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How do I setup my transmitter with FS One V2?
(mini quick start guide)

Version: V2

The Quick Start Guide describes the setup steps, but more details are added here. Also, the Help Manual from inside FS One describes how to setup your transmitter. See the section Transmitter Selection.
Use the FS One V2 keymap control more features while you fly.

If you are installing for the first time or reinstalling, always remember to install the V2 DVD and all V2 updates as administrator. If you are reinstalling, you must first uninstall the previous version of V2. When you install from the DVD, the provided software key is not used, but save this key for possible future use as it may be required with a new update at some point.

  1. Before you begin:
    • Be sure to update your software to the latest version from the Downloads page. Install version 2.5.0 and then 2.5.1 from the downloads page.
    • If you are reinstalling V2 and previously updated your V2 interface to the high-resolution 2048 firmware, then the V2 update is not only recommended, but required.
    • For best results (easiest), if your real transmitter is programmable with model memory, like the DX6i and many others, create a new ‘model’. Then set that model to the original default settings for airplanes/acro (that is, without flight modes or mixing, etc and not heli setup). These default settings are needed because FS One V2 includes any necessary transmitter programming/setup for each aircraft (airplane and heli) in the simulator. You can later copy and edit these FS One transmitter setups in the simulator if you want, but it is not necessary.
    • Your transmitter trainer port should be set to PPM. Sometimes the default is PCM, so you should check your transmitter trainer port settings. If you try to calibrate in PCM mode, the sliders on-screen will jitter around.
    • If you are using a JR/Spektrum Tx, leave the transmitter turned off. When you connect the cable, the transmitter will turn on. Also, check out:
      How can I make the flap switch work on my transmitter?
    • If you are using a specialized helicopter transmitter with CCPM (Cyclic/Collective Pitch Mixing), then FS One can demix the transmitter if you select your transmitter from near the bottom of the list.
  2. For Windows 10 users:
    • FS One wants to run with font magnification set to 100% (from the control panel).
  3. Getting started:
    • If you own FS One V1, disconnect the V1 cable from your computer.
    • Connect your transmitter (or TacCon controller) to your computer using your new V2 Adapter Cable and yellow V2 USB Interface. After making this connection, start FS One.
    • If you hit a snag and the simulator flashes a black screen and stops, then you need to update your graphics card drivers on your PC. See this link.
    • The transmitter has to be calibrated before first time use. If you change transmitters or use a different interface, calibrate again. Calibrate as follows.
    • From the Main Menu, click on the Single Player Freestyle button which will take you to the “Fly” page.
    • On this page (the “Fly” page), the FS One interface name should be listed in the bottom middle box, e.g. “FS One v2” or if you’ve updated to 2048 resolution, then “FS One v2 2048”. If the name is different, click on the box and select the name for your FS One v2 interface.
    • To calibrate your transmitter (or TacCon controller), click on the Transmitter button or the Transmitter box to enter the Transmitter Selection menu. If this is the first time you used FS One V2, it will show in red “Not Calibrated” across the transmitter image because it has not yet been calibrated.
  4. Before calibrating, what transmitter should be selected?:
    • If you using a JR, Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec, Airtronics, or other transmitter, pick the first transmitter in the list – the one named “Universal Tx”.
    • If you are using the TacCon controller, select the “TacCon (v2)” from the right selection list.
  5. Calibration with the Universal Tx:
    • After picking the “Universal Tx”, click on Calibrate and follow the on-screen instructions.
    • If you are using a 6-channel transmitter like the Spektrum DX6i, the screen will have 6 sliders that will move with your controls. The remaining two (on right, below) will be blank because while FS One supports a total of 8 channels, the DX6i (in this case example) has only 6 channels. So only those 6 channels are displayed and calibrated.
      Image of FS One calibration  on-screen instructions
    • Follow the instructions. Click next after the sliders appear.
    • FS One will prompt: Center all trims.
    • Move all sticks/controls to all corners, toggle all switches/buttons, rotate all dials (do not move trims). In doing all this, all of the on-screen sliders should have moved to their fullest extents. The transmitter controls that move the on-screen sliders, are the same controls that will function when flying the simulator. After this, center the controls.
    • Next follow the instructions in sequence moving the aileron stick left, elevator up, rudder left, and throttle up. The result of moving the sticks in response to the prompts lets FS One learn your Mode. “Mode 2” is popular in the US, but there are many modes and FS One “learns” your mode at this point in the calibration.
    • After finishing, all of the sliders will move with your controls, depending on how many channels you have on the real transmitter.
    • Note: If all of the sliders do not move when you calibrate, click cancel, and start the calibration again. All sliders displayed during the calibration steps should move with your control inputs.
    • In the example here with the DX6i and “Universal Tx”, the last two sliders (channels 7 and 8, called “1” and “0” below) will be neutral and not move.
      Image of FS One calibration -  last two sliders neutral
    • If your transmitter has less than all 8 channels that FS One supports, the functions assigned to those channels not present will be automatically assigned to the keyboard. An example is shown below for the P-51 Mustang.
  6. Calibration with the TacCon Controller:
    • Click calibrate and follow the instructions.
  7. Transmitter and Keyboard Flight Controls:
    • FS One V2 with the FS One V2 USB Interface automatically senses the number of transmitter channels during calibration. If your controller has 8 or more channels, it will control all functions as described in the Flight Manual. You can see the Flight Manual in FS One by clicking on the Flight Manual button (on left side of screen) next to the aircraft.
    • If your transmitter has fewer than 8 channels, the functions assigned to those channels not present will be automatically assigned to the keyboard. Here is an example for the P-51 Mustang.
      Image of FS One flight manual example page
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