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Message started by Echo_India on Jul 7th, 2004 at 5:35am

Title: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Echo_India on Jul 7th, 2004 at 5:35am
Probably a silly question, but how do I change the default location and aircraft in the "Create a Flight Screen"

Regards
Echo India

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by goodfella on Jul 7th, 2004 at 6:02am
As far as I know you can just create a flight that you would like to have as a default and then save it in-game
when the planes on the runway or at the terminal. The save screen should have a box you can tick to make it the default. Just press : and you will see the save box pop up. I think this works but there maybe also another way?

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Hagar on Jul 7th, 2004 at 6:12am
Set up the flight you wish to make default. Aircraft, airport, runway or ramp, time etc. Slew to a location & cut the engines if you wish. Then select Flights/Save Flight from the FS9 menu bar. Check the "Make this the default flight" box before saving it under a suitable name. You can change this at any time & also make any existing flight into the default in the same way.

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by jordonj on Jul 8th, 2004 at 4:49pm
I save the flight via the ; key, make it the default.  This is after I park and shut down the plane.

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 14th, 2009 at 10:56pm
i have been having some problems with this, and hopefully someone can help me out with it......

I can save the flight at the 'create a flight' screen, on the tarmac/ramp, or in the sky as "save as the default flight" and "save as UI generated" ..... every possible way to save, I save it.

I can shut down and reboot FS9 / 2004 and when i come back in.... DANG IT!!!!! back to the Cessna 172 at KSEA, whatever time, 'todays date', with Fair Weather.   IT WONT SAVE.  I have deleted the FS9.CFG i dont know how many times.  I have deleted the "Flight Simulator Files" in MY DOCUMENTS ....... nothing matters.  Whatever plane i am in that i want to start out in..... say my F14D at KCHS, real world weather.. it will not start as that when i boot up.

any ideas??

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by dave3cu on Mar 14th, 2009 at 11:14pm
Don't save it as the 'UI generated flight' as the sim re-saves this flight every session based on changes you make changes in the Create a flight window.

Give your flight it's own name, or select one YOU saved, and save as the default flight.

If you want the default flight to start with the date/time saved rather that your current system date/time go to Settings>General and change the Time setting to  Flight Time.

Dave

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:02am
every session i change the plane to F14D

Start Location: KCHS, Charleston AFB, SC (my home)

Weather: Real World (as i have real environment pro)

Time: whatever I want it to be.


I go to SAVE FLIGHT.  click the check for SAVE AS DEFAULT. name it Default. ......... GO FLY FOR 20 MIN. then shut down and restart the sim.

guess what?? Its back to being the Cessna 172 @ KSEA, Fair Weather.  I DO NOT want to be in the dang Cessna! I want to start as my F14, but it will no longer let me.

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:17am
Are you running Vista by chance?

If so, you probably need to turn off UAC controls so changes you make are accepted.

That can be done by going to Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts and turn off UAC (User Account Control).

Hope that helps.   :) :)

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:33am
nope... WinXP SP3

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:34am

Just as a matter of information:

When a saved flight is successfully changed to the "default flight" it will be recorded in your FS9.cfg file.

Here is an example of mine:

SITUATION=C:\Documents and Settings\Opa\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\Southwest at KDAL 13R

The SITUATION= line is under the [USERINTERFACE] label in the FS9.cfg file.

If that line is misssing or the path data after the = sign is blank, then the default flight which is presented to you will revert to the original Cessna flight.  That default flight (which should never be edited) is located in your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\Flights\other folder and is named FLTSIM.FLT

In my example above, note that the complete path to a flight which I had saved is shown.  I named that flight Southwest at KDAL 13R.

Hope this information is helpful.   ::)

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:46am
(MY DOCUMENTS from my desktop)

My Documents > Flight Simulator Files {or same place as you have it listed above}

No Default File Listed





and i just checked the FS9.CFG file burried in C:/application data... yada yada yada...... there is no [UserInterface] section in the .cfg

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:50am

Another thing you might check -

Right click on your FS9.cfg file and select properties.

If the "read only" attribute is checked, remove that check mark.

You can also remove the "hidden" attribute also - just to make finding the file easier in the future.

Mine has both attributes removed and I have never had a problem changing the default flight to something else I have saved.

One word of caution however:  If you are succesful in changing the default flight, remember that if you should ever remove (delete) the aircraft which is called for, you will most likely get a CTD as the sim cannot find the aircraft required.

Most often it will load a substutute and allow you to fly but will crash when the flight is over.  At least that has been my experience.

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:56am
Show hidden files and folders, and FS9.cfg "read only" are already UNMARKED.  I can write to the .cfg if i wanted it, as i have already changed the TERRAIN_MAX_VERTEX_LEVEL=21

DOH!!!!! i went and looked again... lol im stuipd and cant read.... here we go.....

