CURRENT VERSION: v1.0
FINDING THE MISSIONS
After installation, restart the sim and find the missions in the Activities -> Bush Trips menu.
A more suitable location will be used once available to third-party developers such as ourselves.
DOWNLOAD THE MANUAL
CLICK HERE to download the VFR manual
How to obtain the latest updates depends on your place of purchase:
Update via the Orbx Direct App.
Redownload from your place of purchase to obtain the latest version.
Some stores such as SimMarket operate a customer notification system where you should receive an email to inform you that there has been an update. There will also be forum posts on the official MSFS forums.
Stores are provided with the latest version simultaneously, but some may take longer than others to update their systems.
For an update to take effect, you may have to delete your progress, as outlined in the manual. Consider delaying an update if you do not wish to reset your progress.
Installation for Marketplace and Orbx purchases are automated.
For other stores, follow these instructions:
1 - Unzip "FS Academy - VFR vXX.ZIP" and locate the "fsacademy-vfr" folder contained within.
2 - Drag & Drop “fsacademy-vfr” into your MSFS Community folder.
3 - Restart MSFS and the Missions will be in the Bush Trips Menu.
LOCATING THE COMMUNITY FOLDER
The location of your community folder depends on the store from which you purchased MSFS and whether you chose a custom installation location.
CUSTOM INSTALL LOCATION
If you chose your own installation directory when you first installed MSFS, you should easily be able to locate the community folder within the path you chose during installation.
For example: D:/Games/MSFS/Community
STANDARD INSTALL LOCATION
If you purchased MSFS via the MS Store, your community folder is typically located here:
If you purchased MSFS via Steam, your community folder is typically located here:
C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages\Community
If you are unable to locate you Community folder at the above typical locations, try the following to reveal your Community folder location:
1 - Enable Developer Mode in Options -> General -> Developer Mode ON
2 - In the new Developer menu that appears at the top of your screen, click Tools -> Virtual File System -> Watched Bases. 3 - See the Community folder location listed in the box.
This Drag + Drop method of installation is identical to countless other addons for MSFS.
If you still cannot find your community folder after checking the standard locations above, consider searching online as there are forum posts and guidance provided by the community.
FS Academy missions packs may not be compatible with modded aircraft.
If you find that aircraft systems do not behave as expected, such as blank radios and inoperative instruments, uninstall any aircraft mods you may have.
MISSIONS DO NOT APPEAR
Check your installation
Ensure you have unzipped VFR and put the "fsacademy-vfr" folder in your community folder.
You may have a conflict with another mod or package.
Please move all mods out of your community folder and only have "fsacademy-vfr" in there as a compatibility test.
You can then re-introduce mods one by one to see which is causing the issue.
Two Community Folders
Some installations may have created TWO community folders. If missions are missing, use the Developer Mode steps above to see which folder is used by MSFS and put "fsacademy-vfr" into that folder.
After MSFS updates, aircraft may become uninstalled without your knowledge, causing them to disappear in the aircraft select screen and hiding any missions that use that aircraft.
Use the Content Manager within MSFS to reinstall any missing aircraft.
There have been rare cases where a downloaded ZIP had become corrupted. Try to redownload from your place of purchase and try installation again.
Currently only English voice and text guidance is available.
FS Academy is a small studio which makes obtaining multiple voiceovers, subtitles and manual versions in various languages unfeasible at present.
FLIGHTS NOT APPEARING IN LOGBOOK
At present there appears to be issues with MSFS not recording flights of various kinds, which is expected to be improved by the MSFS team over time.
I FLY FOR A LONG TIME WITH NO INSTRUCTIONS
If this happens repeatedly, ensure you are listening to your instructor and following their direction. If your flying is not sufficiently accurate or you misinterpret an important instruction, you may not achieve what is required to progress the lesson.
All missions are fully completable if flown correctly, plus a margin for error. A common cause is where a required parameter such as slowing to a lower airspeed is not achieved in a reasonable time before reaching a location based trigger. By the time the speed target has been met, the location trigger is now behind you and will not be activated.
If the instructor detects that something is taking too long or a parameter is drifting off target, a reminder will be given.
It is not feasible to create triggers or prompts able to catch every conceivable error or combination of errors, so there will be occasions where an instruction has been missed or not satisfied within a reasonable time, causing you to fall through the net.
If you fly for more than a few minutes with no dialog from your instructor, consider restarting and part particular attention to the instructors directions, assisted with the captions.
NO VOICE OR TEXT GUIDANCE
Please ensure you have enabled Voice Sound and Subtitles within your MSFS settings.
You may have disabled this previously to silence ATC, for example.
The setting can be found under Settings -> General -> Accessibility
ISSUES AFTER UNPAUSING
There is currently a glitch with MSFS where the passage of time continues whilst a flight is paused.
Until this is addressed by the MSFS developers, please avoid pausing during a mission, except for the three Trips, which do not use time triggers and can be paused as you wish.
Some mission triggers are location activated, whilst others are time based. If the flight happens to be paused whilst awaiting a time activated trigger, dialog and instructions may be triggered silently in the background whilst the flight is paused, leading to missed instructions upon your return.
TRIPS - CUSTOM CONDITIONS
On the first leg of a bush trip, you have the opportunity to set the Weather, date, season, time etc with the weather icon in the toolbar. The settings you choose will persist for the remainder of that trip. To reset them you will need to delete your progress and restart the trip, using the below technique.
TRIPS - DELETING MY PROGRESS TO RESTART A TRIP?
To delete your progress and start a trip again, navigate to this standard path and delete the save files for that trip. Be careful to only delete the saves for the trips you intend to restart. This folder may need unhiding.
We recommend Pinning this location to your start menu for easy access:
Steam users should look here:
C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\MISSIONS\ACTIVITIES
TRIPS - AFTER LANDING THE LEG DOES NOT END
MSFS Bush Trip logic requires that you come to a full stop ON THE RUNWAY at the end of each leg.
The FS Academy range is available on a wide selection of platforms. To discuss transferring a purchase from one store to another, please contact the store in question.
We are not aware of a current method where this is supported, but the stores themselves can advise you further.
Please get in touch and we will offer assistance: