Microsoft Releases World Update XIII for MSFS

Microsoft has recently released a new World Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, bringing visual improvements to many countries in Oceania based on the latest aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and digital elevation modeling data (DEM).

The update includes Polynesia (Hawaii and Easter Island), Melanesia (Fiji, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Indonesia’s West Papua, and the Solomon Islands), the Galapagos Islands, and key regions of Antarctica. It rounds up to 13 countries and 28 non-sovereign territories.

There’s also a list of 150 points of interest made by their partner, Orbx:

  • Altutaki Lagoon Island Resort, The Cook Islands
  • Amédée Lighthouse, New Caledonia
  • APEC Haus, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Apia Town Clock Tower, Samoa
  • Autograph Tower, Java
  • Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, Tonga
  • Bora-Bora Pearl Beach Resort, French Polynesia, Bora-Bora
  • Borobudur Temple Compounds, Indonesia
  • Cactus Test Dome, The Marshall islands
  • Capitol of Palau, Palau
  • Centennial Church, Tonga
  • Central Bank of Samoa, Samoa
  • Coast Watchers Memorial Lighthouse, Papua New Guinea
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia, Bora-Bora
  • FMFMIl Government Building, Samoa
  • Fort Teremba, New Caledonia
  • Four Seasons Bora Bora Resorts, French Polynesia, Bora-Bora
  • St. Regis Bora Bora Resorts, French Polynesia, Bora-Bora
  • Gama Tower, Java
  • Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Java
  • Grand Hotel and Casino Vanuatu, Vanuatu
  • Grand Pacific Hotel, Fiji
  • Great Mosque of Central Java, Java
  • Guam Museum, Guam
  • Ha’amonga ‘a Maui, Tonga
  • Hilton Hotel Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort, French Polynesia, Mo’ore
  • Hotel lorana, Easter Island, Chile
  • Hotel Manava Beach Resort, French Polynesia, Mo’orea
  • Hotel Nikko and Crystal Chapel, Guam
  • Imagination Island Hotel, Solomon Islands
  • Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, Samoa
  • Indosiar Television Tower, JavA
  • InterContinental Bora Bora Resorts, French Polyn, Bora-Bora
  • InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resorts, French Polyn, Bora-Bora
  • Intercontinental Moorea Resort, French Polynesia, Moorea
  • Istiqlal Mosque, Indonesia
  • Isurava Memorial, PNG
  • Jakarta Cathedral, Java
  • JOC Building, Johnston Atoll, Johnston Atoll
  • Kingsford Smith Grandstand, Fili
  • Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area, Australia
  • Kiribati Parliament House, Kiribati
  • Lapangan Banteng, Indonesia
  • Lawang Sewu, Java
  • Le Meridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Bora-Bora
  • Le Meridien Noumea Resort, New Caledonia
  • Le Taha’a island Resort, French Polynesia
  • Lempuyang Temple Compounds, Indonesia
  • Lengkuas island Lighthouse, Belitung
  • Leon Dormido, Kicker Rock, Ecuador
  • Luminary Tower, Java
  • Mairie de Pirae, French Polynesia
  • Markham Bridge, PNG
  • Menara TVRI Tower, Java
  • Moai Statues Ahu Akivi, Easter Island, Chile
  • Moai Statues Ahu Nau Nau, Easter island, Chile
  • Moai Statues Ahu Tahai, Easter Island, Chile
  • Moai Statues Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile
  • Monas (National Monument), Java
  • Mori Building, Java
  • Muri Beach Club Hotel, Cook Islands
  • MV Ocean Giant, Antarctica
  • National Parliament House, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Nayara Hangaroa Hotel, Easter Island, Chile
  • Noble Center, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Norfolk island Convict Barracks, Australia
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, Papeete, French Polynesia
  • Numa-Daly Stadium, New Caledonia
  • Pacific Arcade, New Caledonia
  • Pacific Place, Java
  • Pacific Plaza Noumes, New Caledonia
  • Papeete Town Hall, French Polynesia, Tah
  • Para O Tane Palace, The Cook islands
  • Parliament Of The Republic of Fiji, Fiji
  • Point Venus Lighthouse, French Polynesia, Tahiti
  • Poreporena Stilt Villages, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Prambanan Temple Compounds, Indonesia
  • Presidential Palace, Papeete, French Polynesia
  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Indonesia
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Samoa
  • RSV Nuyina, Antarctica
  • Sam Poo Kong Temple Compounds, Indonesia
  • Sanbis Resort, Solomon Islands
  • Sand Island Structures, Midway Atoll, Midway Atoll
  • Sanggar Agung Temple Compounds, Indonesia
  • Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Siti Walidah UMS Main Building, Java
  • Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island, French Polynesia, Bora-Bora
  • Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea, French Polynesia, Mo’orea
  • Suramadu Bridge, Indonesia
  • Taumeasina Island Resort, Samoa
  • Te Rua Manga (The Needle), The Cook Islands
  • Tengku Fisabililish Bridge, Batam
  • Teufaiva Sport Stadium, Tonga
  • The City Tower, Insia
  • The Tsubaki Tower, Guam
  • Tiibsou Cultural Center, New Caledonia
  • Tomb of King Pomare V, French Polynesia
  • Tonga Royal Palace, Tonga
  • Treasury Tower, Java
  • Us Naval Hospital Guam, Guam
  • Vanuatu Parliament House & Convention Centre, Vanuatu
  • Wisma 46, Java
  • Youtefa Bridge, Papua



