Aerofly FS2 Manual

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Overview

1. General settings
2. General info and short keys
3. Basic settings joystick (PC version)
4. Graphics settings (PC version)
5. Buying new sceneries (PC version)
6. Buying new sceneries (Mobile version)
7. Buying aircraft (Mobile version)
8. Select location
9. Flight informations
10. Runway lighting and Approach guides
11. View / zoom (PC version)
12. Flight school
13. Autopilot (PC version)
14. Computer Pilot / Copilot (Mobile version)
15. Flight route (PC version)
16. Flight route (Mobile version)
17. Launching Aerofly FS2 in VR-Mode (PC version)
18. Sound settings (Mobile version)
19. Updates via Steam
20. Getting beta tester (Steam)

1. General settings

Open the general settings from the main menu by clicking on “Settings” and “General”.

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Invert camera control

By turning on “invert” the camera control will move upwards instead of downwards. Flight information: By clicking on “show” you can display the virtual cockpit at the top of the screen. If you do this, you can go back to the main menu by using the “ESC” key. Per default you also can hide and display the flight information by pressing key “I”.

Approach guides: Displays the green boxes as approach guides. Landmarks: Activated features display landmarks such as city names. Transparency: With increasing transparency the control elements are weaker. Overlay (only mobile version): Hide or show some overlayed control elements. E.g. for the camera selection.

Other Settings

Open the menu “Other Settings” via the main menu and settings. This slider allows the user to set the reset time after a crash.

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2. General info and short keys

1. Main screen

Some of the most important functions are displayed on the main screen. The “virtual cockpit” at the top can be activated by key “I” while the moving map by key “M”.

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2. Factory preset short keys:

1 to 6: Different camera views (retype any of these keys for more camera views) Z and Shift+Z: Camera Zoom in/out M: Display Moving Map I: Display Flight info (virtual cockpit) P: Pause/Play A: Autopilot T and Shift+T: Time settings (Day/Night) V and Shift+V: Visibility (+/-) Q: Sound on/off Page up/down: Head position up/down Arrow keys up/down/left/right: Camera view FPS display: STRG+F1 The panel lights and instrument lights can be programmed under “Settings” / “Control” / “Lights”.

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3. Basic settings joystick (PC version)

Open “Settings” in the main menu and choose “Control” in the submenu. At the bottom of the new window you`ll find the recognized and usable USB-Joysticks. If you don`t find any entries please plug in your joystick once again and wait for a while. Select “Primary” to set up your joystick and proceed as follows:

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Programming joystick axis

  • Click left in the mid field of the function you want to program the joystick.
  • Follow the displayed instructions to move e.g. the rudder to the right or the throttle to maximum
  • Control your settings by the moving the white bar
  • The settings will be saved automatically
  • If you want to delete a setting click once again on the mid bar and press “Delete” on your keyboard

Programming joystick buttons or keyboard

Proceed as follows to program functions such as like flaps or brakes.

  • Click left in the smaller fields at the function you want to program.
  • Press the button on the joystick or keyboard for the functions you wish to program.
  • Please note that many functions need two buttons or keys to increase or decrease
  • The settings will be saved automatically

 

Separate joystick and rudder pedals

 

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If you want to use separate rudder pedals please proceed as follows:

  • Plug in the joystick and pedals directly to two different USB plugs at your computer
  • If you want to use a USB hub please use an active one with your own power supply
  • Wait until windows has installed the USB driver for any USB devices you want to use
  • Start aerofly FS2 and open “Settings” / “Control” (image)
  • If you see all USB devices at the bottom, start programing the single functions:
  • Click the throttle function and move the throttle on the joystick to full power
  • Click the elevator (aileron) function and move the joystick down (right)
  • Click the rudder function and move the rudder pedals to the right
  • Open the folder to see both wheel brakes (left and right)
  • Click the left (right) wheel brake and push the left (right) brake
  • All settings will be saved automatically

 

Troubleshooting joystick and other USB devices

If you have any problem in programming the buttons or axis on your USB device then please click on the displayed USB device button at the “Primary” menu. After that you`ll see this interface. Here you can enable or disable your USB device and double check all axes and buttons. You can`t program axes or buttons via this interface but check the function.

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Joystick calibration

Go to the controls menu. At the bottom left corner of the screen, click on your device shown in the box. At the top right corner of the next screen, click on the symbol that looks like a target. Then follow the instructions to move and center the sticks and throttle slider.

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4. Graphics settings (PC version)

Open the graphics settings from the main menu by clicking on “Settings” and “Graphics”. Use the graphics settings to optimize the flight simulator performance on your PC. For a smooth experience you will need an actual graphics card driver. If you ever have an issue in terms of graphics, please check your graphics card driver.

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Resolution

Please disable any monitor zoom functions and set up the monitor resolution using this selection:

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Limit frame rate

Per default “vsync” is on. If you have any trouble obtaining a smooth performance you can limit the frame rate. The lowest is 120 FPS fs2_manual_en_010c

Custom graphics settings

To enable the individual graphics settings click on “custom” at the first line. The next 5 lines will be enabled. Now you can set up the texture quality or building density individually. To reset this settings simply click on one of the preset setups at the line “Graphics quality”.

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5. Buying new sceneries (PC version)

Downloadable Content (DLC)

To use the Steam version of Aerofly FS 2 you have to install the “Steam client” first. You can update your Aerofly FS 2 for free or you can buy extra “Downloadable Content” (DLC) via this client. In this case proceed as follows:fs2_manual_de_028a

  • Start your Steam client.
  • Open “Library” / “Games” and click on Aerofly FS 2 .
  • Open “DLC” to buy e.g. “Switzerland”.
  • Add your DLC to the cart and check out.
  • The download starts immediately after payment receipt.
  • You can check the download progress under “Updates”.

 

 

How to check the DLC installation

  • Start your Steam client.
  • Open “Library” / “Games” and click on Aerofly FS 2 .
  • Check the status at the DLC paragraph.fs2_manual_de_029

 

 

 

 

How to use the new content

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  • Open “Location” at the main menu.
  • Zoom out as far as possible.
  • Zoom into the region you purchased.
  • Select one of the new airports.

Under navigation you can select airports and navaids worldwide. You can add any waypoint worldwide like shown in 3.2

 

6. Buying new sceneries (Mobile version)

An In-App scenery must not be selected after purchasing. “Regions” is only used for purchasing new sceneries or restoring after an update. Any In-App map will be displayed directly in “Location”. After an update or a new installation it may be necessary to restore the In-Apps once again. Please use the “Restore Purchases” button for this step.

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7. Buying aircraft (Mobile version)

Aircraft

More aircraft (In-Apps) can be purchased directly from the carousel selection. Aircraft that are not purchased appear slightly darker in addition with a green price button.

 

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Payment

Doublecheck your prepaid credit on your iTunes account at first. Type in your password to login into your iTunes account. Then confirm the In-App purchase. Immediately thereafter you can fly the aircraft. Follow this link to manage your iTunes credit :https://www.apple.com/de/support/itunes/cards-codes/

 

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In-App landscape

To add more airfields select “Regions” from the main menu and buy the available landscape as In-App via your iTunes account. After logging in a confirmation of the purchase is needed. An installation of an In-App scenery needs enough free storage on your device. It is recommended to have 4 to 5 GB of free storage for a smoother performance on the device.

 

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8. Select location

Go to the main menu and open the map by clicking on “location”. The map can be moved and zoomed in or out. A left click anywhere on the map places an aircraft at the altitude which you can selcet from the bar on the right. Adjust the flight direction by rotating the course indicator with the mouse. A click on the airfield icon opens the airfield location map with various starting positions. Use the extra buttons to filter VORs or center your position on the map.

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Selecting a location world

Go to the main menu and open the map by clicking on “location”. The map can be moved and zoomed in or out worldwide. In aerofly FS 2 the Earth is an ellipsoid. Under navigation you can select airports and navaids worldwide. At the “Location” menu the orientation is purely geographical.

 

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9. Flight informations

af2_manual_en_815 (1) Wind Shows the current windspeed and direction with respect to the aircraft’s orientation. This example shows a very weak wind from the left.

(2) Flap indicator Shows the actual flap position in degree

(3) Power indicator Shows the actual engine output in percentage

(4) Heading indicator Shows the current heading in degrees. The magenta trend indicator bar shows what the heading will be in 6 seconds at the current rate of turn. For a standard turn rate of 180 degrees per minute, the trend indicator has a length equivalent to 18 degrees. The heading bug (the magenta symbol above the ‘W’ in this example) and magenta number to the left are displayed if a heading for autopilot operation is selected (see below).

(5) Airspeed indicator Shows the IAS (indicated airspeed) in knots. The magenta trend indicator shows what the airspeed will be in 6 seconds. The color of the tape shows the airspeeds for the current aircraft: – green represents normal range – white representsairspeed range with flaps extended – yellow representsoperation in smooth air without abrupt control inputs – red represents below stall speed at the low end above velocity and never exceeds (‘red line’) at the high end The ground speed is displayed at the bottom. The target speed for autopilot operation will be displayed at the top as well as the magenta speed bug if selected.

(7) Attitude indicator Shows the roll and pitch attitude of the aicraft with respect to the earth (artificial horizon).

(8) Altimeter Shows the current altitude above sea level in feet. Again, the magenta trend indicator shows what the altitude will be in 6 seconds at the current rate of climb. A bar having a length equivalent to 100 ft therefore indicates a rate of climb of 1000 ft/min. The height above ground is shown at the bottom. If a target altitude is selected, this will be displayed in magenta at the top and the altitude bug will be shown.

(9) Vertical speed indicator Displays the current rate of climb or descent in feet per minute. For autopilot operation, the target rate of climb is shown at the top.

(10) Nearests airports Shows the distance of and direction to the two nearests airports. The distances are displayed in nautical miles. The directions are shown with respect to the current heading. In this example, the nearest airport is at the 4 o’clock position at a distance of 6.6 nm. The second airport is right behind at a distance of 13 nm.

 

10. Runway lighting and Approach guides

The runway lighting turns on automatically by setting it in daylight settings. The PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) is always active and warns the pilot about an incorrect approach angle. Two white and two red markers indicate a correct approach. The green approach guides can be activated via the main menu under Settings. fs2_steaml_en_017

11. View / zoom (PC version)

In the PC version you can program and control the camera perspective via shortkeys. Select “Settings / Control / View” in the main menu.

General instructions

  • Click on the line you want to program and press a button on the joystick or a “key” on the keyboard
  • You also can use “Shift + Key” as a shortkey!
  • Delete a setting by clicking on the line and “Delete” on the keyboard
  • To reset all settings click on the joystick icon at the top right and confirm

 

View control

Use these options to control your view: View (previous/next): Rotate all camera perspectives Cockpit view: By default “1” and “2” to rotate the perspectives Follow: By default “3” and “4” to rotate the perspectives Outside: By default “5” and “6” to rotate the perspectives Zoom: By default “Shift-z” and “z” for zooming in/out Turn: By default POV button on the joystick to pan the perspective Look: Program these lines to make a quick look left / right / up / down Move: Program these lines to permanently adjust the “eye position” (Horizontal and vertical)

 

12. Flight school

There are 21 lessons to become a pilot! Starting as a greenhorn you will be trained by a female flight instructor. At the end of each lesson you can get up to 3 stars. The lessons can be repeated individually. If you want to see a preview, please open this site

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13. Autopilot (PC version)

Important note: Please note that the autopilots operation can be fundamentally different dependent on the aircraft type. Some of the AP functions are not final in the early access version. Please keep your aeroflyFS2 via the Steam account up to date. In the next few weeks some different updates will be improve the autopilot functions.

General informations

Please note that you can control the autopilot by two different ways.

  • You can control the autopilot at the cockpit panel using the mouse and mousewheel.
  • You can use different keys or buttons after setting them up (“Settings” / “Control” / “Autopilot”).

At the beginning it is recommended only to use only one of this possibilities. Using both is only recommended for advanced users. The autopilot can stabilize the heading, airspeed, altitude as well as the vertical speed. The autopilot cannot be switched on and will disengage when one of the following limits is exceeded: bank angle larger than 60 degrees, pitch angle larger than 45 degrees, airspeed less than 1.2 times the stall speed or when the aircraft is on the ground. These limits are exceeded for example if you fly a looping with heading mode engaged – the autopilot will disengage as soon as the nose is 45 degrees above the horizon.

Autopilot modes

WING LEVELER (ROL) In this mode the autopilot will engage in the basic roll (ROL) mode which functions as a wing leveler.

PITCH ALTIDUTE HOLD (PIT) The Pitch Attitude Hold (PIT) mode allows constant attitude climbs and descents.

AIRSPEED (SPD) The airspeed mode / auto-throttle will adjust the engine power to keep the selected airspeed. The target airspeed is shown in magenta at the virtual cockpit and can be changed by individually programmed buttons or keys. See below how to do.

HEADING HOLD (HDG) The heading hold mode can be activated and deactivated by tapping on the heading indicator. The box around the heading will change its color to green to indicate the heading is controlled by the autopilot. If no heading was selected so far, the current heading will be selected and shown in magenta. The target heading can be changed by tapping the + / – buttons below the heading indicator. Touching these buttons for a longer time will repeatedly change the selected heading by 5 degrees. The target heading can be changed while the heading mode is engaged, the autopilot will then turn the aircraft to the selected heading.

