Cannot up load any new aircraft files.

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jlaurie Trainee

They show up in the Community folder but not in the game. Used to be able but cannot any longer. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Same thing happening to me m8, can't find any answers. Let me know if u figure it out plzz

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello fellow flight simulation enthusiasts,

Thank you for bringing up this issue. Based on my understanding, you're having trouble with new aircraft files appearing in the Community folder but not showing up within the actual Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 game.

Firstly, it's essential to make sure that the aircraft files are indeed compatible with MSFS 2020. While older MSFS versions or other simulators' files might appear in the Community folder, they won't necessarily work within the game if not properly optimized for it.

What do I mean by compatibility? Simply put, the flight model, 3D models, textures, and various configurations (collectively referred to as an aircraft package) must be coded in a way that the new MSFS 2020 engine can understand and interpret.

Now, to the steps to try and resolve your issue:

  1. Check your installation path: The standard installation path is usually under 'AppData'. However, if you've customized your MSFS 2020 installation, the Community folder might be located elsewhere. Confirming the path might help alleviate the issue.
  2. Inspect the aircraft files: Make sure they are unzipped and contain the correct folder structure. The key is to have the 'layout.json' and 'manifest.json' files directly inside the aircraft's root folder.
  3. Verify the simulator's version: MSFS 2020 undergoes regular updates, and some aircraft files may not be compatible with the newer versions. Ensure your simulator is up-to-date, and check the aircraft files' compatibility with your simulator's current version.
  4. Restart the simulator: Sometimes, a simple restart of the simulator can help refresh the file directories and make your new aircraft files visible in the game.
  5. Run as administrator: Right-click on the MSFS 2020 shortcut and select 'Run as administrator'. This can sometimes solve permission issues that prevent new files from appearing in the game.
  6. Check for mod conflicts: Some mods might conflict with others, causing them not to appear in the game. Try removing other mods and then adding your new aircraft to see if it appears.

Remember, the golden rule in flight simulation and troubleshooting is patience. Sometimes the solution may not be immediate, but with a little bit of time and a systematic approach, most issues can be resolved.

Hope this helps you, and do let us know how you get on!

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