Achievement guide and discussion

Hey everyone!

I have been working my way through the Microsoft Flight Simulator achievements and thought I’d make a little guide listing what I’ve discovered while trying to unlock each one.

Unfortunately, unlocking every achievement is currently impossible due to a combination of missing challenges and bugged achievements. But hopefully this guide will help you get the ones that can be unlocked.

Before you start hunting, make sure you turn assistance off, many achievements will only work when flying on hard difficulty, even ones who doesn’t mention such in the description. There are a few notable exceptions to this however, such as on the landmark and animal spotting achievements where visual aid must be enabled.

It is also worth nothing that some mods will prevent certain achievements from progressing, such as aircraft liveries.

I want to try and list any possible workarounds for bugged achievements and would truly appreciate comments, hopefully we can get a discussion going.


Here’s a summary of which achievements can be unlocked, and which are bugged to the point where you likely wont be able to unlock them. You can find a more detailed description of each achievement further below:

Unlockable Achievements:

By the Book
Start Me Up
Mother Nature
Fill 'er Up!
Challenge Accepted
Stay on Target
On the Green
Light Chop
Look ma, No Hands!
Wheels Up, Wheels Down
Job Shadowing
Back-Up Plan
Service with a Smile
Work for the Weekend
Deadstick Landing
Uphill Climb
Short Stuff
A Few Bumps
Road trip
Frequent Flyer Miles
Pilot Program
Goldrush
Anemoi
Fire and Ice
Instrumental
Night Owl
Century Club
Flight of Fancy
Hydroplaning
Greased
Journeyman
Jack of All Planes (deluxe version only)
Wing Commander
Rubberneck
In the Wild
Landmarks the Spot
Tour Guide
Completionist
World Traveler
SIDs and STARs
World Traveler
Bugged Achievements:

My Way
Saddle Sore

Inaccessible Achievements
Decathlon


The achievements below are listed based on the game score awarded from each, with the easiest ones listed first.

By the Book

Description: Request landing clearance from ATC at a towered airport, without using ATC assistance

Solution: Simply open the ATC window while in the air near an airport and request permission to land.

Start Me Up

Description : Manually start the Airbus A320Neo’s engines, without using Assistance

Solution: This can be done using the built in checklists for the airplane (accessible from the top menu by clicking on the checker marker) open the checklist and manual work your way through each step.

Mother Nature

Description : Adjust the weather during a flight

Solution: You can access the weather and time adjustments menu from the top menu bar during a flight. Simply select one of the pre-made weather settings from the drop down menu and the achievement should unlock.

Rubberneck

Description : Use the Smart Cam to view a star landmark for 3 seconds, from a distance of 550 yards or less

Solution: Just fly over to any star landmark on the map (you can spawn right next to one by selecting it on the world map and choosing it as your departure location) and use the smart cam (by pressing S on the keyboard) to view the landmark for 3 seconds at a close distance. Note that this only works when the Navigation Aid is enabled

Fill 'er Up!

Description : Refuel at any ground fuel station

Solution: Most airports have a fueling area, simply taxi your aircraft over to it and the refuel menu should pop up automatically, as will the achievement. Alternatively you can use the ATC to request a fuel truck

Challenge Accepted

Description : Complete any activity

Solution: This should unlock upon completing any of the two main types of activities, either do a landing challenge or a bush trip leg.

Stay on Target

Description : Use the Instrumental Landing System (ILS) to complete a landing

Solution: Land an aircraft using the ILS landing system, which you can access in all of the big airliners available in the game. If this is your first time hearing about ILS landings you will want to check out some online tutorials as it can be a bit tricky.

Known issues: This achievement doesn’t always unlock right away, and might require several tries. Make sure all assistance is turned off

On the Green

Description: Land on a grass runway, without using any assistance

Solution: Locate any grass runway on the world map, smaller airports are usually marked with a brown airport icon, such as MRSN / Sirena Station

Known issues: Several players have noted that this achievement doesn’t always unlock when landing on a grass runway, and sometimes it will unlock when landing on a regular runway. I managed to unlock it during one of the Nevada Bush Trip desert strips.

Light Chop

Description : Land at an airport where windspeeds are in excess of 5 knots, without using any assistance.

