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 by clicking the following icon.
Members special software to be able to connect to VATSIM or IVAO, receive ATC and see other aircraft. The software required for each simulator and each online service is set out in the following table.
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Note: For Prepare3D, vPilot is recommended.
Version 3 of this voice over internet application is used by the club for internal chat during meetings and events. The TeamSpeak client is therefore an essential download for Club members. The login information may be found in the forum here (Club members only). The previous version, TeamSpeak 2, is used with IvAp2, and the latest version of IvAp2 will automatically install TeamSpeak 2. TeamSpeak 2 is included in the downloads of IVaP2 and X-IvAp, but it does not install automatically in xIvAp.
This is an excellent (and probably the first free) VFR flight planning tool, written by Club member Tim Arnot. The first version was launched in 2010, and it still being enhanced and updated. 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. It was designed with the VFR pilot in mind so does not include IFR procedures or airways.
This is a free open source flight planner, similar in concept to Plan-G in many ways, which was launched in September 2016 and is constantly being updated. It works with FSX based sims and X-Plane. Designed for the majority of simmers, who fly big jets very high in the sky, it supports approach and departure procedures like SIDs and STARs, climb and descent profiling, automatic flight plan calculations and multiple export formats for Flight Management Systems (FMS) as well as drag and drop flight plan editing on the map. The program can read the PLN, FMS and FLP flight plan formats, and import and export CSV, X-Plane and Garmin files. ATS route descriptions can be from flight plans and vice versa. The database can be updated by the Navigraph FMS Data Manager. Import and export of CSV, X-Plane and Garmin files. In short, it is somewhat OTT for the simple VFR pilot, but it is free, so why not try it.
FSUIPC by Peter Dowson, now on Version 4 is an interface tool for FSX, FSX-Steam and Prepar3D (including v4) 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.
WideFS by Peter Dowson 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.
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.
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), Prepar3D X-Plane pilots 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 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 now retired ServInfo. The link takes you to more detailed information, and pointers to download the software.
Vattatsic is a completely Web-based application which shows the current status of ATC staffing and traffic levels on the VATSIM network, with a few social-networking features thrown in. It provides approximately the same functionality as some downloadable software does such as VatSPY, ServInfo, QuteScoop (for MAC and Linux), and Dolomynum.
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.
This free software provides a voice activated interface to vPilot for the VFR pilot. Your speak the command into your microphone and it produces text for Unicom transmission or ATC message prompts based on your data input.
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 is a screen capture utility which runs in 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.
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 (if you you use it) from installing correctly. This simple utility corrects the registry entry. If your FSCopilot install fails run this utility then reinstall FSCopilot.
There are many scenery systems and enhancements aavailable for FSX, from entire countries to individual airports The scenery listed here is all freeware.
This scenery is a real breakthrough for VFR flight enthusiasts. It comprises Autogen buildings, trees and other objects placed accurately to size and shape in their real world positions across the whole of Great Britain. Member Peter Memmott has worked some magic with Ordnance Survey publicly released data using software tools included with the FSX Software Development Kit. Either with default scenery or any of the photographic sceneries available for the UK, this revolutionary upgrade adds even more realism to to your virtual flying experience. The download file (zip) is 1.1Gb in size and can be unzipped with a password which is published on the Club forum. The download includes an installer.
Members who have installed Gary Summon's UK2000 Volume 2 for FSX can see the Club Name on 'our' hangar at Gloucestershire. Our thanks indeed to Gary for giving us this little update free of charge. A nighttime texture version by Max Symons is included.
Our member Ken Greer has built us a superb Clubhouse, fuel station and parking area at Shoreham. This version is for members who have installed Volume 1of Gary Summon's UK2000 detailed airport scenery for FSX, FSX-Steam Edition and Prepar3D.
Ken Greer has also built a version of his Shoreham Club base for the FSX family for members who have only the default scenery installed.
The file UKVRP.BGL contains a visual marker at each of the 384 UK VRPs defined in the NATS Aeronautical Information Service listing dated 05-12-2019 together with an additional 9 custom VRP's requested by Vatsim UK or CIX. This gives a total of 393 VRP's. This is also reflected in the UKVRP.CSV file. These VRPs are listed in UKVRP_List_20191205.rtf, which shows VRP and where used [if known]). Also included is the file UKVRP_LM.csv for import as "User Data" into Little Navmap. Instructions for VRP/User Data maintenance and display are contained within Little Navmap but is similar to that in Plan-G. This file is regularly updated by member Ray Smith from current real world information.
This file contains a set of visual markers for 645 VRPs in France for FSX. See the included Readme text file for details. Provided by Tony Driver. (18KB)
This file contains a set of visual markers for 271 VRPs in Germany for FSX. See the included Readme text file for details. Provided by Tony Driver. (6KB)
This file contains a set of visual markers for 229 VRPs in Spain for FSX. See the included Readme text file for details. Provided by Tony Driver. (7KB)
This file contains a set of visual markers for 314 VRPs in Italy for FSX. Provided by Robert Ephgrave. (8KB)
Over the last four years, a group of Spanish flight simulation fans, working independently, have developed FREE photographic scenery for FSX covering the whole country, at a resolution of 1pixel/metre, using free imagery from the Spanish National Geographic Institute (PNOA).
