Multiplayer in Flight Simulator
This simple picture tutorial will help to demonstrate how you can start your Flight Simulator X and use the built in multiplayer features to connect to other pilots.
To start, we will assume that you are not the player hosting the session and that one already exists. Although choosing to host a session only takes a few extra mouse clicks. Once you have connected to the Gamespy multiplayer lobby a few times, you should have no problems figuring out how to host your own session.
If you intend to allow another pilot to share your cockpit you will need to check the "Share my Aircraft" option on this dialogue. Additional options are also available at this point to give you some additional control over how your cockpit is shared (password, etc).
You can also choose which location you will join at once in the multiplayer session. It is often useful to simply join at the airport that is nearest the user that started the session. Though you can start anywhere you choose.
If you want to share a cockpit with another pilot that has previously selected to make their cockpit available for sharing - you will need to join them using the following dialogue.
Once you have successfully joined the session you are ready to Fly! If you chose to share a cockpit with another pilot then you and the other pilot can use the SHIFT+T key command to pass the joystick control back and forth. You will see a message scroll across the top of the screen when this occurs. The joystick can only be controlled by one pilot at a time - however most key commands can be used by either pilot at any time. Functions like engine control, trim, lights, and navigational instrument selections can be shared between the pilots.
To end the multiplayer flight simply choose the "End Flight" Option from the Simulator's Flight menu.
You can choose to leave the session at this point - or if you were sharing another pilot's cockpit you can also simply choose to leave their aircraft.
If you ready to end the multiplayer flight entirely - you can choose to SIGN OUT using the following dialogue. You may also choose to select a different session and start an entirely new multiplayer flight using a different session.
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