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Downloads - Software

Recommended Software for Club flights.

The programs here are listed in an approximate order of importance. Members' suggestions for useful and interesting links will be gladly received. Email suggestions to the Webmaster.

VATSIM Pilot Software
(Freeware)

Members need one of vPilot, or FSInn+FSCopilot, or Squawkbox to be able to connect Microsoft Flight Simulator to VATSIM, receive ATC and see other aircraft. For X-Plane, use X-SquawkBox. Details of these programs with links to download the one you choose are provided on the VATSIM Pilot Software page.

Note: If you plan to install and use FSInn, it is worth reading and following all of Larry James's instructions in http://forums.vatsim.net/viewtopic.php?t=20466 to avoid any problems. As he says, FS9 users may experience a performance problem with this release.

Teamspeak-3
(Freeware)

Version 3 of the voice over internet application used by the club for internal chat during meetings and events. The TeamSpeak client is an essential download for Club members. The login information may be found in the forum here. TeamSpeak 2 is no longer available.

Plan-G
(Freeware)

This is an excellent free VFR flight planning tool, written by Club member Tim Arnot. Based on an online Map and a database it builds from your Flight Simulator, it provides everything the Virtual pilot requires for flight planning and monitoring, including flight tracking, instrument panel and display of other aircraft. It is so useful it has become almost as essential for Club members as TeamSpeak.

FSUIPC4
(Shareware)

FSUIPC Version 4 is an interface tool for FSX, FSX-Steam and Prepar3D which allows all the flight parameters to be imported and exported to other software. The freeware version has less functionality that the shareware version, and most serious simmers will pay and register to use the shareware version.

JoinFS
(Shareware)

JoinFS is arguably the most useful Flight Simulator Addon application since Plan-G. It creates a networked environment in which FSX (boxed version), FSX (Steam Version) and Prepar3D can all fly together and see each other. Because it is a peer-to-peer system, no host player is necessaary, so if anyone leaves, the system maintains its integrity. It includes facilities for accurate model matching and it eliminates entirely the lag endemic on VATSIM or IVAO which rely on a host server. It was created by our member Peter Memmott originally to improve our 2-4-CIX aerobatics teams experience, enabling close formation flight or aerobatics without any lag or aircraft "jumping about", but it has quickly become popular with many Flightsim groups and is indeed a world-class application. It also includes recording and playback facilities including "dubbing" yourself into a recording, thus adding your aircraft to the formation (which itself can be recorded) so that multiple aircraft can be added to a formation or group flight recording.

VAT-Spy
(Freeware)

VAT-Spy is a simple application that allows you to view current ATC staffing and traffic levels on VATSIM. It is modelled after, and is in effect a replacement for ServInfo (See below). The link takes you to more detailed information, and pointers to download the software.

Quick-RT
(Freeware)

This simple utility by member Max Symons creates textual Pilot to ATC radio calls for use on Unicom which may be pasted directly into the message box of all the VATSIM pilot client software: - FSInn, Squawkbox X-Squawkbox and vPilot. Before take off, enter flight details for departure and arrival, then select the call you want from the displayed list and paste it into your pilot client at the appropriate point in your flight. Saves that perennial problem of trying to type and fly at the same time. Download Quick_RT.zip as a set of files which you just unzip into a folder of your choice, or download the Quick_RT installer if you prefer an automatic installer.

Servinfo
(Freeware)

Servinfo is an older application which carries out the same functions at VAT-Spy. It shows controllers and pilots currently active on VATSIM, worldwide. You can display the data in tabular form or on a map. It also has many other useful functions such as world wide weather, lists of all the VATSIM servers, active voice servers, etc. It is still available from the AVSIM file library, but you need to be registered to download it.

Servinfo UK Airfields
(Freeware)

A text file to modify the contents of the Servinfo airfield data file 'Servinfo.dat' so that Servinfo displays all licensed UK airfields. A valuable addition to Servinfo for VFR pilots. Created by Dan Finney ceo@kadair.org.uk

fsx_reg_utility
(Freeware)

If you have FS9 and FSX installed on the same PC, then the FSX registry entries can become corrupted during installation of FSX.  This prevents FSCopilot from installing correctly. This simple utility corrects the registry entry. If your FSCopilot install fails run this utility then reinstall FSCopilot.

MS Install Clean Up Utility
(Freeware)

The FSX installer can occasionally become corrupted. A utility called MSICUU2.exe, originally created for Microsoft Office, can repair corrupted installers. Once installed, run it (click Start -> All Programs -> Windows Install Clean Up) and a window opens showing all the programmes on the PC. Highlight FSX and hit the OK button. The programme works it's magic somehow and FSX can then be reinstalled from the original discs with no further problems.

FSScreen
(Freeware)

FSScreen is a screen capture utility which runs the background once started.  It monitors the contents of the Windows clipboard and as soon as a picture is stored in the clipboard (e.g. when you press the Print Screen key), FSScreen saves the picture as a BMP file immediately. Up to 1000 screenshots can be saved in one session. FSScreen is made available here within the terms of the author's license.

FSUIPC3
(Freeware/Shareware)

FSUIPC Version 3 is an interface tool for FS9 and earlier versions which allows all the flight parameters to be imported and exported to other software. It is largely superceded by FSUIPC4 above.

WideFS
(Shareware)

WideFS is the essential tool for using two (or more) networked PCs for Flight Simulator and ancillaries. WideFS will not work without FSUIPC. If you buy both together, there is a substantial discount. Be careful to follow the install instructions exactly for FS2004 or for FSX because they are different.

AutoSave
(Freeware)

This useful application automatically saves your position in FS every few minutes, so that you can quickly recover from hangs, crashes and blackouts etc. It is standalone for users of FSUIPC Version 3.
This facility is built into Version 4, but needs user registration of the shareware FSUIPC.

fs9_reg_utility
(Freeware)

If you have FS9 and FSX installed on the same PC, then the FS9 registry entries can become corrupted during installation of FSX.  This prevents FSCopilot from installing correctly. This simple utility corrects the FS9 registry entry. If your FSCopilot install fails run this utility then reinstall FSCopilot.

FS9 Patch 1
(Free from Microsoft)

The Microsoft official patch for FS9, which then became known as FS9.1 can be downloaded from the link above.