FSLTL Base Models 1.3 Update adds new aircraft models and nearly 100 new liveries

When FSLTL Live Traffic released in 2022, it quickly became the go-to solution for an excellent and free way to significantly improve the AI traffic experience in Microsoft Flight Simulator. With its easy installation and extensive library of aircraft and liveries, alongside custom effects, sounds, and VATSIM model-matching, it’s a must-have utility for virtual pilots, especially those flying commercial routes with airliners.

The FSLTL team didn’t rest on their success this past year and continues to deploy updates to the software, both to the models and to the injector. The latest update to the Base Models (1.3) is one of the most significant yet, adding new aircraft models (Boeing 787-8 and ATR-42 500/600) and a bunch of liveries to the package that now includes over 1900 real-world liveries across dozens of airliners used around the world!

This update also introduces improved aircraft animations and sounds. There have been fixes to animations on flaps and reverse thrust systems and an overall improvement in the sound quality for all models, with particular attention given to start-up and shutdown sounds. These improvements are especially notable for VR and headphone users.

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The lighting system has also seen substantial improvements. Users can now choose between faux flare and no flare lighting options. Adjustments have been made to flash rates on aircraft strobes, nav lights, and beacon lights to better match real-world standards. Taxi and landing lights have been modified to fix onto the front gear and turn off when retracted. Additionally, some parked aircraft now feature logo lights and different interior lighting colors.

These are just some of the most important changes introduced with FSLTL Base Models 1.3. Read the full release notes below and get your update for free via the FlyByWire Installer.

FSLTL Base Models 1.3 Release Notes:

  • Added B788 (38 liveries)
  • Added AT45 (16 liveries)
  • Added AT46 (8 liveries)
  • Almost 100 additional liveries across our existing models (over 1900 now!)
  • Refreshed .vmr file for VATSIM
  • Model changes & fixes:
    • Fixed multiple broken animations on flaps/reversers
    • Added ‘drooping elevator’ animation when parked
  • Sounds:
    • Improvements across the board for all models
    • Complete revamp of startup and shutdown sounds
    • Improvements for VR and headphone users
  • Effects:
    • Fixed effects to work better on all model LODs
    • Optimized various heat blur effects with less impact on FPS
  • Lighting:
    • Now offer the option between the faux flare and “no flare” lighting, with no flare as the default (easy manual steps to switch as needed)
    • Flash rate for nav and beacon lights are different to better match real life
    • Taxi/landing lights are now fixed to front gear as appropriate and disappear when gear is retracted
    • Some models now have logo lights on while parked to add variety at night
    • Interior lighting now have different colors
    • Exterior lighting now appear smaller at distance
    • Fixed lighting issues/conflicts on some user-controlled aircraft models
  • Wingspan:
    • Wingspan values for all models have been set to approx 10% below real life values. This helps towards working around the sim’s extra 6m diameter added to parking spots in scenery.
      • Note 1: You may notice aircraft parking in spots they did not park before, depending on scenery design. To fully take advantage of this wingspan reduction, matching changes to scenery parking may be needed. (Scenery Devs: feel free to contact the FSLTL team for details if needed)
      • Note 2: Because the wingspan values for a particular aircraft type may not match the wingspan of that same aircraft type from other sources, you may notice parking differences between FSLTL models and others