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ALTITUDE HOLD (ALT) Hold a constant altitude. This mode is perfect for cruise flight at a constant altitude. Tap the altitude indicator to activate this mode. When engaged, the autopilot will climb / descend to the target altitude and level off. The vertical speed in this phase can be selected by using the + / – buttons below the vertical speed indicator . When the target altitude is changed by tapping the + / – buttons below the altitude indicator, the autopilot will initiate a climb / descent to the new altitude. The vertical speed for this will be the last selected vertical speed, provided it has the right direction. If a descent would be required to reach the new altitude and the last selected vertical speed was a climb at 1000 ft/min, this would be changed to a default of -1500 ft/min and vice versa.

 

 

 

 

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Vertical speed (V/S) Climb / descend at a constant rate. When engaged, the autopilot will try to climb / descend at the selected vertical speed. If the aircraft cannot climb at the selected vertical speed, it will loose airspeed until the autopilot disengages at minimum speed. This mode can be selected by tapping the vertical speed indicator. The v/s mode will override the altitude mode, so this can be used to leave an altitude that was previously held constant by the autopilot. On the other hand, if the altitude mode is active, the vertical speed mode will disengage 500 ft before reaching the target altitude to allow levelling off and avoid crossing a selected altitude.  Two axis stabilisation (ROL + ALT) The easiest way to use the autopilot is the ROL/ALT mode. The ROL mode is per default enabled if you start the autopilot via the “AP” button on the autopilot panel or pressing Key “A”. After that press “ALT” at the panel. Now the aircraft will be stabilized automatically.

 

 

 

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  • Click at the autopilot panel on “AP” to activate the autopilot
  • Click on “HDG” right beside to activate the Heading Mode. You also will see “HDG” at the panels display
  • Click “I” to display the virtual cockpit at the top of the screen for a easy check of presetted course.
  • To change the course manually move the mouseover the “HDG” select knob and use the mouse wheel.

 

 

  • Preset the altitude via the select knob (mouseover and mousewheel) at the autopilot panel (e.g. 5.100 FT)
  • Click on “Arm” to activate the selected height
  • Click once again on “ALT” to activate the Pitch, displayed by “PIT”
  • Click repeatedly on “UP” to select the climb rate (or “DN” for down)

 

 

By this way the autopilot will be target the presetted height and will hold the flight level automatically. From now you can change the flight level by presetting a new high and click on “up” or “down” once again.

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Vertical speed mode (VS)

The vertical speed (VS) mode allows variable vertical speed climbs and descents.

  • Click at the autopilot panel on “AP” to activate the autopilot
  • Click on “VS” to activate the vertical speed Mode
  • Click on “UP” or “DN” to select vertical speed rate
  • Control the rate by the vertical speed indicator at the panel or climb rate at the virtual cockpit (+170 ft/min on the illustration beside)

 

From now you can e.g. add the heading mode by clicking on “HDG”. By this way you can control the course via the “HDG” select knob (2.4) and climb rate via the “UP” or “DN” buttons.

 

14. Computer Pilot / Copilot (Mobile version)

aerofly-fs2-wiki-route-ios-en-deAs we steadily improve the depth system of all airplanes in Aerofly FS 2, we noticed that it was getting a lot more difficult to operate the autopilot in most airplanes as we are simulating them ‘almost’ like their real counterparts. We soon noticed that this is just not an option for the mobile version because the PC version is already giving novice users a headache. So we created the copilot which is nothing else than a highly sophisticated user interface for the autopilot in the airplane. The new version of the computer pilot will use the aircraft’s autopilot if available, so that the selected values displayed in the cockpit are in sync with the copilot’s settings. Engaging the copilot will enable the autopilot and set it to the current heading and vertical speed. Heading and vertical speeds can be changed using the +/- buttons. When ALT is enabled, the autopilot is set up to fly to the selected altitude. The selected altitude can be changed while ALT is active. If the aircraft has to climb to get to the selected altitude, the copilot will either climb with a constant vertical speed or climb by maintaining the selected airspeed, depending on the aircraft type and autopilot. Descents are always done by maintaining a vertical speed. Press the ROUTE button when close to the green navigation route to follow this route. The copilot will either fly manually or configure the aircraft’s autopilot to follow the route and climb and descend accordingly. The airspeed is controlled by the copilot using the throttle control or the aircraft’s autothrottle if available. The copilot will disengage the autopilot or stop controlling the airplane 0.2 NM before the destination runway threshold. From this point on you have to perform the landing manually.

