• MSFS 2020 Sim Update III Now Available

    MSFS 2020 Sim Update III Now Available

    Release Notes

    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.

    New Content

    • FSX legacy liveries available on appropriate planes : Kenmore, Emerald Gold, Global Freightways, Orbit, Pacifica and World Travel
    • Contrails are now displayed on the player’s aircraft (MP and AI are not supported yet)
    • New customization menu in the World map to further adjust the aircraft to perfectly match specific real world aircraft. The changes only affects the next flight and they are not persistent.
      • Empty CG position: We can now have a different empty CG position, just like real world aircraft that all may have slightly different empty balance.
      • Wear: We can now increase the wear of the fuselage to get a slightly higher parasitic drag and simulate older aircraft.
      • Control surface limits: We can now adjust the maximum angle limits for elevator, rudder and aileron control surfaces to simulate the slight difference that may exist between different real aircraft. Check Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) Information for real world aircraft control surface angle limit variation tolerance.

    Performance And Stability

    • Fixed various crashes across the title
    • Fixed a specific crash while using the manual cache


    • Latest AIRAC cycle has been integrated and is now available


    Autopilot / FMS:

    • Corrected an issue which prevented the VS Wheel from working in FLC mode on the Cessna Citation Longitude
    • Disabled the autopilot which was incorrectly set as available on the JMB VL-3
    • Corrected an issue preventing the use of the VS Wheel to control the pitch on some planes
    • Corrected an issue with the VS Knob not properly responding to commands on the Airbus A320neo
    • Prevented the autopilot from being polluted by incorrect data when exiting slew mode
    • VOR/ADF Feature implemented
    • VOR/ADF – Airbus A320neo FMA Adaptability
    • Fixed General Aviation planes displaying FMS instead of GPS
    • G3000 – Fixed FlightPhase & NavSource display not showing properly
    • Fix roll hold mode behaving like wing leveler
    • Removing auto alignment of localizers with the runway when the heading given by the localizer and the heading of the runway are too different
    • Add TRK/FPA features to Airbus A320neo
    • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental : LNAV and VNAV does no longer engage automatically when activating the Autopilot.


    • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner – Enhanced HUD Projection
    • Airliners – Speed Trend arrow is now more reactive and accurate
    • Fixed some bearings indicated outside of the 0-360 range in Garmin instruments
    • Fixed a bug in GNS430 and GNS530 where the cursor did no automatically jump to “Activate” in Direct-to page on validation of the entered ident when there is no ident duplicate
    • Added airport ident and ILS runway name in GNS530 when tuning nav radio to a localizer
    • Fixed flight director roll not working when autopilot is not activated
    • Added wind display in G3X Touch in PFD or Splitted mode
    • Added possibility to adjust brightness level in G3X Touch
    • Added possibility to adjust brightness level in G3000
    • Fixed issue in FLT files that lead to flight plan not being loaded in instruments
    • Fixing the display of LDA approaches which were wrongly aligned to the runway at the end of their path


    • Fixed Beechcraft Baron G58 incorrectly having automixture enabled
    • Corrected an issue causing the AutoStart sequence of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to activate the batteries later than expected
    • Re-enabled the STARTERX SET keys which used to throw an error and toggle the starter. They now correctly set the starter to ON or OFF
    • Corrected an issue causing the starter to affect the plane’s rpm excessively when the piston_power_scalar of the plane is >1
    • Corrected an issue which would prevent the engine from ever shutting down while in unlimited fuel mode.
    • Beechcraft Baron G58 engines adjustment
    • Beechcraft Bonanza G36 engine idle RPM adjustment

    Cockpit Interaction:

    • Corrected a number of minor XML errors
    • Improved the behavior of knobs that repeatedly send an action to prevent it from sending multiple events at once
    • Corrected the fact that the Avionics switch of the Pipistrel Virus SW121 was off when starting in cruise
    • Enabled the THRT Knob on the ATC Panel of the Airbus A320neo
    • Enabled the option to push the backup baro knob of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to set it in Standard Altitude mode
    • Made the copilot’s HUD interactable on the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
    • Enabled the clock’s buttons on the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
    • JMB VL-3 Propeller Instrument Fix
    • Fixed Mouse Events not handled correctly on Tactile Screens
    • AS3X Touch – Removed com active ident display
    • Cessna Citation CJ4 – Fixed default VT Speed
    • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner – Fixed ND interaction Model
    • Fixed the “COM RECEIVE ALL” simvar always returning false on planes without a configured COM 3, leading to problems with some third party content
    • Beechcraft King Air 350i – Baro knobs have been added

