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 Features | Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Features: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Key New Features

  • Dynamic weather system based on realistic atmospheric physics, with true three-dimensional clouds that form and dissipate, and automatic real-world weather updates when you're connected to the Internet.
  • Weather “themes” that generate a wide variety of stunning—and challenging—flying conditions with just a few clicks of a mouse
  • Enhanced interactive air traffic control (ATC), including traffic at all airports around the world (including non-towered airports), altitude changes en route, pop-up IFR clearances, and precision and non-precision approaches to multiple runways
  • Interactive 3D “virtual” cockpits—tune radios and operate key aircraft controls and avionics by pointing and clicking in the virtual cockpit view.
  • Scenery improvements, including taxiway and runway signs, enhanced auto-gen 3D objects, more high-detail airports, and improved lighting and sky effects
  • Garmin 500 and 295 series GPS with color moving maps and airport/facility information
  • Improved full-color map view with terrain display
  • Improved support for 3D graphics hardware acceleration in multiple windows and across Multiple Monitors
  • Learning Center--a “Web site on the disc” available while the simulation is running that includes a Key Topics visual guide to the features in Microsoft Flight Simulator, direct links to flights and lessons, flight briefings, how-to procedures, aircraft handbooks, and more.
  • New and expanded lessons and ground school topics
  • Kiosk mode for unattended demonstrations

Core Features from Previous Versions

  • Worldwide scenery with accurate 3D terrain and auto-gen objects that fill in the world with appropriate buildings and vegetation no matter where you fly.
  • Jeppesen NavData database, including VORs, NDBs, ILS, low- and high-altitude airways, intersections
  • Approximately 24,000 airports worldwide (increased from about 22,000 in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002).
  • Flight planner to create realistic VFR and IFR flight plans and navigation logs
  • Flight analysis to play back a flight on a moving map that shows ground track, key flight data, and a vertical profile
  • Instructor's station--link two PCs so that one pilot can observe a Flight Simulator session, change weather, fail systems, and provide comments and help via a chat window.
  • IFR training panels for selected aircraft that include all key instruments, avionics, and controls in one window for realistic IFR flights.
  • Multiplayer capability over a local network or the Internet.

System Requirements

  • Windows PC
  • 2000/XP – 128 MB Ram
  • 98/Me – 64 MB Ram
  • Processor:450 MHz minimum
  • Available hard drive space:1.8 GB
  • DirectX 9 or later (included with Microsoft Flight Simulator: A Century of Flight)
  • Video card: 8 MB/3D with DirectX 7.0 or later drivers
  • Other: mouse, joystick/yoke, sound card, speakers/headphones
  • Online/multiplayer: 56.6 kbps modem or LAN

From Microsoft Flight Simulator website.