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What files are Compatible with What Sim

Ever wondered what files you can use in what version of Flight Simulator or Combat Flight Simulator?

More than you may think!

As always it pays to understand the FOLDER structure of aircraft (Info here)& scenery (see Doug Attrell's Scenery clinics here). Understanding this will enable you not only to resolve problems but modfify many aircraft from other sims.

This information applies to Aircraft - see below for other files.

Title What files will usually work Comments
FSX FSX, FS2004 - Some FS2002

Really a question of trial and error. Many late FS2004 aircraft & other files may to work fine. You may need to alias sounds & panel in aircraft. Check file docs for details.

FS2004 A Century of Flight FS2004. FS2002 Pro & Standard add-on files. Some FSX. Some later CFS2 may be modified.

Later Versions of FS2002 Aircraft, Panels & Scenery will most likely be compatible with FS2004. FS2004 is built upon FS2002 & compatibility is very good. Many early FS2002 versions found to work too. Later CFS2 aircraft may be adapted by using compatible Panel & Sound folders. For FSX check file docs.

Some imported aircraft may have handling or display problems but you can just remove these. Otherwise most will perform fine.

FS2002 Professional Many FS2004, FS2002 Pro & Standard, FS2000, FS98 Aircraft & Panels, Some CFS2, Some CFS1 ->

Many FS2004 will work. Try it & see! If it doesn't show up simply remove.

FS2000 & FS98 files may require Sound & Panel Aliasing* or replacing

FS98 Scenery may look odd & is often misplaced.

CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file. The handling of CFS aircraft is sometimes poor in FS.

FS2002 Standard Many FS2004, FS2002 Standard, FS2000, FS98, Some CFS2, Some CFS1

As above.

You can use most 'Professional' files if you alias* or replace the Panel & Sound files

CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file.

FS2000 Professional FS2000 Professional & Standard, FS98, Some CFS2 & some CFS1

FS98 files may require Sound & Panel Aliasing* or replacing

CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file.

FS2000 Standard FS2000 Standard, FS98, Some CFS2, Some CFS1 aircraft.

You can use most 'Professional' files if you alias* or replace the Panel & Sound files

CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file.

FS98 FS98 & some CFS files if alternative Panel & Sound files are added.
CFS3 CFS3 ONLY. Nothing else! Incompatible in any way with any other Simulator due to a new & possibly ill judged engine structure of the game. VERY limited availablity of add-ons as a result.
CFS2 CFS2, CFS1, FS2002 (some - non GMax models), FS2000 (most) FS98 (most) -

FS files may require Sound & Panel Aliasing* or replacing.

If using Jets or Helicopters it is a good idea to install the Jet & Helicopter packs available here ( except full packages that include Panel & Sounds.)

CFS CFS & FS98 aircraft

FS98 aircraft will not have Damage Profiles & will use default damage profile. Generally not a problem.

If you wish to install Jets or Helicopters you will need to add separate Sound & Panel files if these are not included.

 

Notes:

*Aliasing Sound & Panels files: See The Lair - here for information how to do this.

Scenery Files: It is generally better to stick with specific Scenery for specific simulators. Please see The Lair for further Tips & Advice. (One exception is FS2000 Scenery did seem to work well in CFS2 :)

Panels: Not a compatibility issue. Your only problem is likely to be lack of default Gauges & older panels may seem a little dated. If you go wrong with a Panel - simply replace it with another.

Utilities & Misc Files: These are usually application specific - in other words they are usually made for a specific sim. However - considerate experimentation rarely, if ever, leads to serious harm.

To 'Replace Sound or Panel files - simply download a suitable panel form the appropriate Panel section & sounds from the Sounds page

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