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 Version 3.5.1 - 01.11.2013 

Bug fixes

  • Fixed flight plan and path distance calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed recorded event altitude could be incorrect in some cases

 

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 Version 3.5 - 12.08.2013 

New

  • Native Support for the Aerosoft Airbus X Extended A320/A321
  • Import existing Aerosoft Airbus X Extended FDR recordings
  • Windows 8.1 Support

Changed

  • On a remote machine installation FSFK now loads the NAV DB and doesn't longer show an error message if the FS PC is not on or the FS path is not available

Bug fixes

  • Flaps up event not triggered after go around
  • Flight backups could not be loaded
  • No smoking and seat belt signs events missing in FSX
  • Landing vertical speed sometimes positive
  • Recorded PMDG 737 NGX MCP Altitude incorrect if set to FL327 or higher

 Version 3.4 - 12.06.2012 

New

  • Native Support for the PMDG 737 NGX for FSX
  • Windows 8 Support

Changed

  • Active (forecasted) runways displayed in the ACARS Device now also use the current METAR instead of just using the internal FS ATC system
  • Assigned gates shown in the ACARS Device now also take the user aircraft size into account
  • Engine setting (N2 %) for the Beacon Lights critique can now be configure

 Version 3.3 - 25.01.2012

New

  • Active Sky 2012 Support

Changed

  • Updated to FSUIPC v3.998 and v4.758
  • Active WMO station list (as of January 2012)

Bug fixes

  • Some events not recorded if iFly 737 is installed
  • Fixed some typos in Airlines.cfg

 Version 3.2 - 18.10.2011 

New

  • Native iFly 737 (FS9/FSX) event logging Support
  • iFly 737 flight plan format Support
  • TOPCAT Support
  • Sound items for V-Speeds when using TOPCAT
  • Decimal display to engine N1 and N2 settings
  • Pause and resume flight logging

Changed

  • IVAO and VATSIM FIR Data
  • Improved G-Force detection for the landing phase

Bug fixes

  • Entered transition altitude values are not longer overwritten
  • GPWS altitude callouts not played on approach if gear is up
  • Surface wind direction not correct with FSX
  • Wilco flight plan not loaded
  • Fixed display problems with higher DPI settings
  • An assigned VA template (pilot or logbook) can overwrite other global templates and settings when opening the options dialog while in flight

 Version 3.1 - 17.12.2010 

New

  • Flight Export to Google Earth™ (KML)
  • Active Sky Evolution Support
  • Wilco flight plan format Support
  • Windows 7 Jump List Support
  • Improved accuracy of flight path
  • Filter addon airports on the world map
  • Highlight airline parkings on the world map
  • Recognition lights and G-Force on touchdown flight critique
  • Transition Altitude (TA) database
  • Default values for custom fields
  • G-Force and Trim (Elevator, Aileron and Ruder) values are saved for each recorded flight event
  • Added new functions to the ACARS Device Installer to remove or replace an existing (default) gauge in a panel with a Hotspot or the ACARS Device

Changed

  • ACARS Device Installer now allows editing of the Virtual Cockpit
  • Updated offline ALOFT download location

Bug fixes

  • Altimeter and pressure rounding errors
  • Flight path sometimes not correctly displayed on world map if there is no flight plan assigned
  • Air TV cannot be stopped
  • GDI+ initializing fails on some systems
  • VA template assigned to a pilot or logbook not working
  • PIREP flight image FTP upload not completed on some systems
  • VATSIM traffic not available on some systems

 Version 3.0.1 - 16.01.2009 

New

  • Active Sky Advanced Support
  • Maddog 2008 Support
  • PMDG MD-11 for FS9 Support

Changed

  • Implemented TAF format changes (November 2008)
  • FSFK now reports at 5% N2 instead off 0.5% that engines are on/off
  • No pressure/altimeter sounds and critiques after landing
  • Aircraft tail numbers send with the ACARS reports now allow numbers with a maximum length of twelve chars
  • Updated IVAO weather server URL

Bug fixes

  • Cities configuration file not loaded on some specific OS regional settings (e.g. Chinese)
  • Creating the airways navigation database crashes FSFK
  • FS time not always stored in the first events recorded
  • Automatic loading option not working under FSX
  • Possible crash when showing airport details on the world map of airports that have runways with a length and/or width of zero
  • SDK samples used wrong image folder link references
  • SDK Google Map sample used wrong map type constants