    Control Surface:

    • Corrected Flaperon animation on Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner which was incorrect in the air.
    • Corrected an issue preventing the autobrakes of the Airbus A320neo from enabling on the Fungal mission.
    • Fixed Beechcraft Baron G58 inoperative rudder trim


    • Corrected some emissive elements staying active when they should be off on the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
    • Corrected some emissive elements staying active when they should be off on the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.
    • Corrected some emissive elements staying active when they should be off on the Airbus A320neo.


    • “Mixture: Lean for Altitude” checkpoint can now be auto completed without issues
    • Added a Brake Release checkpoint to the Aviat Pitts Special S2S checklist
    • The Checklist entry “Mixture : Rich below 3000 feet” is now correctly displayed as such instead of “300 feet”
    • Engine should now start without struggle and auto completion of the “Starting procedure” on the Aviat Pitts Special S2S should now work
    • Corrected issue on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk’s checklist which prevented the copilot from correctly executing the “Set Transponder to Alt” step
    • Corrected Issue on piston planes checklists which prevent the steps relating to setting the right mixture from correctly executing
    • Corrected issue on the Beechcraft Baron G58 which caused the copilot to not keep the starter active long enough to reach a combustion when auto-completing the checklist
    • Corrected issue on the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental’s checklist which caused the step to activate all fuel pumps to not properly validate on some airports


    • External HUD – Fixed AP Ref speed/altitude not always displayed
    • 3rd View HUD – Fixed HSI not showing approach course if approach is armed
    • 3rd View HUD – Fixed Trim & Flaps display
    • Fixed crash when using a plane with an incorrectly setup FuelSystem.
    • Fuel pressure gauges should now display correct pressure level indications
    • Fix crash when teleporting to approach
    • Fixed external HUD not updating at correct framerate

    Virtual Reality

    • A ‘No binding’ icon is displayed when no control is assigned to a VR action
    • If there are no controls assigned to the camera re-center, then the player cannot switch to VR and they are asked to assign a command to this action
    • Players can now access to the controls menu directly from the VR Mode page
    • HOTAS are now specified in the VR bindings (VR Mode page)
    • VR is now functional when HDR is enabled
    • The panel reset feature is now functional in VR
    • A dark background is displayed when opening a menu in the cockpit
    • When a toolbar menu is opaque, it will now hide properly menus that are positioned behind it
    • Labels are now properly displayed in the VFR map
    • Various fixes on the toolbar and the panels display
    • The mouse cursor is now properly positioned in VR on the Cub Crafter X Cub instrument panel
    • Cockpit handles should not teleport anymore when clicked and dragged
    • It is now possible to switch the throttle to CutOff position in the Daher TBM 930
    • The Flap control in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk G1000 doesn’t return to fully retracted position when interacting with it with the mouse


    • In case there is an ASOS/ATIS and Center/Departure/Approach agent on the same frequency in the same area, the ATIS/ASOS will not air its message if the player has been handed off to the Center/Departure/Approach agent to prevent the ATC flow from being stuck
    • Add leading zero for runway numbers in ATC communications when necessary
    • Fix ATC agent pronouncing letter by letter airports names during communication with the player
    • Fix ATC agent attributing cruise altitude instead of proper approach altitude when the first waypoint of the approach do not hold altitude information


    • Wind panel UI update for wind and gusts settings

    World Map

    • Properly set runway when setting approach in the World Map
    • Changing behavior of Precision Marking field in Scenery Editor to allow for the marking to be displayed in case of short runways
    • Displaying all waypoints from data on the World Map and changing zoom scores to compensate for the amount of new points
    • Fixing behavior of World Map which was attributing closed runway over opened runway under certain conditions


    • Fix outline against clouds and object in game introduced in the previous update
    • Lights should no longer be too dark under mountain shadow with low quality setting
    • Taxi sign lights size has been tweaked



    • Revamped documentation website now live on https://docs.flightsimulator.com
    • Added Sample for AirtportServices
    • The left gauge in the MouseAircraft sample has been reworked to provide clearer information.

