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Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and related software projects the final release of ASAP will be postponed until Q1/Q2 2021 or even later. ASAP beta (FSXPilot 64 bit for MSFS 2020 and X-PLANE) will be freely usable until then and we will implement improvements from time to time. Stay safe and happy holidays!

Beta update 2.95 after MSFS USA update

Installing Add-Ons Into FSX: Steam Edition Although largely the same as the original edition, FSX: Steam Edition does have some differences that have confused people when trying to install add-ons.In this tutorial, Tristan Ayton goes over the details of making all the great available freeware work in the FSX: Steam Edition. Last updated: the 5th of June 2021 Can't find the freeware scenery you are looking for? Take a look at the commercial scenery listing: Repaint lists for the A2A C172, A2A Cherokee, A2A C182 Skylane, A2A Comanche, A2A L049 Constellation and A2A Texan.

We published an update of the beta version today, because MSFS changed the Simconnect aileron support with the USA update of November 24th 2020. Trumps fault ? Our update will load automatically.

Program support now switches to Discord

This is a short information that we will switch our main program support to the Discord channel. Discord works well and is much easier to maintain and keep track.
Please expect longer delays, if any answers, for regular support emails. On the other hand - visit our Discord channels for fast support and regularly updated information.

New invite to Discord channel which does not expire

Always want the latest information on the all sim autopilot , chat or fly with us ? We are glad to inform you that our official Discord channel has been created today.

New beta update 2.9.3 is published - must be re-downloaded

We had to publish an update (2.9.3) of the ASAP beta (64-bit FSXPilot) on Wednesday, November 5th 2020. When you start your recent ASAP (2.9.2) there will be a message screen that the beta period 1 is over and you have to redownload the complete package. Please do that and unzip in a new folder. When you are in doubt and before error reports please check (after a failed run of ASAP) your session_dbg.txt file for the version in use.

Sorry for the inconvenience, thanks for beta testing, and have many great flights.

New MSFS compatible Makerwys by Pete and John Dowson available

This is great news: A new version of Makerwys by Pete and John Dowson is available. The tool allows extraction of all runways in FS2002, FS2004, FSX, P3D and MSFS. FSXPilot has an import routine. See the manual, search for 'Update AIRAC'.

Head over to FSUIPC website for the free download of Makerwys.

Thanks, Alan for the information!

New beta update ahead - must be re-downloaded

There will be an update of the ASAP beta (64-bit FSXPilot) on Friday, October 16th, 2020. When you start ASAP there will be a message screen that the beta period has ended and you need to register.
This is not yet the case. However, you will need to just re-download the beta as soon as this message appears. From thereon, there will be automatic updates of the beta on your computer. You will always have the latest version. These automatic updates will be functional until we have major program changes. You will be notified if the changes are so big that you need to reinstall the complete package.

Sorry for the inconvenience, thanks for beta testing, and have many great flights.

Official Discord channel launched

Always want the latest information on the all sim autopilot , chat or fly with us ? We are glad to inform you that our official Discord channel has been created today. Well will be there from time to time.

FSXPilot 64 beta version (MSFS2020 and X-PLANE 11) is now available !

We are glad to inform you that the first beta version of FSXPilot 64bit is available for download. FSXPilot 64 bit is intended to work with MSFS 2020 and X-PLANE 11 only.
All standard aircraft of MSFS 2020 are supported. There is no helicopter implementation yet.

Please unzip the download into a separate directory and run fsxpilot.exe with admin privileges. You must be connected to the internet to be able to run the beta.
The new version may turn payware soon. There will be no automatic updates, please check back for updates frequently.
Always backup your aircraft.ini file if you make changes to aircraft parameters.
If you find bugs, want to give thumbs up, or have ideas please let us know.

Thanks, Steve and Roberto for making that happen.

Enjoy the ride.

FSXPilot will turn into ASAP

Orbiter Space Sim, FS9, FSX, P3D, X-PLANE, MSFS 2020 .... it has bee an incredible journey over more than a decade. With the upcoming support of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (Q4) our software will finally represent the most universal and versatile autopilot for flight simulation available today.