 Version 3.0 - 31.10.2008 

New

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Support
  • Windows Vista (all editions) Support
  • ACARS Device code completely rewritten (World Map, Terrain, Airport layouts, etc.)
  • Air TV (create screen and video/webcam captures with overlays and upload them to your web site)
  • Terrain display
  • Airways display
  • Airspaces display
  • Obstacle display
  • City display
  • Localizer Beam display
  • Approach, ILS and vertical flight profile charts
  • Black Box flight playback on the world map
  • Automatic Departure and Approach zooming for the world map
  • Save and restore Flights (Flight Backups)
  • IVAO online traffic support
  • FIR and active zone display for IVAO and VATSIM traffic
  • Email Flight Reporting (EFR) keeps you informed about your current flight progress when you leave your cockpit
  • Available fuel types at airports
  • Min./Max. values for oil temperature, oil pressure, hydraulic pressure, cylinder head temperature (CHT) and manifold pressure are now logged
  • Flight Oil/Hydraulic usage
  • Active Sky X Support
  • PMDG 747 and MD-11 Support for FSX
  • Level-D 767-300 Support for FSX
  • Live watch now allows to center the aircraft on the map and not only aircraft following (which uses less system resources)
  • New live ACARS service method that updates the filed flight plan or source/destination airports during flight
  • Set the active Waypoint via the context menu in the flight plan grid
  • Live ACARS PHP example now contains also a Google Map script
  • Live ACARS watch now also displays the flight plan (when filed) of an active flight on the world map
  • Light, Parking Brake and TCAS event messages are now send to the live ACARS service
  • Added Air TV profile setting to the Virtual Airline template
  • New Sound event for Exits opened/closed
  • Define Exit names per aircraft
  • Create new flights database
  • Speed restriction under FL100 can be activated or deactivated with a new hotkey
  • Audio device now configurable
  • Turn off recording of events (e.g. autopilot, lights etc.) globally or for specific aircraft
  • Pilot and Logbook specific template configuration (Pilot overwrites Logbook settings)
  • New export flight maps for the vertical and approach/ILS profiles
  • Change Pilot and/or Logbook assignment for selected flights at once
  • AI traffic TCAS mode filtering option for the world map
  • New black box events:
    • APU (FSX only)
    • Exits (FS2004 only supports main exit)
    • No Smoking and Seat Belt signs (FSX only)
    • Cowl Flaps
    • Reverse Thrust
  • New Flight critiques:
    • Exit open while engines are running
    • Reverse thrust on under 60kts
    • Exceeding maximum speed for Flaps and Gear
    • Exceeding maximum gross weight

Changed

  • Updated WMO and Weather stations (as of August 2008)
  • Cabin/Seat Belt sign sound events automatically triggered under FSX
  • Runways are now displayed as single instances (e.g. "07L" and "25R" instead of "07L/25R")
  • A connection to the live ACARS service can now be made at any time of the flight

Bug fixes

  • ALOFT format changes on the provider server
  • Possible crash when starting FSFK on systems with specific regional settings (e.g. Russia)

 Version 2.8 (Build 800) - 25.08.2006 

New

  • Support for Activesky Version 6 offline sequence playback
  • Added the parameter 'POSITIONREPORT_EX' to the live ACARS templates to allow intervals of less than a minute
  • Higher resolution World Map layer for lakes worldwide

Changed

  • Updated to FSUIPC v3.7
  • Improved scenery rebuild performance for FS2004
  • Active WMO station list (as of July 2006)
  • Skipped waypoints are now marked as 'Skipped' and not as 'Not reached' on the flight plan status page of the ACARS device
  • Slightly improved World Map drawing performance

Bug fixes

  • Scenery Object Cache file gets deleted when no objects were stored in the cache
    This caused the Windows Installer to repair the FSFK installation.
  • Fixed problem with the ACARS Device installer and the PIC 737 not displaying any gauges
  • Fixed problem in the PMDG Flight Plan loading, when the property HoldFix was set to '0' but the waypoint data still contains the data for the HoldFix
  • Flap angles not always correctly read from the 'Aircraft.cfg' when they were not stored in the aircraft configuration section 'Flaps.0'
  • FSFK could hang if the world map is open and in live watch mode and the user skipped a waypoint
  • Very long drawing time of the flight plan and/or route on the world map in some rare cases
  • If a waypoint was skipped it could happen that it was recorded twice in the event log

 Version 2.7 (Build 770) - 22.12.2005  

New

  • Multi-language support (English/German) with localized export templates
  • Support for ActiveSky Version 6 (ASv6) and ActiveSky Version 5 (ASV)
  • Support for Radar Contact Version 4 (RC4)
  • ILS, Tower, Gas station and special Weather positions are now shown on the map (FS2004 only!)
  • Option to show/hide all labels on the World Map
  • Reports can now be grouped by the aircraft tail number and flight number
  • Support for the water runway designator suffix 'W' (e.g. 28W)
  • Live ACARS Services have been enhanced to transmit the true heading
  • VATSIM Support:
    • METARs can be downloaded from VATSIM
    • Controller and Pilots can be displayed on the World Map

