Now updated to include FS2002
I'm sure I followed the instructions.
Why doesn't my plane show up…….?????????
I've lost count of the number
of times I've been asked this question.
The release of CFS2 & FS2002
makes things a little more complicated but once you understand the aliasing
principle, all those annoying installation problems should be solved.
Aircraft designed with Abacus FS Design Studio (FSDS) or Gmax & posted as 'CFS2 only' or 'FS2000 only' will not work in FS98 or CFS1 (Europe).
Aircraft specifically designed for later MS sims are not generally suitable for earlier versions (Backward compatible).
Most FS98 aircraft will work in CFS1, FS2000 , CFS2 & FS2002.
Many 3rd party (add-on) aircraft don't have their own panel and/or sound files.
To reduce the size of the download
they are configured to share these files with the default aircraft.
The first things to check if
an aircraft doesn't show up on the menu are the panel & sound folders.
If either folder contains just one file it will be aliased to another aircraft.
The file will be named panel.cfg
or sound.cfg depending on which folder it's in.
Some people will tell you to fix this by copying the panel & sound folders from a default aircraft or download suitable files & paste them into your new plane. This will do the trick but is generally NOT the best method. Panel & sound files take up a lot of space on your hard drive so why duplicate them if it's not necessary? It's a matter of preference. If this method suits you, please use it & read no further.
Once you understand the Aliasing principle, re-aliasing the panel/sound to another aircraft is quick & simple. It's by far the quickest way to check out an aircraft to see if you like it.
OK, let's get started
To find out which aircraft your new plane is aliased to, open the panel.cfg or sound.cfg file in Notepad.
|Tip:||Associating CFG files with Notepad will make editing them much easier. Here's how.|
A typical aliased sound.cfg will look something like this
This means the sound is aliased
to the FS98, CFS or FS2000 default C182.
CFS2 does not have a default C182. (See FS Converter below)
The simplest way to fix the
problem is to re-alias to an aircraft you do have.
Exit Notepad, saving changes. That's it.
Similarly, here's a typical aliased FS98/2000 panel.cfg.
This example is aliased to
one of the FS Converter panels in the fsfsconv folder.
The panel & sound do not
need to be aliased to the same aircraft.
The FS98 Converter
was released as a separate download for FS98 only. You can
get it here.
Unless you choose the Minimal
install option, CFS1 will install the FS Converter by default.
You will experience installation
problems if you see aircraft you don't recognise or remember installing
& delete these folders. Many 3rd party aircraft are aliased to them
so I would recommend keeping them.
If some or all of these folders
are missing, the only practical way to get them back is to uninstall/install
Don't try this with CFS2......!
You will have the option during the uninstall process to save personal files such as Campaign awards.
Now fire up CFS & adjust
the Display settings. Try it in Free Flight.
Any add-on scenery will need
to be re-activated from the Scenery Library.
FS2000 will install the FS
Converter by default.
Providing they are installed
correctly, FS98 & FS2000 3rd party aircraft should install to both
versions of FS2000 with no problems.
CFS2 (Pacific Theater)
CFS2 has no FS Converter. This is the cause of most installation problems with CFS2.
The FS Converter folders listed above can be copied into the CFS2 Aircraft folder from FS98, CFS1 or FS2000 if you have them.
CFS1 & FS2000 default aircraft
will be flyable & show up on the Free Flight menu.
FS2002 has no FS Converter. This is not a problem with the following exceptions.
Providing they are installed correctly, FS98, FS2000 & FS2002 3rd party aircraft should install to both versions of FS2002 with no problems.
Imported aircraft aliased to the FS98/CFS/FS2000 Converter panels will show up on the menu but the panels will display without gauges. To fix this problem re-alias to another aircraft or install a suitable panel.
Some CFS aircraft
will work fine in FS2002. Others will not. The only way to find out is
to try them.
Helicopters in CFS1 & CFS2
CFS & CFS2 have no default helicopter. To get your helicopters to show up you will need one.
Most add-on helos are aliased
to the FS98 or FS2000 Bell206B.
An alternative method for either
sim is to download a helicopter with its own panel & sound files.
If you have another MS sim, the Bell206B folder could be copied direct from FS98 (for CFS/CFS2) or FS2000 (for CFS2 only). To make them unflyable, simply delete everything except the panel & sound files.
Jets in CFS1 & CFS2
CFS & CFS2 have no default jet.
Most jet fighters will be aliased to an FS Converter panel & the Lear45 sound but confirm this first & re-alias the sound to the Lear45 if necessary.
There is a special
CFS2 Jet Base File for aliasing the sound to in the CFS Misc section.
That leaves the panel.
You will need to re-alias or delete the Panel.cfg to check out
CFS1 Aircraft in CFS2
Aircraft designed specifically
for CFS1 should work in CFS2 but will often be aliased to the CFS default
aircraft, for example the P51d.
"FS Converter style" dummy folders are not recognised as aircraft which means they are not included as such in the CFS2 "100 plane" limit.
I hope this explains everything.
If you still have installation problems please mail
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