    Scenery Editor:

    • Trimmed leading spaces in package title
    • Fixed a bug that would not update the Scene list when adding an object while having no object selected
    • Fixed an issue to avoid unwanted airport modification
    • Fixed a crash when hiding all TaxiwayPoints of an Airport


    • Fixed GDI+ StringFormat conversion to NanoVG alignment
    • Fixed potential vulnerabilities in the WASI layer
    • Tweaked our system to avoid hampering module debugging with recurring exceptions.


    • Load and Save Flight using the FlowFlightManager.

    Known Issues

    • Throttle mapping reversed for the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog
    • Beechcraft King Air 350i does not change pitch with VS wheel when Autopilot is enabled
    • in rare occasions, Aircraft screens might not initialize correctly upon loading a flight. Please restart the flight to fix the issue.
    • The plane continually loses altitude causing it to crash after loading into the Attitudes & Instruments Training Flight


    1. trashmon's Avatar
      trashmon -
      Not seeing this yet, however there's some strange behavior going on in the Update page
    1. musicmaker7's Avatar
      musicmaker7 -
      Tried to install it today and it crashed my PC. Reboot??? Not so fast, FS2020 goes into permanent looking for updates loop. THEN when you close pc with task manager, FS2020 doesnt work. Had to uninstall it. All 108 GB or so. Still waiting for it to finish and I have a pretty fast internet connection, 150 MB/s. Page I got said you HAVE to take the update, so if you load the game, be ready for a long day as you sift through the wreckage.
    1. musicmaker7's Avatar
      musicmaker7 -
      Very buggy update, sent pc into BlueScreen and then after reboot searched for updates all the time and would not play. I had to uninstall it and am still waiting for the whole program to reinstall.
    1. sky44's Avatar
      sky44 -
      All updates cause problems, Asobo is really a "bad programming" outfit and whoever is "serving" the downloads is bunkers!!! it takes hours to download those "Upset dates" and constant work to make the thing get to the PC. A sorry state of service to say the least....But they are happy, they got our money!!!!!!...
      D'où viennent-ils? Du fond du donjon du diable, Asobo est probablement un bug logiciel!
    1. SpookyDiver's Avatar
      SpookyDiver -
      Having issues with the update as well, and I mean BAD issues.
      After the initial install, the Sim started dropping frames like crazy, my video card utilization never went over 50%, and after the frames dropped to about 11 FPS it crashed to desktop. On top of that, lost the rudder pedals (hardware) and had to unplug and plug them back in. The lights on my Honeycomb quadrant stopped working too.
      After several crashes, I restarted the Sim again and it began doing a full install on its own! (151 Gigs), and that's when I went to sleep cause even thought I have a one Gig fiber, it was downloading at less than 1 tenth the speed.
      I started the Sim this morning and boy I am Pi..ed.....
      This morning, while the Sim did not crash at startup, the frames were a little better but worst than before I upgraded my video card.
      As a reference, I was running the Sim at full Ultra Resolution like I had before, even with my old RTX 2070 and the best I could do now with the newer card was 32 FPS.
      I have the latest Windows updates, latest Nvidia video drivers, backgrounds apps turned off, including my Antivirus software.
      Here is my PC specification: Intel I9-9900k all cores at 5 GHZ, 64 Gigs DDR4 RAM, Samsung NVME 970 Pro 512 Gig (main drive), Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVME 2TB for games, and two Samsung 960 SSDs for other stuff. All my Sim data is installed in the 2TB.
      My video card is an ASUS Strix RTX 3090 OC running an Alienware monitor 3440 x 1440.
      Before this update I was getting and average of 45 FPS and up to 61 FPS at high altitude.
      As it is right now, the Sim is running slower than when I had the RTX 2070 installed.
      By the way, the only files in my community folder are a few cities I bought from ORBX, which I haven't even tried to fly over yet.
      By the way, the live weather feature is showing thunderstorms in Dallas TX when in reality is barely cloudy over there.
      I refrained from criticizing Asobo until now, because this is just ridiculous, someone should get fired from that company for allowing this to happen. Playing the Sim now, it reminds me of the early days in the 1980's...... Shame shame.....
    1. ecorry's Avatar
      ecorry - did u hear you say that all planes are rendered useless? with the sun shinning brightly and i have automatic windshield wipers going like a house a fire and NO INTRUMENTS , NONE, what so ever! NADA ... just a clear view of the pavement. simple cannot fly anything> HELP
    1. SpookyDiver's Avatar
      SpookyDiver -
      A follow-up........I discovered that the reason the update was a failure to me, was because It did not respect the location where the original SIM was installed, in my drive D:. I use the Steam App and even though Steam showed that MSFS was installed in Drive D: , Asobo installed the update as a new installation in the default Drive!!!! `I ended up with two MSFS installations 8(
      Talking about a screw up by Asobo...
    1. berthold2807's Avatar
      berthold2807 -
      Bitte bitte, schafft endlich diese Zwangsupdates ab. Ich möchte entscheiden wann ich Updates ausführen will. Seit Anbeginn des Flightsimulators bin ich dabei. Nun verliere ich langsam die Lust daran.
      Werde vorerst diesen MSFS 2020 auf keinen Fall weiterempfehlen. BITTE KEINE ZWANGSUPDATES MEHR !!!