Solution: Make sure you turn all assistance off (hard) in the assistance menu which can be found under options. You can create your own weather preset or use one of the pre-build one from the dropdown menu in the weather settings. Alternatively you can fly some of the “Strong wind” landing challenges found in the activities section.

Look Ma, No Hands!

Description : Utilize autopilot for a total of 600 miles

Solution: Simply activate the autopilot on any aircraft that features one, and keep it on for 600 miles. I recommend using a bigger airliner to speed things up.

Wheels Up, Wheels Down

Description : Complete a non-stop flight of at least 300 miles from take-off to landing

Solution : Fairly simple, just fly 300 miles (260.000 nautical miles) or more between two airports, should be doable with any aircraft (even those who can’t raise and lower their wheels)

Job Shadowing

Description : Create a flight plan based on live traffic aircrafts, then fly the route without assistance

Solution: Make sure to activate live traffic in the flight conditions menu, small green aircraft symbols should now show up on your world map (might take a few seconds to load) Select any of green aircraft and choose “create flight plan”, then all you have to do is to fly this flight plan. Make sure to turn off all flight assistance in the options menu before flying.

Known issues: This achievement will not unlock if any changes whatsoever is made to the flight plan after creating it. Changing the departure from the runway to a gate, or from VFR to IFR will prevent the achievement for unlocking

Back-Up Plan

Description : Utilize pre-flight pushback service to move aircraft, for a total distance of 1 mile

Solution: Make sure you spawn your aircraft at an airport gate or parking, you can access the pushback feature from the ATC and choosing “ground services”

Service with a Smile

Description : Request each type of pre-flight Ground Service while at an appropriate airport gate

Solution: Spawn your aircraft (you will want to use an airliner) at any airport gate and access the ground services from the ATC menu. You will need to request a catering service, luggage service, power supply, fuel supply, the jetway and the pushback truck. You will also need to spawn at an airport parking and request ramp connection.

In The Wild

Description : use the Smart Cam to view animals for 3 seconds, from a distance of 550 yards or less

Solution: Just like the Rubberneck achievement, this should be pretty simple. You can find animals by searching for “fauna” on the world map. Select the fauna as departure and choose fly. Locate the animals and use the smart cam (press S) for three seconds at a close distance. This only works when the Navigation Aid is enabled

Working for the Weekend

Description : Complete a weekly activity

Solution: You can find weekly activities under the spotlight event landing challenges on the main menu. Simply complete a landing and the achievement should unlock

Deadstick Landing

Description : After receiving landing clearance, switch off engines and successfully land on the runway.

Solution: After receiving landing clearance from the ATC, turn off your airplanes engines and complete the landing. This is easier to do in a smaller aircraft and you can turn the engines off whenever you like, even just before touching down.

My Way [Bugged]

Description : Complete a non-stop 300+ mile flight from parking to parking spot, without assistance

Solution: Complete a 300+ miles (260 Nautical miles) flight starting at a parking spot, and finishing at a parking spot on another airport with assistance turned off (hard) If you’re having trouble finding the correct parking spot or gate without using assistance, try locating the ground personnel that should be stationed at your assigned parking. The game usually recognize a flight as finished when engines and power has been turned off.

Known issues:

Players have been unable to unlock this achievement even if all requirements are met, there is currently no known workaround

Uphill Climb

Description : Land on a runway that has at least 12 degree incline, without using any assistance

Solution: There are several airports with this level of incline, the easiest one to locate would probably be the Bugalaga Airstrip (WX53) which is featured in the epic landing challenges. Make sure assistance is turned off.

Short Stuff

Description : Land on a runway shorter than 2000 feet without using any assistance or bypassing any travel

Solution: There are several short airstrips featured in the various challenges, including the SABA epic landing challenge and several of the smaller strips on the Nevada Bush trip.

A Few Bumps

Description : Land at an airport where windspeeds are in excess of 15 knots, without using any assistance

Solution: Just like with the “Light Chop” achievement, you can adjust the weather settings before flying or during a flight . You can also complete one of the strong winds landing challenges and the achievement should unlock

Road Trip

Description : Taxi aircraft for a total distance of 100 miles

Solution: Just as the description says, taxi for 100 miles and the achievement should unlock

Known issues: Many players have reported that this achievement keeps progressing while in the air, unlocking the achievement without having to do a whole lot of taxing.

