As you can see, this document is starting out very small. I'll check it
most of the time when answering questions in the forums. If the question
has been asked and answered many times, I'll put the question and answer here.
The PTT option is found in the FSFDT Control Panel. It
can be found in the Start Menu under the FSFDT group, labeled Control Panel.
It's the icon in the tasktray that looks like a traffic light. You can
right click on it to bring it up. The option is under Voice -> VATSIM ->
Key mappings. You can set the Key or Joystick button to click from this
Some key's might cause conflict with Flight Simulator or some other program. If you have problems with your PTT, you might test a different selection. Many people reports problems with the CAP's lock key as a choice.
The sound quality can be checked by making sure you have the correct speaker configuration of the sound device drivers matching your physical speaker layout. If you have your sound device configured 7.1 surround sound to a physical sterio (only two speakers) setup the quality will be affected. You might not even hear anything or faint output.
Check also the mixer equalizer options also for bass and trebble settings. Some sound driver software has many options such as choosing the type and size of the room, choosing headphones over speakers and type of sound (voice or music).
Troubleshooting Sound Output
Check the device settings for Headset and Speakers. You
can actually specify the same or difference devices for the two. For each
check and verify each device you have available for both the wave and
directsound mode. Ensure that all volume controls are set sufficiently to
If you have echos, check that you have muted your mic playback open via Windows Mixer. You won't to have the recording option turned all the way up and the playback (the local playback) muted.
Troubleshooting Sound Input
Check the volume levels in the FSFDT Control Panel (FSFDT
Control Panel -> Voice -> VATSIM -> Volumes). Make sure the controls are
sufficiently to the right. Some drivers will mute the mic or input device
when a program first access it. You can check this by going into the
Windows Sound option (found by right clicking the speaker icon in the tasktray).
Look for the microphone or input device and ensure that the
volume levels there are sufficient raised and that it's not marked as muted.
Also ensure that you have the same device set in the FSFDT Control Panel as the
one you verify in Windows as available and working.
Testing the Sound Device
I would recommend installing Teamspeak, which is easily
configurable for testing the sound. It has what's called a "Local Test
Mode". Use that to check the working device, then configure
FSCopilot to use the same device.
A plane follows me
Disable Automatic P2P establishing. This allows you to easily fly P2P with pilots of your choice and not have the problems with clients with faulty configurations.
Inn Control Panel -> Set -> Network -> Peer To Peer -> (Check) Disable Automatic Peer to Peer establishing.
After this setting you can selectively P2P connect to each plane and identify the culprit to eleminate.
Installing the Loopback adapter alsoresolves the issue and retains the benefit of P2P. Please test this and report the results to the forum (instructions for installing loopback adapter in question #4).
P2P which is enabled by default allows faster updates (realtime) and a more fluid motion. This is especially benificial when flying formation.
I'm Seeing only Default Aircraft
FSinn uses whatever Aircraft you have installed on
your computer for displaying when on VATSIM. This includes all AI both
default AI, any commercial AI packages, as well as any freeware AI
To have more variey, install more AI packages.
There are a couple packages provided to give compatibilty with the
Squawkbox packages VIP and MPP. While they
are not the best in design for FPS effeciency, they will fill the
immediate void while the user accomulates his own more effecient
shareware AI models.
After installing new models and packages, to have FSInn recoginzie your installed AI This Tool (written by Peter Hornfeck).
My VIP/MPP isn't being displayed
For standard VIP package (SetupFSFDTVIPStandard2004.exe) download and install the enabler.
FS9 uses the AI (or addon aircraft) in the Aircraft directory. FSX uses
the SimObjects\Airplanes for this same purpose. So for place your
VIP directory or MPP packages (by default) into:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\Aircraft
C:\program files (x86)\Microsoft games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes
Addons (LevelD Aircraft, other Aircraft,
panels and gauges, and Scenery) Fail when FSInn is installed
(An FSX issue)
Move the FSCopilot entry to the bottom of the dll.xml
file. To locate it, type this in the "Run" field of Windows Start Manu:
You may use this web utility for convenience in reordering your dll.xml file: http://flightsim.apollo3.com/utils/dllxmlorder.pl .
(At present there isn't a workable solution for the Wilco PIC 737/FSInn Combination is quiet iffy... the dllorder tool works for some and doesn't for otheres. Windows 7 64bit - FSX - FSInn - PIC 737)
How can I change my default callsign?
There are two ways to change your callsign. One way is to change the
callsign entry in Inn Control panel's Network configuration. This
immediate way will override the default callsign, staying permanent for
VATSIM unless you change it usign this same procedure:
Inn control panel -> Set -> Network -> VATSIM -> [type in Net Specific Callsign]
A more portable way would be to leave this Net Specific Callsign field
blank. With this being blank, the callsign seen at the bottom of the
Inn Control Panel will be the one that will be effective when you connect to
You can easily change it here just by typing over the callsign on the
bottom of the Inn Control Panel and pressing ENTER.
Running FSInn From a Remote Computer
Running FSInn on a remote computer is simple. Just install FSInn on the remote computer in your local network and run it. Follow the normal installation instructions for the install. Everything else is automatic. There.s nothing special that you have to do.
Of course you will have to install FSInn on both computers (the FS computer and the remote computer) but after you.ve performed your installation, just choose which computer you want to run FSInn and start it on that computer.
If you have FSInn and Flight Simulator installed on more than one computer in your network you can specify the hostname or IP of the Flight Simulator instance you want to connect to:
FSFDT Control Panel -> Config -> FSCopilot -> (tick) Specify -> (Type in hostname or IP of FS computer)
There are two components for using FSInn on VATSIM. They are run from the start menu.
The FSInn Control Panel
FSFDT Control Panel
(called "Control Panel", resembled a traffic light in the task tray).
If you run both these programs from the remote computer rather than the FS computer you'll get the maximum FS performance.
Make sure you have Flight Simulator running on the FS machine when you perform key assignments.
Sound on the Remote Computer:
have full sound on the remote computer, use the option to disable sound on the current FS computer and enable sound on the remote computer. (FSFDT Control Panel -> Voice -> VATSIM -> (Check) Enable VATSIM Voice on this computer
This is covered on page 11, section 1.4 of the FSInn manual (Installation on a remote computer).
Problems Installing FSCopilit (Error Writing)
Run fsxfix.exe from the download section of http://flightsim.apollo3.com to correct the registry issue. (Vista user right click to run as admin.)