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DRCW
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Fun with freeware aircraft

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I thought it might be nice to help new simmers get more fun out of FSX. Before you read on it is important to note that the following procedure is for FSX boxed Gold Edition ONLY ( Not Steam). The Default aircraft in FSX are functional but can get a little boring after a while and as you become more addicted to flight simulation you begin to want more out of it. In this long step by step guide I will try to help you learn how to customize an aircraft with all the bells and whistles. Best of all it's free!!

Let's start with a popular model the Default Boeing 737-800. The textures are not all that impressive. We want an aircraft that you can download with better lines, curves and textures.

1)Download the Boeing 737-8K2 KLM New Livery PH-BXL File name(Posky_B738X-VC_KLM_NC_PH-BXL) Features 32 bit textures and is very close to payware quality and the wings are done to perfection. The guys at project open sky are great! Download at simivation.com civil jets release date Jan,30,2015. Once it is downloaded,extract the file to your desktop
So what is missing?
No wing views
No right seat view in VC
No bell sound in the Seat belt / No smoking switches
Modeled Switches work but no clicking sound in VC
No Passenger window(to simulate a seat position on the aircraft)
Sound is well... not so hot. One thing I don't like about most FSX and third party aircraft freeware are the outside sounds which are not pleasant to the ears and let's face it, how many real flights have you been on where you get a escort plane on the outside? You don't hear the engines and wind sounds from your window seat outside the aircraft do you? I mean it is cool to have outside sounds and views but we are simulating flying from positions inside the aircraft as either a pilot or passenger.
This model has wing flex and that is great but rather useless without an interior wing view.
We will fix one problem on this aircraft related to the flap audiophile continuing to run long after the position has been set.
There is more but I want to start with these items and if this post gets a good response, I will create part 2 with more features and fixes on this aircraft.
2) Download the Boeing 717-200 aircraft at rikooo.com We will use it in part 2.
This aircraft contains a lot of bells and whistles. If you download it from the above mentioned website it will automatically install the software for you. Okay we have the 2 main downloads so lets get started!
Make sure you have notepad set on your desktop
Files you will need from the FSX Default B737-800
Go to your start menu in windows and select Documents /Select new folder/Right click and name the folder B737 config.files then drag it to your desktop
Now open your FSX folder where ever it is located Example: Computer / C:/ Program files(x86)/Microsoft games/Flight Simulator X
Scroll down the list click on SimObjects and click to open the airplanes file folder. Scroll down to the B737_800 folder and open it.
Scroll down to the aircraft CFG folder and open it. We will copy and paste the following sections:
Category = airplane/[CameraDefinition.0]/[CameraDefinition.1]/[CameraDefinition.001]/[flaps.0]/[flaps.1]/[flaps.2]
You can also download them by highlighting below then copy and paste them to the blank notepad on your desktop and then move them to the B737 config.files folder you created on your desktop:

Category = airplane

[CameraDefinition.0]
Title = "Right Side Window"
Guid = {54F54B8A-3EC2-2D4E-8D10-B8F9D0F16ACC}
Description = View of the right wing from the passenger cabin
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = FALSE
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = FALSE
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 0.8
ShowWeather = Yes
InitialXyz = 3.2, 1.8, -5
InitialPbh = 5, 0, 100
XyzAdjust = TRUE
Category=Aircraft
MomentumEffect=TRUE
ClipMode=Minimum

[CameraDefinition.1]
Title = "Left Side Window"
Guid = {0ae3f864-da10-4e5a-977c-b9bba47d6f7a}
Description = View of the left wing from the passenger cabin
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = FALSE
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = FALSE
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 0.8
ShowWeather = Yes
InitialXyz = -3.2, 1.8, -5
InitialPbh = 5, 0, 260
XyzAdjust = TRUE
Category=Aircraft
MomentumEffect=TRUE
ClipMode=Minimum


[CameraDefinition.001]
Title = "Right Seat"
Guid = {8ff6c134-098d-409f-baec-caba3f683f98}
Origin = Virtual Cockpit
MomentumEffect = YES
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = False
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = False
Track = None
ShowAxis = YES
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = .6
SmoothZoomTime = 2.0
ZoomPanScalar = 1.0
ShowWeather = Yes
XyzAdjust = TRUE
ShowLensFlare=FALSE
Category = Cockpit
PitchPanRate=20
HeadingPanRate=60
InitialXyz=0.94, 0.0, 0.0
InitialPbh=2, 0, 0