Frequent Flyer Miles

Description : Fly from LFBD airport near Asobo Studios to KSEA airport near Microsoft HQ

Solution: This is a long flight, so make sure you plan ahead. Create a flight plan from LFBD in Bordeaux/France to KSEA in Seattle/USA. I recommend picking a Boeing 747 and fly IFR High Altitude Airways, as you want to cruise at a high altitude. Make sure you’re familiar with the autopilot before starting.

The total flight is around 9 hours, the achievement will unlock upon touchdown.

Known issues: Not an issue with the achievement itself, but because of the way fuel consumption works in MSFS, you will most likely run out of fuel before reaching your destination.

The achievement can be unlocked with the use of assistance so make sure you activate unlimited fuel, or use the refuel/repair hotkey.

It is not know weather landing midway for a refuel will break the achievement progress or not, the same goes for loading a save game, so I recommend doing the trip in one single session.

Pilot Program

Description : Accumulate 50 hours of flight time in a single pilot profile

Solution: Simply fly for 50 hours in total

Tour Guide

Description : Use the Smart Cam to View 25 landmarks, from a distance of 550 yards

Solution: Just like the rubberneck achievement, this should be fairly simple. Fly over to any landmark on the map (you can spawn right next to one by selecting it on the world map and choosing it as your departure location) and use the smart cam (by pressing S on the keyboard) to view the landmark for 3 seconds at a close distance.
Repeat this process for another 24 landmarks. Remember that this only works when the Navigation Aid is enabled, the achievement progress when viewing all landmarks, not just the ones with a star on the world map

Goldrush

Description : Complete the Nevada Bush Trip, without using any navigation assistance

Solution: The Nevada Bush trips takes about 9 hours to do and is divided up into 25 legs that can be done all at once or one at a time. There is no GPS onboard the Savage Cub so you will need to follow the hints closely, using the timer also helps. This can be a bit tricky in a few places but overall it’s fairly simple (and really fun!)

Make sure you don’t use the “Get me back on track” button on the VFR map, as this will disable the achievement

Known issues: You cannot refuel normally during bush trips, and since they’re fairly long you are destined to run out. To work around this you can use the refuel/repair hotkey (Ctrl + F12) to refuel the aircraft

Sometimes when landing at the correct airport the end screen wont trigger. Try taking off and landing again.

Progress that was made before the recent patch might have bugged the bush trip save games, making you unable to trigger the end screen on your next segment, deleting your bush trip save game and starting over should solve this

Anemoi

Description : Complete the Balkans Bush Trip, without using any navigation assistance

Solution: The Balkans Bush Trip takes about 8 hours to complete and is divided into 16 legs that can be completed all at once or one at a time. The Cessna 172 has a built in autopilot and GPS, making it significantly easier to complete than the Nevada Bush Trip

Make sure you don’t use the “Get me back on track” button on the VFR map, as this will disable the achievement

Known issues: You cannot refuel normally during bush trips, and since they’re fairly long you are destined to run out. To work around this you can use the refuel/repair hotkey (Ctrl + F12) to refuel the aircraft

Sometimes when landing at the correct airport the end screen wont trigger. Try taking off and landing again.

Progress that was made before the recent patch might have bugged the bush trip save games, making you unable to trigger the end screen on your next segment, deleting your bush trip save game and starting over should solve this

Fire and Ice

Description : Complete the Patagonia Bush Trip, without using any navigation assistance

Solution: the Patagonia Bush Trip takes about 7 hours and is divided into14 legs that can be completed all at once or one at a time. The X Club has a built in autopilot and GPS, making it significantly easier to complete than the Nevada Bush Trip

Make sure you don’t use the “Get me back on track” button on the VFR map, as this will disable the achievement

Known issues: You cannot refuel normally during bush trips, and since they’re fairly long you are destined to run out. To work around this you can use the refuel/repair hotkey (Ctrl + F12) to refuel the aircraft

Sometimes when landing at the correct airport the end screen wont trigger. Try taking off and landing again.

Progress that was made before the recent patch might have bugged the bush trip save games, making you unable to trigger the end screen on your next segment, deleting your bush trip save game and starting over should solve this.