Changed

  • Updated to FSUIPC v3.51
  • Live ACARS Positions are now also reported when the Aircraft is parked at either Origin- or Destination Airport as well as when the flight is paused or in Slew Mode to avoid possible live ACARS service timeouts (default timeout is 30 minutes in the VA SDK sample scripts) due to longer standing times (e.g. pre-flight preparation from a cold & dark situation)
  • Localizer and Glideslope events (alive/captured) are now only recorded, if the aircraft is below 5000ft RA
  • Improved recording of the ILS tuned in for runways which share the same frequency
  • Center line not longer drawn for runways with unfixed surfaces (e.g. water, grass, snow, etc.)
  • Customizable world map colors for water, grass, ice and snow runways
  • In the sound item editor you can now change the direction of the sound by pressing 'Shift + Left/Right' and move faster with 'Ctrl + Arrow Key'
  • Headings are now always shown with three characters (e.g. '005')
  • Distance measuring on the World Map now also shows the distance in meters and feet, if the distance selected is below 5nm
    This is great, if you want to measure the distance needed for the pushback

Bug fixes

  • Flight Plans not automatically loaded, if they are not stored in the standard FS user flights folder
  • Sometimes FSFK couldn't be restored from the System Tray and the FSFK process had to be killed
  • The chat and file upload request windows do not longer open automatically when connected with FS to avoid unnecessary application changes
  • GUI Fixes when using the DPI setting 'Large Size' (120%)
    Please note that if you use other settings (e.g. 110%), then the FSFK GUI might still look a bit wrong. But this is due to a problem that can not be fixed by us.
  • When switching the screen resolution the last column in a grid was not fully displayed and some windows could not be resized
  • Wrong weather station taken, if the position of the station and the airport exactly matched
  • PMDG 747-400 issues fixed:
    • VOR L/R are now recorded as NAV2 and NAV3 while airborne
    • Beacon light critique on engine start has been fixed and assumes that the lights are turned on prior to engine startup
    • Autopilot and Pitot Heat can not be recorded due to the design of this aircraft
  • Level-D 767-300ER issues fixed:
    • Autopilot and NAV2 can not be recorded due to the design of this aircraft
  • PSS A319, A320, A321, A330, A340 and B777 issues fixed:
    • Tank selector events are not longer recorded to avoid unnecessary long event logs
  • Screenshots saved in an incorrect folder and with a wrong filename, if the given path contained the char '.'
  • PIREP map uploads caused an endless loop in FSFK, if the server connection was lost due to an error or a closed internet connection
  • Sound direction always being displayed as 90 degrees after starting the editor even there was another angle stored for the item

 Version 2.6 (Build 700) - 13.05.2005  

New

  • Pressure changes are now displayed in FS as Inches of Mercury (hg) and hectoPascals/milibars (mb) and not only in the unit currently configured in FSFK
  • New parameter "PICTURE_FTP_PASSIVE_MODE" for PIREP templates to allow passive FTP transfers
  • New parameters "LOGIN_ENCODED" and "PICTURE_LOGIN_ENCODED" for the live ACARS and PIREP templates that allows to encode the server login information for improved security
  • New option that allows to automatically add the Airline IATA code to the Flight Number when connecting to FS
  • New option that will automatically correct the FS Airline name (Callsign) with the real name found in the "Airlines.cfg" when connecting to FS
  • New "Safe Mode" option for the ACARS Device Installer to prevent crashes for some 3rd party panels
  • ACARS Device Installer now supports 'Fixed Windows' in panels and now also colors panel windows where a Device or Hotspot is installed on
  • Sound output will be stopped if FS is paused and automatically resumed if one continues the flight
  • It is now possible to change between the latest Pilot or Logbook flights on the startup screen by double clicking on the corresponding summaries (rounded area) or by using the context menu of the flights grid
  • Autopilot GPS mode is now recorded
  • New Flight Critique for Strobe lights off during takeoff, landing and while airborne
  • New Template tags for Block times: 'OUTTimezone', 'OFFTimezone', 'ONTimezone', 'INTimezone'
  • The following new events will be recorded by the Blackbox:

    • Tank Selector
    • Pitot Heat
    • Master Battery
    • Master Avionics
    • Engine Fuel Pumps
    • Auto-Feather Arm Switch
    • Propeller Synchronization
    • Propeller De-Ice
    • Reheat/Afterburner
    • Route changes (e.g. Skipping of Waypoints, Flight Plan loading, Airport changes etc.)

  • New 'Parking Destination trigger':

    • Beacon lights off
    • Beacon lights off and parking brake set
    • Engines off
    • Engines off and parking brake set

  • New 'End of flight trigger':

    • Beacon lights off
    • Beacon lights off and parking brake set
    • Taxi lights off
    • Taxi lights off and parking brake set
    • Master Battery off
    • Master Battery off and parking brake set

  • World Map :

    • Recorded enroute weather for flights with no assigned flight plan is now shown
    • Hotkeys to enable/disable details shown on the map (e.g. Airports, Navaids, AI Traffic etc.)
    • Info Tooltips can now be positioned at one of the four screen corners
    • Ground Traffic (AI or live ACARS) is now displayed in another color for easier identifying
    • Optional Aircraft shadows
    • Now displays Autopilot events
    • Added some missing islands in North America and Australia
    • Pilot Aircraft heading is now shown using the True Aircraft Heading and not the Magnetic Heading

  • ACARS Device:

    • Offers now a function to search for airports in the near of the current aircraft position
    • The "Aircraft Status" page now displays the maximum distance and time the aircraft can fly with the current engine and fuel conditions
    • Distance, ETA and EFOB now displayed for the Airport and Navaid information pages on the ACARS Device
    • Active Runway information is now also displayed on the Airport pages of the ACARS Device
    • You can now toggle the GPWS on or off with the ACARS Device
    • ACARS Device now only works, if the master battery and avionics switches are turned on
    • Added a small initializing phase
    • New ACARS Device gauge setting that allows to configure the panel light to use:

      • FS internal Panel Lights
      • Amber (default - included in previous versions)
      • Metallic Blue
      • Metallic Blue with green lit up Keyboard

  • PIC 767 Flight Plan support

Changed

  • Updated to FSUIPC v3.48
  • Altimeter flight critique analyzing algorithm improved so that it better reflects real life (ATC <-> Pilot) handling

    The critique now allows the following:

    • Standard Altimeter (29.92Hg) set prior to reaching the origin TA (climbing)
    • Setting the Altimeter prior to reaching the destination TA (descending)
    • Configurable tolerance between the present pressure and altimeter setting (default value is 0.1Hg ~ 100ft difference)
    • Altimeter setting is only checked when the aircraft is leveled off

  • Improved Flight Plan loading between FSFK and the Core Module
  • PIREP Flight Maps are now always 800x500 in size to prevent mixed sizes from different Pilots
  • Added a new callsign column to the Airline configuration file "Airlines.cfg" so that FSFK can lookup the real Airline names from the FS callsigns
  • Updated IATA codes for Airlines in the "Airlines.cfg"
  • New WMO Station config file 'WMOStations-Active.cfg' that contains all active stations as of Mai 2005
  • Changed the logic used for the max. IAS calculation during departure/arrival for VFR flights
    For VFR flights the speed is not longer calculated below FL100, but below 2000ft AGL).
  • The Landing Light check in the Flight Critique above or below FL100 is not longer executed for non IFR flights
  • Improved support in the ACARS Device Installer for panels using XML gauges
  • Updated GPWS Mode 6 (Bank Angle) algorithm
  • Improved handling of errors that occur during analyzing the FS2004 sceneries (AFD/NAV cache creation)
  • The Sound Event "Pressure changed" is not longer played when flying over the configured TA (previously played as long as flying below TA+2000ft)

Bug fixes

  • Blank ACARS Device pages on some systems
  • FS2002 Airport Facility Data (AFD) cache creation failed for some airports
  • Under some rare circumstances FSFK did not detect all installed sceneries in FS2004
  • Autopilot mode changes have not been recorded
  • Some events were not logged during climbing, if the Flight Level field contained an invalid value (e.g. blank or just alphanumeric)
  • The automatic zooming for the flight an taxiway path on the World Map did not always show the complete recorder path
  • Not all registered FSFK Hotkeys have been removed when disconnecting from WideFS
  • Fixed a rarely crash in the Device Installer when adding the ACARS Device to a separate window
  • Rotate event not longer recorded after takeoff
  • Sound event "Autopilot Altitude - Capturing" sometimes played twice
  • Regional Date/Time settings containing normal text (e.g. "dd.MM.yyyy 'abc'") caused some problems with logged times and displaying date/time values

 Version 2.5 (Build 660) - 14.12.2004  

New

  • Support for the following Navaids found in installed Scenery (BGL) files: VOR, NDB and Markers (Inner, Middle, Outer and Backcourse)
  • New Event Log mode 'Full Plus' which offers enhanced Flight and Taxiway path recording
  • Configurable trigger for the Flight mode 'Parking Destination'
  • New weather mode 'Flight Simulator 2004', which will deliver weather forecasts directly taken from FS2004
    Note: FSFK will automatically create METARs and ALOFTs, but no TAFs. ALOFT reports are limited by the fact that FS2004 does not simulate upper winds for the whole world, but only in the near of the aircraft (radius ~150nm). FS2004 weather themes are also supported.
  • The World Map does now display Navaids and Aprons (FS2004 only), Gates, Taxiways and Runways for all airports
  • Cockpit Sound Environment (fully configurable Profiles)
  • Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS)
  • Flights can be searched and displayed by selecting an area on the World Map
  • AI Ground Traffic can now displayed on the World Map
  • World Map can now be zoomed with the mouse wheel
  • Fit Taxiway Path Out/In to show on the World Map
  • New option that allows the World Map to follow your aircraft in the live Watch mode
  • Added Heading display to the World Map distance measuring
  • Additional Templates for Taxiway Path Out/In Screenshots
  • The aircraft label/information display can now be completely turned off on the World Map
  • Navaid information can now be displayed with the ACARS Device
    Additionally you can search for navaids in the near of the current aircraft position and also lookup all navaids in a given range around your flight plan.
  • Crosswind/Headwind, Glideslope/Localizer and Waypoint Cross-Track-Error/Heading to values are now displayed on the corresponding ACARS Device pages
  • ADF2 (FS2004 only) frequency changes are now recorded
  • NAV, ADF, and COM change events will now also display the Name/ID of the tuned frequency (if available)
    Note: COM names will currently only be shown for the origin and destination airports
  • Rejected Takeoff (RTO) and Touch'N'Go (TNG) are now automatically detected and logged
  • New events for GPWS, Landing Bounce, Icing, Shear, Fuel Low and Pushback
  • New Flight Critiques for the GPWS System, bounced Landings, Fuel Low, and a Landing summary rate
  • New Flight Critique parameters for the [IASFlight] section to allow different maximum speeds for departure and approach
  • Improved detection of Gust, Shear, Turbulence and Icing conditions
  • Database Reports can now be filtered by Date/Time, Flight Time, Distance and Score
  • Three new aircraft specific settings ('Aircraft.cfg'): 'FlightCritique', 'GPWSSystem', 'GForceTiming' and 'Helicopter'
  • New Editor for the aircraft specific settings in the ACARS Device Installer
    This editor allows you to easily edit all available FSFK aircraft settings without the need to open each FS aircraft config file.
  • New Template tags: 'AVGFPSALL', 'AVGFPSORIGIN', 'AVGFPSFLIGHT', 'AVGFPSDESTINATION', 'FlightMapTaxiOutJPG', 'FlightMapTaxiInJPG'
  • Some new VA related parameters for the live ACARS Service and PIREP templates (please check the VA SDK v2.5 for details)
  • New Virtual Airline template option that allows to automatically configure the live ACARS / PIREP templates and FS realism settings (please check the VA SDK v2.5 for details)
  • Uploading specific Flight Maps via HTTP/PUT or FTP with a PIREP is now possible
  • Flight Plan Weather Summary menu item added to the ACARS Device
    This function will display the estimated wind conditions and special weather conditions (e.g. thunderstorm, rain, etc.) enroute.
  • Aircraft tank fuel amount shown on the 'Aircraft Status' page of the ACARS Device
  • PMDG Flight Plan support
  • Weather Summary added to the 'Decode Weather Reports' function in the flight editor
  • Different Fuel Weight display units for Avgas and JetA
    Older FSFK versions always used the JetA conversion, which resulted in incorrect values displayed for aircraft using Avgas (e.g. Cessa 172).
  • Autopilot Vertical Speed command is now also displayed in the Autopilot mode events
  • Optimized FSUIPC/WideFS related methods
    FSFK runs now much smoother on slower systems and when used with WideFS.
  • Screenshot Manager can now be resized
  • Total Block Time for the selected Pilot and Logbook displayed on the main startup screen
  • Improved ALOFT display for the World Weather on the World Map when using AS2004 (online or offline)
  • Support for Instant Replay while FSFK is connected with FS
  • New 'Open Flight Plan' menu item for the Core Module

Changed

  • Updated to FSUIPC v3.411
  • Updated GDI+ Library for Win98, WinMe and Win2000 (Microsoft Security Update September 2004)
  • Drawing speed of the World Map has been dramatically improved for GDI and GDI+
  • The Flight Critique configuration is now automatically saved with a new flight
    Note: This change will prevent any cheating of the flight score by adjusting the critique configuration to get a higher score.
  • Decoded METARs, TAFs and ALOFTs now use the units configured by the user
  • Airport information displays now use the units configured by the user
  • New WMO Station config file 'WMOStations-Active.cfg' that contains all active stations as of December 2004
  • Increased performance when saving a flight for the first time
  • Improved METAR and TAF decoding
  • During Takeoff and Landing FSFK will now recheck the airport set in the combo boxes
    This will correct wrong Airports reported via the live ACARS service. If the airport set in the drop down box does not match, it will be removed and the correct airport will be automatically detected later. Recommended procedure is to verify the airport settings prior to Takeoff and Landing (e.g. for an alternate airport landing).
  • 'Page Refresh' in the ACARS Device does now only work for pages not showing any menus and is automatically turned off when going back to a menu
  • Changed default TCAS ranges to 2, 5, 10, 15
  • Improved communication between the main program and the core module
  • Delay before changes of Turbulence, Icing, Shear or Icing are logged changed from 5 to 10 seconds to prevent irritating reports when FS2004 is smoothing weather
  • Web Service response files are now stored in the subfolder "Services" of your configured Reports folder

Bug fixes

  • In rare occasions the ACARS Device gauge caused FS to crash (Crash to Desktop - CDT)
  • FSFK was unable to connect to the ACARS Device under some circumstances (e.g. resetting a flight)
  • The Core Module did not start Flight Keeper on some systems
  • When changing the Database through the Options dialog, Flight Keeper did not show the 'Select Pilot/Logbook' dialogs
  • The Bug Report dialog did not detect FSNavigator 4.6
  • Incorrect Fuel and Aircraft weight values were displayed, if the Decimal and the Digital grouping symbol in the language settings used the same character
  • Flight and Block times not sorted correctly in the Report, Pilot, Logbook and Flight view grids
  • Fixed an ACARS problem which caused FSFK to send the last message again and again, if the live ACARS service returned an error (e.g. '0|Error Message')
  • Gear status not correct for aircraft where the nose/rear gear is always down
  • COM/NAV frequencies below 110.00 were displayed correctly
  • Runway and ILS headings were displayed without taking the magnetic variation into account
  • The ACARS 'PAUSEFLIGHT' method is now put in the messaging queue and does not directly send it to the service
    Earlier version didn't care about the live ACARS connection status. So if the connection was supended, due to an error, FSFK did not send a pause (either on or off) to the service.
  • Fixed a problem when copying text from the Text Viewer to the flight comment
  • Fixed Version check, which used a wrong URL
  • AS2004 offline mode did not work properly

 Version 2.0 (Build 500) - 12.03.2004  

New

  • New ACARS Device (Gauge works with FS2002 or FS2004) to display Logs, Status, Weather conditions and much more directly on your aircraft panel
  • Added support for the new FS2004 AFD format (cache file 'AFDCache2004.dat')
  • New optional FS Support/Core Module 'FSFKCore.dll' that adds a new menu under the FS menu 'Flights'
  • ActiveSky 2004 support (online or offline mode)
  • Improved FS Meteo v5.2+ and v6.0+ support
    If available, TAFs will now be directly read from FS Meteo. Otherwise they can be downloaded from the configured TAF weather server. If ALOFT support is turned on in FSFK, it will be automatically downloaded. So the overall support is now similar to Weather Center 2 or ActiveSky wxRE.
  • Support for FSUIPC's New Weather Interface (NWI) for displaying the requested weather conditions on the ACARS Device (FS2004 only!) [requires FSUIPC v3.0+]
  • Added distance display unit 'Statue Miles'
  • Current distance flown and total route distance are now transmitted via the Live ACARS service with any waypoint/position report (Tag '/DST')
  • Added the parameter planned route distance for the Live ACARS service 'BEGINFLIGHT' method
  • Total planned route distance is now also shown on the Flight Editor 'General' tab
  • Flight ETA display for the main status bar
    Double click on Block Time or Flight Time status panes to switch between the modes
  • Over 1200 new Weather Stations added
  • New WMO Station config files that contains the full list of stations and all active stations as of February 2004
  • Weather Stations (with METARs and TAFs) can now be displayed on the World Map
  • Current Altitude, GS (IAS for live ACARS traffic) and a Vertical Speed symbol are now displayed on the World Map for all visible aircraft
  • Origin and Destination airports are now displayed for the AI (FS2004 only) and live ACARS traffic on the World Map [requires FSUIPC v3.12+]
  • AI Traffic displayed on the World Map reaching the TCAS range 3 or 1 are now displayed in different colors for easier traffic identification
  • Added some additional islands to the World Map
  • Print the current World Map view
  • It is now possible to resize the World Map window
  • Current select ALOFT level is now displayed on World Map status bar
  • Added flight type 'S/VFR'
  • Added a new tag 'RouteDistance' for the report/export templates
  • New FSFK parameter section in the 'Aircraft.cfg', where one can configure aircraft specific configuration settings (e.g. Flap Display, Pax, Cargo, etc.)
  • The current FS2004 AI state and the assigned runway are now shown in the World Map tooltip for any AI traffic [requires FSUIPC v3.12+]
  • FSFK reads now the flight plan via WideFS for a FS2004 connection [requires FSUIPC v3.14+]
    This was necessary because flight plans under FS2004 are not stored in a sub folder of the FS main folder, instead they are stored per user under the 'My Documents' folder. This feature requires that the 'My Documents' or the FS flight plan folder is shared over the network.
  • Option that allows to turn off the Airport parking limitation
    By default FSFK only adds airports with one or more gates. This option allows you to turn it off. But keep in mind that memory usage will be higher and the airport detection might take longer. If you change this option you will need to delete the AFD cache and rebuild it.
  • Added an automatic fix for the very known GMT/Time Zone bug in FS2002 and FS2004
    Due to some errors in the time zone configuration in FS2002 and FS2004, FS sometimes changes the GMT/ZULU time instead of the local time (time zone). FSFK will now detect these faulty changes and will automatically correct the recorded times internally. So the logged ZULU times will be correct. It might be that the displayed local times are a bit off, but you will not longer get any error messages when saving a flight in FSFK. Whenever such an event occurs FSFK will add a comment to the flight events log and display a short message within FS.
  • New Event 'Warning' that logs critical aircraft changes (e.g. Flap Count, Engine Count/Type, etc.), scenery changes or a change of the ZULU/GMT time
    These events are also send via the ACARS service with the message label 'WR'.

