Thank you for your previous replies. I now have a new query. I downloaded an Enmbraer 145 (eb145pga.zip). I moved it into the aircraft folder, and unzipped the gauges into the gauges folder, as instructed in the readme file. On selecting the aircraft in the FlightSim list, I get a message saying 'cannot find Embraer 145 in the library'. In spite of this, the aircraft does load. I then get a series of error messages saying 'unable to load some 3rd party software'. After clicking OK to them all, the aircraft does appear, minus a couple of gauges, and it looks superb, and 'flys' beautifully. I am running FS2002 Professional.
Any suggestions as to what might be wrong. I am relatively new to downloading, as in the past, I have always bought boxed aircraft.
Everything now though seems to be for FS 2004.
If you manage to give us the link to the site where you downloaded the aircraft from, and verify the filename, we might be able to have a look at it.
Seeing that you're using FS2002 --- is it possible that you downloaded an a/c for FS2004?
Provide us with more concrete information and we should be able to pinpoint the problem.
Thank you, Tailhook. The site is www.flightsim.com and the aircraft is definitely for FS2002. The description is FS2002 Portugalia Airlines Embraer ERJ 145. File is definitely eb145pga.zip
Hope this helps.
I'm downloading the file at the moment - once I've had a look at it I'll come back to you.
Oh boy-- this looks like one of those files crammed full with mysteries.
The readme file states
Simply copy the entire "erj145" folder contained in this zip file to the /FS2002/AIRCRAFT folder on your PC. That's all there is to it.
UNZIP gauge.zip file into your FS2002\gauges
Rubbish. Open the folder that reads 'Read Me Copyrights', next unzip the 'How_To' folder.
You can go further and read all the documents and textfiles included in the entire "erj145" folder and end up as frustrated as I am at the moment.
What makes things worse, I own FS2002 Standard, not Pro and I don't even have it installed at the moment so I'm unable to fiddle around with it.
Not all is lost though. I assume you chose this particular a/c for certain reasons such as (I'm only guessing) the livery and perhaps the music player.
I found a possible alternative at avsim.com ➡ http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=fs2002ac&DLID=15831
Here is the file description
This ZIP file contains all of the necessary files for the Embraer ERJ145 in colours of Poerugalia Airlines-PORTUGAL, aircraft for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator FS2002 and PRO edition.
As this file is compatible with FS2002 Standard as well, I will try and install it after I've installed FS2002 on my system. This will take time though, I suggest you check back in some many hours. It is on my 'TO DO' list though.
Additionally here is a list of a variety of Embraer a/c that you might want to browse ➡ http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=fs2002ac&Name=embraer&FileName=&Author=&DLID=&Sort=Name&ScanMode=1&Go=Change+View
I'll be back 😉
Many thanks again, Tailhook for your trouble and advice. I'll keep watching.
Incidentally, can you tell me what A1 aircraft are? Some downloads say they are only A1 aircraft.
I will have a look at your alternative suggestion.
I've installed eb145por.zip into my FS2002 Standard without a hitch and instead of you listening to me praising the aircraft, I suggest you install it yourself and see how you like it.
AI stands for Artificial Intelligence (aircraft). They are especially designed to populate your virtual skies and airport environments to make things look more realistic.
AI-aircraft are not designed to be flown, though many of them can be or with minor tweaking will fly quite nicely, but this is really defying the purpose.
If you see an add-on a/c with a very small file size such as 576KB, you'll know straight away that it's most likely an AI a/c. I am saying 'most likely' because the very popular Mike Stone creates proper aircraft with small file sizes.
AI traffic shouldn't be taken lightly though as it can enrichen your experience greatly. Some websites are dedicated exclusively to AI traffic and if you want to get a good understanding of it all, those sites are the places to visit. Here are a couple of links ➡
www.projectai.com is one of the most popular -- unfortunately the site seems to be down at present so I can't give you the link. They're easy to find though once the site is running again.
Finally, many enthusiasts rely on payware for their AI-traffic and I understand that there are some amazing packages on the market. As I don't own any of those, you better ask the experts here at Flyaway of which there are many.
Good luck, let's know how things are coming on.
Thanks a million for all your work on my behalf. I am impressed.
When I get home later today, I will install eb145por. and hopefully, all will be well. If it is, I will get rid of the other one.
Just out of interest (please don't waste any time on these), I have had one download of an Embraer which appeared without a cockpit, although the outside views were all OK; one without any paintwork on it - just a completely black aircraft, and one Hercules C130 which, when looking out with cockpit views, showed what appeared to be a pile of scrap metal floating alongside the aircraft. I suppose I expected all these downloads to be perfect, but there are obviously good and bad. It's knowing which to choose!
Best wishes, and thanks again,
Just out of interest (please don't waste any time on these)... I suppose I expected all these downloads to be perfect, but there are obviously good and bad. It's knowing which to choose!
Don't worry about any time being wasted, we all want you and everybody else to enjoy our great hobby.
Regarding downloads, I don't know where to start -- but that already makes it sound more difficult than it actually is.