      Please, finally cancel these forced updates. I want to decide when I want to run updates. I've been there since the beginning of the flight simulator. Now I'm slowly losing the desire for it.
      For the time being, do not recommend this MSFS 2020 under any circumstances. PLEASE NO MORE FORCED UPDATES!!!
    1. a1805's Avatar
      a1805 -
      Auto download screwed up my Flight Simulator, no instruments, constantly crashes to desktop, about ready to go back to FSX.
    1. sjames's Avatar
      sjames -
      Most aircraft appear to be working ok for me, however both C172 models appear to be broken.
      The glass cockpit 172 (garmin 1000) has no virtual cockpit or panel Graphics (including gauges) showing.
      In the standard 172 (steam gauges) none of the radios, gps and garmin systems are working properly on my system

      I suspect they might have rushed this update through without extensive testing!
    1. SpookyDiver's Avatar
      SpookyDiver -
      Quote Originally Posted by a1805 View Post
      Auto download screwed up my Flight Simulator, no instruments, constantly crashes to desktop, about ready to go back to FSX.
      I just did a complete uninstall and clean all traces left behind in the registry. I will download it again after more patches to fix patches are released.
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      • Dovetail's release of FSX on Steam in 2013 brought me back to the world of civilian flight sims.
      • Asobo's release of MSFS in 2020 is driving me away from civilian flight sims.

      Thank the gods that I only access it through my XBOX Gamepass subscription and haven't paid the full price.

      The very first thing that Asobo/MS needs to do, is allow us to install to our own directory and respect that above all else with updates. (I know you can already install to a different directory, but it is fraught with problems, I'm talking about hassle free and unconditional!)
    1. piet06273's Avatar
      piet06273 -
      Try to learn how windows works, I have my MSFS on an overcrowded fragmented HDD in a far away remote folder. Have that since its first release, never had a CTD afterwards. With every update since release I have to point to my specific location (happy with that) and then it installs fine. I too fly it through XBOX, now $ 9,99 a month. I'm going to end my subscription cause $ 10 is too much. Going to save for a capable new system first with M2. What I allways do: before installing any program I first create a destination folder and then have it install there. When you wait for the installer to point to the default C:\Program\etc etc you're too late, create your preferred folder first. Unless this is a program that can better be in C:\program files\.... like PDF, or Office and things like that. regards

      Win10, I7 6700, gtx1050, 16GB RAM, 1 sata SSD 500G(completely filled with FSX SE and all UTX, PMDG....,)
    1. drmiller2's Avatar
      drmiller2 -
      They have broken the sim yet again with this update my FSBUILDER GPS bezel software installed the GPS and radios do not turn on I uninstall the mapping software it all comes on install the software nothing will not turn on and is also does it with FSUIPC7 this did not happen till this latest update
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