[RELEASE] Release Notes (1.19.8.0) World Update VI: Germany, Austria, Switzerland Now Available!

Our vision is to continuously improve and expand Microsoft Flight Simulator on a regular basis.

This month, the virtual world of Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting its next major update by focusing on the marvelous regions of Austria, Germany & Switzerland. Renowned for its glorious mountain ranges, ubiquitous castles and stunning vistas, this region comes to life with World Update VI.

Our latest World Update contains new aerial imagery, high-resolution elevation maps and several brand-new 3D cities in Germany, Basel in Switzerland, Graz and Vienna in Austria. The update drastically enhances the visuals of these three countries and the beautiful mountain-ranges of the Alps.

The team has also hand-crafted over 100 well-known locations (points of interest, or POIs) and several airports including Lübeck, Stuttgart, Klagenfurt and St. Gallen. The update also includes new discovery flights, landing challenges and bush trips that take simmers across this beautiful region of our planet.

World Update VI: Austria, Germany and Switzerland is available free to all Microsoft Flight Simulator users today. Be sure your simulator is up to date first, then visit the Marketplace to download the latest world update and immerse yourself in this magnificent and expansive corner of the world. The sky is calling!

Download Instructions

  1. For PC users: Some packages in your community folder may not have been updated and, as a result, may have an unexpected impact on the title’s performance and behavior. Please move your community package(s) to another folder before relaunching the title if you suffer from stability issues or long loading times.
  2. Open the Microsoft Store, Steam, or Xbox application (whichever you use to play the sim) check for updates to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Install the update. Click here for a more in-depth guide for PC users.
  3. Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator and install the in-game content update.
  4. Once in the sim, head to the Marketplace and download the free content update labeled World Update 6.

Release Notes 1.19.8.0

Stability

  • Several crashes have been fixed across the title
  • Applying the default profile for the Mouse will no longer crash the title when an custom profile was loaded on PC
  • Fixed crash in autosave in bushtrip missions when the user has a non-ASCII name
  • The title can now be launched in Safe mode via a pop-up to deactivate all Community and Marketplace content on PC only. The option will be available after a crash as long as Devmode is not enabled.
  • Fixed some scenarios where mandatory content was not downloaded or installed properly on PC if it had been deleted via the content manager (“You are missing packages that are essential to run Microsoft Flight Simulator. Please update the application and try again.”)

Navigation

  • Fixed ATC radar altitude so the ATC no longer asks you to change your altitude when it is not applicable
  • The VFR Map now displays information for latitudes beyond 75 degrees
  • New AIRAC cycle 2108 is now available

Planes

  • SR22 performance and fuel consumption has been modified to better match POH
  • Gyro Drift is now correctly set when Aircraft Systems assistance preset is set to Easy / Medium / Hard

Peripherals

  • Fixed the ENG 1 and the Crank/ Mode norm/ IGN/Start buttons on the Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus edition

World

  • Updated elevation data for Germany, Austria & Switzerland
  • Updated aerial imagery for Germany, Austria & Switzerland
  • "Offscreen terrain pre caching " graphics settings has been added (Low, Medium, High and Ultra). If set to Ultra, all the offscreen terrain will be cached at full quality which will reduce FPS drops and LOD popping when panning the camera but may impact overall performance
  • Maximum photogrammetry draw distance has been further increased. As a result photogrammetry downtown building areas will be visible from farther away
  • Better management of low bandwidth Bing terrain data and photogrammetry streaming as the change to Offline data is no longer persistent (changes applied only affect the current flight)
  • Fixed an issue where the Bing terrain data would switch to offline in low bandwidth scenarios without displaying a warning pop-up, when data consumption cap was set (the warning pop up is now displayed properly)
  • Cities at night are now more visible on the World Map
  • Various airport data fixes
    • LEMD: added Restriction for landings and take-offs on runways according to charts
    • LEMI: fixed ICAO issue for Region de Murcia International Airport
    • OPIS: Islamabad airport now has lights
    • 02NH: fixed Iroquois landing altitude
    • EGGK: fixed issue with a building in the middle of a taxiway
    • EDDF: added Restriction for landings and take-offs on runways according to charts
    • KGTU: added missing buildings
    • FNDB: fixed Terraforming and data issues
    • 89AK: fixed elevation issue
    • KDVT: fixed parking 75 spawning point
    • ESKS: updated ICAO for Scandinavian Mountains Airport
    • SSGG: updated ICAO for Tancredo Thomas de Faria Airport (Guarapuava Airport)
  • Improved Airport data on 100 airports
EDDM EDLP EDDT EDDH EDDL LOWW EDDK EDDB LOWS EDDV
EDDP EDHI LOWZ EDNY EDXW LOWG LOIR EDDC EDLW LSZB
EDNX EDFE EDLE EDDG EDFM EDHK LOWK EDMO EDSB EDXH
LOWL EDFH LSMP EDMA EDLN EDKB EDFZ EDVE EDVK EDHL
EDWR EDDE LSME EDJA EDRK LSTA LSPM EDCG LOXT EDWG
EDWY EDLR LSZE LOIJ LOIH EDRY LSMF LOAV EDDR EDLV
EDGS LOAN LSPV EDAZ EDTF EDRE EDLT EDWI EDAH EDKA
EDLD EDBM EDCP EDWJ EDTL EDTQ EDRV EDWL EDLM EDML
EDOP EDQD EDRZ ETHB LSGG LSGS LSZR LSZA LSZS LSC
LSZL LSGL LSMM LSZF LSZG LSMA LSZN LSZK EDVM EDTY
  • Addition of 43 new airports:
EDAX EDAY EDBN EDEM EDER EDFJ EDGT EDOV EDUT EDXN
EDXQ ETHC ETHE ETHF ETHR ETHS ETMN ETND ETNH ETNJ
ETNL ETNN ETNS ETNT ETSB ETSE ETSH ETSI ETSN LOGK
LSGC LSMC EDHR EDII EDKC EDKQ EDKY EDPR EDTI EDUQ
EDUU EDVB LOSM