There are fantastic files available and there is rubbish. To find your way through the maze can seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of practice and wanting to know HOW you'll be an expert in no time.
The reason why so many new and especially younger enthusiasts struggle is because they see a picture of an a/c and they want it now and they want exactly the one they saw in the picture. They're not interested in who the author(s) of the file(s) are or whether the original file has been repackaged by various contributors several times.
In such a case, it's not uncommon that after unzipping you'll find as many as 5 or even more readme files, several different sets of installation instructions and more .zip folders inside yet more .zip folders.
And this is why in my opinion none of the currently existing "How to install aircraft" tutorials are complete because they don't address these issues.
Beginners get frustrated and start buying payware instead. But I'm digressing.
My suggestion would be: Walk before you run. The a/c you want most at the moment - get it. But concentrate on one at a time, have a look around and compare the different creations of the same type. Avsim.com is my favourite file library for several reasons. One of them is I can do a ZipDive for free which gives me a fair idea of the contents of the file in question.
Finally, I'm happy to answer any question you might have regarding downloads. If you're struggling with a file you already have downloaded, you must give me the exact filename and the name of the site where you got it from.
Don't be discouraged by my barrage of words, it's the only way I know how to communicate sensibly 😀
Wow! Thanks for your interest.
Not good news, I'm afraid. I installed ed145por.zip, and it appeared in the aircraft list. However, when I clicked on it, it appeared to struggle before eventually appearing. I then selected airport etc. and clicked on 'fly now'. At that point, the screen went black, the mouse pointer changed to an hourglass, and that was it. Nothing! My only recourse was to switch off and re-boot. I tried several times with the same result, and I even uninstalled and reinstalled the file - all to no avail.
I finally uninstalled the file again, and tried with another Embraer file
erjklmex.zip. This one did not even appear in the list of aircraft, so that was a non-starter.
Frustration is creeping in, but maybe with your guidance, I may eventually find something that works.
this one took some thought. Unfortunately I wasn't able to check out the erjklmex.zip because I had no idea in which file library to look for it.
I trust you followed the installation instructions, but mistakes are easily made. As I'm sitting here in my comfortable chair, I have no way of knowing whether you might have overlooked something.
I won't beat around the bush but instead will assume the worst case scenario which would be 'Computer related Problems'.
But before we throw out the baby with the bath-water and you start attacking your computer with your toolkit, let us try something else.
I've just done the groundwork and everything is easy and perfect. Let's start.
Download the following file ➡ http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=23559
After clicking on the Download button, you'll be taken to another page. You'll have to scroll down and click on I accept and you'll be able to download pf10070-aircraft.zip
This is a beautiful and good a/c all around and we won't need to mess with any extra files because it's complete. The panel and the sound are aliased to the b-737, not to worry, it works perfectly all right.
I chose this a/c because of its quality, reliability and the fact that I have installed and flown it many times both in FS2002 and the newer version in fs9.
Inside the .zip folder you'll find the "Setup Factory 6.0..." -file which is an .exe file. Double-click on it and follow the instructions.
After installation is completed, reboot your computer (just to be on the safe side) start FS and select your new a/c - it's under 'Fokker'.
Now would be a good time to have a pen and pad at hand to jot down what exactly happens when you do what. This will be of great value for us to troubleshoot, should problems arise.
But then, we might just be lucky and the a/c loads without a hitch and flies and doesn't freeze up your computer. One more thing, this a/c is framerate friendly and uses very little resources in general.
Go get it Nian and let us know what's happening 😉
PS: I need to know which zip-tool/extraction-tool you are using
Thank you for your latest message. Sorry I have not responded sooner. I have been away for a few days holiday, and came back today. I'll do as you suggest, and let you know exactly what happens.
NNTA -- Holidays is best 👍 🍻
Wow! I am very impressed with the Fokker. I downloaded it, and installation was no problem at all. Everything appeared as it should, and as you say, it is a beautiful aircraft. The model looks so smooth - whoever developed this certainly knows his stuff! I taxied, took off,
flew around, landed and taxied back to the gate - very impressive.
Many thanks for your help.
P.S. How do I get the Emoticons into the message?
To put emotions in your message - simply when you write your message, on the left side of the screen there should be a list of emotions - simply click on one and it should show up when you post your message through
like this : 😉
Thank you, Steve T. I'll try it. 😀
I downloaded it, and installation was no problem at all.
Good to hear Nian. Thankfully, it appears you don't have a computer problem - that's what we wanted to establish.
I'll leave you to it - if you want to browse through a list of Boeings available for FS2002 ➡ http://library.avsim.net/search.php?CatID=fs2002ac&SearchTerm=boeing&Sort=Name&ScanMode=0&Go=Change+View
I did a 'QuickSearch', typed in 'Boeing' and selected as category 'FS2002 Original Aircraft'. I'm sure you'll figure out the rest for yourself.
If you change the View to 'ScanView' you get a pretty good idea of the more prolific authors while scrolling down. 🍻
Thanks a lot, Tailhook. I'll have a look at the site, and report back. 🍻