We currently offer a massive range of downloads for FSX, as well as older flight simulator add-ons for the ever-popular FS2004, FS2002, CFS3 and now becoming ever popular with dediced virtual aviators is Laminar Research's X-Plane series.
Installing third party aircraft will greatly enhance your experience with
FSX.The majority of complaints installing add-on aircraft stem from a lack
of procedural knowledge and folder/file placement. Microsoft's FSX has
differed from the "norm" of the past few releases with this go around.
Once the directory structure is understood you will be well on your way to
building a decent airplane library for yourself.
Great news. Microsoft has given us many more birds this time! In my early
beginnings FS5/FS98 we had little to choose from, but we loved 'em anyway.
If aircraft are not installed
correctly, you may end up with errors or no addon vehicles at all. This
guide will explain the most common area's of installation that need to be
You will need an
unzip/rar utility to de-compress and install files from the net. There are
many to choose from so Google a unzip program for yourself.
This is a personal choice but remember to
either make a "work" directory such as "my_new_ac" or something to that
effect.* It will greatly improve the speed and accuracy of your
A file manager, such as Explorer(see
image)which is part of Windows, is also necessary to move/copy files
during this process.
It's important to
Unzip your downloaded files into a
directory on your hard drive first.
As explained above. Files can sometimes go all willy-nilly if you just
extract without direction.
In this tutorial we are using Premier
Aircraft Designs lovely DeHavilland DHC2-MK3 Turbo Beaver Amphibian,
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Often, add-on downloads come with files
already divided into separate directories. Simply unzipping them into FSX
main folder or airplane directory may result in total file chaos!
In the worst case scenario, the simulator
my not be able to find your files or it replaces the default folder and
then sim goes poof! So, follow the above extract routine.
Below you can see the new folders after the extract operation inside our
"Temp" Directory my_new_ac.
Now it's time to go to our FSX
directory and have a peek at the guts of the sim.
principle of this operation (manual installation) assumes you are not
using a downloaded add-on that's an executable in itself, in many cases
these types of files will do all the extraction and placement without any
further work from you. We suggest you do this method at least once to
familiarize yourself with the inner workings of FSX.
So starting from the directory of your FSX installation look for effects.
Cut and paste or copy if you want all the effects files from your temp
folder: my_new_ac/effects to the FSX folder:
Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight
Simulator X/Effects. Be careful! If you are asked to overwrite,
check twice. Usually seasoned authors will create their own effects so
replacing is not necessary. This certainly un complicates matters.
Next we will locate the actual airplane inside the folder:
We want DHC2_BeaverMK3T_C-FOP and a folder
called fsfsconv included so we will cut and
or copy and paste those folders to Program
Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes
Now, we want the sounds in the package that are in the folder
my_new_ac\sound\Groundhandling so, we will
cut and or copy and paste those to Program
Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Sound
And you're done. The Aircraft will now show up in your menu right beside
the default Beaver.