General - What files are compatible with what sim


Ever wondered what files you can use in what version of Flight Simulator or Combat Flight Simulator?
More than you may think!

This information applies to Aircraft - see below for other files.


FS2004 - A Century Of Flight

What files will usually work: FS2004. FS2002 Pro & Standard add-on files.

Comments: Later Versions of FS2002 Aircraft, Panels & Scenery will most likely be compatible with FS2004. FS2004 is built upon FS2002 & compatibility is very good. Many early FS2002 versions found to work too.
Some aircraft are reported to have handling or display problems but you can just remove these. Otherwise most will perform fine.


FS2002 Professinal

What files will usually work: Many FS2004, FS2002 Pro & Standard, FS2000, FS98 Aircraft & Panels, Some CFS2, Some CFS1.

Comments: Many FS2004 will work. Try it & see! If it doesn't show up simply remove.
FS2000 & FS98 files may require Sound & Panel Aliasing* or replacing.
FS98 Scenery may look odd & is often misplaced.
CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file. The handling of CFS aircraft is sometimes poor in FS.


FS2002 Standard

What files will usually work: Many FS2004, FS2002 Standard, FS2000, FS98, Some CFS2, Some CFS1.

Comments: As above. You can use most 'Professional' files if you alias* or replace the Panel & Sound files.
CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file.


FS2000 Professinal

What files will usually work: FS2000 Professional & Standard, FS98, Some CFS2 & some CFS1.

Comments: FS98 files may require Sound & Panel Aliasing* or replacing.
CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file.


FS2000 Standard

What files will usually work: FS2000 Standard, FS98, Some CFS2, Some CFS1 aircraft.

Comments: You can use most 'Professional' files if you alias* or replace the Panel & Sound files.
CFS2 & CFS1 Aircraft will usually require replacement Panel & Sound files. Not all will work but if you want to try you shouldn't do much harm & if it doesn't work simply delete the file.


FS98

What files will usually work: FS98.

Comments: FS5.x/FS95 & some CFS files if alternative Panel & Sound files are added.


CFS3

What files will usually work: CFS3 Only.

Comments: VERY limited availablity as yet due to new structure of this program.


CFS2

What files will usually work: CFS2, CFS1, FS2002 (some - non GMax models), FS2000 (most) FS98 (most).

Comments: FS files may require Sound & Panel Aliasing* or replacing.
If using Jets or Helicopters it is a good idea to install the Jet & Helicopter packs (except full packages that include Panel & Sounds).


CFS1

What files will usually work: CFS & FS98 aircraft.

Comments: FS98 aircraft will not have Damage Profiles & will use default damage profile. Generally not a problem.
If you wish to install Jets or Helicopters you will need to add separate Sound & Panel files if these are not included.



Notes:

Scenery Files: It is generally better to stick with specific Scenery for specific simulators.

Panels: Not a compatibility issue. Your only problem is likely to be lack of default Gauges & older panels may seem a little dated. If you go wrong with a Panel - simply replace it with another.

Utilities & Misc Files: These are usually application specific - in other words they are usually made for a specific sim. However - considerate experimentation rarely, if ever, leads to serious harm.


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