Microsoft Flight beta applications now boarding

Beta applications have opened for Microsoft Flight, Microsoft's follow-up to the classic Microsoft Flight Simulator series. Lucky pilots accepted into the beta will get to take off in January 2012.

Head this-a-way to apply for the beta. If you're wondering whether your PC is snazzy enough for you to even bother applying, Microsoft has released some very tentative system requirements.

Microsoft is hinting that Flight will be more accessible than the Flight Simulator series, but insists it still "retains the full fidelity simulation longtime fans have come to expect."

There's no firm word yet on when Microsoft Flight will take off, destination PC, powered by Games for Windows Live.