Simulator Tools
Add-ons for MS Flight Simulator that enhance the simulation experience

FSUIPC (freeware, essential)

A weather and interface utility, it is used primarily to provide an interface into MS Flight Simulator for other add-on programs like Squawkbox, FSMeteo, FlightDeck Companion, etc. It provides functions such as better control of weather in the simulator, better control of joystick, yoke and rudder controllers and miscellaneous functions like fixing the fast battery drain inherent in FS2002 You will need this as a minimum for the Altair checkrides. Installs as a "module" which means it lives in the ..\fs2002\modules\ folder and is accessed from the Modules menu. Well-supported and trouble-free, you generally won't access it or even know it is there once installed.

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FSUIPC
Vatsim (freeware, recommended for online flying)

Several add-ons to enable flying online with Vatsim. Resources include communications and clients.

Vatsim Website
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FSMeteo (payware, recommended for offline flying)

Easy to use weather utility downloads real-world wx every 5 minutes, updating as you move around. Smooths transitions between adjacent reporting stations. Handles surface weather and winds aloft. Gauges show current wx at your location and one other station.

FSMeteo website
FSMeteo
FS Flight Data Recorder (freeware, required for Altair checkrides)

Add-on module for FS2004 & FSX. This tool records data to allow analysis by Altair flight instructors. After installation the recorder appears in the FS modules tab. Download the recorder for your FS version, install and configure the module as described in the checkride instructions. Don't forget to include the resultant file in your checkride submission

FS2004 Recorder FSX Recorder
FSMeteo

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