[USERINTERFACE]
MAP_ORIENTATION=2
PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=0
PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1
PageID=3
OpenATCOnCreate=0
SITUATION=
SelectFlightLevel=0
SelectFlightTitle=0
DisplayFuelAsWeight=1

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 11:04am

Capt.Propwash wrote on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:46am:
(MY DOCUMENTS from my desktop)

My Documents > Flight Simulator Files {or same place as you have it listed above}

No Default File Listed


and i just checked the FS9.CFG file burried in C:/application data... yada yada yada...... there is no [UserInterface] section in the .cfg


Not sure what to tell you as both items are in place on my setup.  Are you sure you looked at the correct path for the "default" flight?  Re-read my other post please.

As the the UserInterface label, this is what I have:

[USERINTERFACE]
MAP_ORIENTATION=2
PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=0
PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1
PageID=3
OpenATCOnCreate=0
SITUATION=C:\Documents and Settings\Opa\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\Southwest at KDAL 13R
SelectFlightLevel=0
SelectFlightTitle=0
DisplayFuelAsWeight=0
FSLiveURL=www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulator/product/fsliveweb.asp

It it is really not there then I would suggest renaming your FS9.cfg file to something like FS0.cfg BAK.

Then start FS2004 and it will build a fresh new FS9.cfg file with all of the original default settings.  

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 11:22am
I do remember that on rare occasions in the past I have needed to do the "save and make this the default flight" more than once in order for it to be properly recorded.  That happened only on rare occasions though.

If worst comes to worst you can try manually editing your FS9.cfg file and putting the path and flightname data in the situation= line.

Once again here is what I am using:

SITUATION=C:\Documents and Settings\Opa\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\Southwest at KDAL 13R

Your User Name would be different of course as would be the actual name of the saved flight you want to use.

Worth a try ?   ::)


Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 11:23am
"my documents" on the desktop is a "shortcut" to the folder C:\Documents and Settings\me\My Documents\

thus, Flight Simulator Files are both in the Desktop "My Documents" and the C:\Documents and Settings\me\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files  




I just started FS9, started up a flight, and tried to save it as "default".  Checked the .cfg ..... nothing for Situation.  then went and checked the C:\Documents and Settings\me\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files  ... and now there IS a DEFAULT and Default.wx files.  but when I go back to FS... it will put me in the Cessna @ KSEA.

[USERINTERFACE]
MAP_ORIENTATION=2
PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=0
PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1
PageID=3
OpenATCOnCreate=0
SITUATION=
SelectFlightLevel=0
SelectFlightTitle=0
DisplayFuelAsWeight=1

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by dave3cu on Mar 15th, 2009 at 11:27am
As I recall sometimes the 'Make this the default...' when saving a flight doesn't 'stick'.

After you save the flight, go to the Select a flight screen, select the flight and again check mark the 'Make this the default...' option before clicking Fly now.

Dave

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 11:32am
Situation=C:\Documents and Settings\me\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\default ??? being that it is named Default in that folder?



GOT IT !!!! THANKS!!!!! omg you are a life saver. Thank you for putting up with my stupidity for that while.  

Situation=C:\Documents and Settings\me\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\Default ... WORKED!!!!!


i have also made short cuts to the FS9 and FSX .cfg folders in the respective C:\Documents and Settings\me\My Documents\Flight Simulator (X) Files 'folders' so that they are a little easier to find and get to so that i dont have to go as deep to FIX something next time.

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 12:46pm
Here is another little Tip you might find useful.

If you are planning a short VFR trip (no flight plan - just a joy ride) from Airport A to Airport B and then Back again, but you get called to dinner before completing the trip, do NOT exit FS2004 using the end flight option.

Instead, just exit it (if memory serves it is the escape key).  Your exact position - on the ground or even in mid-flight - will be saved.

Then after dinner (or whatever) restart Fs2004 and select the "previous flight" from the select a flight menu.  You will be taken to exactly where you were before and can continue the flight.

Double clicking on the Previous flight.FLT in your C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files folder will also start the flight and will bypass all of the usual startup and selection screens.

I use these "tricks" all the time.  Hope you will find them useful also.  8-)


Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Capt.Propwash on Mar 15th, 2009 at 2:02pm

Opa wrote on Mar 15th, 2009 at 12:46pm:
Here is another little Tip you might find useful.

If you are planning a short VFR trip (no flight plan - just a joy ride) from Airport A to Airport B and then Back again, but you get called to dinner before completing the trip, do NOT exit FS2004 using the end flight option.

Insetad, just exit it (if memory serves it is the escape key).  Your exact position - on the ground or even in mid-flight - will be saved.

Then after dinner (or whatever) restart Fs2004 and select the "previous flight" from the select a flight menu.  You will be taken to exactly where you were before and can continue the flight.

Double clicking on the Previous flight.FLT in your C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files folder will also start the flight and will bypass all of the usual startup and selection screens.

I use these "tricks" all the time.  Hope you will find them useful also.  8-)




in this instance, i make use of the "P" Pause function.  everything is still set up, FSNav, Flight plan or lack thereof, everything is just as I left it.  All i have to do is unpause and keep going.

Title: Re: How do I change the default Flight??
Post by Opa on Mar 15th, 2009 at 7:50pm
I guess I did not phrase my suggestion very well.

I was thinking more in terms of an extended absence from the computer - one which would logically entail turning it completely off.

Many folks are now turning off their puters in an effort to save energy - even if they are only going to be away for a hour or so.

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