FAQ: FSBuild 1.39
- When I click on the file FS Build.exe I get the message "can't open Airport cities file"
Fsbuild either cannot find, or is unable to open a file called 'FSB_CITY.TXT'.
This file should have been in the zip file, and should have been extracted to reside in the same location as
the fsbuild.exe. You may want to check and verify that you have this file. If not email me, and I will
send it to you.
- The Install was completed, but Fsbuild program doesn't run. When I double click on the .exe nothing happens.
The installer was for some reason unable to register the OCX controls Fsbuild needs to use on your system.
On the link below is a file that has the .exe and the 2 OCX's fsbuild uses.
Register the OCX's manually using 'regsvr32', that's basically what the install process is doing anyway. You'll still need
to download the fsbdata.zip file from the fsbuild web site for the rest of the necessary files.
- I'm getting an "-ERR unable to create file" when trying to Build the plan to my favorite GPS.
This error usually occurs for add-on that that have the flightplan files located in the programs
or the Simulator's sub directory.
Check that you have the correct 'Root' path of your add-on in the Fsbuild 'Options' page.
Example: the PSS 777 sits in FS2000 path under /PSS/BOEING 777.
If the FS2000 path is not defined correctly in Fsbuild, then Fsbuild will not find the /PSS subdirectory
and it will generate the above error.
In general for add-on's the program's 'root' directory is what is to be set, not the actual location
where its files may be.
- How do I create my own Flight Plans, and save them ?.
Tutorial #1 has step by step details on how to create your own Flight Plans in FSbuild.
- The City Name is missing from the Routes display for the Flight Plan I just saved. How do I fix this ?
Probably the City Name for your DEP/DEST Airport is not in the FSB_CITY.TXT file.
Open the FSB_CITY.TXT file and add your city to the list conforming to the format on
You should also email me your new city name, so I can add it in the master file, this
way you don't have to do it again if you update the program later on.
- The City Name is missing from the Routes display. I just saved a new Flight Plan, and I'm
sure I entered everything in correctly.
- Its possible you entered a city that was already in the fsb_city.txt file. If a duplicate
city name is in the file the city name will be missing from the routes display.
- Check for spelling errors with the ICAO code. If it doesn't match the ICAO code in the fsb_apt.txt
file then it will not display with that route, on the routes page.
- One of the Navaids in my Flight Plan on the active Flight box (the grid) does not have a name
displayed for it.
IF Navaid on active flight plan page has no name displayed, Fsbuild did not find a match for it
in the database, so it left it blank.
- How do I install or Update DP/Sid's, Stars, in the Fsbuild database ?
Tutorial #2 has step by step details on how add or Modify SID's and STAR's to FSbuild.
- How do I install or Update Navaids, and Airways in the Fsbuild database ?
Tutorial #3 has step by step details on how add or Modify Navaids, and Airways.
- Is it possible for Fsbuild to Generate a route between Navaids, not just Airports ?
No, all Flights must have a departure, and destination airport defined to build correctly
- The Auto Generator does not start if a stored flight plan is found.
This is by design, to auto generate a plan between two points when one is already in the
database is superflous. A stored Flight plan is likely better than anything the auto
The only way to override this (if you really must) is to go into the database and remove
or comment out the stored flight plan.
- Can this feature be temporarily turned off so I can use an alternate route rather than
the one stored in Fsbuild.
If you create your own routes, then save them in FSbuild. Your personal routes if they are
to the same DEP/ARR as a stored route will be chosen first over the stored flight plan.
- How do I add a new filter group. E.g. Australia, or My favorites? How do I assign the Flight Plans
I want to a particular filter. ?
Tutorial #3 has step by step details on how add or remove filters in FSbuild.
- Is it possible to "Force" the autogenerator to use the North Atlantic Tracks,and overseas airways ?
Unfortunately no, the autogenerator is sort of building a route along a great circle line from the
departure to the destination. The NA Track wouldn't necessarily fall along that GC line between the two
points since they are generally fixed to handle most traffic between the 2 continents per day.
- On entering my own intersections I realize there is a navaid with the same ID in another part
of the world from where I wish to place my Navaid. Will this be a problem for Fsbuild ?
For the most part there is no problem with duplicate Navaids. If FSbuild finds an intersection ID that is
greater than 350 miles from your last waypoint it looks to find another intersection of the same name.
FSBuild should select your Navaid/waypoint if it is the closest one to the previous item on your flight plan.
- I can't get the Auto-Generator to select the SID/DP I want.
The Auto Generator will be a bit picky with SID/DP's; the exit-point has to be aligned with the calculated great
circle route. There's small level of deviation allowed (I think its 10 or 15 degrees). So perhaps the endpoint
of this SID/DP falls outside of the 10-15 degree window.
I would suggest you add the SID/DP you wish to insert using the 'Route' box 'after' Autogeneration, then re-'Build'
the route again. You should be able to select the SID from the pulldown menu.
- Can the default runways the airports displayed on the runway memnu be changed ?
Yes, the Default runway settings are located in the 'fsb_pref_rwy.txt' file. Just change the settings
to the runway you prefer. If the airport you wish to have a prefferred runway for is not listed, you can
just add it, just follow the format as depicted in the file.
Of course you can always select a runway off the menu for a flight plan prior to build.
- Where do your routes come from; the stored ones, Are they actual "airline" routes, or ones that your
team has charted yourselves?
That's a tough question to answer. The best answer I can give you is its a combination.