 

15. Flight route (PC version)

The navigation is in union with the autopilot to form a fascinating chapter in Aerofly FS 2. We will shop the basic navigation in the paragraphs below.

Navigation from the current position to a destination airport

Open “Navigation” from the main menu. In this window you can see your current position and all airports in the actual map section. The map can be zoomed in/out with the mouse wheel and swiped to display more airfields. Then click on the symbol at the bottom of the page with the landing aircraft. After that you can choose your destination from a list. If a former route is displayed then simply click on “Clear Route” to delete the old one.

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Immediately after selecting your destination all runways will appear as a list. Choose one of them. The displayed route will be actual after any change. By clicking the icon at the top right of the screen all information can be updated manually.

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If the destination is set you can add VORs or any free positions as waypoints. Do add a VOR or any position as a waypoint by clicking left on a VOR icon or anywhere on the map and then click on “+” to insert. Use the red “x” icon to delete a waypoint from your route.

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In the cockpit view you can use the moving map (M) to display the flight plan. The map can be zoomed in or out with the mouse wheel. You can change the orientation or frame size via the two icons at the bottom of the map.

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16. Flight route (Mobile version)

To plan a new route open the “Navigation” dialog in the main menu. If you don´t know the icons please click on “?”:

Select a starting airfield

  • Delete any former route using the “Delete Route” icon
  • Zoom in on the map to the starting area
  • Click on the “Aircraft start” button
  • Select an airfield from the list on the right
  • Select a runway using the “Start” icon

 

Select a destination airfield

  • Zoom in on the map to the destination area
  • Click on the “Aircraft Landing” button
  • Select a destination from the list
  • Select a runway using the “Approach” icon

The map can now be centered to see the entire route

Add a waypoint

  • Use the 4 icons at lower left to show/hide VORs or waypoints
  • Select an area by tapping into the map
  • Select a waypoint or a VOR from the list on the right
  • Add a point via the “+” symbol

 

Delete a waypoint

  • Select a waypoint from the flight plan at the bottom
  • Delete the point via the “x” symbol

 

Start flying a route

  • Place the aircraft at the start position via the symbol at the top right portion of the screen
  • Return to the main menu and select “Fly”
  • From now the flight route is displayed in the glass cockpit
  • The flight route is also displayed in the flight information
  • Fly the route manually

 

Fly route by autopilot

  • Start the aircraft manually
  • Shortly after the start the “Route” button under C / P is active
  • Click on Route
  • Now the aircraft should fly automatically to the destination
  • Fly the plane until the destination is reached and land manually

17. Launching Aerofly FS2 in VR-Mode (PC version)

Aerofly FS 2 detecfs2_manual_en_031ts 3D glasses automatically. If you want to select the mode manually you can do this by launching the program via the steam client:

  • Start the Steam client.
  • Open the “Library” / “Games” and right click on Aerofly FS 2.
  • Click on “Play”.
  • Now select “Oculus VR or other”, “VR-HTC-Steam” or the “normal” mode.
  • For any other problems Steam provides a support page for Steam HTC with solutions or info at the Forum for Oculus Rift

 

18. Sound settings (Mobile version)

Open the sound settings by swiping up from the bottom of the screen of your device. Here you can turn on/off the sound and set the volume. You also can use the normal volume controller. af2_manual_en_1017

 

19. Updates via Steam

To use the Steam version of aerofly FS2 you need to install the “Steam client” first. You can set up the update preferences via this client. If you never changed the default settings, the Aerofly FS 2 will keep the actual settings.fs2_manual_en_027

Update preferences

If you changed the settings, please proceed as follows to set up automatic updates:

  • Start the Steam client
  • Right click on “Aerofly FS2 Flight Simulator” and select “Properties”
  • Select the “Updates” tab and choose “Always keep this game up to date”

Starting an update manually

  • Start the Steam client
  • Right click on “Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator” and select “Properties”
  • Click the DLC tab and check for an available update
  • Start the update

20. Getting beta tester (Steam)

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The Aerofly FS 2 is currently an Early Access game. If you want to have more insight you can agree to the beta status via your Steam Client. This way, you will get updates with features that are still in progress. You can go back to the Early Access by the same way.

  • Start your Steam client.
  • Open “Library” / “Games” and right click on Aerofly FS 2.
  • Open “properties” to see the window shown on the right
  • Select the tab “Betas” and opt for the beta status
  • After that you will see [Beta] at the Aerofly FS 2 line.