6. Single Pilot Freestyle#

This Fly Screen lets you pick an airplane and make other selections for flying around – freestyle. Generally any screen that lets you click Fly to start a flight session is called a Fly Screen.

To reach this window, click Single Pilot Freestyle from the Main Menu.

  • When you are ready to fly, at bottom left click Fly.

  • To reset the aircraft after a crash, press Spacebar to restart to the starting position (“home”) or press U to reset in place at the present location. You can also use the reset switch/controls on your transmitter if you are using at least a 7 channel transmitter/controller.

  • To stop flying and return to this freestyle menu window, press Esc once.
    If Esc is then pressed a second time, FS One shuts down.
    Further, pressing Esc from any menu window will shut down the sim.

Image of the Fly Screen: Single Pilot Freestyle

Fly Screen: Single Pilot Freestyle#


To be able to fly, your transmitter Reset-To-Home/Reset-In-Place switches must be in the neutral position (centered if it is a 3-position switch). Otherwise, the sim will constantly read your transmitter as commanding a reset and the aircraft will be frozen in reset, the propeller may stutter with throttle, and gear may be up with the aircraft suspended. It is constantly being reset if that is what you see.

Aircraft Selection

  • Click on the large picture of the aircraft.

  • Or, click on Aircraft in the menu.
    This shows you the Aircraft Selection window.

Transmitter Selection

  • At bottom middle pane, click on the picture of the transmitter.

  • Or, click on Transmitter in the menu.
    This shows you the Transmitter Selection window.
    From there you can also Edit or Calibrate your transmitter.

    The default transmitter selection is recommended – the selection that is automatically picked when you select the airplane. If you are unsure, go back and select the aircraft again. The appropriate transmitter with the airplane name will be selected automatically.

Tip: Automatic Transmitter Selection

The Transmitter Selection window is mainly used for calibrating. The actual transmitter setup for your airplane (“model memory” to use a term that applies to real transmitters) is selected automatically when you select an airplane. You can always go back to the Aircraft Selection window to have FS One reselect the correct transmitter setup. Leaving the Aircraft Selection window will then show the proper transmitter setup.

In summary, most all of the time the Transmitter Selection window is only used for doing calibrating and not for actually selecting a transmitter which is done automatically!

USB Interface Selection

  • At bottom middle pane, click on the current interface name under USB Interface.

  • Follow the instructions in the dialog that appears.

  • Recalibrate.

Take Off Method

  • At bottom middle pane, click on the dropdown Takeoff. This shows your Takeoff Options.

  • Select the method, e.g. ground takeoff, hand-launch, and so on.

  • If you select a hi-start or winch, check your towline settings in Options to ensure that you have a suitable line selected, i.e. one that has an appropriate strength and length for the selected aircraft.

Flying Site, Sun/Sky, and Wind Selections

  • Make your selections for the Flying Site, Sun/Sky, and Wind settings.

  • At right, click on the picture.

  • Or, click on the corresponding item in the menu.

Recordings Selection

  • Play back a recorded flight while flying your own aircraft.

  • At bottom right, click on the Recordings pane.

  • Or, click on Recordings in the menu.

Save Flight Selections

  • Save a favorite flight configuration for convenient recall.

  • At left, click on Save Flight.
    The selections for aircraft, transmitter, takeoff, flying site, sky, wind, and any second pilot settings are saved. Your recordings selections are not saved.

Load Flight Selections

  • Load a saved flight configuration.

  • At left, click on Load Flight.

Flight Manual

  • Learn about the transmitters/controllers and their configurations for each airplane.

  • At left, click on Flight Manual.

Key Commands While Flying

Keep the Key Commands visible for convenient reference while flying. Along with your controller, your keyboard input is the main way to interact with the simulator while you fly. FS One does not use a top-bar menu during a flight session.