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What You Need

Probably one of the most common questions I receive as CEO, is "What do I need to get started with Air Pacifica Airlines?"  Obviously, this question is most often asked by our newest hires, but that is not always the case.

What we have now developed, is a three-part program that clearly outlines everything a New Pilot needs to get started with our airline.  Obviously, if you do encounter a problem, or if you have questions that are not answered through these next few pages, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.


Kern Pegg | CEO Air Pacifica Airlines



Our Goal for YOU!

One of the most beneficial things we can do for you as an airline, is assist you in learning enough about the "basics" - to allow for you to become a self-sufficient pilot.

This three-part program is only the beginning of your career at Air Pacifica, and we hope that - in time - you grow your experience to such a level that you end up giving back to the organization - and to our new pilots of the future - just as we are doing here.

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Your First Steps

=1= Getting Started

First, you're going to need a copy (legal please), of either Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 or 2000.  Install the FS software following the instructions relevant to your operating system and version.  We assume, that you are already familiar with installing and using the Flight Simulator software that you have.  If not, feel free to contact the CEO for more help.

Once you've installed your version of FS98 or FS2000, you will need to have an internet connection - obviously - to access this website.

=2= Make Yourself at Home

Although it takes some time at the beginning, we highly recommend that you make yourself completely "at home" with our website.  Read up on the company and its staff members.  Take the time to browse through a couple months of our NOTAMs (short for - NOtices To AirMen).  Reading these "news bulletins" regularly, will keep you up to date with the latest "happenings" throughout the organization.

We also recommend that you take the time to read our company newsletter the T.A.U.T. (short for - The Air Up There - our slogan).  This is published once a quarter (4 times annually), and contains in-depth information from our CEO and Board members - another crucial read.

After that, there are two things we recommend you do.  The first, is to sign up with so you can gain access to our forums (click here to jump to the forums page).  These bulletin board areas allow all our pilots to discuss various issues and topics around our operations, and can be a HUGE resource for you when you get stuck.  We're all here to help each other out, and there are a number of key pilots out there who are regular contributors to the forums - especially helping those new pilots in need.

=3= Getting Your System Ready

Once you've got your version of FS installed, it's time to get online, and spend some quality time getting your system optimized for your career at Air Pacifica Airlines.  Granted, some of these downloads are BIG - but it can't be helped.  For you to be compatible with everything we offer - and everything you find out there with all VAs - you're going to have to spend some time getting ready.

For all downloads, you will need to follow the installation instructions included in each - carefully - some require you to reboot between installations, others do not.

First - The Required Parts

Get onto - one of the largest collections of software and add-ons for the Flight Simulator enthusiast.  Simply HUGE collection.  When you first visit the site, you will see their "latest news" section.  This is a goldmine of great information - articles, reviews, editorials, how tos, you name it, and it appears on this page.  However, the files exist on the next page, and you scroll WAY down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the Main Menu.

This is a "Membership Preferred" site - which means, that during peak hours (like 4pm to 10pm), you may find the site telling you "sorry all nodes are busy".  Just keep clicking the reload/refresh button on your browser - you'll get in eventually.  Buying a membership to the site will get you in faster - even during peak times - but you still risk a small wait.

Once you're into the site, scroll down the right-hand side of the menu and find the File Libraries (Downloads) section.  Click on MUST HAVE FILES.  This is the main stop on your trip here:

  • Common Run Time Libraries
    • Grab the FSUIPC.DLL - latest version from this section
  • Microsoft FS 2000
    • Grab the Standard Edition or Professional Edition patch for FS2000.  Remember to ONLY download the one that matches what version you bought.
  • Microsoft FS 98
    • Grab the FS98 Patch #1 file
    • Grab the FS98 Converter file

Second - The Optional Parts

Now that you have (hopefully) installed the above files (FSUIPC.DLL goes in your MODULES directory in your Flight Simulator installation directory) - you are ready to make a choice.  You can go back to and get these optional components, or skip to the next section "Your FS Settings".

Get back onto the site, and back into the Must Have Files section.

  • Microsoft FS 2000
    • Airport 2.x Textures
    • VOD Textures
    • ASD 2.1 Textures
  • Microsoft FS 98
    • Airport 2.x Textures
    • VOD Textures

These files will allow you to install add-on scenery sets, without having to worry about not having the textures that the author used when designing his scenery.  Usually every add-on scenery set has some "custom" textures, but these are always included in the scenery download.  Most authors however, do NOT include the base textures that the files above contain.

