Microsoft has released the fifth Flight Simulator patch to all users with a bunch of fixes and improvements. There are also some known issues to be aware of, such as problems with VNAV mode in the autopilot that leads to overshooting the climb speed, issues with Live weather, and more. However, the list of fixes in this patch version 1.10.7.0 is extensive and brings improvements to planes, the UI, the installation manager, the Marketplace, and more.

As for the UI fixes, the firm has finally removed the ‘press any key to start’ screen, a highly requested change that was supposed to make it in the fourth patch. The firm has also added the ability to switch between metric and U.S. standard units, and more. There are improvements to the autopilot performance for a bunch of planes, and many other visual enhancements including motion blur, improved night light and reflections, and much more.

Here is the complete list of the fixes:

PLANES

  • Improved sensitivity and twitchiness of control surfaces for the Daher TBM 930, Cessna 152, Cessna 152 Aerobat, Cessna 172 classic and Cessna 172 G1000
  • Improved autopilot behavior for pitch management, altitude capture and stability for Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX, Cessna Citation Longitude, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Daher TBM 930
  • Fixed Zlin Shock Ultra caution amber light which was always on
  • Fixed Cirrus SR22 windshield deicing not working
  • Fixed Cessna 152 flood light always ON during tutorials
  • Fixed aircraft avionics screens going blank in certain conditions
  • Fixed Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner APU fault light behavior
  • Unlocking longitudinal position of elevator to allow for “Canard” airplanes

UI

  • Press any key to start screen is now automatically skipped at launch
  • Option added to the Misc menu to switch between Metric and US standard units
  • Performances has been improved in plane selection menu and marketplace
  • The TrackIR can be enabled/disabled in the camera panel during flight
  • Cockpit tooltips can now be deactivated in the Accessibility options menu

WEATHER

  • Metar data refresh issue has been fixed

INSTALLATION MANAGER

  • Solved several installation issues that were affecting edge cases
  • We now display the download speed and amount of packages that are being downloaded

INPUT

  • Support for Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition
  • Ability to move the origin of the sensitivity curve and change the sensitivity value on both side of the origin
  • Fix input values when using deadzones

ACTIVITY

  • All Landing challenge scores should now be properly tracked in the leaderboards

MARKETPLACE

  • Quality of life updates for the marketplace

WORLD

  • Motion blur has been added
  • New temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) has been implemented
  • The temporal upsampling has been fixed (when TAA is active with the render scale below 100%)
  • Night lighting has been improved
  • Water night reflections have been added
  • Huge hole in Brazil has been fixed

However, users must also take note of the known issues that persist in the simulator, including a problem with the glide slope in Cessna Citation Longitude, and more. Here are all the known issues:

  • VNAV can overshoot the climb speed. Disconnecting the AP after take off and re engaging it will limit the overshoot impact
  • The Cessna Citation Longitude can be slightly below the glide slope as you get close to the airport
  • Once activated, the Switch to Mach units knob won’t return to knots on the Airbus A320neo
  • Live weather fails to save properly after restarting the game
  • UI fails to refresh after you Buy & Download any item, letting the download button appear

Interestingly, though the company claimed that the decision to delay the patch was to fix some autopilot issues, many responses on Twitter to the patch release announcement suggest that there are still problems with both the autopilot and the AI co-pilot feature. The team also acknowledged that it was investigating crash issues and that it will be providing an update about a resolution today.