Changed

  • Updated to FSUIPC V3.20(1)
  • 'WeatherStations.cfg' format changed (new fields: Name, Country and Altitude)
  • ALOFT decode format slightly changed for easier reading
  • The 'New Flight' button is now also available during a flight
  • Renamed the menu item 'Clear Scenery Cache' to 'Rebuild Scenery Cache' to avoid any confusion about the purpose of this menu item
  • FS Navigator bearing points will now automatically skipped by default
  • Pressure changes above the given Transition Altitudes (TA) + 1500ft for the Origin and Destination Airports are now not longer logged and displayed
    This has been changed, because under FS2004 one would get unnecessary events (due to the new introduced weather transitions) that are not really needed. During approach FSFK will display the current pressure value, if you reach an altitude below Destination TA + 2000ft. So one can set the correct altimeter setting when reaching the TA. Please keep in mind that it is very important, that the TA values are configured correct prior to taking off from the Origin Airport.
  • Renamed the AFD cache file for the FS2002 cache to 'AFDCache2002.dat'
    This allows to have two different cache files for FS2002 and FS2004 at the time, so one can easily switch between both FS versions.
  • The Database layout has been slightly modified for some feature plans for the next version of FSFK
  • Updated METAR/TAF download URLs for the Aviation Digital Data Service provider

Bug fixes

  • Wrong altitudes reported, if the international settings in FS were set to meters
    This is actual a small description bug in the FSUIPC SDK, which has been reported to Pete Dowson and FSFK uses now a workaround to fix this bug.
  • Flight distance sometimes not calculated
  • Engine starter switches were displayed wrong for all non-jet aircraft
  • Visibility was shown in Statue Miles instead of Nautical Miles

 Version 1.2 (Build 310) - 01.08.2003 

New

  • Support for FSUIPC v3.03++ and WideFS v6.02++
    This version will now automatically accredit FSFK to use all required FSUIPC features. So there is no need to register Flight Keeper by hand.
  • FS2004 Flight Plan support
  • Support for FSBuild2 FSNavigator export files (FSBuild2 actually uses an older FSNav file format)
  • New option ("Automatically connect FSFK on 'New Flight'") that, if turned on, automatically tries to establish a connection with FS, if the button 'New Flight' has been pressed. So there is no longer the need to press 'New Flight' and then the button 'Connect' to connect to FS
  • New Event 'Rotate' that logs the VR value during takeoff

Changed

  • Confirmation message box after successfully saving a flight has been removed by user request

Bug fixes

  • Screenshot recovery in an event of a crash, so they won't get lost any longer

 Version 1.2 (Build 300) - 14.07.2003

New

  • Instant Messaging Service with File transfer feature (send Maps, Screenshots, etc.)
  • Improved World Map data (more islands, etc.)
  • Full antialiased World Map (Microsoft GDI+ required - this is an optional installer component)
  • Offline Winds ALOFT
  • Reuse of Offline files, if there are not outdated
  • World wide weather display (METAR/ALOFT) for the World Map
  • ActiveSky wxRE support extended for v1.7
  • Double clicking a flight event or a flight plan entry will center the world map, if the map is displaying the current flight
  • You can now edit the flight value "Created on"
  • The flap setting display can now be added/modified in the aircraft configuration file "Aircraft.cfg"
  • Direct SMTP support for sending emails (MAPI still supported)
  • TAS value will be displayed in the live ACARS traffic watch
  • GUI extended to support more XP styles (e.g. Status Bar, Tabs, Vertical Bar, etc.)
  • Added G-Force average, minimum and maximum values and flight critique
  • Added logging of Radio frequencies (COM, NAV and ADF)
  • System wide hotkeys for some in-flight FSFK functions (e.g. Connect/Disconnect and live ACARS)
  • Map screenshots can now be saved also in JPEG format
  • New export template tags "FlightMapJPG", "FlightMapWeatherJPG", "FlightMapEventsJPG", "FlightMapAllJPG", that allows to create flight route screenshots saved with the HTML export file
  • Two new flight export templates for displaying route and weather map screenshots
  • Flap settings can now be entered as strings (e.g. Airbus setting "1+F")
  • Screenshot Manager, that allows to take screenshots during your flight and lets you manage them later after finishing your flight
  • New "Flight Weather Map" button in the Flight Editor, that will display the planned/flight weather on the World Map
  • Support for Weather Center 2
  • New WMO Station config file "WMOStations-Active.cfg" that contains all active stations as of June 2003
    This file will be updated on a monthly base and will be available through the FSFK homepage.
  • Clean Offline Weather Folder function that removes all previously downloaded offline weather files

Changed

  • World Map tooltips are not longer shown, if the distance measuring mode is turned on
  • Flight export templates have been modified, so that they will contain a route map screenshot
  • Improved memory usage on Win98/SE/ME

