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Microsoft Flight Simulator jets off to the Caribbean in World Update XVI

The Caribbean, as seen in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

For the 16th Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update, Asobo takes fliers to the world famous tropical region of the Caribbean.

Comprised of thousands of islands spread across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the region is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Now, thanks to World Update 16, its been spruced up in the sim with several faithfully-recreated landmarks, enhanced satellite imagery and elevation data, along with handcrafted airports.

Lands of sand, sun and sea

Sized at around 11GB, World Update 16 covers a variety of nations, including The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, plus a lot more.

104 new, highly-detailed Points of Interest have been added, including famous landmarks like the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, Government House in Nassau, Bahamas, Colbeck Castle in Jamaica, and the Red House in Trinidad and Tobago.

Some of the new handcrafted airports include Sangster International Airport (MKJS) in Jamaica and North Eleuthera Airport (MYEH) in The Bahamas, just to name a few.

The enhancements brought forth by the update, including the updates made to the satellite data, elevation and terrain data, along with the various landmarks and airports, are the result of conjoined efforts by the Microsoft Flight Simulator team and teams from Bing Maps, Maxar, “and a host of Caribbean governmental organizations.”

World Update 16 is available as a free download to all players in Microsoft Flight Simulator via the in-game Marketplace.

Flying high on island time

Alongside the release of the new free update, Asobo has also rolled out Local Legend 14: The Bell 47J Ranger—a rugged, vintage helicopter. Interestingly, this is the first time a helicopter has been released under Asobo’s Local Legends label.

The Ranger is “one of the most important and successful helicopters developed in the early era of rotary wing aviation”, as Asobo puts it.

It’s known for being able handle a variety of conditions and since it can be appropriately decked out with floats here in the sim, it’s also able to get up, down, and around all of the islands of the Caribbean without issue.

The Ranger is available now as paid DLC in the in-game Marketplace for $14.99 USD; owners of the Deluxe, Premium and Premium Deluxe can benefit from a small discount as this is an Asobo aircraft.

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