For the U.S. for example most of the high altitude FAA Preferred IFR routes are included. I got the Preferred
routings from the back of the FAA's Airport and Facilities directory (the green book). These would be pretty close
if not in many cases the same routes the Airlines fly. Though the Airlines have their own routes obviously, they
may or may not use the exact same routes as the FAA Preferred IFR routings (though considering ATC considerations
the Airlines likely don't vary that much from them). For Australia as well I have included the Preferred IFR routes
for Australia, after an FSbuild user tipped me off that they had been posted for public use on SATPAC's web site.
In many cases I have been given the exact route an Airline was flying between city pairs by Airline pilots, friends
of airline pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, or people who after taking a flight asked the pilots for their flight plans
then forwarded them to me to put into the program. However in many other cases the routes were created the old fashioned
way, by looking in low, and high Alt maps and creating flight plans.
- The Flight Plan I selected has a SID/STAR listed on the route page, But when I build the
Flight Plan, the SID/STAR waypoints are not included when displayed on the active flight plan (grid) box.
Probably the version number of the SID/STAR has changed on the flight plan. I am constantly recieving
and creating new flight, sometimes the newer flight plans will have more up to date version numbers for
the SID/STAR which may not mach the version number in the Fsbuild database.
Check the SID/STAR pulldown menu, and verify the version number is the same. If they are different
change the number on the route to match what is in the pulldown menu, and the SID/STAR waypoints should
be included in your next build.
- Is there a way to quickly retieved a known stored route by departure, and destination without
having to scroll though the main list.
Yes type the DEP/DEST pair in the 'Route' box and separate them by hyphens.
The press the auto-generate button. Since a route between those airports already exists there will be 'no'
auto-generation and the route will be placed in the route box quickly.
- I manually entered a route into a web page with connecting airways (ex ..J223-J132..)
Fsbuild doesn't seem to be able interpret this routing properly.
When using Airway codes in the route, there must always be a entry and exit point for each
airway. You'll need to modify the route so that a waypoint is established to leave the J51
airway, and one to join the J189 airway (this can be the same point (ex ..J223-CORDS-J132...).
- Is there a way to build multiple or a group of flight plans at once instead of building
each one one at a time ?
No, they must be 'built' one at a time.
- The Fsbuild form's height are width are too large for my screen, is there a way to make the screen size smaller ?
You can then resize the form by pulling on the edges of the form.
- Go to the options page
- Click the 'resize objects and text with window' checkbox
- Click on the 'Save Config Options' button.
- Close Options screen.
- I set the resizer on according to FAQ 22 But resizer is still not working. After loading Fsbuild the last
few checkboxes are cutoff and I can't reach them.
Unfortunately that's a limitation of the resizer WRT to low res screens. In the lower resolution systems (exa 800X600) the
last few checkboxes will be cut off. However I have moved the least used options towards the bottom (F.Class 747, DP_GPS,
etc). In fact I'm considering dropping these options in the near future.
So this really should not be a problem for most users.
If you truly need to use those options at the very bottom you can set them to be permanantly checked using the options page.
- I entered the Airport ICAO ID but the runway box is empty. For other airports there's always a runway displayed
in this box by default. Also when route is built the first (or last) box of Flight Plan grid is empty
(where the airport name should be).
The likely cause is preferred runway (in fsb_pref_rwy.txt file) does not match the runways is in fsb_apts.txt file. Perhaps
it has been changed or something. Change preffered runway to match runways or remove preferred runway entry for that airport
- When trying to export Fsbuild Navaids to Navstar99 I am recieving the error message...
"Can not find installable ISAM".
What is this error and how do I fix it ?
The error refers to database access; Most systems have the appropriate drivers, but perhaps yours doesn't.
Install DAC on your machine, and this error should hopefully go away.
Download DAC from here...
- When installing FSBuild the install fails with the error message below...
"An error ocurred during the move data process: -119"
It's sometimes a problem with Winzip, and the Install shield program. It happens on some systems if the setup program is
run from within the zip file. Try extracting all the files first to a temp directory, then run the setup program from again.
If this doesn't work see FAQ #2 to install the controls Fsbuild needs manually.
- When building stored flightplans included with the program, I sometimes get 2 or 3 waypoints that are
thousands of miles apart, and totally out of the way. How do I fix this problem.
If you get waypoints thousands of miles apart from stored routes its possible the waypoint/navaid being used on that route
has expired, and there may have been a remaining navaid that happened to have the same ID. If that remaining ID is thousands
of miles away Fsbuild will select it, being its the closest or only navaid with that ID it can find.
Some of the stored routes are becoming a couple of years old now, and as people use the new AIRAC Navdata updates some of the
stored flight plans are becoming obsolete. Unfortunately I really haven't had the time to check all 5000+ flight plans every
56 days and update the out of date ones.
I would say the best thing to do is delete the waypoint and rebuild the route (check the 'build active flight')
But let me know what routes are having this problem they are, and I can at least fix the ones you find
that are a bit off.
- I am unable to export a flight plan to FLY! for certain airports (example Albuquerque)
In some cases FLY! has the wrong ICAO airport code for certain airports (ex ABQ is KIKR in FLY!).
This will be reflected in the flyapts.txt file used by Fsbuild. Since Fsbuild is using the correct ICAO code the
airport is not found when Fsbuild tries to build flight plan for FLY!.
Try changing the airport code in the flyapts.txt file (ex change KIKR to KABQ to match Fsbuild)