Flying freight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Adding a new dimension to your flight sim experience

Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) is such a massive sandbox that if you are going to fly well, inevitably you find a smaller corner where you can play. In the previous iteration of  Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, it was general aviation for me, with a lot of time in the Beaver. This time, with no Beaver to fly for the first two years, I found myself starting in the DHC-6 and then in the ATR 72. When I decided to give Navigraph a go, I added GSX and began learning the devilish details of the avionics in the A320. It was really a new world in Flight Simulator.

The FedEx A339x on the ramp.
FedEx A339x on the ramp. Len ‘Flightdoc’ Hjalmarson

Eventually, I noticed that some pilots majored in flying cargo. Watching the screenshots they shared, I realised that there were configuration options I had not explored that would allow me to create a cargo variant of the A320, or of Headwind Simulations’ A339x, or even of the ATR 72. It wasn’t long before I was watching the massive loading operations on the ramp in Vancouver, Portland and Toronto and I was flying freight!


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