Simcontrol

SimControl grants users the ability to reposition aircraft instantly, change the wind and weather, fail engine components or instruments for realistic training in your simulator and much more without ever needing to get out of the captain’s chair or pause the simulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect SimControl to my flight simulator/computer?

Please view the SimControl manual available on www.simcontrol.net/server-downloads for detailed installation instructions.

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How do I connect my iPad to the WIFI network?

  1. To connect to a network

    1. Tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
    2. When Wi-Fi is on, your device will automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks:
      1
    3. Tap the name of your desired Wi-Fi network.
    4. When your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, a checkmark will appear to the left of the network name. The Wi-Fi logo  will also appear in the status bar at the top left of your display:
      Network Name

    To connect to a password-protected network

    1. Tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
    2. When Wi-Fi is on, your device will automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks.
    3. Tap the name of your desired Wi-Fi network. A password-protected network will have a lock icon to the right of the network’s name.
      Secure Network

 

    1. You will be prompted to enter the password:
      Password
    2. Enter the password for the Wi-Fi network.
    3. Tap Join.

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I changed the time on the weather page (or pressed “Set Noon” or “Set Midnight”) but the visual did not change.


After you scroll to the time you wish to set manually, or press “Set Noon” or “Set Midnight” you must press the button in blue to the right of the time selector that says “Change Time” for the visual to update.

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Why does my computer say this software could harm my computer?

Our software will not harm your computer and has no ability to allow outside sources to connect to either your computer or iPad. Due to the nature of how Windows handles security, it is common for newly released applications to experience false warnings about security. Depending upon many factors such as your version of Windows, OS, and other security programs and filters, you may get this message or you may not. Regardless, our software download will not harm your computer. Please follow the steps to install the program found in our manual available on www.simcontrol.net/downloads.

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My computer/flight simulator says “unavailable” next to it on the SimControl connections page and I can’t click on it to connect.

Ensure the SimControl software is running on your computer/flight simulator and that you have chosen the correct program (P3D version 1/2, or MSFX) then click connect to simulator. If you have already done this, please close the SimControl app (double-click the Home button on the iPad, swipe “up” on the SimControl app preview to close it completely) then reopen SimControl and reconnect to your simulator. You can also disconnect, then reconnect to the simulator on the SimControl program window on your computer, but will still need to reconnect on the “connections” page of the app. Your should now be able to select your computer on the connection page of SimControl.

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Why doesn’t my airport appear on the map page/chart?

We use IFR enroute charts on the map page and by nature these IFR enroute charts publish only airports with an instrument approach procedure(IAP), or airports without IAPs having hard surface runways longer than 3000ft. Therefore, certain small airports or private/restricted airports will not be depicted. If you reposition to an airport that shows you over a white area on the map page instead of at a depicted airport, it is likely because that airport is not published on the IFR enroute chart, however, you will still get the proper visual and will still be flying the correct area on the map.

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My simulator stopped responding to input from SimControl, but the app still says its connected.

Please close the app (double-click the Home button on the iPad, swipe “up” on the SimControl app preview to close it completely) then reopen SimControl and reconnect to your simulator. You can also disconnect, then reconnect to the simulator on the SimControl program window on your computer, but will still need to reconnect on the “connections” page of the app. If you notice an error message on the SimControl program window on your computer, please let us know what the error was and what action you were doing at the time so we can address the issue. Thank you.

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With SimControl connected, can I still use the weather scenarios or failures on the flight sim program I’m using?


Yes, you can set weather or failures or airports on the flight sim program and SimControl will adapt to the changes, however they may not reflect in the button on the app page (i.e. if you fail the AI from within the flight sim program not the app, the AI failure button may still say working). You can override the failures or weather set by the computer by resetting it from SimControl.

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Prepar3D quit unexpectedly when I activated the hydraulic system failure.


This does not occur on every aircraft model, but we are aware that activating the hydraulic system failure on aircraft that do not have hydraulic systems seems so cause the program to quit. We are working to correct this, in the mean time, the hydraulic failure does work on aircraft with hydraulic landing gear systems (King Air, F22 etc) and we encourage you to try it!

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X-Plane Does Not Respond Properly

In most cases, this is because X-Plane is working in the background to load relevant changes according to your input, such as loading a new aircraft or airport. All you have to do is wait for X-Plane to finish loading and you can continue flying.

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What flight simulator software is compatible with SimControl?

SimControl currently supports Microsoft FSX, Prepar3D v1, v2, and v3, & X-Plane 10.3+

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What area does the map cover?

The map only has continental USA IFR charts. (FAA PUB)

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File dependency error

If you get a “file dependency error”, it means that you are missing “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)”

You can download an install it from: http://simcontrol.net/downloads/vcredist_x86.exe

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What are the sim control Firewall Settings?

Here are the Windows firewall settings, that Simcontrol needs to have available to function.

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What router ports need to be available for SimControl to see the server

Open the following ports in your router:

50000, 50001, 50002

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