TweakAircraft for FS2004
Edit your FS2004 aircraft config files with confidence and ease.
Easy access to up to 500+ Aircraft.CFG variables:
Each Aircraft.CFG file contains a wealth of information and TweakAircraft presents this vast array of data in an easy to understand format in keeping with all our TweakFS series. The logic is very similar to our other products so if you have any other TweakFS tool you will feel right at home with TweakAircaft.
TweakAircraft at a glance:
• Quickly and easily adjust up to 500+ variables in any Aircraft.Cfg
• Change Aircraft names, variations and descriptions with ease
• Change the call-sign or rego no. of your aircraft (ATC will recognize it)
• Easily assign a different checklist or reference file to each aircraft
• Adjust the flight control, stability, lift and drag scalars
• Add long-range tanks to an aircraft
• Tweak the Piston, Turboprop and Jet Engine parameters
• Change some flight characteristics and aircraft performance variables
• Enable/disable many, many other features as explained in the FS2004 SDK
• Make any changes with complete impunity - undo with our restore feature
• Handy for aircraft developers and addicted tweakers alike
• All FS2004 SDK examples and descriptions included as popup hints
Many of an aircraft's flight characteristics are locked into the AIR (Flight Dynamics) file and cannot be altered without modifying that binary file, however the Aircaft.Cfg file still contains a huge number of variables that are very easily adjusted with TweakAircraft.
Example: Do you have an aircraft that is a bit too "pitchy"?
You know, one moment your windscreen is full of houses, the next you are nose-high in a stall? With TweakAircraft simply go to the section called "Flight Tuning", double-click on "Elevator Effectiveness" and set it to 0.9 or 0.8 then hop back into FS2004 and check out the difference.
Make Changes with Complete Impunity:
One thing that puts many off from Tweaking is the fear they will "break" something. As with all TweakFS utilities we have added a Restore button so if anything goes haywire reverting back the original Aircraft.Cfg file is a one-click operation. In fact TweakAircraft leaves the original files themselves intact and makes a duplicate to work with. We always take the cautious approach and give you the ability to easily bail out should FS2004 spit the dummy at any change you have made.
Each Variable has a Tooltip with the SDK Range, Example and Description Information:
Most serious aircraft developers print out and wire-bind the FS2004 Aircraft Container SDK (Software Development Kit). We also recommend that but to make looking it up unnecessary in most cases we have included every SDK example and description for each value as a tool-tip on the "Edit Value" window. Hovering your mouse over the input box will give you a popup with the applicable information.
Fire up FSEdit from within TweakAircraft:
As mentioned above, some variables need to be adjusted in the the AIR file also if you are to notice any difference. For this purpose TweakAircraft enables you to set up a link to the Microsoft FSEdit application. We recommend downloading and installing this application:
Microsoft FS2004 SDK - FSEdit Download Page
Wherever there is a need to adjust not only the entry in the Aircraft.Cfg file but also the AIR file (eg. The "Reference Speeds" and "Aiplane Geometry" sections), TweakAircraft will display two icons on the lower part of the Config page, one that contains the SDK comment and another to fire up the FSEdit application. The link to this application is selected on the Settings page.
Automatically Remove Comments from Entries:
Many Aircraft.Cfg files have accompanying comments that begin with a double or single forward slash (/ or //) and in some cases a comma (;). Such comments are ignored by FS2004 and can be helpful as many add explanatory comments from the SDK.
However if you would like to remove such comments as you work with the variables TweakAircaft will do that for you automatically if you select that option on the Settings page.
Aircraft.Cfg Viewer/Manual Editor:
There are times when a manual edit of the Aaircraft.Cfg file is needed or desired, perhaps for formatting purposes, adding a new section or entry. TweakAircraft provides an integrated text editor that you can use to make any other manual changes. Simply go to the Settings page and click on the appropriate icon to edit either the original or currently loaded Aircraft config.
Automatically Fires up FS2004 so you can test your changes:
You can assign a specific test flight (FLT file) to boot up FS2004 with, perhaps a saved flight with the aircraft you are working on at the takeoff position. TweakAircraft will launch FS2004 and load your flight so you can be up and running (or flying) in no time.
Attractive "Integrated" FS2004 Look:
Utilities by nature can be rather unattractive to look at. We hope you notice that as with all TweakFS products we have also put much thought and effort into making them pleasing to the eye. We recommend running TweakAircraft under Windows XP for the best visual experience.
Minimum System Requirements:
• Pentium or AMD Processor (1Ghz+ recommended)
• 64 MB RAM
• 32 MB video card (1024x768 min resolution recommended)
• Windows Fonts set to 96 DPI (Normal)
• A properly installed copy of FS2004
• Microsoft Windows XP/98/ME/2000
• 20MB free hard disk space
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