For Demostration purposes
we use FS2002 - but the principle applies identically to all MS
Flight Sims Except CFS3. (For CFS3 Aircraft Please
Read the Instructions included in the add-on or refer to the CFS3
For FSX see location
of Airplanes folder below
OK - 1st the BASICS
- the very basics
We must assume you are familiar
with creating folders & moving files from one folder to another.
It is a good idea to make a shortcut to Windows Explorer on your
Please ensure you have a zip utility
installed on your computer & you are familiar with unzipping
files. We recommend Izarc
No 'converter' is necessary. Once unzipped the files are ready
to install - Read below.
There are several auto install utilities
available & they are popular - however we recommmend manual
install - 1st it's really just as easy & 2nd it gives you a
working knowledge of your files & folders which will enable
you to resolve most problems with ease.
1. Understanding How FS (CFS)
recognises add-on aircraft
Using Windows Explorer
navigate to your FS folder.( The default location is C:\Program
Open the folders as illustrated
& note the sub folder structure.
1st You will notice an 'aircraft'
folder. This is where all the aircraft are stored.Each aircraft is stored as a separate folder within the 'aircraft'
folder & each contain 4 sub folders Model, Panel, Sound
& Texture as well as other required files - the aircraft.cfg
& air files.
of all aircraft is identical to this & when you realise
this you are 90% capable of installing your aircraft without
2. Downloading & Unzipping
(This instruction does not apply
to self extracting files - some add-ons unzip as an 'exe' file -
Install these by simply following the on-screen install instructions.
If they don't show up then extract them to a temp folder & manually
install as below))
It is important
to keep your files organised. For this
reason it is recommended you do the following:
1. Create a new
folder on your computer specifically for
dealing with FS downloads. It is generally better to keep these
outside your main FS folder to avoid confusion & make clearing
unwanted files easier. For example lets call the folder 'FS Downloads'
- where we will download & extract zipped files from the internet.
ALWAYS Unzip into a Temp Folder - this is always the best way to
avoid problems .
It cannot be stressed enough - DO
NOT UNZIP AIRCRAFT DIRECTLY INTO THE 'AIRCRAFT' FOLDER IN FS
- this is the No.1 reason aircraft do not show up. (Ignore any authors
instructions to do this)
2. Click & 'Save' the
file to your FS Downloads folder
2. Open the FS Downloads folder on your
computer & Right Click the required file. Choose
'Extract to folder ..... (FS Downloads) ...' You are now choosing
to unzip the file into the FS Downloads folder.
I have deliberately chosen the file a-10Thunderboltii.zip (download
it is a prime example of why people often have difficulty installing
aircraft. You will note that when extracted there is A-10
folder within the a-10 folder - before we see the model/panel/sound
& texture folders. The one you must install is the folder containing
the Model/Panel/Sound & Texure folder directly.
3. Installing into
FS or CFS
Using Windows Explorer open in 2 windows each
occupying 1/2 of your screen.
In the Left window open your FS Downloads
folder & click the + sign of the aircraft you wish to install.
As described above - ensure the folder contains 4 sub folders -
Model, Panel, Sound & Texture.
In the Right window open up FS2004/2002 (Or
whatever Sim you are installing into) so you can see the
sub folders - see picture below.
Drag the folder (illustrated) into the Aircraft
folder in FS2004/2002.
In FSX use this folder: SimObjects/Airplanes
instead of 'Aircraft'
The default location for this
is C:\Program files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X
4. If you Cannot Find the Aircraft
in the Select Aircraft Menu
Look at the Aircraft.CFG file in the folder
of your installed aircraft. From this illustration you will see
how the aircraft is identified in Flight Simulator.
In some aircraft you may have to look under 'Unspecified'
Aircraft Consistency Check - FSACC v3.2.Ever
wondered why an installed aircraft does not show up in the Select
Aircraft dialog, or the sound is missing, or ATC does not call
the aircraft correctly? FSACC lists all aircraft folders and checks
for each selected folder the aircraft's configuration. Help briefly
explains how these things link up. Download file 1.8MB