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Flight Simulators FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Flight Simulators.

This FAQ about Flight Simulators was compiled and written by Bob Wittick rwittick@msu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

A special thank you is extended to John Mechalas, who founded this FAQ and spent several years maintaining it. His many contributions to the Internet flight simulator community have been invaluable.

Thanks also to: Glenn Wallace, Hayden Nanton, G. David Frye, Robert Dorsett, Mark Strawcutter, Brooke Anderson, Jeff Beadles, Joel Murray, Linda McGarry, Dan Sharpes, Bruce Jackson, Mary Shafer, Rob Jones, Michael Jones, Stefan Frick, Gary Cooper, Jim Knutson, Brian, Paulo Ney de Souza, Tim Tessin, Scott Chan, Brad Bass, and Alan Epstein for their major contributions.

Also thanks to the countless others who have provided John and me with constant feedback and other helpful hints.

-01 What is rec.aviation.simulators?
rec.aviation.simulators is one of many sister groups that are ...
-02 Is it okay to discuss games like "Falcon" or "Hellcats"? (rec.aviation.simulators)
Since the software market doesn't really differentiate between ...
-03 Can I post binary files here? (rec.aviation.simulators)
In the past, some uuencoded binary files have been posted to ...
-04 What posts don't belong here? (rec.aviation.simulators)
In general, if it's not related to flight simulation products ...
-05 Where can I learn about flight simulation?
For the actual flight dynamics, try the references listed below. ...
-06 What do you really mean by "realism" in a flight simulator?
Robert Dorsett Writes:...
-07 How does the flight model influence fidelity?
True fidelity in a flight simulator comes from the flight ...
-08 What is a 6 DOF model? (Flight Simulator Theory)
Robert Dorsett writes:...
-09 What is DATCOM?
A description of DATCOM, from Dan Sharpes:...
-10 How realistic are the various PC-based simulators?
Robert Dorsett writes:...
-11 Which flight simulator is best for me? (PC-Based Flight Simulators)
The answer to this question, like all others of this type, is ...
-12 Can I maintain my IFR currency with a PC-based simulator?
There is no PC-based program that can, at the present time, be ...
-13 Will an FPU/Math co-processor increase my simulator performance?
Robert Dorsett writes:...
-14 Are there any space simulators? (PC-Based Flight Simulators)
Virgin produces a simulator simply entitled Shuttle. It is by ...
-15 What flight simulators are available for Unix systems?
There are currently three flight simulation programs that you can ...
-16 Are there any Air Traffic Control simulators?
The newest addition to this category is Tower which was ...
-17 Where can I buy flight-related software?
Here are several good places to try. I am sure there are more, ...
-18 Are there any flight-sim-related mailing lists?
The Flight Simulator mailing list is mostly centered around MS FS,...
-19 Are there any magazines devoted to flight simulators?
There are several magazines published that focus on flight simulators....
-20 What new products are available or are expected? (PC-Based Flight Simulators)
The latest version of the Microsoft Flight Simulator ...
-21 What kind of performance should I expect from FS5?
The faster your machine, the better off you will be. Although ...
-22 How is the FS5.1 CD-ROM version different from the floppy disk version?
The CD-ROM version of FS5.1 contains about 180 additional airports ...
-23 What add-ons are available for FS5?
There are several sets of scenery disks that have been ...
-24 What are the various "companion books" available for FS?
Here are three currently available books for FS5:...
-25 Can FS5.1 be used in Windows-95 protected mode?
The answer to this question is: maybe. That is, it will work ...
-26 Must Flight Shop be installed before I can use FSFS planes?
Yes, all planes designed by Flight Shop require a module in FS5 ...
-27 Why did FS5.1 lose all my scenery when I added some new scenery?
There is a bug in FS5.1 that sometimes causes this to happen. The ...
-28 Why doesn't my Sound Blaster card work with ATP?
If you are hearing only the first word of every ATC message ...
-29 The KU antenna won't deploy in Shuttle, and I can't de-orbit. Is there a fix?
Joel Murray writes:...
-30 Are there any FTP sites that have flight-sim related material?
There are several places you can go (IP addresses are subject ...
-31 Is there a way to get flight-sim related materials via e-mail?
In addition to anonymous FTP, the Internet flight simulation ...
-32 Where can I get FltSim, ACM, and Aviator?
The following sites are taken from archie as of 2/17/94:...
-33 How do I upload files to the various flight-sim FTP sites?
The incoming/uploads directories for some sites are given below....
-34 Where else can I get flight-sim related materials?
One other source, if you don't have Internet access, is to check ...
-35 Are there any WWW sites devoted to flight simulation?
Yes, there are many with new ones cropping up every week. Here is ...
-36 What happened to Mallard?
Mallard was a publisher of software titles for the flight ...
-37 What happened to SubLOGIC and BAO?
In the Fall of 1995 SubLOGIC was purchased by Sierra and BAO ...
-38 How do I submit comments, suggestions, or corrections to the FAQ? (rec.aviation.simulators)
Send email to rwittick@msu....









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