  • A’alii Tower, Oahu
  • Ala Moana Residential Towers, Oahu
  • Aliiolani Hale, Oahu
  • Aloha Stadium, Oahu
  • Aloha Tower, Oahu
  • Aloha Tower Marketplace, Oahu
  • Byodo-in Temple, Oahu
  • Captain Cook Monument, Hawaii
  • Diamond Head Lighthouse, Oahu
  • Haleakala High Altitude Observatory Site, Maui
  • Hanalei Bay Pier, Kaua’i
  • Hapuna Heliport, Hawaii
  • Harbor Square, Oahu
  • Hawaii Air National Guard Radar Site, Kaua’i
  • Hawaii State Capitol, Oahu
  • Hawaii State Library, Oahu
  • Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, Oahu
  • Hilo Medical Center and Rainbow Falls, Hawaii
  • Hilton Hawaiian Resort, Oahu
  • Honolulu Hale, Oahu
  • Honolulu Park Place, Oahu
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hawaii
  • Iolani Palace, Oahu
  • Jagger Museum, Hawaii
  • Kilauea Point Lighthouse, Kaua’i
  • King Kalakaua Building, Oahu
  • Ko Olina Resorts, Oahu
  • Makaha Ridge Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kaua’i
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui
  • Maui Ocean Center, Maui
  • Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
  • Moana Pacific, Oauhu
  • One Waterfront Towers, Oahu
  • Outrigger Kona Resort, Hawaii
  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial Museum, Oahu
  • Rainshed Heliport, Hawaii
  • Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue, Kaua’i
  • Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Oahu
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, Oahu
  • The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Oahu
  • Tripler Army Hospital, Oahu
  • USS Missouri (BB-63), Oahu
  • Waikiki Landmark, Oahu
  • Waikoloa Heliport, Hawaii


Antarctica Bases

  • McMurdo Station, USA, Ross Island
  • Scott Base, New Zealand, Ross Island
  • Davis Station, Australia, Princess Elizabeth Land

The update includes five new hand-crafted airports and a collection of dirt airstrips in Papua New Guinea:

  • A collection of highlands dirt airstrips in Papua New Guinea
  • Easter Island’s Mataveri International Airport (SCIP)
  • Hawaii’s Kona International Airport (PHKO)
  • Nusatupe Airport (AGGN) on the Solomon Islands
  • Bora Bora Airport (NTTB) in French Polynesia
  • Moorea Airport (NTTM) in French Polynesia

As usual with the world updates, Microsoft has also included discovery flights, landing challenges, and bush trips:


  • The West Maui Mountains in a DG Aviation LS8-18 glider
  • Tahiti in a Cessna 152
  • Kiribati’s Tarawa in a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter
  • Hawaii’s Mauna Kea in a Diamond Aircraft DA62
  • Note: for the best experience with this Discovery Flight, we also recommend downloading the free World Update II: USA from the Marketplace
  • Central Java in a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.



  • Fiji’s Nadi International Airport (NFFN) in an Airbus A320
  • Palmyra Airport (PLPA) on Palmyra Atoll in a Bonanza G36
  • Busilmin Airstrip (AYIN) on Papua New Guinea in a a CubCrafters XCub.


  • New Caledonia Tour in a Diamond Aircraft DA62
  • New Guinea Challenge in a CubCrafters NXCub
  • Aloha Hawaii in a Cessna 172.

The full release notes for the update follow down below:

AIRBUS 310-300

  • Fixed crash to desktop experienced by some users
  • Fixed wing rear nav lights being too bright


  • Fixed a minor terraforming issue at LFPG
  • Windsock heading issue fixed on generic airports



  • AIRAC cycle update 2304



  • Fixed water edition tool



  • Fixed package order tool not taking into account some package dependencies
  • Added a button in the menu to save a report file of current game state enabling users to give more information to customer support when facing an issue or reporting a bug



  • Ask user before converting terraformers to new system



  • Fixed an issue where the Add-on Support DLC would not activate in Offline Mode even if it was previously installed.
  • Fixed an issue where players on XBox would need to reboot their game to have functionnal aircraft when the Add-on Support DLC was still installing or updating during game launch.

The update is available right now for Microsoft Flight Simulator users.

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