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FMS Flight Simulator Articles. Helpful information, tips, setup advice, configuration, and troubleshooting setting up your transmitter USB interface cable or simulator kit with your Windows PC.


FMS Set Up Instructions For The GWS Dream Starter Flight Simulator Kit

GWS FMS Flight Simulator KitThe GWS Dream Starter is a basic flight simulator controller, designed to accurately simulate a four channel model airplane or helicopter transmitter. It works exactly like a regular computer joystick, and has a standard USB interface. This lets it work right out of the box, without installing any drivers.

Confusing Packaging – An Explanation

The box containing the flight simulator controller can be slightly misleading. The picture on the back of the package shows several chargers, cables, and a battery pack. The only thing the box contains is the actual controller. It would seem that the company who builds the simulator controller uses the same box to package several different products. Please note that this is not a problem, because the USB cable lets the simulator controller draw power from the computer. No battery packs or chargers are needed. The picture also shows a blue transmitter. Each simulator controller is black, so that it looks like actual RC transmitters. Don’t be alarmed when you only find the transmitter in the package. You don’t need anything else to fly using the simulator.

FMS Set Up Instructions

The GWS Flight Simulator Controller requires some configuration in order to work properly with the Flying Model Simulator. Here is a step by step procedure showing how to configure and calibrate your controller.

  1. Install FMS. An installation CD-ROM is included with your controller. Just insert it into your disk drive and follow the on screen instructions. If you don’t have a CD-ROM, you can download FMS here. If you are using Windows Vista, some additional installation steps are required.
  2. Before you run the program, plug your controller into your computers USB port.
  3. You should see a message pop up. Windows is informing you that it has found a new USB controller.
  4. Start FMS by double clicking the icon on your desktop.
  5. Click “Controls” at the upper part of the simulator window.
  6. This will open a drop down menu. Click the “Analog Control” entry to proceed to configuration.
  7. A small window titled “Control” will open. Click the “Joystick Interface” entry.
  8. Press the calibrate button, on the right side of the window.
  9. Centre all of the trim tabs on the controller (except the throttle, which should be at idle), and move the sticks in full circles several times.
  10. Click the next button, and centre all of the sticks. (This includes the throttle.)
  11. Click Finish.
  12. Click the checkboxes found on the left side of the screen, and change the numbers in the channel fields as needed to create the configuration shown in this picture. This will reverse some channels on the controller, which operate in the wrong direction by default.
  13. When done, click the OK button at the bottom of the configuration window, then close the smaller “Control” window.
  14. You should be able to adjust the simulated models trim by using the tabs on the controller. Please be aware that the engine of your simulated model will turn off, if the throttle trim is set to idle. You will need to move this trim tab upwards slightly, to achieve a good idle speed.

Congratulations, you have successfully configured the flying model simulator to work with your new simulator controller.

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The FMS Flight Simulator Is Now Working with Windows Vista

FMS Flight SimulatorGood news! You’re now able to run the FMS RC flight model simulator on Windows Vista!

Users of the excellent Flying Model Simulator are reporting having trouble getting it to work properly on Windows Vista. After installing and trying to run FMS, users are generally presented with an error box stating: “D3DRM.DLL cannot be loaded”. Basically, this is telling you that Windows is missing a library, and needs it to display the graphics. Fortunately, there is a library available that fixes this problem. In this article, I will show you how to install this on Windows Vista, so that FMS will work.

  1. First, reinstall the FMS flight simulator program. A self extracting installation wizard is available on the page, at http://modelsimulator.com/ Download the latest version, titled Version 2.0 Beta 7 (Windows 9x/ME/2000) – recommended Version
  2. After installing, you will need to install the missing library D3DRM.DLL in your Windows Vista System32 folder. Please be careful to follow these instructions exactly, you could damage your system by accidentally deleting files in this folder. Here is the installation procedure, be sure to follow it exactly.
    1. D3DRM.DLLGo to http://www.driverskit.net/dll/get/494.html and enter the code that you see at the bottom of the page.
    2. Press the download button, and save the ZIP file to your computer.
    3. Extract the file D3DRM.DLL
    4. Move the file D3DRM.DLL into the folder C:\Windows\System32
  3. Restart the FMS application, and it should now work perfectly.

Get compatible FMS transmitter to USB interface cables and simulator kits here:

FMS Simulator Kit Futaba Square Micro Plug USB Interface CableHitec Round Plug USB Interface CableJR 1/8th in Plug USB Interface CableGWS 1/8th in Stereo Plug USB Interface Cable

We sell USB interface cables to link your RC transmitter to your Windows PC for use with the FMS program. We have Futaba FMS cables, Hitec FMS cables, JR FMS cables, GWS FMS cables and a complete FMS simulator kit. Get one today at Draganfly Innovations Inc. www.RCToys.com

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Properly Instaling, Calibrating and Troubleshooting Your GWS USB FMS Flight Simulator PC Interface Controller

FMS Flight SimulatorThe FMS flight simulator is a great training tool for learning to fly RC helicopters and RC airplanes without worrying about crashing. The FMS simulator software and aircraft models are free to download from the FMS Web site. The simulator software is compatible with computers running Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista. The software will not work on Macintosh computers. We sell GWS transmitter to PC USB interface cables so you can connect your RC transmitter to your PC allowing you to control the model on the FMS simulator with your actual Futaba, Hitec or JR RC transmitter.

Troubleshooting Your FMS Setup

What do you do when you have everything connected and you can’t get the model to fly properly? We have some common troubleshooting procedures to help you get everything sorted out.

First, check the simple things:

  1. Are you using a Mac? If so the FMS software will not work nomatter what you try. It is only compatible with Windows.
  2. Are you using Windows Vista? If so there is one extra step you need to do. You’ll need to install the file d3drm.dll. Follow these simple instructions.
  3. Are the transmitter batteries fresh/fully charged?
  4. Is the cable plugged in firmly to the transmitter’s trainer port?
  5. Is the USB end of the cable firmly connected to your computer?
  6. Ensure that the transmitter is turned on.

Calibrating Your Transmitter With Your PC and the FMS Software

  1. Turn on your computer (Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista)
  2. Turn on your transmitter and plug in the USB cable to computer
  3. Click the Start button on your Windows taskbar
  4. Goto Control Panel
  5. You may need to click the button for Classic View
  6. Now click on Game Controllers
  7. Your RC controller should show up in the list, possibly named PPM
  8. If there is nothing displayed then there may be a problem with the transmitter, USB cable, or computer
  9. If there is more that one controller and you are unsure which one it is, double-click on each one and while in test mode check if there is any on-screen response to stick movement
  10. Once you find the correct one, select Properties -> Settings -> Calibrate
  11. Follow the instructions
  12. When it is finished click OK and close the game controller and control panel windows.
  13. Run the FMS simulator software
  14. Select Controls -> Analog Control -> Joystick Interface -> Mapping/Calibration -> Calibrate
  15. Follow the instructions
  16. Click Finish, then click OK to exit the Calibration window, and then the Mapping window.
  17. You should now be able to control the simulator with your RC transmitter connected via USB FMS calble.

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How to Setup, Calibrate and Troubleshoot Your FMS Flight Simulator Controller

FMS Flight SimulatorHow to properly setup your FMS cable and transmitter to work as a Game Controller in Windows.

Before doing anything or if you’ve already tried and your FMS controller is not responding or the FMS model is not working correctly, check the simple things:

  • Are the transmitter batteries fresh/fully charged?
  • Ensure that the transmitter is turned ON.
  • Is the cable plugged in firmly to the transmitter’s trainer port?
  • Is the USB end of the cable firmly connected to your computer?
  • Have you tried multiple USB ports?

Assuming everything is connected and turned on:

  1. At the windows taskbar click Start -> Control Panel -> Classic View -> Game Controllers. Your RC controller should show up in the list, possibly named PPM. If there is nothing displayed then there may be a problem with the transmitter, USB cable, or computer. If there is more that one controller and you are unsure which one it is, double-click on each one and while in test mode check if there is any on-screen response to stick movement.
  2. Once you find the correct Game controller, select Properties -> Settings -> Calibrate. Follow the instructions and when it is finished click OK and close the game controller and control panel windows.
  3. Run the FMS simulator, select Controls -> Analog Control -> Joystick Interface -> Mapping/Calibration -> Calibrate. Follow the instructions, and after clicking finish click OK to exit the Calibration window, and then the Mapping window.
  4. If you’re using Windows Vista you’ll need to also read this article with instructions on installing D3DRM.DLL or the FMS will not work.

You should now be able to control the simulator with your RC transmitter connected via USB FMS cable.

FMS Simulator KitLooking for a new FMS USB cable or complete simulator kit?
We sell Windows USB interface cables to connect your radio control transmitter to your computer and use it with the FMS program. We have Futaba FMS cables, Hitec FMS cables, JR FMS cables and a complete FMS simulator kit.

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