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Encyclopedia > Flight Simulator 2004
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
Developer(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft
Engine 9.1
Latest version 2004
Release date(s) August 1, 2003 (Retail)
October 6, 2004 (Patch)
Genre(s) Simulation
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone (E)
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) PC (Microsoft Windows)
Media CD (4)
System requirements 450 MHz CPU, 128MB RAM (64MB RAM for Windows 98/ME), 8MB video card, 1.8GB drive space, 56.6 kbit/s modem or LAN for multiplayer.
Input Keyboard, mouse, and joystick (optional)

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One of the best-known and most comprehensive home flight simulator series, Microsoft Flight Simulator was an early product in the Microsoft portfolio - different from its other software which was largely business-oriented. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of US$39. ...


Bruce Artwik developed the Flight Simulator program beginning in 1977 and his company sold it for various personal computers. In 1982 Artwik's company licensed to Microsoft a version of Flight Simulator for the IBM PC, which was marketed as Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00. Bill Gates was fascinated with Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry's book, "The Night Flight", which told in great detail of the sensations of flying a small aircraft. William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is the co-founder, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worlds largest software company (as of April 2006). ... Sculpture of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the little prince in Lyon Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (June 29, 1900 – July 31, 1944) was a French writer and aviator. ...

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History

Main article: History of Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator reached commercial maturity with version 3.1, and then went on to include the use of 3D graphics and graphic hardware acceleration to become a state-of-the-art product, used by air forces to train pilots before they take to the skies. Microsoft Flight Simulator began life as a set of articles on computer graphics, written by Bruce Artwick throughout 1976, about flight simulation using 3-D graphics. ...


The most recent versions of this simulation, MS Flight Simulator 2002 and 2004, cater to pilots, would-be pilots and people who once dreamed of being pilots alike. Less a game than an immersive virtual environment, it can often be frustrating, complex and difficult due to its realism, but it can be rewarding for the skilled flightsimmer at the same time. The flying area encompasses the whole world, to varying levels of detail, including over 20,000 airports. Individually-detailed scenery can be found representing major landmarks and an ever-growing number of towns and cities. Landscape details are often patchy away from population centres and particularly outside the USA, although a variety of websites offer scenery add-ons (both free and commercial) to remedy this.

The 2004 version incorporates a sophisticated weather simulation, with the ability to download real-world weather data, a varied air traffic environment including interactive Air Traffic Control (although the MSFS series was not the first to do so), player-flyable aircraft from the Wright Brothers' Flyer to Boeing 777s and a large number of resources including interactive lessons and challenges, and aircraft checklists. It is the wide availability of upgrades and add-ons, both free and commercial, which give the simulation its flexibility and scope. Image File history File links Microsoft-flight-sim-2005-boeing-737. ... Image File history File links Microsoft-flight-sim-2005-boeing-737. ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular medium range - narrow body commercial passenger jet aircraft. ... Inverness Airport (IATA: INV, ICAO: EGPE) is situated at Dalcross, 9 miles (15 km) east of the city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs) at Schiphol Airport Air Traffic Control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and in the air. ... The second game of the Flight Unlimited series, known for their sophisticated physics. ... The Wright Flyer (often retrospectively referred to as Flyer I and occasionally Kitty Hawk) was the first powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright Brothers. ... The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine airliners built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ...


Microsoft Flight Simulator began life as a set of articles on computer graphics written by Bruce Artwick in 1976 about a 3-D graphics program. When the magazine editor said that subscribers wanted to buy the program, Bruce Artwick incorporated a company called subLOGIC Corporation in 1977 and began selling flight simulators for 8080 computers such as the Altair 8800 and IMSAI 8080. In 1979 subLOGIC released FS1 Flight Simulator for the Apple II. In 1980 subLOGIC released a version for the Tandy TRS-80, and in 1982 they licensed an IBM PC version with CGA graphics to Microsoft, which was released as Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00. subLOGIC continued to develop the product for other platforms, and their improved Flight Simulator II was ported to Apple II in 1983, to the Commodore 64 and Atari 800 in 1984, and to the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST in 1986. Meanwhile, Bruce Artwick left subLOGIC to found Bruce Artwick Organisation to work on subsequent Microsoft releases, beginning with Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 in 1988. The Intel 8080 was an early microprocessor designed and manufactured by Intel. ... Altair 8800 The MITS Altair 8800 was a microcomputer design from 1975, based on the Intel 8080A CPU. Sold as a kit through Popular Electronics magazine, the designers intended to sell only a few hundred to hobbyists, and were surprised when they sold over ten times that many in the... The IMSAI 8080 microcomputer, manufactured by IMS Associates, Inc. ... The 1977 Apple II, complete with integrated keyboard, color graphics, sound, a plastic case, and eight expansion slots. ... Tandy is a name which can refer to Tandy Corporation - affiliated with Radio Shack Tandy - Australian electronics retailer owned by Woolworths Limited Jessica Tandy - American film actress This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... TRS-80 Model I. TRS-80 (also affectionately or derisively known as the Trash-80) was the designation for several lines of desktop microcomputer systems produced by the Tandy Corporation and sold through its RadioShack stores in the late-1970s and 1980s. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... The Color Graphics Adapter (CGA), introduced in 1981, was IBMs first color graphics card, and the first color computer display standard for the IBM PC. The standard IBM CGA graphics card was equipped with 16 kilobytes of video memory. ... For the hip hop group, see Commodore 64 (band). ... Atari built a series of 8-bit home computers based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU, starting in 1979. ... Amiga is the name of a range of home/personal computers using the Motorola 68000 processor family, whose development started in 1982. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ...


