is now available in the<a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203881/">Steam Store</a>.This twin-engine aircraft can carry up to 17,000 pounds of fuel and cargo to almost any remote and rugged landing strip, well assuming it is long enough! Its relatively high cruise speed of 200 kts and max range of 1500 miles make it the perfect cargo aircraft for Alaska. As this C-46 is a basic model, no cockpit is included.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Tim Stone)

Nobody knows for sure why the Hawaiian Giant Booby (Microsofta Flightus) died out. Some say its nest sites were invaded by shipwrecked rats. Others suggest Polynesian cloak-makers hunted it to extinction. A few believe the bird’s demise was directly linked to its unusual habit of aero-ovulation. Me, I’m a subscriber to the ‘Fatally flawed DLC’ theory. MS released the wrong add-ons at the wrong times at the wrong prices. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Rumours that Microsoft’s Vancouver studio had been completely shut down were swirling around the internet this morning, but in a statement to Gamespot, the company has specified that the studio will survive despite cuts. One of the projects that will cease, however, is Microsoft Flight, which means Tim Stone’s desire for “jets, smuggling, and air-sea rescues…via DLC” is likely to be forever unfulfilled, at least in this game. The free to play title seemed to have been designed as an expanding world but there will be no growth now. Our thoughts are with those whose jobs are affected, on this and other projects. Statement below.

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Product Release - Valve
The Carbon Cub Deluxe, new content for Microsoft Flight, is now available on Steam and 25% off until Wednesday, August 1st 10AM PDT!

Explore the exciting world of bush flying and get those hard-to-reach Aerocaches in the Carbon Cub! Cub Crafters' modern, high-performance aircraft reinvents the classic plane using carbon fiber, computer-aided design, and sporting a lightweight 180-hp engine for spectacular performance. Expand your world: This versatile, cargo-capable aircraft allows you to take off and land just about anywhere!

Product Release - Valve
Alaskan Wilderness, the first expansion for Microsoft Flight is Now Available on Steam.

Continue the Microsoft Flight experience in the Alaskan Wilderness Pack, with over 586,000 square miles of aviation playground to test your piloting skills against the brutal weather and majestic terrain of Alaska. The Cub Crafters Carbon Cub is also included as a Basic Aircraft (no cockpit included), an iconic bush plane capable of getting into and out of the most demanding locations.

Product Update - Valve
New Features and Functionality
o New hardware-related functionality
 Added support for TrackIR
 Added support for axis-based brake control devices
 Added settings specific to Intel Ivy Bridge graphics hardware
o New Hangar Marketplace UI
 Added details page for Marketplace items
 Improved user experience for downloading multiple pieces of DLC
 Added locked/unlocked livery sorting
o Map improvements
 Added globe icon to Main Menu for region selection
 Adjusted map displays for areas with high airport concentration
 Added region-based filtering for Aerocaches
o Improved error reporting
 Added features which allow for more robust error reports from end users
o New UI Features
 Added “Glance” command; when R key is pressed and held, allows player to look toward the closest Point of Interest Marker
o New Environment Features and Improvements
 Added two new weather themes: Heavy Weather and Mixed Weather
 Added new in-cloud effects
 Adjusted coloration of clouds at higher densities to be more realistic
 Adjusted cloud randomization
Bug Fixes
o Reduced load times across the board
o Adjusted “Skip to Waypoint” feature: players no longer spawn inside intervening terrain pieces
o Fixed issues with double-byte languages (Korean, Japanese & Chinese)
 Fixed issue causing in-cockpit tooltips to display incorrectly
 Fixed issue preventing planes from appearing in Hangar after selecting a job from the Job Board
o Fixed graphics issues
 Fixed issues in fog layer and cirrus cloud rendering
 Adjusted reflections to be more realistic (no more giant plane reflections)
 Fixed vegetation flickering issues
 Fixed banyan tree rendering
 Fixed crash that occurred for some users when changing graphics settings during cut scenes
 Improved in-flight terrain textures for users with Vertical Sync enabled
o Addressed multiple Games for Windows – LIVE related issues which can cause Microsoft Flight to crash
o Addressed multiple issues causing Windows Vista users to experience a crash after completing a mission or challenge
o Fixed multiplayer issues
 Reduced bandwidth consumed during multiplayer sessions
 Fixed error experienced by final users to join multiplayer sessions
 Fixed multiple crashes that occur during multiplayer sessions
 Reduced choppiness in rendering other users’ planes during multiplayer
Community Announcements - Wedge
For a limited time only, head over to the Hangar in Microsoft Flight for your free download of the RED TAILS P-51 Mustang, brought to you by RED TAILS and Microsoft Studios!

Inspired by the real-life adventures of these unsung heroes, RED TAILS features high-flying action, and we're excited to celebrate the extraordinary story of the Tuskegee Airmen with the release of the RED TAILS P-51 Mustang. RED TAILS is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Learn more at <a href="http://youtube.com/RedTailsMovie">youtube.com/RedTailsMovie</a>.

Note: The free preview button in the hangar may not work. To work around this, select the RED TAILS P-51 Mustang and click the purchase button. The free download will initiate and make the aircraft available for you to fly.
Product Release - Valve
F4U Corsair , new content for Microsoft Flight, is now available on Steam!

Conquer the hoops courses in the F4U Corsair! With its large prop and inverted gull wings, the F4U was an iconic mainstay of Allied aviation during World War II. It was also featured in a late 1970's TV series based on Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 214. This version is the F4U-1D, which has a powerful 2100 hp, 18-cylinder radial engine. Its speed and high roll rates make it a perfect formation partner with other warbirds. No cockpit included.

May 30, 2012
Community Announcements - delafina
Conquer the hoops courses in the F4U Corsair! With its large prop and inverted gull wings, the F4U was an iconic mainstay of Allied aviation during World War II. It was also featured in a late 1970's TV series based on Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 214. This version is the F4U-1D, which has a powerful 2100 hp, 18-cylinder radial engine. Its speed and high roll rates make it a perfect formation partner with other warbirds. No cockpit included.

The Corsair is now available in the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203877/">Steam Store</a>!
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