Thursday, September 17, 2009

FS2004 and Nvidia anti aliasing issues - how to fix

If you get issues with FS2004 and antialiasing (split / duplicate image, no anti aliasing, black screen in screenshots) here is a fast way to fix it.

You will need to download and install Nhancer from

Find MS Flight Simulator 2004 profile and press Duplicate to create a copy. The default one cannot be usually modified. Disable/delete the old one if needed.

Make sure fs9.exe is added under executable box for the profile you would like to have active.

Check "Profile can be activated manually".

On the right hand side, under "Enhancements", change to the desired settings.

Anti Aliasing ticked
Supersampling 4xs selected (Or more if your system acn handle)
"Enhance in game AA setting" - Unchecked
"Gamma Correction" - Checked
Anisotropic filtering 16x selected - Less if system cannot handle

Under optimization tab:

Texture filtering - high quality
Trilinear optimization - off
Aniso. sample optimization - off
Negative LOD bias - Clamp

Activate the profile in Nhancer before starting FS2004.

In FS following settings have to be made: Antialiasing - off and filtering to Trilinear.

This should solve most of the issues. If you make screenshots in the simulator using any program and they end up black please change the antialiasing seetting to 2x or any other value untill it works. Usualy on my system I have to also turn off supersampling sometimes to get rid of that.

Monday, September 7, 2009

New products from Aerosoft

A couple of goodies just released by Aerosoft:

Discus Glider for FSX - A very detailed glider.
Nice Côte d'Azur X - Scenery for this important tourist destination on French Riviera.

PMDG releases BAe Jetstream 4100 for FSX

I was writing some time ago about a secret project from PMDG. looks like it's finally revealed. PMDG just announced the release of a new aircraft, and the model they developed is Jetstream 41 turboprop regional airliner, manufactured by
BAE Systems.

Some of the features of this aircraft:
  • External objects can be shown/hidden using the Ramp Manager. External objects, when activated via the Ramp Manager, are visible from the Virtual Cockpit;
  • Fully Interactive, Dynamic Virtual Cockpit;
  • Stunning, high definition photoreal textures in the VC;
  • Unique advanced mathematical model of Garret turboprop engine;
  • Impressive and realistic fully Immersive Sound;
  • Detailed icing model;
  • Numerous free addon liveries;
  • Option for optimizing frame rates on low end systems.
The J41's systems were reproduced to match the operation of those in the real aircraft, and include:
  • Pressurization
  • Electrical
  • Fuel
  • Fire Protection
  • Hydraulics
  • Ice Protection
  • Avionics
Read more

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

How to program Reverse Thrust on Saitek throttle

For the owners of the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke, here is how to simply set reverse thrust to activate on one of the axis.

With the yoke connected to the computer and flight simulator started you go to control settings and scroll down in the control list to Throttle Decrease Quickly. You will see that it currently has assigned F2 (key you are using to enter into reverse thrust from keyboard). Double click to change the entry and move the desired throttle axis all the way to the bottom (it has a button at that point). You will see that flight simulator assigns that button to the function along side F2. Make sure repeat is set to full.

If you have multiple controllers assigned select the Saitek one before trying to do the above.

Extreme landing of a search and rescue helicopter

This is what I call a tight landing. Very impressive location to land a helicopter on.

Read the full article for more info.

Flying dog

Poor dog....