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Following on from the guide "How to Connect to VATSIM using FS9 and
SB3" posted back on the 7th January 2005, this guide will explain how
to connect to VATSIM using the alternative pilot client from the Flight
Simulator French Development Team (FSFDT), FSInn 1.1. This article
assumes that you already have membership with VATSIM. If not it might
be a good time to head on over to http://www.vatsim.net to register
1. Download FSInn 1.1
You can find the download link for the latest version of FSInn at
http://www.mcdu.com/en/download.php. At the time of writing the latest
version was 1.1 Beta 2 Build 1127 and could be downloaded directly from
Once you have FSInn downloaded simply double click the EXE file and follow the installation steps.
2. Configuring FSInn
Once you have FSInn installed there are a few configuration settings
that need to be set in order to connect to VATSIM. Firstly, start up
Flight Simulator 2004 and create a flight that has you positioned at an
airfield away from all runways and taxiways. Remember, there's a good
chance that people will be online at the same airfield when you
connect, you don't want to pop up in front of another aircraft on final
or taxiing to the runway.
You will notice a new Copilot menu in FS2004. Open the Copilot menu and
select Inn Control Panel. A window will be displayed indicating that it
is processing aircraft. This process is building/updating FSInn's
aircraft reposoitory with all of the aircraft models installed on your
system. Once this process is complete you will see the FSInn Control
The window shown above may not look exactly like the one open in your
sim. The green FSInn button shown above may be orange and you may not
have the VATSIM or other buttons as shown. This is only because there
are a few things that need to be set in order to get the multiplayer
session running. You should only have to set these things the first
time. To change the settings click on the SET button.
Click on the General submenu of the General menu. Enter a callsign as
well as your name and homebase. Remember, VATSIM requires all users to
enter their full real name. Next, click on the Options submenu and
ensure that "Allow FSInn to autoconnect to FS2004" is checked. This
causes FSInn to automatically start and join the multiplayer session.
Now, expand the Networks menu and click on the VATSIM submenu. In this
screen you can enter you VATSIM User ID and password. You also select
the server you wish to connect to. To populate the list of servers
simply click the Load Servers button. There will be a short delay while
the list is loaded before you can select a server closest to your
geographic location. You should also enter the default UNICOM voice
room and frequency.
To close the Settings window click on the X button at the lower right
hand corner. The settings will be saved when you close the window.
If the FSInn button on the Inn Control Panel window is orange you will
need to manually connect to the multiplayer session. You wont have to
do this next time as we've set FSInn to do this automatically. To
connect to the multiplayer session open the Flights -> Multiplayer
menu and click the Connect button. If the FWInn session is not
displayed in the Sessions list ensure that localhost or 127.0.0.1 is
entered into the IP address field and click the search button. The
FWInn session should then be in the Sessions list. Click the Join
button to be connected to the multiplayer session.
You can now click the VATSIM button on the Inn Control Panel window to
connect to the VATSIM network. The FSInn button will turn blue and the
VATSIM button will turn green. You can click the Chat button to see the
VATSIM connection message indicating a successful connection.
4. Setting Voice Options
FSInn 1.1 includes support for the VATSIM Voice Library (VVL). This
means that an external voice program such as Roger Wilco or Advanced
Voice Client are no longer needed to communicate via voice using FSInn.
The VATSIM specific voice settings are accessed via the FSFDT Control
Panel. You can open the FSFDT Control Panel by clicking on the tray
icon that looks like a pair of traffic lights.
Many users of FSInn 1.1 have reported poor voice quality using the
default VATSIM voice settings. If this is the case for you the
following may help to improve voice quality.
In the FSFDT Control Panel expand the Voice menu and click on VATSIM.
Ensure that the device selected for each of Microphone, Headset and
Speakers is your sound card or Wave device, instead of Default Mapper.
Note: Another couple of helpful settings to be aware of in the FSFDT
Control Panel are the Key mappings for your Push to Talk (PTT) keys.
You will find them in the Key mappings submenu under the VATSIM submenu.
Close the FSFDT Control Panel and return to flight simulator. From the
Inn Control Panel click on the Advanced button and the the VVL button
to open the VVL window. The VVL window enables you to select which COM
radio you are communicating on, give priority to one frequency over
another (so you only hear communication on one radio even if people are
talking on both frequencies), and also allows you to join a private
voice room. Click each of the speaker icons on the VVL window so that
they are all crossed out as shown below. These VATSIM voice settings
should improve the quality of the audio. For further information about
the operation of the VVL window please see the FSInn user manual.
You are now ready to file your flightplan, contact ATC and head off on
a flight. To file a flightplan click the FP button on the Inn Control
Panel window. FSInn will have already entered your aircraft type. All
you need to do is enter a departure and destination airport (ICAO
code), your route, flight level and any remarks you would like to
provide to ATC. When you're done entering the information click Send to
Tower to send the flightplan to the ATC server.
To view a list of ATC in range as well as their radio requency click
the ATC button on the Inn Control Panel window. When you tune your COM
radios to an ATC frequency the FSInn VVL (VATSIM Voice Library) will
automatically connect you to the appropriate voice room so you can
contact ATC on voice. Once you've filed your flight plan and tuned to
an ATC frequency you're ready to request your clearances and get going.
All the best flying online with FSInn 1.1.
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