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Dec 31, 2020, 03:24 PM
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RealFlight 9.5 Info and Tips


Below are some things I've learned about RealFlight 9.5 that may be helpful for other people with the program.

- Controller Setup with Spektrum WS1000/WS2000 USB Receivers
- Controller Setup with Spektrum NX Series Transmitters
- Add SAFE to Another Plane
- Installation from DVD with Norton 360
- Add Onboard Camera to a Plane
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Dec 31, 2020, 03:26 PM
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Controller Setup with WS1000/WS2000


The Spektrum WS1000 and WS2000 are USB receivers that allow you to use any Spektrum transmitter with RealFlight. The receivers present your Spektrum transmitter as a game controller to Windows.

When you want to set up your controller in RealFlight, the biggest thing to understand is how the WS1000/2000 map Spektrum channels to those Windows game controls. They can handle up to eight channels as follows:

Throttle (Spektrum channel 1) = Y-Axis
Aileron (2) = Z-Axis
Elevator (3) = X-Rotation
Rudder (4) = X-Axis
Gear (5) = Y-Rotation
Aux1 (6) = Z-Rotation
Aux2 (7) = Slider
Aux3 (8) = Dial

The PDF file below explains how to set up a model on your transmitter for use with RealFlight, and how to adjust the settings in RealFlight to map the channels to your liking. I provide an example for a balance between both airplanes and helis, and explain how various channels in RealFlight are used by the models.

Also provided below are three DX Gen2 transmitter model setups, two for airplanes and one for helis. One of the airplanes and the heli are set up for all eight channels allowed by the WS1000/2000. If your transmitter doesn’t have at least eight channels, you may need to make some adjustments. Voice callouts are configured on all of the switches. The six-channel plane model will work well for a DX6 or DX6e for flying planes.

The airplane model "RealFlight Airplane" for 7 or 8 channels is configured as follows:
  • Wing Type – Normal
  • Flight Modes – Switch B (Aux2)
  • Gear – Switch D (Gear, reversed in Servo Setup)
  • Flaps – Switch E (Aux1, reversed in Servo Setup)
  • Panic – Button I (Aux3)
The airplane model "RealFlight Airplane 6ch" for 6 channels is configured as follows:
  • Wing Type – Normal
  • Flight Modes – Switch B (Gear)
  • Flaps – Switch E (Aux1, reversed in Servo Setup)
The heli model is configured as follows:
  • Swash Type – Normal
  • Flight Modes – Switch B (Aux2)
  • Gear – Switch D (Gear) – not very useful for helis, but you want all channels mapped
  • Throttle Hold – Switch H (Aux3)
These models were created with a DX9 on Airware 2.07. Your transmitter will need to be on at least version 2.03 to read them.
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Dec 31, 2020, 03:28 PM
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Controller Setup for NX Series Transmitters


The Spektrum NX Series transmitters have the capability to work as a controller for Windows-based simulators such as RealFlight. The transmitter is connected to the computer via USB, and it appears as a game controller to Windows.

You need to update RealFlight to version 9.50.031 or later in order for it to recognize the NX transmitter.

When you want to set up your controller in RealFlight, the biggest thing to understand is how the NX series maps Spektrum channels to those Windows game controls. They can handle up to ten channels as follows:

Throttle (Spektrum channel 1) = Y-Axis
Aileron (2) = X-Rotation
Elevator (3) = Y-Rotation
Rudder (4) = X-Axis
Gear (5) = Dial
Aux1 (6) = Z-Axis
Aux2 (7) = Z-Rotation
Aux3 (8) = Slider
Aux4 (9) = Button 9 *
Aux5 (10) = Button 11*

* Buttons function like two-position (on/off) switches only.

The PDF file below explains how to set up a model on your transmitter for use with RealFlight, and how to adjust the settings in RealFlight to map the channels to your liking. I provide an example for a balance between both airplanes and helis, and explain how various channels in RealFlight are used by the models.