To reflect this, FSXPilot will be renamed to ASAP - the All Simulation AutoPilot. It will be connected via a new domain:
See you in the skies ... asap please ;-)

Important MSFS tip

To our great surprise, FSXPilot seemed to work out of the box in MSFS 2020. Thank you, community, for your recent reports. However, it became apparent that MSFS 2020 dropped frame rates had some apparent stutters after connecting FSXPilot.
Fortunately, this was identified as an MSFS 2020 Simconnect bug (thank you Jim) and we expect an MSSF patch in the coming weeks
Until then, we recommend limiting the MSFS frame rate to 30 (thank you, Steve) for a slightly better experience.

The good news is: FSXPilot already today enables 'Flightseeing' in MSFS and proves to represent the true universal autopilot. A special MSFS 2020 edition of FSXPilot will follow.

Enjoy the eye candy.

Good progress

August 21th, 2020 We were ahead of schedule.

The first FSXPilot flights were performed with the new Microsoft flight simulator 2020 :-) There is much work to be done and the available SDK seems to be still incomplete.

Interestingly, FSXPilot flew out of the box with the old available Simconnect.dll (Steam FSX). At this point, we are happy to announce that an adapted version of FSXPilot will be available sooner than expected. Please check this page for the latest updates.

MSFS 2020 released

August 18th 2020 (MSFS Release date) We were able to install the new Microsoft flight simulator yesterday and were absolutely blown away.
The sim is excellent. Clouds and landscape are gorgeous even out of the box, there are beautiful and detailed planes ....
As even the SDK is available upon release, we made the decision yesterday to support the new MSFS 2020 with our universal autopilot.

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So the great news is: FSXPilot will turn into MSFSPilot soon. We have no dates yet nor do we know yet about the mode of licensing.
Please stay tuned, this page will always be updated first.

Detailed Approaches - with RNAV, VOR/DME, ILS and Localizer in V 2.88 is online

FSXPilot now supports thousands of runway approaches (thank you Navigraph)

Short instruction for an approach in EDDL RNAV approach:

  • Takeoff in EDDF
  • Type 'select eddl' into the command line box and press return
  • Find a new menu entry in the quickselect menu 'Fly final approach to EDDL'
  • Choose the new entry, scroll down until you see the 05L RNAV entry
  • shortly above this line, select the DOM05 approach
  • Wait and fly the DOM05 approach along the blue line on the EFIS
  • At the last waypoint of the DOM05 approach, call the quickselect menu again and select the 'Fly final approach from xxx' entry
  • xxx is the next (the last) waypoint of the DOM05 approach
  • Select the correct runway
  • fly the final approach, the sink rate is automatically adjusted
  • When you see the runway at the outer marker, press STRG O to switch the autopilot off.

Manual landing (or tuning ILS), gear operation, flap setting is always required in this type of landing and as soon as you see the runway.

Upcoming soon: Detailed STARs - with RNAV, VOR/DME, ILS
and Localizer Approaches in FSXPilot

Good news from the FSXPilot headquarters: In the next major update, which will be released end of September 2019, we will integrate an additional AIRAC with detailed approach information into the data library of FSXPilot. This will enable to fly STARS to runways and the final standard approaches to airports worldwide. Regular updates to all AIRAC files can be downloaded at Navigraph if you are a subscriber. This will enable you to stay on the standard tracks with all flight major flight simulators. Besides other fixes, the new FSXPilot version will support throttle and flaps setting of the Zibo Mod B737 in X-Plane.

Youtube videos II

Due to request (thanks to Roberto) comments the youtube videos were restored until further notice.

Please use the online documentation, which can be found here:

New default AIRAC cycle 1804

By courtesy of Navigraph, provider of flight simulator AIRAC and navigation charts, we are able to include a more recent AIRAC in the default FSXPilot installation file.

The collection of files defines the number and position of NAV targets, airports, runways, SID and STARS. Cycle 1804 is a snapshot of the world situation in March 29th 2018.

If you need the very latest AIRAC please purchase individually or as a subscription (highly recommended) from Navigraph.

Important note: If you want to make use of 1804 (from the year 2018) you need to redownload and install the FSXPilot installer. 1804 will not be distributed via the update system, because some pilots may already have newer AIRAC versions on their hard drive.

