Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a hot air balloon for your viewing pleasure


Microsoft Flight Simulator has a whole beautiful world to explore, and soon it will be even easier with a brand new hot air balloon.

Microsoft Flight Simulator has a whole beautiful world to explore, but most planes might not be slow enough to pick up all the details.

The good folks at Hype Performance Group, who you might know for their Airbus H145 helicopter, decided to fill that gap by releasing a fully functional hot air balloon.

The vehicle will be released on Friday, October 7 and will cost $15. At the moment, it will only launch for PC on the Hype Performance Group website, and no Xbox version has been announced.

Here is a list of features you can expect:

Highly detailed 3D model, textures and animations

  • Professionally modeled with incredible interior and exterior detail
  • 17 liveries included, all in 4K resolution and with PBR textures inside and out
  • Fully animated cockpit and animations for inflation, deflation, stall and collapse
  • Animated 3D humans including hot air balloon operator and 2 passengers
  • Designed and optimized for VR with excellent FPS performance, functional VR cockpit zoom and proper visual scaling throughout the model

Avionics & Systems

  • Steam gauges indicating barometric altitude, vertical speed and envelope thermometer
  • AI pilot available who can control the hot air balloon based on terrain or altitude
  • EFB tablet included with additional maps and apps available
  • Balloonist Maps app: displays GPS speed and trajectory
  • Little NavMap app: Connect to LNM, the free open source flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport finder and airport information system
  • Nearby Radio Stations: Listen to local radio stations in the area you are currently traveling in

Hot air balloon flight model

  • Fully integrated internal balloon flight model and envelope simulation
  • Powerhouse: 2 burners of 12 million BTU with realistic visual and sound effects

Immersive sound pack

  • Realistic burner and environmental sounds

Bonus features

  • Launch fireworks with realistic smoke and explosion visual and sound effects
  • Create other nearby AI-driven HPG hot air balloons on demand
  • The HPG hot air balloon can be configured to follow an MSFS flight plan or current wind conditions

If you want to know more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews on the Twin Otter, Auckland International Airport, Skiathos Airport, Athens International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Krakow Airport, Fukuoka City and Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City and Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport , CRJ 550/700, PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, F-15 Eagle , the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Cala Bria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi Airport.

If you want to know more about the game itself, you can read our review which will tell you everything you need to know about the game from Asobo Studio.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available for PC (Windows 10 and Steam) and Xbox Series X|S.

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