Where's Tower View?

I love the new Flight Simulator. Nevertheless, I miss the Views from FSX and I find the MSFS Drone Views unintuitive. I opened both sims simultaneously to compare the views and this what I found when using my keyboard:

FSX Views

F9 – Virtual Cockpit View

F10 – 2-D Cockpit

F11 – Outside View of Aircraft

F12 – Outside View – Top Down View of ground

Pressing ‘S’ in any view cycles between Outside Aircraft, Top Down, and Nearest Tower views.

Pressing ‘A’ in any of these views provides other views that are related to it.

I used Top Down View a lot in FSX, to move aircraft around with Slew. Not realistic, but it worked.

I also used Tower View frequently and I often saved many situations to open in that view.

For the Outside Aircraft View, I usually kept FSX in Locked Spot at 60% but I sometimes enjoyed setting exterior Aircraft Views in Fly By or Spot mode. Pressing ‘A’ switches easily between all these and my Yoke’s Hat Switch worked well in all views and modes.

MSFS Views:

Pressing ‘End’ on my keyboard cycles Cockpit and Exterior Views. In either view, my Yoke’s Hat Switch moves the camera to the left or to the right (in Cockpit) or sideways and up/down (Exterior view). There is no 2-D cockpit in MSFS such as there was in FSX. The Hat Switch works well in the new sim even if not quite as comprehensively as it did in FSX.

Pressing the letter ‘Y’ activates ‘Slew’ mode but it moves my aircraft in weird ways. I find I cannot use it as readily in MSFS compared to its smoother operation in FSX, unfortunately.

Pressing ‘Insert’ brings up the Drone and keyboard keys surrounding the ‘S’ key move the drone’s view.

How do you get to ‘Tower View’ in MSFS? I don’t know and I miss that feature from the old FSX. It’s possible the functionality exits in MSFS and I just have not found it. If it is in the new sim, I would appreciate somebody pointing out how to operate it. If it is not implemented in the new sim, I will just have to look for a Tower View app from fellow simmers.


As far as I know, there is no Tower view here.

Wait until you want to start adding miss matched sized monitors to your system, no 2d mode either, theres tons of stuff missing from this game or lamed down that are terrible.

ie. right alt click on a window, in fsx and previous version it brought up the entire instrument panel in this it just brings up the display you still have to look into the cockpit to manage the popped out window, so if you have a second monitor set somewhere to add a realism factor it wont matter, you still have to return to your old main screen to make changes… blech :hot_face:


Apparently this works if you’re using identical resolution monitors, or so I was told in another thread where I mentioned this. I can’t confirm it myself as my 3 monitors are all different resolution. . I’d love to be able to move the touch screens on the TBM to a secondary monitor (touchscreen) and use if from there. But no, I can’t do that. Even if I break out the ATC window to another screen, I can’t interact with it at all from there. I have to drag it back to my main screen to use it.

Tower view would be great. Along with the playback feature…


Not only the tower view, but the “lite ATC” functionality from playing tower in MP was kinda cool too.


It works for me on another screen and can interact. I did have to reset the panels once, around patch 2.

Highly recommend getting to grips with the drone (and the use of the C key to toggle between controlling the aircraft and controlling the drone if using a single controller).

It does take a bit of time to get used to, but once you’ve nailed it the things you can do are wonderful…


You can add your custom static views, but internal tower views are not modelled as far as I know. Unless any custom scenery has added them to their airports (I don´t have any).


Something like this, sorry for the low quality of the picture, if you fly with the drone into the tower its possible to look the drone in its menu. But its not the same as in fs 2004 or fsx, i think haven’t done so much with it yet. But its a start you can view from the tower airport activity and it will train some drone skills as well i like this feature in msfs2020 very much.

I believe the tower view is still back in 2006.

Thanks for your suggestion, FlightSimGuy. I tried it just now and I found that pressing my ‘C’ key disables the S-centric drone keys; I’ll have to remember this the next time those keys don’t respond. But I agree, I’ll just have to get comfortable with the drone’s intricacies.

I haven’t waded through the forum to a great extent, and certainly not as much as I need to; I fully intend to do so but the number of subjects seems to boggle the mind at times. Not only subjects, the number of categories where said subjects reside appears daunting.

Wrapping my head around MSFS peculiarities is work. But that’s okay, I love it. Would you care to suggest a good drone tutorial?

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Are your monitors the same resolution?

No. My main is 34" resolution is default 2560x1080 (displayport) and second is 23" touchscreen at 1920x1080 (hdmi).

Crunch… try this:

Thanks, but I already run MSFS in full screen. Never ran it windowed. I’ve tried every permutation of this imaginable.

My main monitor is a 3440 x 1440. Secondary is 4K. I also have a 15.6 touch screen that I don’t typically have connected.

I run MSFS in full screen on the 3440x1440 and run my other stuff like Navigraph on the 4K. That’s also where I break my windows out to. I’ve tried resetting scaling to 100% (in the 4K window), reducing its resolution to 2560 x 1440, etc and no go. Same deal with the touch monitor when I tried it. I spent so much time trying to get this working to no avail.

Doesn’t matter what I do, I can’t interact with break out windows on a secondary monitor.

Yes please Asobo and Microsoft please introduce Tower view in an update. This is honestly one of the best things along with replay. Tower view is as if you are a planespotter watching a plane land and its key to the experience. I am honestly kind of disappointed. Please fix this in an additional update.


Tower view is gone along with tons of other useful features from FSX, like being able to replay your flights, the actual manual explaining how the avionics and aircraft work, the many flight lessons, 2D panels you could put on a 2nd monitor to create simpit setups, actual interesting aircraft in the default aircraft (like the DC-3 and flying boat) instead of every boring single engine GA aircraft currently on the market…


hey there there is a little app called FLIGHT RECORER which is also free and works very good to replay your flights.

give it a go it’s very light and easy to use…it change my experience !!! at least we can now have a replay waiting for the official one

i meant FLIGHT RECORDER obviously :slight_smile: