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Help Please,I Can't Add Downloaded A/C To FS2004  
User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1591 posts, RR: 23
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7564 times:

I downloaded a A321 panel from Avsim but I can't extract it to FS2004 files.Can anybody please educate me how I can download and play with aircrafts and liveries different from default planes of FS2004.Thanks in advance for any info.

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User currently offlineKLM777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7547 times:

Hi Wing,

I don't know exactly what the problem is, but probably you don't know either so I'll tell you how I add aircraft and panels to FS.


1.First unzip the file, not to the FS2004 directory as some manuals suggest, but to a directory on your desktop for example.

2.Now you will see two directories: Panel and Gauges. There may be more, like sounds, they are handled the same as the Gauges folder (check the readme.txt to make sure).

3.Drag the Gauges folder to the main directory of FS2004 so that the contents of the folder is added to the FS2004 Gauges directory (you can also drag the complete contents into the gauges directory of FS2004, just make sure you don't create a sub-directory).

4. The Panel directory must replace the panel-directory of the aircraft were you want to use the panel. Go to FS2004 and to Aircraft. Select the aircraft and you will see the panel directory which must be replaced. Drag the contents of your downloaded panel-folder to this directory. If you do it right, you should be asked "do you want to overwrite the panel.cfg?". Click yes!


1.Unzip the directory, again not to the FS2004 dir but to a self chosen directory on the desktop for example.

2.The directory should consist of four folders: Panel, Sound, Model and Textures (and maybe Effects). If there is only the texture-folder, you downloaded a repaint and need to download the full model, see the readme.txt where to get it. Make sure these four or five folders are in one directory which you name after the aircraft.

3.Now drag the main directory (consisting of these four or five directories) to your FS2004aircraft folder.

4.If there is an Effects folder, now drag the contents of this folder to the FS2004Effects directory.

5.Your aircraft is in FS2004 now, sometimes under the aircraft manufacturer name of IDFG, Project Opensky or something like that, so don't worry if you can't find anything under Boeing or Airbus.

This is the most basic way, it will work with most files but there may be exceptions. So always read the readme.txt files to see if you need to do anything different.

I hope this helps you!

Kind regards,


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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1591 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7540 times:

Dear Jeroen,
Thank you for taking time and writing these for me I will try it as soon as possible.One last quick question.I only down loaded an A321 panel andthere is no A321 in default FS.Do I need to download a A321 aircraft or the file I downloaded should include the outside views and everything.Thank you again and please feel free if you have any questions regarding B737NG.I might not be good at computers but I am very good at my job driving the 737800.  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineKLM777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7539 times:

You don't need to have an Airbus aircraft to use the panel, but I guess it's not much fun flying an airbus panel on a boeing aircraft (apart from the aircraft performance which is not right then). So if I where you I downloaded an Airbus aircraft too, on Avsim there are nice A320's from IDFG. The panel is just the inside, the outside comes with the aircraft files.

Thanks for the offer! Of course I have loads of questions, but for now the first one which comes to mind is that I would really like to hear your opinion about flight simulator after you've installed everything. In the Tech/Ops a thread resulted in how pilots thought about Microsoft Flight Simulator, very interesting to read in my opinion.

Freeware panels are not that realistic even in my opinion, but if you enjoy them maybe you can get some payware panels in the future. I use the dreamfleet 737 for example (not yet available for FS2004). Many systems on the real 737 also work in this panel, for example the FMC (which I cannot imagine flying without in FS). http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/products.htm

Even your office is available: http://www.precisionmanuals.com/frames/737TNG.htm

One more question if I may, a few weeks ago we were discussing here about climb speeds. I thought that in general you climb at 250kts IAS to 10.000ft, after 10.000 climb rate is decreased to increase airspeed to about 300kts (at 300kt climb rate is increased again and airspeed gradually to about M0.73) . My believe was, at higher airspeeds, the number of FPM can also be higher and you can climb more economical, much more efficient than just work your way up slow. I would really like to know how you climb to your cruise altitude (or VNAV  Big grin ) http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_hobby/read.main/46324/

Kind regards and thanks in advance!


[Edited 2004-03-06 15:36:53]

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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1591 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7525 times:

Dear Jeroen,

In airline flying sometimes we fly the same flight(eg:İstanbul-İzmir which is a 50 minute flight between 2 major cities of Turkey) two times in a raw in the same day,same aircraft but both legs can be way too much different than each other.The pilots fly their airplanes as the conditions dictates.So there may be differences between the same route,same airplane and the same pilots you still can see they use a VNAV climb in one leg while a VS(keeping a certain VS as asked by ATC) or a LVL CHG (Keeping a certain airspeed as asked by ATC)Also 250 below 10 is not a "must"since either ATC or you can request faster climb depending on the (trafic,schedule,surrounding terrain,fuel saving,bird hazard etc)In our company we ask for a faster climb below 10 if the traffic permits after we climb to a safealtitude.Climbing fast will save fuel during the climb.(These fuel savings might seem low at first sight think about the yearly flights of an airline and its a huge save)

At higher altitudes a fully packed 7378 is not a good climber so its good the keep your airspeed constant at all times.If you slow down in high altitudes in will take forever to regain your speed back,the airplane will fly straight and level(or even slightly descent as I witnessed before)to pick up the airspeed back.In higher altitude your choosen speed (mach number) will give you somewhere around 750-1000 fpm depending your altitude and weight.At that time your engines will be around 100%N1.

To summarize its good to keep airspeed constant(we use 280 for VNAV)and not to drop the airspeed.The VS you can get will change(decrease)as you climb to higher levels even you still havethe same speed.I hope I could clear up it for you.You can also e-mail me from the contact buttom in my profile.Reagard WING

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User currently offlineKLM777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7581 times:

Thanks a lot Wing for the information! You are very kind!!


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