Launch of the Microsoft Flight Simulator MiG-21bis; Free Airbus A321 announced; FlightSimExpo 2023 dates revealed


Third-party developers have released a new aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator and revealed another, while a relevant flight simulation event has received the first details.

First, the MiG-21bis was released on the official market in the simulator.

This aircraft has been in development for a long time by GKS, and it is currently available for $39.99.

The package includes 12 different liveries, which you can see in the gallery below.

Freeware developer Qbit has announced an Airbus A321. The aircraft will use FlyByWire’s systems and comes with a semi-custom cockpit above the external model.

It will be released “soon” and you can see what it looks like below.

If you want to know more about the development, you can visit the developer’s Discord server.

Last, but certainly not least, the upcoming edition of the long-running FlightSimExpo has gotten the first details, including dates and location.

It will take place June 23-25, 2023 at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, Texas.

Here’s how the Flight Simulation Association officially describes the event.

“FlightSimExpo is one of the largest flight simulation conferences and trade shows in the world. The event has welcomed more than 3,500 attendees to events in Las Vegas, Orlando and San Diego since 2018. Following the success of the hybrid model in 2021, the upcoming show will again offer options to attend in person in Houston or watch a livestream presentations and announcements from anywhere in the world.

In 2023, the in-person component of FlightSimExpo will be held at the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport (EFD). The 130,000 square foot museum and learning center offers enough space for over 2,000 attendees in two climate-controlled hangars. The facility also houses the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and several aviation learning exhibits, including Redbird-certified flight training devices that will be available to attendees.

Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 will take place at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Nestled among warbirds, fighter jets and drones, attendees will find hands-on flight simulation exhibits where they can try out the latest flight simulation software and hardware. The speaker rooms will feature hands-on seminars, educational talks, and announcements from some of the top simulation developers. As in previous years, Friday will feature a complementary series of panel discussions before the weekend’s main event.

The museum is a 15-minute drive from Hobby Airport (HOU), 35 minutes from the Intercontinental (IAH), and approximately 15 minutes from nearby hotels. Located at Ellington Airport (EFD), the museum also has airside access, which will allow attendees to fly their own aircraft to the event for the first time. The region is one of America’s largest aerospace centers: Houston is a hub for two major airlines, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston, and more. As in previous years, discounts on hotels, airfare, rental cars and more will be available to attendees.

The press release included a comment from FSA organizer and co-founder Phil Coyle:

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s site. It’s the perfect backdrop for the FlightSimExpo exhibition, and a fantastic city for aviation and aerospace fans like us!

We also get a comment from FSA co-founder Evan Reiter.

“Book the dates, start thinking about your plans, but please don’t block your travel just yet. As always, we are working with area hotels, airlines, car rental options cars and attractions to secure discounted rates for our attendees. We’re expecting awesome additional experiences at NASA, air traffic control facilities, and more – and you’ll want to get that full picture before you start booking.

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