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User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

Hi all was reading some of your threads and some of the great screen shots and remembered how a friend and I used to do a few flights after school, this was a few years ago don't really remember the version but it was old school to the max.

So I went down to my usual electronics store to get a copy of FS 2004 but had no luck so I purchased a copy online and it should be here in a few days. Until then anybody have any good tips on how I should get started? And where you get some of the bonus aircraft? Thanks


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User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Hi Hawk, welcome to the wonderful world of FS!

Quoting Hawk44 (Thread starter):
Until then anybody have any good tips on how I should get started?

The first thing I would say to you is 'Do not expect to learn it all overnight' - It takes weeks, sometimes months to get it right. I strongly advise you go through the learning center with a fine toothpick and make notes on things.

But don't expect to get it right straight away. You will get it wrong from time to time and get very frustrated with it, we all have at some point. But hang on in there and say to yourself "I can do this!" - I remember the hardest part for me was landing. I'd get so pissed off with it, cursing it and wishing I'd not wasted my money on it! rotfl 

But I stuck at it and even now I can do most aspects of flight simulation, I am still improving all the time, and still learning. You can only get better.

So good luck with it all!

Quoting Hawk44 (Thread starter):
And where you get some of the bonus aircraft?

www.avsim.net - For all aircraft
www.meljet.com - For Boeing 747's and Boeing 777's
www.ifdg.net - For A318/319/320/321, B757, B767, MD11
www.projectopensky.com - For A330, A340, B747, B757, B767, MD11

These sites I strongly recommend.


User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3827 times:

Thanks for the great links now I just have to play the waiting game  bouncy 

Quoting N754AN (Reply 1):
But don't expect to get it right straight away.

I hear ya on that one I remember playing years ago and ending upside down and into the drink without a clue of what I pushed but it's still fun.


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User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3826 times:


Welcome to Flight Simming! As Chris said, it takes some time to get it right. I've used every FS version since FSFW95 (FSFW95, FS98, FS2000, FS2002, and FS9) and I still learn new things every day.

But beware, it can become VERY addictive!


...I feel so cold right now...


Looking forward to your screenshots! For that, you'll need a tool called FSScreen which can be found at Avsim


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3828 times:

I would not rush off and get the add-ons right away, though. Fly the default planes a bit and get a feel for the game, and then expand your fleet. Also, when you do start adding on, be careful with what files you modify. When I started messing around with add-ons a few years ago, I had to re-install the game almost half a dozen times because I touched something I shouldn't have. Now I know my way around a CFG file like none other.  Wink

One thing I will recommend doing right away is getting Ultimate Traffic, because it will completely change your FS experience.


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User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
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Good Luck, you will have hours of endless fun!

[Edited 2005-04-10 10:42:06]

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User currently offlineDreamer From Norway, joined Jul 2004, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3808 times:


Great, welcome!! I was a total newbie 3 - 4 months ago (had never even seen a simulator before.

I think that you should stick with the default application for the first month. Just worry about taking-off and then go on to learn how to use navigation, ILS landings and so on. I still land like crap and like Chris said, it really is irritating. The first week I would stall out, crash and just totally never find my way back to the airport. Thankfully it is only a game so no one got hurt!!!!

Now I am relaxed and most of the time understand why I fail. Just using the program and learning the basics taks a little time. If you start adding lots of new planes and stuff early it takes your time away from just learning. I know, because I have many planes (add-ons) I can't fly, and end up going back to basic to practise pure flying.

Also add-ons take up lots of space and power on your PC, so be careful unless you have a good computer!

Let us all know how it goes!


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7217 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

Welcome, I'm sure you will have a blast with FS 2004.

User currently offlineBully707 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1047 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3743 times:
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Hi there!!!

I can only second all of what my buddies (  Wink ) posted before....!!!

But what ever happens...you'll love it!!!! And it will drive you nuts...sometimes!!!

Take care...and



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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

I have been using FS I think since 2001 and I have learned pretty much everything about it. It did take me over a year to understand all the requirements to fly the jets.

I have kind of stopped using fs last couple of months since I started college. Once I get the new computer with good graphics in may I will start with fs2004. When I first started I didn't even use the tutorials I just started flying and I got it in about a month. I have crashed proably around 200 times but with the flight hours that I have accumulated in Fs over these years I could proably apply for a regional airline if they were real hours.  Smile FS is very addictive I don't know when I will get sick of it. The flight possibilities with Fs are endless. After all these years on FS I still haven't explored more than Europian and North American airports.

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