Thanks, Richard, for providing 1804 to the community!

Cooperation with Navigraph

Today we have good news for you. Navigraph, one of the worlds leading provider of simulation charts and AIRACS, has implemented FSXPilot in their online and offline AIRAC updater.

For you, as an FSXPilot user, this means that you will be able to purchase and download the latest AIRACS with the click of one button. If you are a Navigraph subscriber, FSXPilot will be displayed in the addon list of the Navigraph update tool and AIRAC data will automatically copy to the right folder on your hard drive.

The new functionality will be available for the upcoming AIRAC 1904 which should be out this week. We will have to push a minor update from our side to enable the process.

We are super happy with this new situation. Navigraph has been a very reliable AIRAC provider and we were using one of there free AIRACS from day one of FSXPilot development.

Please be aware of the fact that a new AIRAC will overwrite the old one without notice! So if you have made manual changes in the AIRACS, please make backups first.

Thank you, Richard Stefan vom Navigraph, for your continuous support.

Hi again

We published a minor update today. It essentially brings a better and more versatile EFIS for the future and some more bug repairs!

And we have our own HTML based software manual now always available in the bar right -> and from FSXPilots Help menu.

Happy landings

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Between the years we are working on a minor update. In addition, we have test flown the marvelous Flight Factor A320.

Wishing you all the best for 2019 and always happy landings with FSXPilot.

Seasons Greetings!

FSXPilot PRO version now available for free download!

Today we have made FSXPilot PRO available for free download. The current version number is V 2.8.
There will be an automatic update if you have FSXPilot installed. The installer (download section) is updated to V 2.8.


Program feature FSXPilot PRO
Circle in thermalsyes
Circle around GPS targetsyes
Slope soaring with GPS targetsyes
Drop waypoints, commute, flightseeingyes
Automatically update HDG, IAS, V/S and ALT (AP panel)
in the cockpit of the aircraft
Set COM1, NAV1, ADF and XPNDR frequencies
directly from the AP panel
Manage aircraft database within FSXPilot (-> Aircaft options) yes
No need to modify aircraft data in fsxpilot.iniyes
FSXPilot view systemyes
Fly to GPS coordinates - the easy way (exclusive dialog box) yes
Aircraft library: Define default climb rates below and above 15000 ftyes
Aircraft library: Define service ceilingyes
Aircraft library: Define maxbank / maxpitch values
individually for each ac
Aircraft library: Define final flaps position ->
auto landing for each ac
Current target display (ETA,ETE) on EFIS
PDF documentation (download section) yes
CHM documention (windows help file) yes
Take screenshot from windows taskbaryes
Take screenshot hotkeyyes
CTRL key + HDG button -> set current headingyes
SHIFT key + HDG button -> set current heading + 180yes
Hide / Show hotbuttons for AP and EFIS panelyes
Program skinsyes


Next decision made

There will be NO FSXPilot open source project in the foreseeable future. We just did not get enough feedback from you guys interested to maintain the code.
PRO will be integrated in the Shareware version on October 1st 2018, so there will be a massive one time usability boost for the shareware users, but progression from here will be very slow. Unfortunately, support will have to be reduced, too. Please do no longer expect immediate E-Mail reactions after Oct 1st. We will integrate a Donate button for the server to keep running. We have secured server operation until October 1st 2019.

FSXPilot works with P3D 4.3

We have just tested the latest version of P3D (4.3) and FSXPilot. No changes, seems to work fine.

Reminder 1: If you want to hide FSXPilot windows completely, please just click on the FSXPilot icon in the taskbar. Clicking a second time will make the windows appear again.

Reminder 2: DO NOT adjust graphics settings or other flightsim parameters during a FSXPilot session. Always close FSXP completely, make your full adjustments in the flightsim, then better restart FSX, P3D or X-Plane, finally restart FSXPilot. Fly.

No paid Ad - X-Plane 11 and XEnviro ...

... the best flightsim combination we have ever flown. Fullstop.

EU Law disclaimer

We have deleted all personal data from PRO users in our database. During website registration, we only store your freely chosen username and your E-Mail address. During your FSXPilot flight session, your IP address gets monitored in order to distinguish the pilots on the statistics page. Do not start or install FSXPilot if you do not agree.

