Microsoft Flight Simulator's Las Vegas Gets Its Iconic Sphere, and it's Animated

Today third-party developers shared news and airport releases for Microsoft Flight Simulator, including an update for a popular scenery add-on. 

One of the most iconic new landmarks in Las Vegas, especially if you fly in and out of the local airport and get to see it from the sky, is the MGM Sphere.

FlyTampa released a completely updated version 2.00 of its already excellent Las Vegas Airport (KLAS) and City scenery adding the Sphere and more. Not only the Sphere comes with different projections, but it’s also animated. 

The update comes at no additional cost and you can find it on Orbx Direct or SimMarket. Below you can check out a list of the additions and screenshots, while you can see some of the animations on the developer’s Facebook page.

If you don’t have the scenery already, it’s priced at $20.32, and it’s highly recommended due to its quality and the fact that includes both the airport and city landmarks.

  • KLAS airport updates
  • AI parking codes update
  • Performance enhancements
  • Improved Jetway animations
  • MGM Sphere (animated with multiple projections)
  • Harry Reid temporary signage updates
  • Improved apron clutter
  • Airport static jets update
  • Caesars Conference Center
  • Animated Las Vegas monorail
  • Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Circa Hotel (including wall animation and Stadium swim)
  • Improved Bellagio fountains animation
  • World Resorts wall animation
  • Mirage Volcano lava effects
  • Park MGM updated

Next is an announcement from Pacific Islands Simulation, and it’s Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (KGSP) in South Carolina, United States, well-known as a major cargo hub. 

The airport is 85% complete and below you can see screenshots of the main terminal, Fedex, UPS, and Cerulean freight/logistics terminals, the fencing, trucks, vegetation, aprons, jetways,a nd more. 

Moving on to releases, Orbx launched a completely overhauled V2 version of its Leeds Bradford Airport (EGNN) in the UK.

It’s available on Orbx Direct for $17.76. If you have the older version you won’t get the new one completely for free, but you’ll be able to take advantage of a 75% discount.

  • Up to date 2023 airport layout
  • Fully re-worked PBR ground poly
  • Accurately placed custom lighting with realistic color temperatures
  • LOD (Level of Detail) optimisations throughout to ensure best performance
  • Animated custom jetways
  • Highly detailed ATC tower interior with animated air traffic controllers
  • New detailed drop off area
  • Detailed walkway interior with realistic signage and night lighting
  • New baggage facility extension
  • Custom stop bars with on and off functionality based on distance
  • Custom runway guard lights (wigwags)
  • Hand placed animated horses
  • Detailed spotting area west of runway 14
  • Updated bendy busses, fuel station, barriers, signage, fences and awnings

Lastly, Fly X Simulations released Kuusamo Airport (EFKS) in Lapland, Finland. 

This smaller but scenic airport can be purchased on iniBuilds and Simmarket for $11.32. It includes the following features.

  • Custom ground markings including tarmac wear and tear
  •  High-resolution PBR textures
  •  Accurate and highly detailed airport buildings
  •  Detailed airside Terminal interior

As usual, please keep in mind that here on TechRaptor you can expect to find daily Microsoft Flight Simulator news to help you navigate its complex add-on market.


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