VR

  • The title no longer crashes when quitting the sim in VR
  • Various tutorial fixes: briefs and debriefs are properly displayed, no blockers anymore. Please note that Tutorial 1 in VR mode is still under work and will be complete in a future update

Marketplace

  • Content User Rating is now more accurate

SDK

  • Fixed group displaying and collapse/uncollapse issue in the scenery editor
  • Projected Mesh not rendered when moving camera or adding new one in the Scenery editor (we force the loading of LOD 0)
  • Improved some text rendering for XML gauges
  • Plane debug screens now correctly calculate and display GPH/gallon per hour fuel consumptions (DebugAircraftEngines & DebugAircraftTracking)
  • Aircraft Editor: the .cfg files are no longer corrupted when using the editor

Optional World Update Content (via the In-Sim Marketplace)

Germany

Photogrammetry Cities:

  • Bielefeld
  • Braunschweig
  • Frankfurt am Main
  • Konstanz
  • Wuppertal

Hand-Crafted Airports

  • EDHL – Lübeck Airport
  • EDDS – Stuttgart Airport
  • EDXH - Heligoland Airport

Hand-Crafted Points of Interest

  • Helgioland
  • Elbphilarmonie (Hamburg)
  • Volksparkstadion (Hamburg)
  • Holsten Gate (Lübeck)
  • Fehmarn Sound Bridge
  • Schwerin Castle (Schwerin)
  • St. Nicholas Church (Wismar)
  • Freilichtmuseum Gross Raden
  • St. Nicholas Church (Stralsund)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Stralsund)
  • Jasmund National Park (Rügen)
  • Rheinsberg Palace
  • Brandenburg Gate (Berlin)
  • Olympiastadion (Berlin)
  • Sanssouci and Park (Potsdam)
  • Tropical Islands Resort
  • Bastei
  • Moritzburg
  • Frauenkirche (Dresden)
  • Kath. Hofkirche (Dresden)
  • Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Leipzig)
  • Wartburg (Eisenach)
  • Kyffhäuser Monument
  • State Museum of Pre-History (Halle)
  • Wernigerode Castle
  • Madgeburg Catherdal (Magdeburg)
  • Grüne Zitadelle (Magdeburg)
  • Autostadt (Wolfsburg)
  • Herrenhausen Gardens (Herrenhausen)
  • Marienburg Castle
  • Hermannsdenkmal (Detmold)
  • Münster Cathedral (Münster)
  • Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
  • Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
  • Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (Essen)
  • Merkur Spiel-Arena (Düsseldorf)
  • Borussia-Park (Mönchengladbach)
  • Great St. Martin’s Church (Cologne)
  • South Bridge (Cologne)
  • Hohenzollern Bridge (Cologne)
  • RheinEnergieStadion (Cologne)
  • Aachener Cathedral (Aachen)
  • Drachenfels Castle
  • Drachenburg Castle (Königswinter)
  • Deutsches Eck (Koblenz)
  • Cochem Impreial Castle (Cochem)
  • Castle Katz (St. Goarshausen)
  • Niederwalddenkmal
  • Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurt am Main)
  • Oper Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main)
  • Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt am Main)
  • Saar Polygon (Ensdorf)
  • Mannheim Water Town (Mannheim)
  • Freiburg Minster (Freiburg)
  • Hohenzollern Castle (Hechingen)
  • Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart)
  • Walhalla
  • Allianz Arena (Munich)
  • Olympiastadion (Munich)
  • St. Bartholomew’s Church (Berchtesgaden)

