Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting helicopters… In 2022

In today’s update, Microsoft has added a few dates to their wishlist where helicopters have been present since the start. But they are even further away than we thought they would be.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Feedback Snapshot - 2020-11-19

Honestly, I never thought that helicopters would make it before, perhaps mid-to-end of 2021. Not that Microsoft has hinted me any information in particular. It wasn’t happening for sure this year, but I had some hopes that next year would bring rotor-wing to the sim.

In today’s update, though, helicopters not only climbed the list a couple of places (from 10th to 8th) but there’s now a release date (well, the year, at least) in front of it: 2022.

Microsoft and Asobo have not said anything about these dates yet and they are still focused on fixing bugs and continuing their work, which includes VR and making the sim work on the Xbox. They are, of course, tentative dates, not exactly precise ones and we could even be looking at a later date if things don’t go as planned.

A bit disappointing? You bet.

Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them.

Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers.

Sérgio is's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.


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