I am playing fs9 for some time now and things are getting better and better, but there still some issues that need to be solved...
Maybe first some introduction. For the time being I only fly Boeing aircraft, since they are all more or less equal to each other when using the not so much developed add-ons. I fly the default 734, the Posky JAF 738 and CO 764/772. Mostly intra-Europe flights, sometimes a TATL flight or an intra-US flight.
One of the issues I have is adding add-ons. The JAF 738 f.e. has the 2D panel view on it, but no 3D-cockpitview. When I donwloaded the plane it used the default 734 panel, but I switched to a 738 panel. In both cases when I switch to 'cockpit view' I see an empty image of the world in front of me. When I turn the view, I get to see the landing gears, wings and engines, but nothing else. How can this be solved?
When I try to add other add-ons I often can't even install them. I do everything the read me-files tell me to do, but sometimes the plane doesn't even show up or it shows up with a panel missing gauges etc. This is kinda frustrating. When there is an installer included, there is no problem of course, but when you have to unzip files and place them in the right folder, these problems occur even when I do step by step as instructed.
I skipped the learning center because I wanted to fly as soon as possible. Taking off and flying aint a problem, but landing is kind of. Via this forum I already learned how to perform an ILS landing but since I fly the Posky JAF 738 to leisure destinations most of the times, I regularly have to land at non-ILS airports. This is kind of problematic. I manage to land most of the times but I wouldn't want to be a passenger on such flight and sometimes I even land on the grass which is not much of a problem in FS but not very realistic and since we all want to put as much realism as possible in our FS adventures... So is there a visual trick to land on the centerline of the runway? I must say that I always use the A/P to perform a landing thus switching the HDG button to line up with the runway.
Another issue I am having is with pushback. When I push 'SHIFT+P' I immediately have to push '1' or '2' because otherwise the plane doesn't turn at all. If I do so, however, it turns way to early and not on the taxilines, sometimes resulting in hitting a nearby plane. Is this a bug everyone has?
Three more questions to go
How can you change flightplans for A.I. airplanes? Most of the time I fly from BRU, but standing next to 6 Continental a/c (from which a CO 727 in old c/s) is not realistic for BRU (Although I wish it would be ) or having two UA 747's and a NW 747 as well...
If you change the pictures of a plane in the texture folder, does it change in the game as well or does the image on the plane just get disturbed resulting in an all grey plane without details?
At last two questions about add-ons: does anyone know where I can find the Brussels Airlines livery for the Simmer's Sky A330? I know I have seen it somewhere, but I believe it was on Avsim and since their library is down I can't find it again. I also would like to have a skin for the A319 as well and the 734. And finally I would love to get a repaint for the 763 wearing JAF's colors.
I know these are a lot of question, but I hope someone could provide me with answers since I'd love to make my FS as realistic as possible.