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KNOWN ISSUES (Last modified: Feb 18, 2021)

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Please find below a list of other known issues and solutions (when available) 

 

CTD when using Manual Cache

We are aware of crashes when using Manual Cache and we are investigating it. Until then, the use of manual cache is strongly discouraged.

 

CONFLICTS BETWEEN 3RD PARTY PACK AND OFFICIAL UK UPDATE

ORBX London Landmarks Scenery (3rd party content) is currently conflicting with this update. This is actively being worked on, but in the meantime, we recommend disabling this 3rd party scenery.

 

3D PHOTOGRAMMETRY

3D Photogrammetry is missing in the Portsmouth/Southampton area with the latest update and currently shows as auto-generated buildings. Our team is currently investigating.
 

LIFT EFFECTS FOR FLAPS DOUBLED

The lift effect for the flaps (as defined in the flight_model.cfg) is doubled. This only affects the lift of flaps and not the drag, and can be best observed in flap configurations that produce a lot of lift, typically in the landing configuration. As a result some planes glide too much with flaps, and this will be mostly noticed in late final and when flaring.
 
In the meantime, a workaround is to go into the flight_model.cfg and divide the flap lift by 2x (there are several possible scalars for that purpose: lift_coef_flaps or lift_scalar).

 

VR

If you're having trouble launching or using VR, head to the forums: [Read First] VR Known Issues & Workarounds - Virtual Reality (VR) - Microsoft Flight Simulator Forums

 

DOWNLOAD & INSTALLATION

Download Stuck on an aircraft or activity package

Step 1: Close the launcher Some community-created content can block the download of official content. If your download is stuck on a package such as "asobo_aircraft_b787_10_0.1.42.fspatch" or "asobo_bushtrip_nevada0.1.35fspatch" please do the following:

  • Step 2: Go to the Community folder. By default, this folder is located here:  

Microsoft Store edition:

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\Community

Steam edition:

C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages\Community
  • Step 3: Search any non-official content corresponding to the package that is stuck. For instance "b787" or "bushtrip" 
  • Step 3: Delete the corresponding non-official content 
  • Step 4: Reboot your computer
  • Step 5: Relaunch the download

 

“Only 2 aircraft” 

Installing the base sim using a different installation folder than the default folder will only download the mandatory content. To install the non-mandatory content, please do the following: 

  • Step 1: Go to Profile > Content Manager  
  • Step 2: Select the content you want to see in the sim 
  • Step 3: Download and install the content you selected 
  • Step 3: Reboot your computer 
  • Step 4: Launch Microsoft Flight Simulator 

Also see our dedicated article: Only 2 aircraft in the hangar - How to install additional content?

 

ADDITIONAL CONTENT/MARKETPLACE

Missing Deluxe or Premium deluxe content

  • Please be aware that you do not install the Upgrades via the Microsoft Store. Please ensure that the Premium and Deluxe content is not available and ready for download in the content manager.  To do so, follow the steps outlined in this knowledge base article: 

    Only 2 aircraft in the hangar - How to install additional content?

 

  • If you see the error message "(this content) does not work on this device" please ensure that you are correctly logged in to the Microsoft Store app and to the sim with the Microsoft Account used to purchase a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator. 

 

PERIPHERALS 

Xbox One Controller Rudder 

  • We are aware of this issue and we are actively working on it.

 

AIRCRAFT

Miscellaneous issues 

  • The Cessna Citation Longitude can be slightly below the glideslope as you get close to the airport
  • Once activated, the Switch to Mach units knob won’t return to knots on the Airbus A320neo
  • VNAV can overshoot the climb speed. Disconnecting the AP after take-off and re-engaging it will limit the overshoot impact

 

AIRPORTS 

Missing or incorrect airports

  • To report missing or incorrect airports please submit a bug report. Make sure to include as much information as possible.

 

LIVE WEATHER 

 “Always Clear skies” 

  • By default, your Flight Conditions are set to Clear Skies.
  • Live weather fails to save properly after restarting the game
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