IRIS Simulations is about to hit us with a surprising new release for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We’ve been following the developer’s efforts with the Pilatus PC-24, but it seems we’re getting another Pilatus aircraft much sooner: the PC-21!
The announcement came directly from IRIS Simulations, who revealed that they will be publishing the PC-21 that is currently being flown by RAAF Virtual in their operations. RAAF Virtual is a team of aviation enthusiasts that flies simulated operations inspired by the Royal Australian Air Force. One of the airplanes they use is the PC-21, which is a licensed conversion for MSFS based on IRIS Simulations’ original creation for FSX.
RAAF Virtual seems to have done such a great job that IRIS will now distribute the updated aircraft for the entire MSFS community to enjoy. And since this is basically a finished product, it should be out in a matter of weeks!
IRIS Simulations told us that there’s only some “cleaning up” left to do, which includes a contract with Pilatus to make everything as clear and legal as possible. It shouldn’t be a difficult thing to do since the team already has a close relationship with the manufacturer, which will lead to the eventual release of the PC-9 and PC-24 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The PC-21 will come to MSFS for both PC and Xbox, which is definitely great to hear. Xbox simmers often complain about the lack of new airplanes, so every new one is a reason to be joyful. The PC-21 should be a blast to fly with its aerobatic capabilities and the possibility for long-distance cruising.
Simmers who fly in virtual reality should also be in for a treat, as the PC-21 has been fully developed with VR in mind. A variety of liveries will also be included, along with a custom bush trip that emulates the airplane’s delivery route from Switzerland to Australia: an extremely long journey that requires multiple stops and several days of flying!
This all sounds quite exciting for MSFS users, and it shouldn’t be too long before we can all experience this superb aircraft. Finally, a word about pricing: IRIS says it will be set at 29.99 AUD, the same as the Tutor.