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Note Aerofly FS 2 can also be purchased on DVD through the Aerosoft Shop. This version is different from the Steam version and may not have all DLC and updates available.
Once you download and install the Aerofly FS 2 core game, it is highly advised to download and install the free “Aerofly FS 2-High Resolution Texture Pack for Southwestern USA”. This free Download Content (DLC) adds high resolution photoscenery to your simulator. Note - Additional DLC can also be added to improve your flying experience.
Download additional DLC content by following these simple steps:
Note - You will need 147 Gb available hard drive space if you plan on installing all available DLC at this time.
When launching Aerofly FS 2 from Steam you have three options.
At times, updates will be presented to you through the beta channel. This option allows for the community to “test out” the latest update to provide valuable feedback to the developers, while separating those that do not want to participate. You can always opt out of beta in the same way. Note - Many times both beta and regular channels are at the same version.
Properly setting up your computer and Aerofly FS 2 if you intend to use 3 monitors is important for Aerofly to look right and perform well.
If you have 3 monitors connected, and you are using a NVIDIA graphic card, the first thing you should do is enable the NVIDIA Surround mode in the NVIDIA control panel. This way Aerofly FS 2 will recognize all 3 monitors as a single monitor and allow to properly switch to fullscreen mode. So if you have 3 monitors with a resolution of 1920×1080, you will see a new fullscreen mode in Aerofly FS 2 with a resolution of 5760×1080, after activating NVIDIA Surround.
If you want more fine grained control of what each monitor displays, you need to manually edit the Aerofly FS 2 configuration file called 'main.mcf'. main.mcf is located in the folder 'Documents/Aerofly FS 2/'. You can open it with a simple text editor like notepad.
Look for the lines:
Aerofly FS 2 allows you to render a complete view of the simulator to separate parts of the window. So in case of a 3 monitor setup, we want each monitor to receive its own view. If all monitors have the same resolution, insert the following lines between the above two lines:
Each field show be self explanatory. However here is a small overview:
Upon entering Aerofly FS 2, the main menu is the first screen that you will see. From the main menu you can easily navigate through everything needed to get off the ground.
Prior to playing Aerofly FS 2 for the first time you should first familiarize yourself with what each function does by reading through this manual. Below you will find a description of what each button does on your main menu screen.
Clicking on the Start button continues you in the scenario that you were in the last time you exited Aerofly FS 2. You will continue where you left off.
Flight School allows you to progress through a series of training courses where you will be evaluated based on how well you did. Each training scenario will unlock as you progress. If you are new to flying, Flight School will get you started with the basics of flying.
Here is where you select the aircraft that you want to fly.
Choose your airport and take to the sky.
From here you can easily set up your flight plan. Take off from your home airport and fly to the destination of your choice.
Easily choose your time of day, wind conditions, cloud coverage, and visibility for your flight.
When you load Aerofly FS 2 for the first time this is the first place that you should go to set up your configurations based on your computer hardware.
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This shuts down Aerofly FS 2. You don't really want to do that now, do you?
Setting up a flight from one airport to another is quick and easy with Aerofly FS 2. Once you familiarize yourself with each individual function described in detail within this manual, use this quick flight checklist to take to the sky.
Choose your aircraft by cycling left and right. Once the aircraft that you would like to fly is centered, you can choose the theme/color of the aircraft and press select. Once the aircraft is selected the screen will go back to the main menu.
You have full control over your time, wind, cloud coverage, and turbulence by navigating through the three easy to use options. Make your selections and simply back out of this menu. Note - More detail about weather conditions can be found in this manual.
Use the location page to choose your starting point. If you only want to fly around without following a flight plan this is the only page that you need to visit. Note - Further detail regarding the location and navigation pages can be found in this manual.
This is the second step if you wish to fly from one area to another using a flight plan. A flight plan will present a true path for you to follow, and will also enable GPS and autopilot path finding functions. Note - Further detail regarding the location and navigation pages can be found in this manual.
Once all settings are configured to your liking, from the main menu press start to begin your flight