Instrumental

Description : Accumulate 50 hours of IFR flight time, including at least one take-off and landing

Solution: You can create IFR flight plans by selecting High or Low altitude airways in the flight plan dropdown menu. Make sure to follow the ATC instructions throughout the entire flight as otherwise your IFR flight plan might get cancelled. It is assumed that your IFR hours won’t be counted until after successful landing.

Night Owl

Description : Accumulate 50 hours of flight time at night

Solution: Simply fly at night

Century Club

Description : Accumulate 100 hours of flight time in a single pilot profile

Solution: fly for 100 hours

Saddle Sore

Description : Complete a flight of at least 8 hours with a propeller or turbo-prop aircraft

Solution: Fly any propeller or turbo-prop aircraft for 8 hours straight, I recommend using a larger turbo-prop with a large fuel tank. Make sure you’re familiar with the aircrafts autopilot before flying.

Known issues: None of the propeller aircrafts are capable of flying for 8 hours straight without a refuel. A workaround is to use the refuel/repair hotkey (ctrl + F12)

Several players have reported that the achievement does not unlock upon completing an 8 hour flight

Flights of Fancy

Description : Complete flights of at least 300 miles using a prop, yet and airliner

Solution: Complete a non stop 300 miles (260 Nautical miles) flight from one airport to another using a prop, yet and airliner. Prop includes turbo props, so go with one of these if you want to speed things up. The Cessna citation is the only jet in the base game and the airliners include the Boeing 747, the Airbus A320neoand the Boeing 787 (deluxe edition only)

Known issues: Users have reported that miles aren’t counted when using custom liveries

Hydroplaning

Description : Accumulate 50 hours of flight time in rainy weather

Solution: Simply fly in or near rainy weather

Known issues: This achievement is known to progress even when not in rainy weather while using the live weather feature

Greased

Description : Complete every Landing Challenge

Solution: Complete all 24 landing challenges.

Landmarks the Spot

Description : Use the Smart Cam to view 100 star landmarks, from a distance of 550 yards or less

Solution: Just like the rubberneck achievement, this should be fairly simple. Fly over to any star landmark on the map (you can spawn right next to one by selecting it on the world map and choosing it as your departure location) and use the smart cam (by pressing S on the keyboard) to view the landmark for 3 seconds at a close distance. Repeat this process for another 99 landmarks. Just as with the other smart cam related achievements, this only works when the Navigation Aid is enabled

Known issues: Some users have reported that you need to view 100 landmarks in a single flight, as the counter resets when exiting back to the menu.

SIDs and STARs [Bugged]

Description : Land at 26 star airport on the world map

Solution: There are 31 star airports on the world map, some large and some small. Simply land at 25 of them. Worth mentioning that DLC airports bought via the marketplace also counts as Star Airports

Known issues: This achievement is known to sometimes not register certain airports

Completionist [Bugged]

Description : Complete every activity

Solution: Complete all 24 landing challenges and all three bush trips

Known issues: This achievement is known not to sometimes unlock even when completing every activity, there is no known workaround

Decathlon

Description : Complete 10 weekly activities

Solution: Complete 10 different spotlight events found on the main menu

Known issues: There has currently only been two spotlight events, and the second event doesn’t seem to register in the achievement progression bar. This achievement is currently not unlockable

Journeyman

Description : Accumulate 500 hours of flight time in a single pilot profile

Solution: Simply fly for 500 hours

Jack of All Planes

Description : Complete a 300+ mile flight with every aircraft in the standard edition of Flight Simulator

Solution: There are 20 aircrafts in the standard edition of flight simulator, fly each one for 300 miles (260 nautical miles) Smaller aircrafts are slower and can take up to 3 hours to complete a flight of that distance. Many of the smaller aircrafts also lack autopilot, forcing you to manage the controls the entire time, so make sure to pick interesting routes to fly.

I highly recommend making a spreadsheet to track the progress, preferably one with a percentage counter so you can match it up with the achievement counter. Each finished flight increases the percentage with 5%

Known issues: The sim does not track progress on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk G1000 from standard of the game, but rather the additional Cessna 172 Skyhawk from the deluxe edition of the game, making this achievement inaccessible to owners of the standard edition

World Traveler [Bugged]

Description : Land Successfully at 500 different airports

Solution: Land at 500 different airports across the world.