FSXPilot now supports 4K monitors

June 2018: We have published an update which allows scaling the AP and the EFIS panel with resizing the fonts of text and buttons. This allows operating FXXPilot on high-resolution displays.

Aircraft library and FSXPilot shareware

If you work with FSXPilot shareware and want to edit your aircraft library the old fashioned way via fspilot.ini, you can do so but must rename or remove the file aircraft.ini from your FSXPilot home directory. We will take care of the conversion of that aircraft data into aircraft.ini when we switch PRO to freeware in October.

Decision on the future of FSXPilot PRO

Munich, April 29th 2018

After another long thought :-) the final decision on the future of FSXPilot PRO has been made. Due to new personal duties, many new projects in my real life job and lack of time for support and new developments FSXPilot PRO will now definitely turn freeware on October 1st 2018. This means: Shareware users can expect a huge functional update in October.

The transition from PRO to freeware will be in October. Please refrain from sending emails 'I want it earlier' 'Where can I get it earlier'. we will not make one exception.

The last registration (yesterday) has been refunded.

FSXPilot PRO Paypal purchase has been stopped today. The FSXPilot android app has been removed from the play store.

Please do not expect any updates (only relevant bug repairs) until October.

Our website content will be updated with these new details during the next months.

It has been an honor flying PRO with you.

Best personal regards


Thank you

Our recent FSXPilot stats revealed that you guys increasingly use FSXPilot in FSX and X-PLANE. Today we want to say a big thank you. We added the TOP 100 'longest flights ever' and 'longest distance ever' script to our stats page. Absolutely amazing data there. Some of you have used FSXPilot in long distance flights over the period of several days :-) Is this a data bug ? If not - true devotion. Anybody wants to send a report ?

X-PLANE joystick sensitivity

We recently stumbled upon an interesting post concerning the X-PLANE joystick sensitivity, which has been quite annoying from time to time and has been a major X-PLANE criticism.

The guys from quoted a study from the past, in which a 'great to fly' aircraft was defined as one that has a pitch - roll - yaw relation of 2:1:4. They recommended (X-PLANE joystick options -> control sensitivity) a setting of pitch 20%, roll 10%, yaw 40% (left sliders) and pitch 5%, roll 5% and yaw 0% (right sliders, augmentation). This works amazingly well so we wanted to share this. For more details please go and scroll down to the video 'Sample 2: Making it feel real'.

One last word: 2017 has been an amazing year for the FSXPilot / FSIMPilot. After declaring FSXP dead, then full reanimation, we now support X-PLANE and think that the hard decision to implement this into our universal autopilot was a very good one. We enjoy X-PLANE 11 every day.

Now it is time to whish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018. A small update will be published between the years with a little, but useful gift for PRO users.

Stay tuned ...

PRO System update (2.06) has been published !

We have just published the next PRO update. In this update, we implemented a 'V/S to airport' indication on the EFIS when the airport is selected as target and NAV button pressed. This displays the approximate negative V/S that is needed to reach the airfield 1000 ft above ground, taking into account the current altitude, ground speed and time to reach the target. Great for planning your exact descents. If you plan to descend with -1000 ft/min, wait until this value is displayed, then start your descent.

For all versions (will be included in next shareware update):

  • X-PLANE plugin: 'cannot read reg key' error message during the first time uses removed
  • CTRL + SPACE (stabilizer) in helicopters now holds altitude

“What add-ons should I buy to make my FSX look like yours?” If you are new to Flight Simulator or Prepar3d – take a look at my “must have” list.

  1. Most important add-ons (basic improvements)
  2. Mesh
  3. Weather add-on set
  4. Terrain improvements
  5. Area sceneries
  6. Photosceneries
  7. Airport suggestions
  8. Quick glance on aircraft market
  9. Tools


People ask me how to make their FSX look like mine. The answer is easy – it’s all about add-ons and configuration. Today I will focus on add-ons.

