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Landmarks the Spot achievement in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Landmarks the Spot

Use the Smart Cam to view 100 star landmarks, from a distance of 550 yards or less.

Landmarks the Spot0
30 September 2022 - 3 guidesOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCumulative +

How to unlock the Landmarks the Spot achievement

  • ToastBubblesToastBubbles343,638
    29 Aug 2020 29 Aug 2020 17 Sep 2020
    20 2 21
    For this achievement, you need to view 100 different landmarks from 550 yards or less for at least 3 seconds. I normally wait until I am 0.3 NM away to start using smart view. Despite the achievement description, they do not need to be star locations on the map.

    Also something to note: if you are in an area with multiple landmarks that are very close to each other, when you use smart view on one, it will count all landmarks (within 550yds) after viewing the first one for 3 seconds (or at least it did for me). I would suggest that you open up the gamebar (Windows key + G) and pin the achievement tracker so that you can actively see when progress increases.

    You don't have to depart an airport, so you can spawn from any point on the map, and you can slew (Y key I believe) in between landmarks. However I would avoid altering sim rate since you have to view for 3 sec.

    Here is a [not all inclusive] list of what airports (by ICAO) that have landmarks near them. (I will be using abbreviated directions, ie: East North East will be ENE, which, if you're unfamiliar with compass directions, means that it is half way between East and North East)

    HEBF - Egypt - has 11, Just go north from the airport and you should find them all.
    ZBBB - Beijing - 9 are located going North, then circling to the East
    LFPZ - Paris - 8 are located ENE
    VHHH - Hong Kong - 8 E
    OMDB - Dubai - 7
    ZSSS - Shanghai - 7 ENE
    EGLC - London - 6 W
    VMMC - Macao - 6 NW
    RJTT - Tokyo - 5 NNE
    WSSI - 5 NE
    LTBA - 4 ENE
    KEWR - NY - 4 E
    RCSS - 3
    WMKF - 3
    OE49 - 2 W
    EHAM - 2 N
    EPBC - 2 SE

    LFOD has 4 going ENE, with LFOQ being a middle point, but you might miss some, just follow the river.

    The following have 1:

    LGAT N
    OMAA W
    EGKA E
    EBBR W
    LOWS E
    Z14D 1 NE 1 SW
    VIDP E
    VIAG E
    VARN E

    Some of these may be far away, but this is what I used to get it, so good luck!

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    Broon43Nice guide, but agreed with Anchor787fly, London provided the last 40 I needed for this achievement in about 10 minutes. Beauty!
    Posted by Broon43 on 11 Mar at 19:08
    KGI KlikoNLVTOL is slow and so nice for this. But can only reach 30km (even with unlimited fuel laugh). But great for London and Frankfurt.
    Posted by KGI KlikoNL on 13 Apr at 18:50
    Maka91By far the best way to do this (now) is using Discovery flights. London, New York, and Rome. and you'll have the achievement. I had the problem where my camera snapped to airports instead of landmarks, to fix it, I made my "Smart Cam targets" set to multiplayer.
    Posted by Maka91 on 30 Sep at 19:00
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  • xyzgamesxyzgames491,740
    02 Aug 2021 02 Aug 2021 02 Aug 2021
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    This achievement is now pretty simple using the 'Discovery Flights' tab from the main menu. There are more than enough landmarks in the close vicinity of these chosen locations, although some have more than others. Places like London, Paris and Copenhagen have tons but there are plenty in some of the others too. Make sure to use the smart cam (Lb + A) as you fly over each one.

    I did run into an issue where the smart cam kept locking onto nearby airports instead of the landmarks. If this is the case for you, click the left stick and find the camera tab -> smart cam targets -> select landmarks.

    Hope this helps!
  • LHTPLHTP359,818
    20 Aug 2021 05 Aug 2021 16 Sep 2021
    5 1 0
    This not a complete solution, but simply a complimentary guide on how to find landmarks if you're missing some to get to 100.

    The default World Map view is very busy with information (landmarks, airports, cities, clouds, satellite imagery). But by using Filters (on Xbox, menu button for More, then Y for filters), I chose IFR for Background Map (land will be dark grey) and everything else turned OFF except Landmarks. That way, even zoomed out, the white dots of landmarks will be visible on the grey background, and by zooming in, dots will turn to icons.

    You can then simply choose a landmark as Departure and you will start flying right before and heading towards the landmark giving you time to get to a lower altitude as needed.
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