FSimStudios continues its tradition of bringing Canadian aviation hubs to life in Microsoft Flight Simulator with the release of Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG). The Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is a vital travel hub in Central Canada, sitting about 8 kilometers from downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the seventh busiest airport in Canada, it catered to over 3 million passengers in 2022, hosting daily non-stop flights across Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, besides serving several small remote communities in Northern Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut.
This crafted rendition of CYWG is more than just a static scenery. The airport features:
- Exceptionally detailed textures across the entire airport, rendering a realistic feel of the actual Winnipeg International Airport.
- A highly detailed terminal building with fully modeled interiors, which can be toggled for performance considerations.
- Precise models of all airport buildings, objects, and the surrounding environment.
- Optimization utilizing the latest MSFS SDK features for better performance.
- A fully modeled Turbine Testing Facility, Western Canada Aviation Museum (both old and new structures), and an iconic Tim Hortons on RWY36.
- A detailed representation of the Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, complete with static C130s.
The Winnipeg International Airport opened its gates in 1928 as Stevenson Aerodrome, marking its place in history as Canada's first international airport, making the FSimStudios' rendition a blend of rich history and modern aviation in MSFS. The release of Winnipeg International Airport by FSimStudios is not just a one-off; it's part of a broader development plan. Following CYWG, the next in line is the Halifax V2 update, which promises performance, texturing, and modeling enhancements, alongside a new Cargo Terminal and improved lighting. FSimStudios has priced this scenery at $18.99, a worthy investment for those keen on exploring the Canadian skies and beyond.