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Microsoft Release Flight Simulator X Demo

Last updated Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:38:18 GMT
Originally posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2006 23:00:00 GMT

In a first for Microsoft, a demo version of the new version of Flight Simulator has been released. The demo of FSX offers several missions over a very limited area. The 636 mb download is now available here.  Click on Read More for the full story.

Although FSX has been around for quite some time, many people still haven’t had the pleasure of trying it out. For those who have an interest in seeing the enjoyment of aviation in a digital format, you’ll be pleased to know that a demo of FSX exists allowing you to try it out in all of its glory! The demo edition, although limited, will give you a perfect idea if;

  • Your machine can handle the system requirements of FSX or if you need to upgrade first
  • You like the flight style and overall nature of FSX
  • Flight simulation is going to be suitable for you

This demo takes you into a richly detailed world that is so fun to explore, with plenty to do throughout the simulator that will take up many hours of your time. Since this is a simulation, the level of difficulty in flying here is far more than it is for normal video games; therefore, the challenge and the level of enjoyment will be so much higher than it is when using less detailed flight simulators.

In the trial edition, you will gain access to;

  • Two airports
  • Three missions
  • Three aircraft

The missions take place in the Caribbean, and you’ll get to see first-hand how different they can make the textures and the world as whole look. In these missions, you will be taking charge of a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft at the famous Princess Juliana airport. You need to use the advice and information provided to you by your co-pilot on the way down to make sure that you land the aircraft in a textbook manner. It may sound simple, but the challenge is far more difficult than you might be anticipating!

The other mission that you will take on will see you flying around in an ultralight trike vehicle – you’ll be asked to drop off large sacks of flour to your aircraft at a range of targets dotted all around the St. Maarten area. The luscious land and stunning Caribbean climate can be seen here in all of its glory, showcasing the massive attention to detail that FSX manages to cram in there even without the use of all of the amazing modifications out there.

You’ll be receiving a score during this mission for speed and for accuracy with your drops so you’ll be able to try it again and again to maximize the flight style that you feel most comfortable with, as well as to get the best rank!

This brilliant little trial will let you see first-hand what FSX has to offer, and whether or not you should consider using it any further in the future. We know how to make FSX seem as enjoyable as possible for everyone with the use of mods, but it definitely helps to try it out and see how things will work out!

This demo can be downloaded directly from HERE, and you only need to run through the automated installer to get a taste of FSX.

Download iconDon't forget... We have a huge selection (over 24,000 files) of free mods and add-ons for FSX, P3D & X-Plane in the file library.  Files include aircraft, scenery, and utilities  All are free-to-download and use - you don't even need to register.  Browse on down to the file library here.

Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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