I need to warn you (yes – this is a disclaimer) – I have strong personal preferences that affect my judgement. I will not try to be objective here. I do not feel that I have to. I am presenting my set-up. “My” is the operative word here. That means that you may find some other suggestions – some of them equally good (or even better). But if you like my screenshots – this is why they look as they look.

(Obligatory) starter set

FSX users

  • SimConnect (FSX:SE users only)– free
  • FSUIPC (all users) – free or payware
  • DX10 Fixer (all users) – payware
  • UIAutomationCore (legace FSX users only) – free

Prepar3d users

  • FSUIPC (all users) – free

Read more

Read more about the first steps in upgrading your FSX. The part concerning FSUIPC is also applicable to all P3D users.

People using the legacy FSX (non steam versions) should also read the beginning of my tweak guideto know how to install UIAutomationCore.dll.

Mesh (freeware)

I strongly recommend freeware FreeMeshX. Read my review of this add-on.


Weather add-ons can be divided into two groups:

  • Weather engines – Active Sky Next
  • Cloud and sky textures – REX 4 Texture Direct HD with Soft Clouds

Weather engine

The weather engine (Active Sky Next) is responsible for weather data and cloud drawing. ASN injects winds, clouds and precipitation into the Flight Simulator and manages weather changes while you fly. A good weather engine (I consider ASN to be very good) uses real time, real world data to keep your weather as realistic as possible. This includes real-world winds at all altitudes.

Cloud and sky textures

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Texture software (like REX 4 Texture Direct HD with Soft Clouds) that I use replaces default low-resolution clouds with images that are much sharper and much more detailed. In REX 4 you can choose clouds that are 512 square pixels in size, or 1024 sq px, 2048 or even 4096 sq px (the higher, the better but higher resolution comes at a price of performance). Together with new cloud textures REX 4 gives you new sky colors (daytime, dusk and dawn) and new water textures. It also improves runway/taxiway textures at default airports (and some payware too).

There is some confusion between REX 4 TD and Soft Clouds. REX TD uses sharp textures that look great form a distance. Soft Clouds add-on ads clouds that appear to be volumetric (although they are not). You can spot both types on the image below. I suggest you buy REX TD with Soft Clouds (both add-ons can be purchased separately).

Some HD clouds and some soft clouds next to PMDG Boeing 777


For high definition moon during night flights – download a freeware MoonHD add-on. I described it in “Moon, roads, rocks… for FSX”.


All add-ons I mentioned here work with FSX (including Steam Edition) and Prepar3d.

Ground Textures

Basically you have two options. You can go with a freeware ground textures or you can buy them. In my opinion – freeware and payware add-ons have nothing in common – there is such a difference in how they change users experience. That is why I strongly recommend the payware solution. If you do not have money for FTX Global – consider using freeware add-ons.

Freeware ground textures


I wrote three articles about replacement textures for FSX:

Payware ground textures – ORBX FTX Global Base

If you can afford it (normal price – AUD$99.95, Christmas Sale price – AUD$64.95) you should buy FTX Global Base from ORBX.

For details – read my review. In short – this add-on will completely change your experience in FSX (P3D) – almost all ground textures will be replaced.

FTX Global + Aerosoft’s Twin Otter

Realistic terrain – area sceneries

Global and large area sceneries

ORBX published FTX Global Vector. This scenery replaces default FSX vector objects (roads, rivers, coastlines…) with an updated set.

  • you need to have FTX Global Base to install Vector

ORBX also offers their FTX Global openLC (Europe and Canada/Alaska). This add-on replaces the default landclass (terrain type definition) and ads new textures (improving FTX Global Base).

  • you need to have FTX Global Base to install openLC

Regional area sceneries

ORBX made several regional area sceneries. They do the same as Global+Vector+openLC set but they do this better – they take changes much further. You can choose:

Northern California (local photoscenery)

I reviewed some of those sceneries:

If you are not decided to pay for such scenery – I suggest you try a demo from ORBX. You can use Tasmania (Australia) and Olympic Peninsula (Washington state, USA) under FSX and the latter scenery under P3D. I really enjoyed flying over Tasmania – you can even install ORBX freeware Launceston Airport with this scenery.


Sceneries based on aerial images are a different kind. They show the real world image of the ground but they are usually more expensive and they take a lot of space on hard drive.