Bush Trip

  • Bush Trip Germany

Landing Challenges

  • EDDL Dusseldorf
  • EDXH Duene

Discovery Flight

  • Berlin
Austria

Photogrammetry Cities:

  • Graz
  • Vienna

Hand-Crafted Airports

  • LOWK – Klagenfurt Airport

Hand-Crafted Points of Interest

  • Melk Abbey (Melk)
  • Wiener Riesenrad (Vienna)
  • Hofsburg (Vienna)
  • St. Stephan’s Cathedral (Vienna)
  • Schönbrunn Palace & Gloriette (Vienna)
  • Ernst-Happel-Stadion (Vienna)
  • Eggenberg Palace (Graz)
  • Wörthersee Stadion (Klagenfurt)
  • Hohenwerfen Castle
  • Kufstein Fortress

Bush Trip

  • Bush Trip Austria

Landing Challenge

  • LOWK Klagenfurt
Switzerland

Photogrammetry Cities:

  • Basel

Hand-Crafted Airports

  • LSZR – St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport

Hand-Crafted Points of Interest

  • Tarasp Castle
  • Landwasser Viaduct
  • Castelgrande
  • Castello di Montebello
  • Castello di Sasso Corbaro
  • Abbey of Saint Gall (St. Gallen)
  • Kybunpark (St. Gallen)
  • Einsiedeln Abbey (Einsiedeln)
  • Grossmünster (Zurich)
  • Swiss National Museum (Zurich)
  • Letzigrund (Zurich)
  • St. Jakob Park (Basel)
  • Kapellbrücke (Lucerne)
  • Swissporarena (Lucerne)
  • Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern)
  • Stadion Wankdorf (Bern)
  • Bern Minster (Bern)
  • Federal Palace of Switzerland (Bern)
  • Stade de la Maladière (Neuchatel)
  • Lausanne Cathedral (Lausanne)
  • Brunswick Monument (Geneva)
  • Batiment des Forces Motrices (Geneva)
  • Stade de Geneve (Geneva)
  • Chillon Castle (Lake Geneva)
  • Gornergrat South Observatory
  • Sphinx Observatory

Bush Trip

  • Bush Trip Swiss
  • Bush Trip Grand Alpine Challenge (Cross Country)

Landing Challenges

  • LSZA Lugano
  • LSZR ST Gallen

Discovery Flight

  • Pennine
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Offscreen Terrain Pre-Caching

“Offscreen terrain caching” is now available on PC. This option defines what level of detail your offscreen terrain will stream into memory. This is located in General Options > Graphics.

The definition of “Off screen terrain” is anything not currently visible behind the user.

Question from the community: “If set to Ultra, all the offscreen terrain will be cached at full quality - does this include buildings and trees in addition to ground terrain?” Yes, this includes not only terrain but buildings, trees, photogrammetry, textures, and everything else in the world.

It will have four settings:

  • Low - This setting will improve performance but a lot of terrain data is streamed at a lower quality behind the user, while FPS drops may increase when turning your head.
  • Medium - This is what you currently have right now in the current build. The terrain behind the user is streamed at a lower quality and reduces the impact on memory and FPS, but when turning your head will need to stream the terrain and FPS drops may occur in that moment.
  • High - High will be an intermediate state between Medium and Ultra
  • Ultra - This is will have no offscreen caching at all, and everything will be maxed out based on your graphics setting. The quality in front of the user is the same as from behind the user, so nothing needs to be loaded. This could come with some FPS drops when turning the head, but would result in higher FPS and lower memory usage when looking forward and not turning your head quickly.

Safe Mode

Learn all about “Safe Mode” here: https://flightsimulator.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/4405893759378

Release Note Details

  • SR22 performance and fuel consumption has been modified to better match POH: SR22 was flying 4% too slow (max speed 2000ft) and had a 10% too low fuel consumption.

  • Better management of low bandwidth Bing terrain data and photogrammetry streaming as the change to Offline data is no longer persistent (changes applied only affect the current flight): In a low bandwidth scenario, a pop-up is displayed informing the user that they should turn off Bing terrain data and photogrammetry. Turning it off at this moment was a persistent change which lead to some users playing in offline mode without knowing it. The switch to offline data is no longer persistent starting with this update.

  • Content user rating is now more accurate: A bug was found that did not register every rating and capped at a certain amount. This is now fixed and all ratings from users will be accounted for.

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