The last section describes how to set up a switch/button on your transmitter to perform the Reset function (normally the space bar).

The model file below was created with an NX10. It's a basic airplane setup as follows. It's in a ZIP file because RCGroups doesn't recognize NSPM files yet.
Wing Type – Normal
USB Game Controller Mode Enabled
Flight Modes – Switch B (Aux2)
Gear – Switch D (Gear, reversed in Servo Setup)
Flaps – Switch E (Aux1, reversed in Servo Setup)

Button I is associated with Aux3, Switch A with Aux4, and Switch H with Aux5. I didn't add any voice callouts on those switches, so you can use them as you like. You might want to associate the button with the Reset function, in which case you'd use switch A or H for Panic if you want to add that.
Last edited by flightengr; Feb 06, 2021 at 10:59 AM.
Dec 31, 2020, 03:28 PM
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Add SAFE to Another Plane


You can add SAFE to any plane in the sim that doesn't already have it. This PDF explains how.

You can also add the Panic button to any plane that's using the Spektrum Flight Controller to have different flight modes.
Last edited by flightengr; Jan 03, 2021 at 03:23 PM.
Dec 31, 2020, 03:42 PM
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Installing from DVD with Norton 360


Installing RF 9.5 from the DVD was a real challenge with Norton 360. The problem is that some of the programs used in the RealFlight software are not properly "digitally signed", so antivirus software becomes suspicious and flags them as a virus. KnifeEdge assures us that their program is not a virus, and they have fixed this problem in an update (9.50.031) in December 2020.

However, that update only helps you after the program is already installed on your computer. If you are installing 9.5 from scratch from the original DVD's, you don't have those updated programs on the DVD. While KnifeEdge allows you to download an image of the installation if you don't have a DVD drive, that image isn't any newer than what's on the DVD's.

All that means installing the program was total hassle. My first thought was to turn off the antivirus software while going through the process of installing and then updating RF, but I found out that Norton 360 doesn't allow you to turn it completely off. Even with the automatic scan turned off for a while, the program still couldn't install.

If you're trying to install RF 9.5 from the DVD and you have Norton 360, here's what I had to do in order to get everything going. I'll note up front that none of the exceptions I made with Norton are permanent - once you're able to download and install an update, the RF software gets along just fine with Norton 360 and it's not considered a virus anymore.

1. Put the first DVD in the drive.
2. Tell Norton to trust setup.exe. You may get a nasty notice from Norton immediately upon inserting the disc. Either go through the options in the automatic pop-up from Norton, or right-click the setup.exe file, then choose Norton 360 > File Insight, and choose to manually trust the file.
3. Do the same for Setup\kesetup2.exe and RealFlight\Launcher9.exe on the DVD. Know that after the DVD is ejected, Norton will forget these settings for the three files on the DVD. That’s OK.
4. Create a folder C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Temp\KEInstaller. Go into the Norton Antivirus options and add this folder in the list of exceptions from real-time scanning. (Open Norton 360, Settings, Antivirus, Scans and Risks tab, Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect,.., and Add Folder.)
5. Manually copy kesetup2.exe from the DVD to that Temp\KEInstaller folder. If you can copy the file successfully, then the setup process should work.
6. Run setup.exe and go through the normal process.
After you accept the license agreement for DirectX, you may get warning from Norton about something accessing protected system files. Norton prevents that from happening, and it doesn’t seem to bother anything.
7. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\RealFlight9, and tell Norton to trust Launcher9.exe and C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\KnifeEdge\LauncherHelper9.exe
8. Run the RealFlight 9.5 Launcher. Register the serial number, and then update the program from the Launcher menu.
9. Go back to Norton and remove the exclusion for the KEInstaller folder from step 4. All other file exclusions were automatically removed when the files got updated.
Jan 24, 2021, 09:30 AM
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Add Onboard Camera to a Plane


The manual mentions that you can add a camera to a plane in the Aircraft Editor, but they don't explain how. Here's a writeup about how to do it.


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