Tips and Tricks
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Sound of PTU (Power Transfer Unit)
- A320, the A32NX module and the ILS
- Path of the file that gives MSFS the directory containing the Community folder
- Take a screenshot without the handlebar
- Skip DVD #1 in the drive
- Where are the files for Flight Simulator 2020 (Windows 10)?
- A32NX: climbing with an imposed slope
- Pair the barometric indicators on the A320 Fenix
- A320 Fenix: Standby Indicators
- Content.xml: CTD generator
- Find your local IP
- Assign a keyboard key to a button on your joystick (or another controller)
QNHs are often supplied in English measure by FS2020: 29.92 (inches of mercury) instead of 1013 (Hpa) for standard pressure.
However, our VAC cards are available in French units, so you have to make a conversion at one time or another.
For the A320, it can be done directly on the instrument panel, with the backup horizon (ISIS for Integrated Standby Instrument System).
By turning the knob, the pressures in the two measurements are displayed. Convenient, isn't it?
And, icing on the cake, above, there is the plate with the speed limits and the corresponding flaps.
2. Sound of PTU (Power Transfer Unit)
This very characteristic sound of the Airbus A320, can always be heard when starting the 2nd engine (in fact engine 1) when you are a passenger, not much when you are in the cockpit.
However, FBW has integrated it into its A32NX module.
To hear it, when starting in "Cold & Dark", you have to go to the EFB (the tablet under the Cpt window) and click on the parameters icon (gear at the top right).
We thus have access to the following menu which it suffices to complete:
3. A320, the A32NX module and the ILS
Thanks to the A32NX module developed by FlyByWire, the Airbus A320 Neo for FS2020 is becoming closer to reality day by day.
There are of course some imperfections that will be corrected over time or that can be avoided for the moment.
This is the case with the display of the ILS on the PFD.
If you enter your flight plan directly at the MCDU with an ILS arrival, no problem, everything is fine and the ILS frequency is well integrated.
If you retrieve your flight plan via a generator or if you enter it via the "World map" page, the ILS which is described in your arrival procedure is present in the MCDU, but its frequency is absent and it will not appear on your PFD during final approach.
Obvious solution: this frequency must be entered in the RAD / NAV page of the MCDU.
Example with the ILS of Brest Guipavas (LFRB):
- Unable to enter code and frequency
- Enter the code alone (which is done in real life): it does not work
- Enter the frequency alone (preceded by /): either
Last try: enter the frequency alone without the / in front (which is not usual): it works!
And during the approach, everything goes well as shown in the view below:
4. Path of the file that gives MSFS the directory containing the Community folder
You must edit this file in text mode (Notepad or better, Notepad ++) and modify the last line to give it the correct name of the directory containing the Community folder:
example if Community (and Official) are in the FS-2020 directory on disk G:
5. Take a screenshot without the handlebar
Since version 220.127.116.11, the flight window permanently displays the white handlebar.
To take screenshots, it is annoying.
The solution is very simple:
- you position yourself on the view you want to keep
- on the keyboard you press the "up arrow" key
- you avoid moving the mouse
- you take your image by the usual means (screen print keys, Shift + Windows + S, ...)
6. Skip DVD #1 in the drive
For those who bought FS2020 on DVD, they have the obligation to put DVD #1 in the drive before launching the simulator.
Here is a little trick found on the internet to do without this constraint:
- name a USB key: MFS DISK 1
- copy the file from DVD #1 to this key: 0x0409
- insert the key into a USB port before launching FS2020
NB: the key can be used to store anything else that has nothing to do with the simulator, no need for a specific key.
7. Where are the files for Flight Simulator 2020 (Windows 10)?
If you purchased MSFS on the Microsoft store, to find the FS2020 executable, go to the following folder:
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_18.104.22.168_x64__Microsoft random code
which is a pointer to the MSFS directory that contains the simulator but without the Official and Community folders.
List of MSFS folders and files:
Of course, it is not recommended to modify the contents of this directory. However, it may be useful to save it.
The other files containing the simulator data are in this folder:
C:\Users\your windows profile name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_Microsoft random code
The "LocalCache" directory contains "Official" and "Community" folders. They are empty if, when installing MSFS, you chose to place them elsewhere (in principle in another directory on another disk).
NB: in the "SystAppData" directory is the "WGS" folder which contains all the settings for the joysticks, keyboard, mouse.
8. A32NX: climbing with an imposed slope
When you create your flight plan, you don't, in principle, worry about the aircraft's climb rate, it happens very well automatically.
But if it happens that we have to respect a slope (obstacle, for example), we can force it on the FCU of the A320 with the boxes in red:
Two actions are to be done:
- press the "HDG TRK" button which changes the display above "HDG V/S" to "TRK FPA"
- turn the "Push to Level Off" knob to display the slope in °
In flight, set PA 1 or 2 to ON: the aircraft will follow the MCDU trajectory and the slope will be maintained until the display is modified.
Attention, in the aeronautical charts, the slopes are displayed in %. The simplified conversion is done with the following formula: Slope in % = slope in ° + 0.6
9. Pair the barometric indicators on the A320 Fenix
As in reality, the 2 barometric indicators (baros for friends) are independent. As in reality, if that of the "captain" displays a different pressure from that of the "first officer", an alert is triggered and they must be synchronized.
Via the EFB, home page, tab "SIM SETTINGS" then button "CONTROLS" and finally select "LINKED" in the box "EFIS BARO CTL"
10. A320 Fenix: Standby Indicators
The FENIX A320 offers several display options for the Standby Indicator. They are chosen in the "AIRFRAME" EFB page.
Depending on the choices made in "4" you will obtain the following displays:
11. Content.xml: CTD generator
This file contains, in xml format, the complete (unordered) list of sceneries from the Official and Community folders loaded by the simulator at launch.
It is updated but not recreated on each launch. Because of this, it contains sceneries that may be outdated or conflict with newer sceneries.
So if you have CTDs, deleting it before restarting the simulator may be the solution.
It's harmless. It is recreated automatically with the current sceneries, without previous "slag".
WARNING: this file only manages sceneries, not planes.
Where is it?
MS store version :
Steam version :
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Content.xml
12. Find your local IP
To know your local IP (like 192.168.x.y) on the PC, you must do the following process:
- right click on the Windows desktop icon (bottom left)
- click on "Execute"
- in the window, enter "cmd" and click on OK
- in the window that opens, complete the line C:\users\your username>ipconfig and press the key Enter.
The IP is opposite the line "IPv4 Address"
13. Assign a keyboard key to a button on your joystick (or another controller)
There are programs that force a key on the keyboard to perform a specific function. This is the case of the alternate with IVAO in exchanges with air traffic control.
In real controlled flight, we are constantly listening and when we want to talk, we have to press a button generally placed on the stick.
In simulation with IVAO (and perhaps VATSIM), you are asked to assign a keyboard key for the alternate.
It is therefore necessary to assign a key on the keyboard available (there are not many) and practical.
In the Microsoft Store, there is a small free application ANTIMICRO which allows you to transfer (map) keyboard keys to any buttons on one of its controllers.
On most joysticks there is a "trigger" that we will be able to assign to the alternate (MSFS is not a warrior software).
Example: we have assigned the "W" key to the IVAO alternate and we want to "map" it to button 1 (trigger) of the Thrustmaster Airbus joystick.
1 - joystick and button selection
2 - keyboard key selection
3 - result
It is useful to save the created configuration because you can create several that include several buttons. Simply recall the desired configuration when launching the program.
Warning: the AntiMicro keyboard being in QWERTY, the key must be assigned by its value, not by its position on the keyboard.
AntiMicro must of course be present in memory for the assignments to be usable by MSFS (or any other program).
NB: AntiMicro has other features that we have not analyzed.