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Below you will find a brief outline on "how to" install some of the scenery files that you will download from this site. This example uses the Fighter Canyon Scenery file.

This is the default scenery line you will use when accessing the Scenery Library. You can "copy" the following line and use it when telling the Scenery Library where the scenery is located on your system:

=:\=\scenery\Fightercanyon\scenery\*.bgl

 If you are not experienced with installing sceneries here are the steps in detail:

Double click on the installation program. It will install the scenery to the correct directory in Combat Flight Simulator. All you have to do then is get CFS to "recognize" it.

Start CFS, and go to “Free Flight”. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 1 Free Flight Option

Leave the plane as well as the airfield that is selected as they are, as it will not matter. Click the “Fly Now!” button to begin the simulation. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 2 Free Flight - "Fly Now!" Window

Press “P” on the keyboard to pause the simulation. Next, press the Alt button on the keyboard. This will bring up the menu bar across the top of the screen. The screen will look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 3 Free Flight - Pausing The Simulation

Click on "World", and then click on "Scenery Library". The screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 4 Free Flight - Selecting The Scenery Library

You will get an ominous message from CFS. Click "Ok" to ignore the message. The screen will look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 5 Scenery Library Warning Message

You will then be taken to the “Scenery Library” window. Click on the "Files..." button to view the current list of scenery files that are installed. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 6 Scenery Library  - Files Button

When you click the “Files” button, you will be taken to the “Scenery Areas” window, which shows you the current scenery files installed in CFS. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 7 Scenery Areas Window

Click the "Add..." button. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 8 Scenery Areas - Add Button

This will bring up the “Add Scenery Area” window. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 9 Add Scenery Area Window

In the "Scenery area path section", type the following line EXACTLY as it appears here. You can also use the "cut, copy and paste" method, if you'd like:

=:\=\scenery\Fightercanyon\SCENERY\*.BGL.

Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 10 Add Scenery Area - Scenery Area Path

1 In the "Scenery area title" section, type "Fighter Canyon" to give the scenery a name. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 11 Add Scenery Area - Scenery Area Title

2 The "Scenery area type" section should read "Global"

Place an "X" in the "Scenery area active" box. Don't worry about the "Scenery area layer" section, as CFS will assign this automatically. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 12 Add Scenery Area - Scenery Area Active Box

Click the “OK” button located in the lower right corner of the screen. This will take you back to the “Scenery Areas” window, where you should now see that the Fighter Canyon scenery has been successfully added. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 13 Scenery Areas - Fighter Canyon Added

Click “OK” two times. This will return you back to the airfield window with the plane on the ground. Now you need to choose the new scenery that you just added.

To choose the scenery:

In a lot of instances, the newly added scenery doesn't show up in the scenery selection window. This is caused by the scenery being created with older scenery creation tools. In this case, you will need to select the scenery from the "Advanced Scenery" selection window:

Select your aircraft and then select any scenery from the scenery selection window. In this example, I've selected "Interlaken".

Once the scenery has loaded, press the "Alt" button on your keyboard. This will bring up the CFS1 menu bar. Click on "World" in the menu bar, and then select the “Go to…” option. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 14 Select Scenery - "Go To..." Option

Click the "Airfield" bullet, and then click the "Advanced Scenery" button. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 15 Go To -  Advanced Scenery Button

In the Advanced Scenery window, click on the "Scenery from 6.0 and before" bullet. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 16 Advanced Scenery - Scenery From 6.0 And Before

This will take you to the “Advanced Scenery” window, which will show you all of the advanced scenery that is currently installed. In this case, the only advanced scenery installed is the FC (Fighter Canyon) scenery file. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 17 Advanced Scenery - Scenery Areas

Beneath that bullet, you will see a small window that say says "Scenery areas". This shows you the scenery files available. To the left, you will see another window called "Search results list". There should be only one scenery file to choose from under FC --- "south". Click on it to select it. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 18 Advanced Scenery - Search Results List

Click "Ok". This will take you back to the window showing you your plane on the ground. If the scenery appears to be at night, you will need to change the time and weather for the scenery.

Click the "World" button again, and then click on "Time and weather..." option. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 19 Scenery Select - Time And Weather

When you select the “Time and Weather…” option, you will be brought to a small window where you can change the options. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 20 Time And Weather

At this window, all you need to do is to click “OK”. Combat Flight Simulator will change the time and weather to “day” for you automatically.

Click “OK” twice to exit out back to back to the main window. To maximize the screen again, click on “Views” in the standard menu bar, and then click the “Full Screen” option. Your screen should look similar to the screen shot shown below:

Figure 21 Views Option - Set To Full Screen

Press the “P” button on the keyboard to remove the "pause" option, and you’re off!!!

The instructions listed above will work for most of the scenery files that require you "tweak" the Scenery Library in Combat Flight Simulator. Simply substitute the correct scenery folder name in place of "Fightercanyon", and you are done.

EXCEPTIONS:

1 Actually giving the scenery a name.

2 Some of the scenery requires that the Scenery Area Type box be set to "local instead of "global". Be sure and read any accompanying “Read Me” files that come with the scenery for more detailed instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me, and I will help if I can.

 

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