The work is brilliant and all of them made a great effort, but until now it was rather complicated trying to download and install all the areas of the scenery, and you needed to know some Spanish geography to put all the files in the correct place.
So our Member Francisco Garcia Garrido created tables and maps to help him, with links to all the files in appropriate order and the areas drawn over a map of Spain. When finished, he decided to give it a polish and publish it. The result is this manual. Do download this manual before attempting to download the scenery - for your own sanity it is suggested!
For one week each summer, the US Experimental Aircraft association (EAA) members and aviation enthusiasts totaling more than 500,000 from more than 60 countries attend EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Wisconsin, USA, where they rekindle friendships and celebrate the past, present and future in the world of flight. The event is mirrored on VATSIM at the same time. If you wish to join in the fun, this 96Mb download includes a highly detailed airport, and visual scenery of the surrounding area to aid navigation to the event.
A document describing how to install Tileproxy for FSX under Windows.
The three volumes of UK Farm Strips by Gerry, originally issued for FS9 have been modified by him to be compatible with FSX. In this FSX version, all parts need to be downloaded, because all of the farms are combined in one scenery volume. Because of the size, it has been split into 3 downloads, all of which are essential. Part 1 is Library Objects 8.45 Mb, part 2 is Textures 19.3 Mb, and part 3 is Scenery 482 Kb. They were originally designed for use with the FS9 Horizon Simulations VFR GM photoscenery of England and Wales, and are still compatible with that scenery. They have been reworked for FSX, and are compatible with the more recent UK photo sceneries. Part 4 with 20 new airstrips for FSX was added to the collection in 2009.
Ten private airfields (Farm Strips) created by club member Pete Chapman. These complement the work done by Gerry Winskill for the rest of England and Wales.
Our member Kevin Firth has created a completely new set of "scenery" files which don't appear in FSX as you fly, but do show on the map. They also are displayed in Plan-G. These files provide the pilot with all the up to date controlled airspace boundaries for the UK. UK Controlled Airspace changes every year, and Kevin has promised to try and keep these files current, so check the version date to be sure you have the latest.
ANO stands for Air Navigation Obstacles - "sticky up things" to quote the designer of this scenery, Gerry Winskill. Anything which sticks up more than 300 feet above the surrounding terrain is an ANO and Gerry has reproduced them all. In two volumes. Unzip to a temporary directory and follow the included instructions.
Oil tanks and flare stacks make very obvious landmarks. Gerry has recreated all of the UK refineries in this set.
Anthony Sheehy has produced a very nice little scenery for Deanland Airfield (EGKL). Set in the rolling Sussex Downs, it's an ideal grass strip for a short hop from Shoreham or Biggin Hill. the Airfield has a smart real world website to provide further information.
Airfield scenery for FSX. See included readme file for installation instructions. Requires some addon libraries, which can be downloaded from avsim and flightsim.com By Tim Arnot.
This section contains links to a few items which Club members will hopefully find useful.
This "aircraft" looks like a man sitting on a chair. It is however a fully flyable aircraft, designed by Club member Kevin Bryan.Its function is to be placed (by slewing) in a position to view a virtual air display from the ground. It was originally created specifically for spectators at the long defunct Annual VatsimUK Sywell Virtual Air Display. In 2D cockpit view, you can pan around 360 degrees both horizontally and vertically without any obstruction by cockpit structure or panel. There is no 3D view, but external view and Control Tower view work as normal for FSX family of sims. Put this "aircraft" in your simobjects/airplanes folder, and load it as you would any aircraft. Being an aircraft, it can indeed be flown if you want to. Use the minipanel (press the 'W' key in 2D view) to see your altitude, speed and heading etc.
This is the same Spectator Chair as above, but it has been modified by Club member David Buderim to raise the viewpoint to 100feet above ground level and to add a radar screen to assist in locating aircraft. It is ideal for use on JoinFS to provide an Aerodrome Flight Information Service, (AFIS) or Air-Ground Radio Service (AGRS) for Club flights or for multiplayer 2-4-CIX display sessions. Put this "aircraft" in your simobjects/airplanes folder, and load it as you would any aircraft.
Default FS aircraft and many others designed on the western side of the pond have the Kohlsmann subscale graduated in inches of mercury (ISA pressure is 29.92 inches). This altimeter has a second Kohlsmann window with its scale graduated in millibars (or hectopascals). ISA pressure in Europe is 1013.2 hectopascals. File:39Kb
This version is more typical of light aircraft in Europe, with a single Kohlsmann window with its scale calibrated in Hectopascals. The download includes instructions to create a pop-up window with an enlarged altimeter which makes it easier to read the Kohlsmann scale numbers on small monitors or PCs with low end graphics cards. File:531Kb.