Microsoft Flight Simulator adds helicopters and more with free update

By Sean Carey,

Microsoft Flight Simulator's free 40th anniversary update, which adds helicopters, gliders, and more to the game, is now available to download.

The free update, which is included with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, brings numerous new aircraft to Microsoft Flight Simulator, along with new airports, and new missions.

As per Xbox Wire, Microsoft Flight Simulator has been updated to Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition. This new edition, which is free to all owners of the game and those playing through Game Pass, includes a total of 12 new aircraft, four new airports, heliports, glider airports, and 24 new missions.

Free aircraft included with Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition

Historical Aircraft
  • 1903 Wright Flyer
  • 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny
  • 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis
  • 1935 Douglas DC-3
  • 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose
  • 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
  • 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"
  • Bell-407
  • Guimbal Cabri G2
  • DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
  • DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo
True-to-life Airliner
  • Airbus A310
Microsoft Flight Simulator doesn't feature in our list of the best Game Pass games, though many would argue that it probably should be there purely on its technological merits alone.

Will you be jumping back into the pilot's seat for the new 40th Anniversary Edition? Let us know!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.