Bug fixes

  • Rivers were not displayed on the World Map
  • Flight export on the Startup screen (latest pilot flights) did not work properly
  • Incorrect "Value must be a valid date/time format." message on US systems, if you start to edit a value in the Flight Editor
  • Flight routes crossing the longitude boundaries (W180* 0.0' <--> E180* 0.0') will now be displayed correctly
  • Random crashes when closing FS Flight Keeper
  • Editing blank block times in the Flight Editor did not work property, if times were displayed in ZULU
  • If the database file is read only or write access is denied, FSFK will warn you and will turn off all write/delete related features
  • "Copy Text" button on the Text Viewer (METAR Download) was never enabled
  • live ACARS watch didn't work properly with some web server
  • Minor bug, when editing times displayed in ZULU (GMT)
  • World Map tooltips didn't show up, if the Balloon tooltips were disabled on the system

 Version 1.1 (Build 250) - 26.03.2003 

New

  • Colored World Map that is able to display selected flights (planned/flight route, weather, events, AI-, Multiplayer- and live ACARS Traffic)
  • Flight Editor

    • Flight weather tab
    • Planned/Flight weather (METARs/TAFs/ALOFTs) stored automatically with your flight plan
    • Option for automatically decoding and displaying the downloaded flight plan weather
    • Create ACARS Comments
    • Resume a live ACARS connection after an error occured
    • Clear Flight Plan
    • Flight Critique is now fully configurable (via "FlightCritique.cfg")
    • Editing block times now also allows to edit the time zone
    • Undo function to restore the last saved flight values

  • TAF download and decoding
  • ALOFT download and decoding
  • FSNavigator 4.x Flight Plan support
  • Alternate weather server option
  • Added Transponder code event
  • Support for an additional AFD Data folder (support for My Traffic)
  • File/Path options for FS, additional AFD-Data, Database, Database Backup, Reports and Templates
  • "Request weather" will now also download TAF and ALOFT reports (if available) for the given weather station
  • Totals column for the following templates Flights, Logbooks, Pilots and Reports
  • Timing option for the position timer event (occurs if there's no flight plan available)
  • TIMEFORMAT option added to the templates for sending a flight via email or a web service
  • Option for displaying pressure changes in FS (useful if you are using FS Meteo of ActiveSky)
  • Optional customizable text entries (via combo box) for custom fields
  • Support for Offline (File or Cycle download) weather (METARs and TAFs)
  • Support for ActiveSky wxRE V1.6+ and FS Meteo V5.2+ weather (METARs only)
  • AI (Multiplayer) Traffic support
  • Virtual Airline Traffic (via live ACARS) support
  • TCAS event (Log mode -> Full only)
  • TCAS Flight Critique
  • Add airports that don't have a runway and/or gates (via "Airports.cfg")

Changed

  • Flight Editor

    • Event text column now fully visible even with large text
    • Moved METAR/TAF download function to the new main menu (Tools) and main toolbar

  • Reorganized the main menu "File" and added separate menus for the Flights, Pilots and Logbooks functions
  • Runway detection improved
  • FSUIPC V2.975 included

Bug fixes

  • Flight Editor

    • Events column did not display the correct unit values for the IAS and Altitude values

  • Flight Critque used Local Time instead of Zulu Time
    This could lead to wrong issues found, if the time zone changed during the flight.

  • Exporting a flight with position (not navigation) events caused some problems

 Version 1.0 (Build 156) - 05.02.2003 

Bug fixes

  • FS Flight Keeper did not start on Japanese, Chinese and Arabic systems
  • Minor issues in the airport detection
  • Dates were incorrectly displayed under some circumstances, if the display unit was set to "Local Time"
    Please note that old flights will still show the incorrect date. Only new flights will be correct.

 Version 1.0 (Build 154) - 10.01.2003 

New

  • Support for Radar Contact V3 (RC3)
    Reads the alternate airport, transition altitudes and gates automatically, if a flight was prepared with RC3 and you loaded the same flight plan in FS2002. Note that you don't need to connect RC3 with FS2002 before connecting FSFK. Just loading the flight plan into RC3 and setting up the controller info will be enough.

Bug fixes

  • Origin/Destination Transition Altitudes not used in the Flight Critique (always used 18000 as TA)
  • "Excessive N1 setting" reported for prop aircraft
  • Landing mode detected on bumpy runways - FSFK now requires climb mode before landing mode can be detected
  • Small fixes for the METAR decoder
  • Combo boxes for gates and runways were not correctly refreshed, if the flight editor was opened twice
  • Default Cascading Style Sheet ("default.css") was not copied, if a report was not saved in the default "Reports" folder
  • Shortcut installer issue on Windows 2000 and Windows XP fixed
    Please note that you will need to download the full installer and uninstall any previous version to fix this problem.

If you download the full installer, you will need to uninstall FSFK before installing the new version. Therefore we provide a smaller update package (ZIP), which just needs to be extracted to the main FSFK folder.


 Version 1.0 (Build 150) - 19.12.2002 

First initial release.