Jan - Feb 2013

 

Welcome to the Bi-monthly  newsletter.

In this issue we'll look at keeping FS9 alive a looking good for at least the next year  for us Die Hard FS9 fans

The  newsletter will give you insight into the different types of flight simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.

We will also look at the products, accessories, hardware, software and just about anything that makes the world of flight simulation more realistic and enjoyable.

The newsletter will also keep you abreast of what other enthusiast are doing in the community.

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So the World Didn't End

It looks like we're going to be around a while longer so lets see what the New Year brings in the way of Flight Simulation. There are tons of new products out for flight simulator enthusiast. New products that have been out only for the last few months  include new aircraft like the Coronado series which include the C337 Skymaster, C208B Grand Caravan which were designed for FS2004 and the B200 King Air for FSX. I'm specifically  mentioning these  because there are still new aircraft being designed for the FS9 platform. There are also other software packages that have been designed to improve the FS9 experience as well including a couple of graphics enhancement packages.

As you can tell I'm focusing on FS9 although we're moving into a new year with more software and faster machines that give FSX the power it needs to shine. But this still comes at a price level or computer power that many of us can't afford. So looking forward to the new year I'll be looking at software and hardware that will get the FS9 buff through another year.

These upgrades tweaks and tips will cost very little money and give the most bang for the buck. Just to be clear of what type machine we're speaking of it those that were purchased approximately 4 to 5 years ago. They probably don't have dual core  technology but they're still running FS9 beautifully but can't handle FSX . I'm also not discussing such things as over-clocking CPUs or video cards which may be beyond many enthusiast as they didn't personally build their computers.

So let's get on with some basic improvements we can make with very little money spent.

 

                               
  
FS9 Eye Candy

REX Real Environment Xtreme with OverDrive

This may be the best single upgrade for FS9 without replacing any hardware or buying new equipment.

Hers a brief description taken directly from the site.

 "On top of the already 14,000+ textures included within REX Essential Plus, enjoy an additional 256 cirrus and 192 3D cumulus and stratus cloud formations, 2 sets of asphalt runways, 1 set concrete runways, 9 sets asphalt taxiways, 9 sets of concrete taxiways, 1 set of a snowy runway, 6 sets of dawn sky colors, 19 sets of day sky colors, 8 sets of dusk sky colors, 2 sets of tropical water and reef textures, and 11 sets of wave animations".

Apparently that's just the beginning as they have a revamped weather system with Weather Engine 3.0 and Sound Effects v1.0. There's also  an integrated Flight planning system called Flight Center 3.0 both of these are integrated with real world environments.

The price for all this is approx. $40.00 or so it would seem to be a good return on the dollar since it deals with something you'll physically and enjoy each time you fire up your simulator.
For more information on this product go to: http://www.realenvironmentxtreme.com/essod.html

Buy it here

FScene4X Total Pack for FSX and FS2004

This is another great package for replacing the default scenery and textures for FS9 and also FSX. Here is a quick bit from the site.
"
a captivating and subtle makeover for the default scenery of Flight Simulator. Once it's installed you'll wonder how you ever flew without it! The latest version now incorporates replacement textures for Flight Simulator X and 2004. The software covers a huge swathe of the planet's surface and will transform your simulated flying in all visual seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter (and a beautiful snowy 'Strong Winter' season)."

The cost of this package is $19.95 for the holiday season. For more information go to: http://www.fscene.com/

Buy it Here 

FS9 Tweaks

The above items are an easy way to improve the looks of FS9. The next thing you can do is improve the performance of FS9. This can be done by getting a faster CPU, faster hard drive upgrade video card but that all costs money. If anything I would suggest you purchase memory if your system doesn't have at least 2MB of memory, 4MB would be even better.

But I'm looking at Free, what can we do for free. I would suggest you download the latest video card drivers and defrag your hard drive as standard procedure to begin with.

Then the next and biggest thing you can do for free is tweak your FS9 cfg file. This is the configuration file that tells FS9 what it's settings should be during the game. it covers everything from aircraft, scenery, and graphics display. The cfg is a file that by default loads general settings for most situations. But theses settings can be tweaked for better performance by changing some of the parameters in the file.

Don't be intimidated by doing this because you'll back up your .cfg file first and name it something like config.bak and if anything goes wrong or you don't like the changes just delete your modified .cfg file and replace it with the original. This is a license to have unlimited fun and get to know the inner workings of FS9.

First you have to locate the file which has become  little trickier with Windows 7. If FS( is installed on C: drive it will be C:\Users\" Your ID"\AppData\Microsoft\FS9 or something close to that affect, do a little searching you'll find it. In XP its C:\Documents and Settings\YOURNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\FS9. In both cases you need to set file view to show hidden folders.

Basically all you're gong to do is back the file up then open it to make your changes. Be sure and use Notepad and not WORD. As you will see most of the changes are sort of self explanatory.

These tweaks have been gathered from the internet. Here's a basic tweak to get you started.

[TERRAIN]
TERRAIN_ERROR_FACTOR=90.000000
TERRAIN_MIN_DEM_AREA=10.000000
TERRAIN_MAX_DEM_AREA=100.000000
TERRAIN_MAX_VERTEX_LEVEL=21
TERRAIN_TEXTURE_SIZE_EXP=8
TERRAIN_AUTOGEN_DENSITY=4
TERRAIN_USE_GRADIENT_MAP=1
TERRAIN_EXTENDED_TEXTURES=1
TERRAIN_DEFAULT_RADIUS=9.500000
TERRAIN_EXTENDED_RADIUS=4.000000
TERRAIN_EXTENDED_LEVELS=4

 

You just find these lines in the .cfg and make the changes. These teaks deal with terrain adjustments. Give it a try.

Additionally :
Y
ou should turn up Anisotropic filtering on your graphics card to x4, x8, or x16 depending on what your system will handle.

Also set Anti-Aliasing
to 4

In the sim, set Mip-Map to 4 and don't check the AA box

These procedures should bring some improvements in performance or maybe not you'll have to see for yourself.

Now that you've had a taste of this here is the link to a more complete set of tweaks . Tweak File

You're a Pro now give it a try. Although I don't know his name we must give the author credit for a great set of FS9 tweaks.

 

          
A Fan's KwikPit

Here's a custom plans built KwikPit from one of our KwikPit fans.

This was built by Jeffrey Stoermer utilizing a laptop setup. A very clean and efficient build. Jeffrey said he hopes it inspires others to get a KwikPit Kit, or buy the plans and build their own to suit their needs. What more can we say except that we agree 100%.  Great Job!
 

A TrakIR Fix

Finally,  I ran across an article that will fix a problem that you may be having with your TrackIR. If you're getting to much background lighting such as a light or window behind you it makes it difficult for the receiver to distinguish the tracking dots. Well this may be the solution I thought I'd pass it along.

                                                   CLICK HERE

 

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