Microsoft has consistently produced newer versions of the simulation, adding features such as new aircraft types and augmented scenery. The Professional Edition released with the 2000 and 2002 versions, which included more aircraft, tools and more extensive scenery than the regular version, was a format abandoned for the 2004 (version 9) release, which returned to the single edition format and marked one hundred years of powered flight.


Add-ons and customization

FS2004 in the UK Lake District with VFR (Visual Flight Rules) photo scenery and terrain additional components.
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FS2004 in the UK Lake District with VFR (Visual Flight Rules) photo scenery and terrain additional components.
An add-on Airbus A330 aircraft in Flight Simulator 2004.
An add-on Airbus A330 aircraft in Flight Simulator 2004.

Flight Simulator benefits from a structure that allows users to modify the game content. File types are of several categories, allowing the modders to create specific features with great flexibility. Individual aspects that can be edited include cockpit layout, cockpit image, aircraft model, aircraft model textures, aircraft flight characteristic models, scenery models, scenery layouts, and scenery textures. Dedicated flightsimmers have taken advantage of Flight Simulator's vast add-on capabilities, having successfully linked Flight Simulator to homebuilt hardware, some of which approaches the complexity of commercial full-motion flight simulators. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 96 KB)Screenshot of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 in the Lake District, England with VFR Photographic Scenery and VFR Terrain add-ons. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 96 KB)Screenshot of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 in the Lake District, England with VFR Photographic Scenery and VFR Terrain add-ons. ... The panorama across Eskdale from Ill Crag. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 138 KB) Summary An Airbus A330 in Microsofts Flight Simulator 2004. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 138 KB) Summary An Airbus A330 in Microsofts Flight Simulator 2004. ... Air Canada Airbus A330-300 The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner manufactured by Airbus. ...


A number of websites are dedicated to providing users with add-on files (such as airplanes from real airlines, airport utility cars, real buildings located in specific cities, textures, and city files). The wide availability over the Internet of freeware add-on files for the simulation has encouraged the development of a large and diverse virtual community linked up by design group/enthusiast message boards, online multiplayer flying, and 'virtual airlines'. The presence of the internet has also facilitated the distribution of payware add-ons for the simulator, with the option of downloading the files reducing distribution costs. An airline is an organization providing aviation services to passengers and/or cargo. ...


Community involvement

A large community exists for the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise, partly stemming from the open nature of the simulator structure which allows for numerous modifications to be made. There are also many virtual airlines, where pilots fly their assignments as pilots do in real airlines.


For a brief list of community sites, see External Links below.


Flight Simulator X

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Flight Simulator X is the next version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. It includes a graphics engine upgrade as well as compatibility with DirectX 10 and Windows Vista technologies. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_package_games. ... DirectX is a collection of APIs for easily handling tasks related to game programming on the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... Windows Vista is the next major version of Microsoft Windows, the proprietary operating system developed by Microsoft. ...


PC Gamer had erroneously reported in its January 2006 edition that Microsoft Flight Simulator X will be released in February 2006. The report was premature and Microsoft has since corrected the information in subsequent press releases. Most sources say that it will be available around December 2006.


Microsoft has released details and screenshots of the upcoming simulator including mission-based gameplay with mission specific aircraft as well as an upgraded rendering engine capable of increased detail. Flight Simulator X was officially unveiled at the 2006 International CES as a gaming showcase for Microsoft Windows Vista. Microsoft has released screenshots as well as a list of frequently asked questions as a press release on Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider, as well as numerous flight simulator communities (see External links). Windows Vista is the next major version of Microsoft Windows, the proprietary operating system developed by Microsoft. ...


Following the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May 2006, new screenshots, videos and an official trailer have been published by Microsoft. The overall reaction by the community has been quite positive, and the graphical quality of the simulator has greatly increased. E³ logo Presented by the Entertainment Software Association, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known and composed as E3 (besides the organiser’s usage of E³, the superscript version is rarely used), is the worlds largest annual trade show for the computer and video games industry. ...

See also

Screenshot from Microsoft Train Simulator Microsoft Train Simulator is a train simulator for Microsoft Windows. ... Microsoft Space Simulator is a space flight simulator program for MS-DOS/Microsoft Windows. ...

External links

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider - An official Microsoft site

Some of the most frequently visited community sites are:

The above sites provide a large number of free downloads and links to many other sites. In addition, here are some directories of FS-related websites:


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Review - Flight Simulator 2004: A Century Of Flight // PC /// Eurogamer (954 words)
In fact, the player is given an overriding impression that Flight Simulator is unashamedly a simulator first and foremost and therefore details incidental to the actual flying experience are brushed over.
For the most part, Flight Simulator 2004 has much the same strengths and weaknesses as all of the previous games in the series did.
Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight
Flight Simulator 2004 downloads and forums at FSimCafe (909 words)
We have a large selection of quality flight sim add ons in the library, most are for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.
We also have some friendly flight simulator forums where you can discuss anything to do with flight simulations or any aviation topic.
Flight One Software and Scenery Solutions are excited to announce the DVD-ROM boxed edition of Ultimate Terrain Europe is now available for Flight Simulator 2004.
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