At this point, you have the option of installing any of the FS98 or FS2000 add-on scenery that you can find in our Downloads section.  Again, this scenery is OPTIONAL for our pilots - meant to "enhance" our service area.  The default FS98 and FS2000 systems include scenery for all our service points, as long as you have chosen to install the following default sceneries:

  • Central America
  • South-Eastern USA
  • South America

=4= Your FS Settings

One of the more frustrating issues for users of FS (98 or 2000), is getting the simulator software setup in such a way as to maximize frame rates, while not making the graphics so bad that you remember what CYAN screens were like in the 80's.

The following are my personal recommendations, and by all means, the more powerful YOUR system is, the fewer of these you will have to change.  Additionally, although getting to these settings is slightly different in FS98 and FS2000 - I assume you'll be able to find them yourself (email me if you need more help):

  • Scenery Complexity - Normal, or Mid-Range; YES to stars; YES to approach lights; moonlight - NO or optional
  • Dynamic Scenery - Sparse or Very Sparse; NO to Air Traffic; NO to Ground Traffic; NO to Service Traffic; NO to Traffic Outside Airports
  • Options | Preferences - NO to show opening screen; NO pause on task switch; YES to log flight time
  • Options | Preferences | Instrument - YES to allow panel resize; YES to Display Indicated Airspeed; YES to 25 khz COM frequency
  • Options | Preferences | Display | Display Options | Aircraft - YES to aircraft texture; NO to aircraft shadows; YES to see own aircraft; YES to see propeller
  • Options | Preferences | Display | Display Options | Map - Map display NORTH Oriented; YES to map textures
  • Options | Preferences | Display | Display Options | Scenery - NO ground scenery shadows; YES textured ground, water, sky and buildings; NO wispy cloud effects; YES cloud thickness; YES gradient horizon; NO smooth transition; YES image smoothing
  • Terrain Mesh & Complexity - whatever you find that works for your system's speed.  Low range systems should set these to lowest systems; mid range systems to the middle; kick butt systems to the top.

=5= Your First Plane

So, the software's installed, you've read about us, and now you want to log that first flight.  We'll clearly, before that can happen, you're going to have to download one of our Air Pacifica Airlines aircraft!

Download our Piper PA-28-181 Trainer Aircraft.  This is a great little aircraft that will be easy for you to take on your "first flight" with our airline.  Although the aircraft is for FS98, it will work in FS2000 just fine.

Once you download the aircraft, you will have to install it.  Instructions are in the README.TXT file contained within it.  Once it has been installed, launch your FS program.  We'll assume that you find yourself at Meigs Airport in Chicago, but at this point, it doesn't matter.

Change your aircraft to the new Air Pacifica PA-28-181 Trainer, and make sure your Parking Brakes are ON.  =)

=6= Configuring Your "Home" Airport Settings

The last step before taking your new aircraft out for your first flight, is to get yourself setup at our main hub - the center of operations for our airline:  Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

To do this, simply pull down the World menu, and select Go to | Airport, and you should see a screen like this (FS2000 users yours will differ slightly, but you get the idea):

Ensuring that you have Search Places selected, you should be able to type in CYRIL E KING into the Airport Name box and you will find the airport in the list.  Click once on the airport name to highlight the airport (as shown above), and click OK.

This should be your "similar" view in Spot Plane Mode.  Again, based on what scenery and version of FS you have installed - your view may be a bit different than mine:

The next thing to do, is use SLEW MODE to position your aircraft at the TERMINAL, instead of on the runway.  This is an important step, especially if you are thinking about getting involved in online flights.  No one likes to see you "pop up" right on the runway as they are trying to land or depart!  =)

You enter Slew Mode by pressing the "Y" key.  Now your joystick (or keyboard) can be used to CAREFULLY move your aircraft forward along runway 10, and eventually over to the terminal that is to the RIGHT of the runway.

NOTE:  Slew mode is SENSITIVE - push to hard on the joystick (or too many keyboard strokes), and your aircraft will whizz along at 800 miles an hour right past where you want to move to.  You can stop slewing immediately by pressing the "Y" key again.

If you get lost - start back up on step #6 again, to get oriented back to the end of runway 10 at Cyril E King airport.

If you made it to the terminal, you should now be positioned somewhere like this:

The important thing now is Saving Your Flight Position, which can then be used to magically "return" you to this starting place anytime you are wanting to fly out of St. Thomas.  To Save your flight position, ensure your Parking Brakes are ON, and your engine is OFF and press the Semicolon ";" key.  This will bring up the following dialogue window:

All you need to do, is pick a title for your flight (suggested above), ensure that "Make Default" is checked, and click OK.  PRESTO!  You've now saved your default position at St. Thomas, AND saved it in your Air Pacifica Piper Trainer - you're ready to move onto your first flight!  Click the link below to continue...

===> Next Stop: Your First Flight

Air Pacifica Airlines.   Taking you into the air up there!

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