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Aerofly FS 1 FAQs

On this page you will find answers to common questions regarding Aerofly FS 1. Please have a look and see if your question is answered here. When you have technical problems, ensure you have installed the latest update for Aerofly FS 1 and that your 3D graphic card driver is up to date.
If you can't find your answer here, you may also contact us using our support query form.
Aerofly FS 1 crashes right after program start, what can I do?
First ensure your PC really meets the minimum system requirements.

Most crashes are due to older graphic card drivers. It is strongly recommended that you update your 3D graphic card driver to the latest version before running Aerofly FS 1. Most computers have 3D drivers installed, but Aerofly FS 1 requires up to date drivers to work properly. Please don't use the Windows Update function to search for a current driver, instead visit the 3D graphic card manufacturer for the latest version.
For NVIDIA and AMD graphic cards visit:

aerofly FS does not run smooth and my frame rate is below 30 FPS, what can I do?
First ensure your PC really meets the minimum system requirements.

If your 3D card meets our requirements carefully revise your graphic settings in Aerofly FS 1. Setting the quality in Aerofly FS 1 too high has a big impact on the performance. Even when using a 3D card with 1 GB of Ram it is not recommended to set all settings to High or Ultra, instead choose to use less texture quality or terrain texture quality.

Do I need a joystick to fly Aerofly FS 1?
A joystick is generally recommended for the best flying experience, however you can also use a game-pad, your mouse or even the keyboard. The mouse option for steering is actually very precise and once you get used to it allows very good and smooth flying.

How current are the aerial images?
The images have been taken over a long period of time. So you will see areas with fairly new date, but there are also areas that are many years old and might not feature all buildings or roads that exist today. However the overall quality of the aerial images no matter what date it was made is very high and results in an impressive visual quality.

Can I set a different time of day or even night?
The scenery of Aerofly FS 1 is based on real aerial images made at a certain time of day and a certain time of the year. So the current version does not allow the changing of time. We will consider this for a future update, since Aerofly FS 1 already features the ability to do real time lighting computations.

How does Aerofly FS 1 compare to other flight simulators?
Aerofly FS 1 puts its main focus on the flying side paired with awesome graphics, realistic physics and a fluent simulation speed. The operation of all aircraft is kept very simple on purpose, so no setup has to be done inside an aircraft to start flying. Yet all basic instruments in the cockpit are animated and show real values.
If you are looking for exact aircraft operations like setting up navigational instruments or adjusting the motor then other simulators are better for you.

Do I have to be a pilot to master the aircraft in Aerofly FS 1?
Aerofly FS 1 gives you a steep learning curve even if you are an absolute beginner. You don't need to focus on setting up an aircraft like turning on the engine, or moving certain switches into the right position. You can fly right away. Using our challenges you get tasks with increasing difficulty depending on your personal flying skills.

What are the system requirements of the Mac version of Aerofly FS 1?
Please ensure that you Mac meets or exceeds the following system requirements:

  • Mac OS X Version 10.6.8 ( Snow Leopard ), 10.7 ( Lion ) oder 10.8 ( Mountain Lion )
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Main memory: 2 GB of RAM
  • Supported graphic cards:
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600, 320M, 330M or faster with at least 512 MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750 or faster with at least 512 MB
     Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB (supported on Mac OS X Lion or Mac OS X Mountain Lion with reduced graphic settings)
     Intel HD Graphics 4000 (supported on Mac OS X Lion or Mac OS X Mountain Lion with reduced graphic settings)

I purchased Aerofly FS 1 from the Mac App Store but the download doesn't finish, what can I do?
The delivery of the App to your computer is solely in the hands of Apple, so unfortunately there isn't much we can do. However if you cannot finish the download you have the right to cancel your purchase and receive a refund.
Some customers however were able to fix this problem by doing the following:
  • Create a new temporary Mac OS X user account
  • Log into this new account and start the App Store application
  • Try to continue downloading the App using your existing iTunes account
  • Once the download is finished, log out again and log back in again with your usual user account
  • You may then delete your user account again

Can I use my Mac Book Air for Aerofly FS 1?
No, aerofly FS does not work on the Mac Book Air.

Aerofly FS 1 runs extremly slow after changing the graphic settings, what can I do?
The graphic quality settings have a huge impact on the performance of Aerofly FS 1. If you are using a graphic card with 512 MB or less do not set the Texture qualities higher than Medium. If aerofly FS is impossible to use after changing the settings, you may have to reset the default settings. Have a look at the next question on how to do this.

How do I reset the settings of Aerofly FS 1?
All config files of Aerofly FS 1 are stored in a special folder inside your users Library folder. By default the Library folder of Max OS X 10.7( Lion ) and10.8 ( Mountain Lion ) is hidden. To open the Finder with a visible Library folder, press and hold the ALT Key, choose the "Go To" menu and then select "Library". A Finder window with the Library folder will then be opened. On Mac OS X 10.6 the Library folder is visible by default.
Next click yourself to the Aerofly FS 1 user folder. The location depends on what Mac OS X version you are using and if you have purchased Aerofly FS 1 as a boxed version or from the Mac App Store.

For Aerofly FS 1 from the Mac App Store and running Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8:
    ~/Library/Containers/com.aerofly.aerofly-fs/Data/Library/Application Support/aerofly FS/

For the boxed version of Aerofly FS 1 or the Mac App Store version on Mac OS X 10.6:
    ~/Library/Application Support/aerofly FS/

In this folder simply remove all files inside the config folder.

How do I locate the log file tm.log of Aerofly FS 1?
First locate the Aerofly FS 1 user folder, this is described in the previous question. The file tm.log is located right inside this folder.

Is TrackIR ( Head Tracking feature ) supported in the Mac version?
Currently there is no support for TrackIR in the Mac version of Aerofly FS 1.

Aerofly FS 1 crashes when I connect the Playstation 3 controller.
There is a bug in Aerofly FS 1 that causes the program to crash whenever a Playstation 3 controller is connected to your Mac. Please disconnect the controller before starting Aerofly FS 1. This bug will be fixed in an upcoming update.

Does Aerofly FS 1 run in a virtual machine like VMWare or Parallels for Mac OS X?
Aerofly FS 1 cannot be used in a virtual machine. We offer dedicated versions of Aerofly FS 1 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.