Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight

Microsoft Corporation (Shareware)

Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight is an aviation simulation program developed by subLOGIC and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was first released in 2003. The program is also referred to as FS2004 or FS9. It was designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright Brothers. It features some historical aircrafts such as the Ford Tri-Motor, Douglas DC-3 and the Wright Flyer and modern aircrafts such as Robinson R22 helicopter and Beechraft Baron. The program also offers interactive multimedia reference library that displays historical information on the available aircrafts and pilots who used those.

FS2004 uses a different weather engine as compared to previous Flight Simulator programs. Its weather engine is based on real-life localized weather conditions. Unlike previous installments, the weather and atmospheric objects are now displayed in 3D. Downloading actual weather information is also possible. This information can then be synchronized with the program. Aside from this, the program also offers new GPS equipment, Air Traffic Control communications and AutoGen (Automatically Generated Scenery) like streetlights, barns and others. The virtual flight decks are also revamped. It now displays cockpits in 3-dimensional.

Like previous installments, Flight Simulator 2004 can be played in either single player or multiplayer mode. Its multiplayer mode can accommodate 2 to 16 players.