If you’re looking to expand your fleet in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and you’ve already gone through our list of best free airplane addons, then get out your wallet and keep reading. The following are the best paid airplane addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Aerosoft CRJ 550/700/900/1000
Late in 2020, Aerosoft was the first company to release a payware aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator with the CRJ 550/700 package. Almost a year later, the German company has added the CRJ 900 and 1000 variants, which are now available as a bundle or addon. The CRJ is extensively modelled and well-supported for home cockpit users and offers a great mix of automated and hands-on flying. Included alongside the four variants are countless liveries of real-world airlines, as well as a set of detailed documentation.
The CRJ bundle is available for $69.99 USD directly from Aerosoft or in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace, meaning it is fully compatible with the Xbox Series X.
PMDG Douglas DC-6
PMDG Simulations has long been known as one of the top third-party plane developers in the flight simulation community. The Douglas DC-6 is their first payware addon for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it sets some pretty high standards. Designed to be near-study level, this aircraft provides pilots with brand-new challenges. Instead of merely programming a flight management system and watching the autopilot do all the work, pilots will have to manage everything from fuel flow to carburetor heat and more. Fortunately, PMDG has included an excellent virtual engineer which allows you to ease into the responsibilities via the use of a smart tablet. This is a standout feature of the PMDG DC-6, and I can’t wait to see it in future releases. The Boeing 737 that PMDG Simulations is currently working on is at the very top of my anticipated releases list.
You can purchase the PMDG Douglas DC-6 from the PMDG Simulations website for $59.99 USD. It is currently only available for the PC.
Just Flight Piper PA-28R Arrow III & Turbo Arrow III/IV
If you prefer flying smaller airplanes, then the Just Flight Piper PA-28R variants available for Microsoft Flight Simulator may hit the spot. Available as a bundle, or individually, there are a total of four variants coming with 21 liveries. Each version has a highly detailed cockpit, complete with doors that can be opened, exterior models such as chocks and tie-downs, and an optional co-pilot. A standout feature of this addon is the ability to swap out GPS units to meet your liking.
The Just Flight Piper PA-28R bundle is available from the Just Flight store for PC for $64.99 USD.
While there are many third-party companies developing excellent airplanes for Microsoft Flight Simulator, it is no surprise that Microsoft itself wants to get a piece of this market. The developer has recently announced a new “Local Legends” series of addon aircraft that will occasionally coincide with sim updates. The first release in this series is the Junkers Ju-52. This German airplane from 1930 comes in multiple variants, including a float plane version. With only five Ju-52s still in operational states in 2021, this is your chance to fly a classic.
The Junkers Ju-52 is available for PC and Xbox Series X via the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace for $14.99 USD.
DC Designs F-14 A/B Tomcat
Since Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Top Gun-themed update was delayed until 2022, pilots itching to get into a fighter jet should consider the F-14A/B Tomcat offering from DC Designs. Made up out of an entirely new 3D model and highly detailed cockpit, this aircraft really shines. If you can’t wait to break the sound barrier, be sure to give this a try.
The DC Designs F-14A/B Tomcat is available from the Just Flight store, as well as other online sim marketplaces, for $34.99 USD.
If you’re looking for more content to add to your fleet but would prefer to keep the price down, be sure to check out our best free airplane addons and stay tuned to Guide Stash for more Microsoft Flight Simulator coverage.