[flaps.0] //Trailing Edge Flaps
type = 1 // 1 - tail, 2 - lead
span-outboard = 0.8 // 0.0 .. 1.0
extending-time = 20 // seconds
flaps-position.0 = 0 // degrees
flaps-position.1 = 1 // degrees
flaps-position.2 = 2 // degrees
flaps-position.3 = 5 // degrees
flaps-position.4 = 10 // degrees
flaps-position.5 = 15 // degrees
flaps-position.6 = 25 // degrees
flaps-position.7 = 30 // degrees
flaps-position.8 = 40 // degrees
damaging-speed = 250 // KIAS
blowout-speed = 300 // KIAS
lift_scalar = 1.0
drag_scalar = 1.0
pitch_scalar= 1.0
system_type = 1 //Hydraulic

[flaps.1] //Inboard Leading Edge Flaps
type = 2 // 1 - tail, 2 - lead
span-outboard = 0.8 // 0.0 .. 1.0
extending-time = 2 // seconds
flaps-position.0 = 0 //
flaps-position.1 = 1.0 //
damaging-speed = 250 // KIAS
blowout-speed = 300 // KIAS
lift_scalar = 1.0
drag_scalar = 1.0
pitch_scalar= 1.0
system_type = 1 //Hydraulic


[flaps.2] //Outboard Leading Edge Slat
type = 2 // 1 - tail, 2 - lead
span-outboard = 0.8 // 0.0 .. 1.0
extending-time = 3 // seconds
flaps-position.0 = 0 //
flaps-position.1 = 0.5 //
flaps-position.4 = 1.0 //
damaging-speed = 250 // KIAS
blowout-speed = 300 // KIAS
lift_scalar = 1.0
drag_scalar = 1.0
pitch_scalar= 1.0
system_type = 1 //Hydraulic

With these files you can create a left and right wing view/ A right seat VC cockpit view / Fix the Audiophile error with the flaps. Keep this folder on your desktop so you can use it with other aircraft in the future.
Now we need to put these config files into the Boeing 737-8K2 KLM New Livery PH-BXL File name(Posky_B738X-VC_KLM_NC_PH-BXL) you downloaded and extracted to the desktop.
1) Open the folder Boeing 737-8K2 KLM
2) Scroll down to the Aircraft.CFG folder and open it
3)Scroll down bottom section then copy and paste sections [CameraDefinition.0]/[CameraDefinition.1]/[CameraDefinition.001] just above [pitot_static] make sure to keep a space between each section
4)Click file and save
Now the flap audiophile fix

1) Scroll down to the bottom of the 737-8K2 KLM cfg folder and delete all 3 flap sections

2) Copy and paste sections I provided above [flaps.0]/[flaps.1]/[flaps.2] make sure you have a space between sections

3)Click file and save

4) Close the CFG file



Custom Sound file (NOTE THIS INSTRUCTION IS INTENDED FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE ONLY DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE CREDIT FOR OTHER PEOPLES WORK)

I am unable to copy my personal sound files into this medium so I will explain how you can create your own:

1)You can find custom sound files for FSX Example: type" simivation fsxsounds" in your search engine and go right to the sound folders page 1. There are pages of custom sound files to download complete with Sound CFG.(The CFG folder instructs FSX how and where to apply each sound file within the folder so you can hear flaps being lowered or engine starting etc...) You can create a custom sound folder through your documents and name it " my custom sounds"Go through the sound files you download through simivation.com and pick out the sounds you like best, then put them in your custom folder

2) The folder I selected as my base sound folder was Realistic Boeing 757 Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 Sound Pack for FS2004 and FSX. by Adam Murphy posted in 2010. The file is 102Mb large and the guy had some really great buzz-saw engine sounds which are well sampled. I use those sound files in 737-800 aircraft.

3) Download this file and then open it up and listen to the different samples and note the file names of each sample. I kept many of Adams sounds and used his Sound.config file as a base to change the external sounds to internal

4) Download all the files that interest you (note you must first download and extract them to
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