I recently reviewed:

Apart from MegaSceneryEarth which offers almost all states of U.S. and several European countries you should get familiar with BlueSkyScenery – this website provides the best freeware photosceneries of the USA. Also Netherlands and Italy have a good freeware photosceneries.

Aerosoft’s Catalina and freeware photoscenery of Italy + some nice clouds from REX


It is difficult to give you a simple suggestion on what you should buy first. I will not suggest a single airport – it’s entirely up to you. I will only suggest that if it is your first payware airport – you should buy something that you really like and you should not go for a cheap product – choose high quality instead. Look for an airport that has good reviews (here or elsewhere). Take a look at the screenshots – if you like them – there is a better chance you will like the product you bought.

One of my favorite airports – Palm Springs. Sky color – thanks to REX Texture Direct

If you are looking for something extraordinary – pick one of the airports I rated with 6 stars:

Monterey Airport

Freeware airports

If you wish to try some add-on airports for free – there are several I can recommend.

Zegrze Pomorskie (5* review) is a small ex-military airport in Poland. It’s quality is superb. Heringsdorf by is even better! Give them a try. If you like Heringsdorf – there is a payware Magdeburg from the same developer (read my review of Magdeburg Airport).

A2A’s Piper Cub in Heringsdorf

Payware airport developers that I can recommend (based on my personal experience – alphabetical order)

  • 29Palms (and 29Palms together with Captain7)
  • Aerosoft
  • Akesoft
  • Drzewiecki Design
  • FlightBeam
  • Flytampa
  • ORBX
  • UK2000
  • Vidan Design


I know that it may be confusing when you look at all those aircraft and wonder which one should you buy. Let me share my favorites with you.

Top quality, immense realism

There are two brands that assure you of the top quality – it’s A2A and PMDG.

A2A offers general aviation and historical aircraft. They have made the best Cessna 172 for FSX. They also made my favorite Piper Comanche. In earlier planes they sold AccuSim (the realism expansion pack) separately – like in this Spitfire + AccuSim for Spitfire. Currently (in recently published general aviation planes) AccuSim is built in the base product.

PMDG makes airliners. I have their 777, 737 and Jetstream 4100. They are all great. You can read my multi-part review of 777.

Both companies use separate licences for FSX and P3D add-ons.

737-600 (PMDG)


Aerosoft’s planes that I tried varied. They were superb – like the . Their Katana looks great (I have not tried it yet). Some of their add-ons got 4* in my reviews (like Wilga). No Aerosoft plane that I flew would get anything less than 4 stars. This means quality. I like their planes for that – they are reliable and sometimes – great.

Captain Sim

I have several aircraft from this developer. I am satisfied but I am not amazed. Good, reliable, correct…

Carenado and Alabeo

Carenado and its sister company makes beautiful planes but has an easy (or lax) attitude to systems and some details. Their planes get 3* and 4* reviews at my blogs. I like them… but… there is always something that could be improved.

More about planes

I need to translate a text that I wrote about the planes that I have. Expect it soon. If you need more suggestions – I also recommend Quality Wings BAe 146 / Avro RJ, Sibwings An-2, RealAir Duke, Cera Sim helicopters (Bell 212 and 222), Vertigo Studios Panther and Lionheart Kodiak.

Lotus L-39 Albatros (honorable mention)

I also need to mention Lotus L-39. It is a great military jet trainer.


You are often asking me about my screenshots – angles and camera positions.

Camera – EZDOK

I use Flight1 EZDOK camera. It gives me freedom of movement and makes looking around a little easier in flight.


When I fly small planes and military jets I often use TrackIR head tracking software. I strongly recommend it for all military and aerobatic pilots!


For flight planning (in IFR flights) I use Professional Flight Planner X.

Ground Services X

An add-on that brings airport service vehicles.

GSX in action


Weapons add-on – a must have for anyone flying military aircraft (check your aircraft compatibility before buying).

Aerosoft’s F-14 hit by a TacPack generated missile

FSX/P3D - must have add-ons
'What add-ons should I buy to make my FSX look like yours?' If you are new to Flight Simulator or Prepar3d - take a look at my 'must have' list of add-ons.

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