|An ecclectic mix of airports, applications, utilities and other freeware "stuff" for MS Flight Simulator|
Welcome to stuff4fs.com
This website offers a collection of freeware airports, aircraft re-paints, applications and utilities for Microsoft® Flight Simulator ("MSFS").
Five Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland British Columbia (Canada) airports have been available for some time. A second Lower Mainland airport (CYXX Abbotsford) has just beem completed.
All my airports are compatible with:
All my airports are based on high-resolution aerial photos that allow me to:
CYYJ and CYBL also include custom airfield lighting which places just about every approach, runway, taxiway and apron light in its actual location and mounts the approach lights on towers as in the real world.
All the airports include an installer which allows for configuration of optional features, compatibility files and the Scenery Library with only a few mouse clicks. (CYCD (2011) is the first airport to use my new, simplified, table-driven installer. The installer will be adopted for the other airports as new releases are made.) The more recent airport releases also include an update checker and a copy of MipMap Manager.
The major user applications:
General releases of the airports and user applications are posted to major library sites, including Avsim, Flightsim and Simviation. However, the latest releases are always available here, as are any patches and documentation.
A host of developer utilities are also available from this site - most only from this site. (Early versions of several of them were posted to the Downloads section of fsDeveloper.com - most of which are now obsolete.) I wrote each to fill a need I had while developing my airports or to automate various repetitive tasks that consumed an inordinate amount of time that could be better spent. While their documentation is a bit skimpy (especially where I thought their use should be intuitive), serious developers should still find them useful. But, please bear in mind, they were developed to meet my needs. That being said, where the required effort was reasonable, I have extended their user interface to be generally useful.
I have written two tutorials related to airport design for MSFS. Both have been around for a while. But, one of the most frequent comments I've received about them is "I wish I'd known that before I started". In general, they clarify a number of specialized aspects of airport design that are less-than-adequately-covered in Microsoft's documentation.
Finally, the Repaints & AI category. This is primarily a collection of repaints with a "local flavour" I created for use at my own airports but that may also be of use at other airports - particularly those in British Columbia, Canada. I have also included in this category my BC Regional AI - a set of AI flight plans, aircraft and textures that portrays all the regional airlines serving BC destinations in late 2008. (I plan to update this package in the not-too-distant future.)
Take what you want; leave the rest. The use of each item is governed by an End User License Agreement (EULA). Please observe its terms. In particular, the EULAs prohibit commercial use or application of my work. You are, however, welcome to use the aircraft repaints in, and the utilities in the development of, scenery you make available to others as "freeware"; a credit in your documentation would be appreciated.
While I'm not averse to commercial application, if you are going to make money from (or reduce costs by using) my work, I want a share of it. It's that simple! If you intend to use any of these items commercially, to reduce costs (e.g., in-house training) or to develop or enhance commercial offerings, please contact me. Commercial licenses are available for a modest fee (in comparison to my development effort).
Enjoy! And, if you are so inclined, please feel free to make a donation to help defray my costs of maintaining this site and of the tools I use in my development activities.
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