I have no idea, but try to sign out of your Steam account and sign in again to see if it works!
Thanks for the tip, but this is a non-Steam version. Sorry, I should’ve mentioned that.
Fired up AF2 just now and I’m getting a big box saying "Click here to activate Aerofly FS 2", after having been using it for ages without issue.
If I enter my activation key, it says it’s already been used (yes, by me, for this installation).
Any ideas? I’m grounded for now
Yes, it's an interesting situation. It's like the flight sim worlds best kept secret.
I can't help feeling if there was more awareness, we'd get some more awesome goodies for it. The freeware community is awesome and their hard work is always appreciated, but it'd also be nice if the Big Guns in the add-on world provided more for it. Of course, it's all about supply and demand, which is another good reason for us all to shout about it
It occurred to me over the weekend that Aerofly FS2 is a bit like Apple - it just works
I don't have as much time for simming as I'd like, so quite often it's a case of "I have 15 minutes - where should I fly?".
Here's my finding across the various sims (I'm not bad-mouthing any of them - they're all good at some things and not so good at others - these are just my personal observations):
X-Plane: A few minutes deciding which plug-ins I might want to use, about 10 minutes to load (photo scenery, so it takes forever, even on SSD) - so maybe 5 minutes flying out of 15 minutes.
MSFS 2020: 5 minutes or so to load the sim. Switch to VR, it crashes to the desktop. Go and make a cup of coffee. So zero minutes flying out of 15.
FS2: Fire up the sim, put the VR headset on, fly. About 14 minutes 30 seconds flying out of 15, all with a big grin on my face.
Thank you IPACS, for giving me the max flying fun per minute
Awesome work! Another fabulous offering to the community that surpasses many payware add-ons.
Thanks so much for all of your hard work! I've only just started scratching the surface, but what I've seen so far is incredible.
The fun is back in flight simming
It is all well and good to say don't install sceneries to a particular program directory. And yet Most scenery addons do not ask for an install directory. Northeast US/New York, fresh download simply installs to the FS2 folder as always,
Maybe someone should check to see if the addons/payware are compliant.
Yep, good point. My reinstalls didn't give me an option to specify the destination.
My main install is on my C Drive. The beta update deleted the scenery that it did delete (which wasn't all of it), from my D drive, which is where I installed it to. On reinstalling, it installed it back on my D drive, so the update would appear to have deleted stuff from places other than the original installation directory.
The main issue here is that some users have installed all the user created content into the main Aerofly FS 2 folder, this is not recommended and can cause all kind of issues. Doing so will cause a lot of confusion, because we have no control anymore on what files belong to our installer, what files have been overwritten and what files are no longer necessary. Please keep this in mind when complaining about us or the latest update.
So to stop any confusion in the future, please do not copy anything into the Aerofly FS 2 program folder.
The majority if not all of my scenery was installed on a different drive to the main application. Some of it got deleted, and some didn't. It didn't even seem consistent for a given source, e.g. some stuff from Aerosoft got deleted (Switzerland, for example), some didn't (e.g. Helgoland). So it wasn't even obvious what I needed to reinstall other than looking at the map.
The updated scenery installers are now available through Aerosoft. If you purchased a DLC please contact Aerosoft for an updated installer. The recommended installation recommendation is as follows:
- Install the latest Aerofly FS 2 Update version 2.05.03.09
- Download the updated DLCs ( free and purchased ) from Aerosoft ( they have been updated as well )
- Reinstall the download DLCs
- Like mentioned before please do not install any user created content inside the 'Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator' folder. Instead either use 'Documents/Aerofly FS 2' or the special folder 'Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator AddOns' which is looked for at the same level of the main 'Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator' folder.
Sorry for this confusion, we have published the update before the new downloads were available through Aerosoft. If you follow the recommended order mentioned above you will be all set again.
I reinstalled the scenery prior to the scenery updates but after applying the sim update. Seems to work okay - is there any benefit downloading the latest versions? There’s a lot of data to download. I don’t mind doing so if there are benefits, but thought I’d check first.
Do we know which versions are the updated ones for e.g. Switzerland and Northeastern US? The Aerosoft site shows the version number, but not sure which ones relate to this latest update.
And yes, I do agree it would've been nice to have known it would delete all this beforehand.
@psionmark: We need to check the installer again, why it removed Switzerland and Florida. But those packages need an update also which is currently being sent to Aerosoft. Please give them a few days until the updates are online. In the mean time, you can reinstall Switzerland and Florida and it should work fine again, even though it will run better with the updated versions.
Thanks for the info. So probably worth holding back and waiting for the updated scenery? Should I also reinstall the update to the main app when that’s available or do I just need to reinstall the scenery?
Firstly, many thanks for this lovely update - the 135 in VR is quite possibly my new favourite flying thing
One thing, though - some of my scenery is now no longer showing on the map, namely Switzerland and Florida. It looks like the photo scenery is there, but not the airports.
Other scenery , such as the wonderful freeware Hawaii, LOWI, TrueEarth Netherlands all looks okay, though.
Any ideas on how to get back the missing stuff?
A preliminary update for DVD users is available here. If you all could report back to us if the update works on your side we would appreciate it and it would accelerate the official release of this update.
I can confirm this had downloaded and installed okay for me. Not tried a flight, but confirm the new 135 is there
Thanks for posting!
ORBX are holding a 40% off Election Special sale for US products - this includes their 4 US airports for Aerofly FS2.
No affiliation with them, but I have all 4 of these and they're excellent - terrific fun to explore with the R22.
If you can only get 1, I'd recommend Meigs - both for the historical Flight Sim element, but also for the fun of whizzing around all those lovely skyscrapers in VR
I know I'm being impatient, but any ideas when the non-Steam version will be available? Just dying to get my hands on some new helo fun
I keep dabbling with all the other major sims out there. Some are great, some are not so great. But, I always end up sticking my Rift S back on and heading back to FS2, and that always puts a BIG smile on my face.
There's simply nothing else out there that has such immersion and is such FUN to fly
Looking forward to the new update for the DVD version and the added helo fun.
My only wish is that more people knew about you guys and bought into it - mainly because that might drive more add-ons. But, I'm happy with what I have and for that, a big THANK YOU to all the devs, third party devs and awesome freeware devs.
ViewTracker is a good option too, works with a webcam:
Yes, there's quite a few similar ones, but this one appealed as it needed no additional hardware (assuming you already have the phone, of course!)
Thanks, I sent a help request email.
Port 4242 didn't work? If not, worth checking in OpenTrack:
Under Input, it should be set to "UDP over network", then click the spanner icon to the right of that - that'll show you your port number that you'll need to enter into the app. At that point you should be able to tap Start in the app, Start on OpenTrack and the Octopus should start moving when you move your head
I tried it and I have no wiggling octopus indication. Is the 5555 port (in UDP over network) a sensible entry?, I did the long command prompt entry.
I have only a vague idea what the ports are about.
I think my firewalls are now open.
I put an opentrack exclusion in my PC’s Deepguard virus scanning program.
The port for mine was 4242 - think that's default as I don't remember changing it.