I am new to Flight Sim and would like to know where to save my downloads? I have downloaded then direct to the program but when I come to use it the aircraft I have downloaded do not appear in the listed aircraft!! Can someone please advise me on the correct way to do this please
Saving your downloads directly to the program is a bad idea.
When you download a file, save it to your Desktop - this is your working space. Next extract the contents of whatever .zip file you've downloaded with the inbuilt extraction tool. (Avoid WinZip because it can cause problems with Windows Explorer.)
All you have to do is right-click while pointing your cursor onto the .zip file and select Extract All... then just follow the prompts. Look for something like the ReadMe file or ReadMe.txt or installation instructions -- in short, read all the documentation first. By that time the author of the file has probably managed to explain how to install his creation.
If you need more detailed instructions, don't be shy to ask.
ill help him a bit more.. if you are downloading them from sites like this, flightsim.com or avsim etc usually they come in *.zip files and most come with a file within it showing the name of the plane...basically copy that folder into your c:/program files/microsoft games/flight sim 9/aircraft directory and you are done...there are some others that you have to do it backwards just to get it working...
there are others that come in *.exe files, those are actual executable file that are copied on to your registry and automatically set up to work in youre game no sweat...
that should help