How to Have a Co-Pilot in "FSX"

Written by eric johnston
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Microsoft Flight Simulator X provides a gaming flight experience using real satellite-generated imagery for graphics. Users can experience take offs and landing at some of the most famous airports in the world, flying aircraft as diverse as ultralights to jumbo-jets. A multiplayer feature is available that allows users to connect with each other over the Internet and fly together or against each other.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X
  • Computer
  • Internet connection

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Flight Simulator X. After the main menu appears, select "Multiplayer" with the mouse.

  2. 2

    Select the connection type in the "Connection Options" window. You will need to create a GameSpy account to play over the Internet, if you don't already have one. To create an account, click the "Create New Account" button.

  3. 3

    Type the required inormation into the fields to create a GameSpy account. When finished, click the "Create GameSpy Account" button.

  4. 4

    Type in the GameSpy account login information at the multiplayer login window. When finished, click the "Sign In" button on the bottom right of the screen.

  5. 5

    Click "Host a Session" button. That will allow you to create a host environment where other players can join in the game. At the next screen fill in the required information in all of the fields. If you want to set a password to join the game, it can be entered here. Select how the session will be made available to other players and click "Next" when finished.

  6. 6

    Select the role by clicking on the arrow located next to the drop-box labelled "Select Role." Continue selecting the session conditions then click "Next" when finished.

  7. 7

    Select the number of players desired for this session at the multiplayer host screen. Click the check box next to "Share my aircraft" to enable a co-pilot feature in the session. This selection will allow another player to act as co-pilot and have full access to the cockpit controls during game play.

  8. 8

    Click "Next" to continue setting up the multiplayer session. A message window will appear confirming that a multiplayer connection is established. A few moments later the briefing screen will appear. Confirm that all previous selections are correct and click the "Fly Now" button at the bottom right. Once you are in the cockpit, a player may join the game and fly as a co-pilot.

Tips and warnings

  • Using a broadband Internet connection will ensure no lag time occurs between player actions during game play.

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