Known issues: Some players have reported that this achievement does not progressing properly. The percentage bar should go up by 1% for every 5 airport you land on, which it in many cases do not

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good idea, however u should mention which achievements are bugged atm

Good idea, will do

Rubberneck and In The Wild work only when navigation aid icon is enabled

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oh really? I’ll give that a test

you are correct, unlocked Rubberneck and In the Wild by viewing them with aid icons available. Will update the guide

I indeed also got rubberneck to work when I turned on poi markers for that flight.

I also found that it can be useful to reset the poi viewpoint by using ctrl+f . Sometimes it would be bugged just looking at the same poi

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I completed My Way. Selected parking spot at departure airport, cold and dark. Selected runway at destination and accepted whichever parking spot Ground assigned, once I found it, it unlocked. Tip, note all the parking spots at the destination.

Pretty sure I unlocked fill ‘er up by calling for the fuel truck, and when it shows up after driving all over the airport, you get a screen to add fuel. By the way they will send the truck during the middle of a thunderstorm! Brave ground crews! I keep waiting for them to tell me to kiss my hopes goodbye!

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The Gold Rush is bugged as well. I’ve finished the other two bush trips first and received the achievements, then Nevada bush trip but no achievement was given.
Worth saying that I’ve received Completionist as well. Haven’t used the “back on track” button.

Wow, I like this post.

Start me up no longer works. I’ve started the A320 several times, at the gate, on the ramp, on the taxiway. Before push-back, after push-back, with the A320nx mod, without the mod. It doesn’t make a difference, it won’t unlock.

My Way is definitely buggy. I think it may be related to the general MSFS flight logging issue where sometimes it randomly does not record a take-off or landing. I did a 300NM parking-to-parking flight in an effort to knock out both My Way and part of Flights of Fancy. It logged the flight for Flights of Fancy but did no unlock My Way. I tried another parking-to-parking flight and about half-way during the flight, My Way unlocked?

Jack of All Planes is no longer working, I’ve completed Flights of Fancy and My Way, yet Jack of All Planes is at 0%.

Odd, I’m currently working my way through Jack of All Planes and it seems to be working fine, unfortunately I wont be able to get that last one which requires the deluxe edition.

I have noticed that my stats only show that I’ve completed 5 landings, which is what my 500 airports achievement is stuck on as well, I’m also not progressing SIDs and STARs which I’m guessing is due to the same issue

Isaktom, did you unlock the completionist achievement directly after completing your last activity? And did you start the Nevada bush trip before this latest patch released, but finished it after?
I saw that some people had issues unlocking Bush Trip achievements if they used the same same game across the two versions of the sim

Century Club acheivent seems bugged at the moment for me. I just completed a flight from KSFO to KLAS in the A320 to get 100 flight hours on my profile, midway through the flight I unlocked “Hydroplaning” despite the flight being sunny and not a cloud in the sky, afterwards the achievement progress screen only shows me at 84% of the way to the Century Club achievement despite it showing 100hrs in the pilot profile.

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Which version of the game do you have? Mine is Steam.

Thanks for this. I was working my way through the SIDS and STARS achievement and then the sim reset my progress to 0. A little frustrating and now I’m not really bothering with achievements.

In my case the order was as follows:

  • completed all challenges, training
  • completed Balkans trip, got achievement
  • completed Patagonia trip, got achievement
  • patch came in
  • completed Nevada trip, no achievement (started the trip after patch)
  • started game to check something and out of the blue got Completionist achievement!

I’ve also tried to redo the Nevada bush trip with the same effect: completed but no achievement.

I’ve read somewhere that Nevada might be bugged and not awarding the achievement if you use sim rate which the other do allow.

I guess I’ll wait for a patch.

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It appears that Saddle Sore is bugged. I flew the TBM for the Frequent Flyer Miles and got that achievement, but Saddle Sore is still showing 0%. I guess I will submit a bug report.

How many bush trips are there ?

I just completed the balkan one and had the achievement …

When i look at my profile I completed 1 of 20 ( TWENTY ) bush trips ??? There are just 3 ingame right ?

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