Microsoft Studios is always evaluating its portfolio of products to determine what is best for gamers, families and the company, and this decision was the result of the natural ebb and flow of our portfolio management. Many factors were considered in the difficult decision to stop development on "Microsoft Flight" and "Project Columbia," but we feel it will help us better align with our long-term goals and development plans. For "Microsoft Flight," we will continue to support the community that has embraced the title and the game will still be available to download for free at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/
On the subject of the Carbon Cub, here is something I wrote elsewhere:-
If you look at the last but one picture...close up of main instruments, you will see the localiser needle is displaced. I had just done a LOC/DME approach to Sitka (there is no glidepath here but will check when I get an airport with full ILS). There are lots of navaids around Alaska. You just have to tick the box on the MAP to make them all show. Then if you hover your mouse pointer over one of them on the MAP, it will play the Ident. Also the nav box on the Cub has a button to click to hear the ident of the NavAid that you have tuned...There are many VORs and NDBs as well. The Icon has no navaids in it so that is map only (just like the Venoms and Hunters that I flew). However, the Carbon Cub, RV6 and Maule have navaids on board.
No, sadly there is no float version of the CC and only two liveries. Yes it does fly extremely well and with dramatic performance. Take-off and landing is very short (especially if like me you accidentally set the parking brake on the approach!). Rate of climb is quick. Ailerons are light and the aircraft will not just fly a course on its own. Loops are great. Rolls are great (the engine cuts near the inverted but roars up again as you come out...not a problem as the rate of roll is faster than the Icon).
One thing about Alaska is that there are hundreds of Seaplane Bases, so I expect to be using the Icon more than the Cub. What I have in mind is flying between airports with the Cub and then while based there for a while, seek out all the local SPBs with the Icon. Then back into the Cub to move base to the next airport
EDIT...forgot to mention that I tried a spin in both directions from 14000 feet...The spin is very stable but the speed sits steady at 69 knots. This leads me to believe that on this aeroplane it is a spiral dive as opposed to a proper spin I will experiment further and see if I can persuade it to remain fully stalled in a "flatter" proper spin. BTW spinning is prohibited anyway.
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I will continue to use the Carbon Cub, Icon, RV6 and Maule in Alaska and Hawaii...But I will sorely miss all the development that the project promised
You certainly did your best to draw people into Flight but alas, we few, we proud, will have to putt around the splendor of scenic Alaska is our marvelous little planes in solitude.
Flight showed great foundation but was killed before it grew legs. It may become a jumping off point for third party addons or it may be that a handful of simmers will simply enjoy what it offers for as long as we can. The decision to kill the project sounds like a purely economically driven one and I doubt that MS will pursue flight simulation. That leaves a real opportunity for other developers and I think the resulting programs will be spectacular. Now that I can navigate around the cockpit I'll start navigating my flights. I just flew north out of Skagway and threaded my way through high peaks and valleys until I ran out of time and landed on a very sloped meadow. I should have saved it because I couldn't get lift on my subsequent take off and crashed. I'd better learn how to do that at altitudes of 8500 feet before I attempt it again.
good flights, Cal
Wait, but I can still buy expansion packs and planes, right?
Has anyone converted the Carbon Cub to work with FSX??? With ORBX,REX, A2A, Carenado I really have no interest in Flight when FSX is made so much better by other developers....I am really disappointed Microsoft dropped the ball so bad with Flight...I do want the Carbon Cub though. Flight-Replicas makes the best P-18 and A2A the J-3 but I still want a SS in the fleet...
No, there isnt. Not for now. FLIGHT is a totally different sim, it uses diferent files and model types. Unless MS releases an SDK (hahaha, good one!), there isnt any way to do it. Dont worry, there are many great planes out there for FSX, some are better than the ones in FLIGHT