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Military AI Works Offutt AFB Package
For FS 2004 / FS9
Project Manager: MAIW Development Team
This freeware AI package, produced by Military AI Works, contains everything needed to activate Offutt Air Force Base in FS2004. Offutt AFB is the home of the USAF Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and hosts the 55th Wing flying the famous "White Tops", a collection of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft all derived from the Boeing C-135 airframe. The 55th Wing's mission is to provide dominant intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance; electronic attack; command and control; and precision awareness to national leadership and warfighters across the spectrum of conflict any time, any place. This package contains seven different aircraft models along with custom made scenery for Offutt AFB, customized flight plans for each aircraft, aircraft textures, a comprehensive airfield file, aircraft call signs and much more. This package also includes the E-4B Nightwatch aircraft of the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron.
NOTE: The E-4B aircraft included in this package are also included in earlier MAIW packages associated with Joint Base Andrews. This package has separate flight plans intended to work independently of the two previous Andrews packages. If you previously installed either version 1 or 2 of the Andrews packages containing the flight plans and models for the E-4B, you can choose whether or not you want to leave those aircraft in your overall flight plan files or delete them. If you do not delete the opposing set of E-4B flight plans, you will have too many aircraft at Offutt AFB including duplicate aircraft. Please visit the MAIW forums for help and advice as needed with this package.
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1. About MAIW
Military AI Works (MAIW) is a loosely affiliated, international group of flightsim enthusiasts who share the common goal of seeing realistic military AI traffic in MS Flightsim. Our goals:
1) Produce only high-quality, freeware packages and products
2) Create military AI traffic accurately within the bounds of MS Flightsim
3) Promote new freeware military AI models, scenery and products
4) Advance military AI modeling of countries around the globe
5) Respect the rights of designers and contributors
To learn more about MAIW or to become a contributor, visit our website at http://www.militaryaiworks.com.
Flight Dynamics Design:
Special thanks to Barry Taylor for extensive aircraft research for this project.
1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron
Boeing E-4B Nightwatch
38th Reconnaissance Squadron
Callsigns, "Sensor", "Ronin", "Snoops", "Hawg", "Camay", "Trix", "Corvis", "Cobra", "Olive"
Boeing RC-135V/W, Boeing TC-135
45th Reconnaissance Squadron
Callsigns, "Skies", "Cobra", "Ronin", "Snoops"
Boeing RC-135S, RC-135U, OC-135B, WC-135W
Step 1) Install this package
1a) Install the package in accordance with the on-screen prompts
Step 2) Remove duplicate AFD files
Open your “Flight Simulator 9/Addon Scenery/scenery” folder and remove any previously installed AFD’s for the following airports (e.g. “AF2_XXXX.bgl,” “AF2_XXXX_DEFAULT_XX.bgl” or “PAI_AF2_XXXX_DEFAULT.bgl”) NOTE: LEAVE ALL AFDS BEGINNING WITH “MAIW” as they were installed with step 1:
NOTE: Failure to remove these duplicate files may result in problems with AI aircraft parking and operation. It is recommended you move these to a temporary folder instead of deleting them; however, you should not need them again as the AFDs included in this package are thoroughly researched and highly detailed. If you are using add-on scenery for one of the above airfields, it is recommended you do NOT remove the AFD for the add-on scenery, but instead remove the MAIW AFD file (e.g. MAIW_XXXX_DEFAULT.bgl) after installation.
Step 3) Install callsign voicepacks
3a) If you don’t have the EditVoicepack 3.1 freeware installed, download it and install it by clicking here.
3b) Run EditVoicepack and import all vcpmod files included in with this installation
3c) Choose “Import” from the “File” menu
3d) Find the folder “Flight Simulator 9/Military AI Works/USA/USAF/Offutt AFB/Voicepack Callsigns
3e) Click “open” for each file
3f) Update the Voicepack for FS9 by choosing “Update Voicepack” from the “File” menu--ensure the “Custom/Callsigns” box is checked in the left hand window. (note: the update may take a few minutes—do not attempt to start FS9 until the update is complete. Look for “Ready” in the lower left corner)
3g) When ready press save to keep the modifications
Step 4) Activate MAIW Scenery
Included in this package is the excellent freeware scenery for Offutt AFB. This scenery will be automatically placed into the correct directory for installation when you install this package.
1) The folders "MAIW Offutt AFB (KOFF), “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” and “MAIW Land Class” have already been installed into the “Addon Scenery” folder of your FS directory. In order to activate this scenery you must start FS9, go to Settings and find the Scenery Library.
2) Click on “ADD AREA” and navigate to the "MAIW Offutt AFB (KOFF)”, “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” and “MAIW Land Class” folders which should be, by default after installation, located in “Flight Simulator 9\Addon Scenery”. ***Note it is important that you place the “MAIW Land Class” folder and “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” folder as far down your addon scenery list as possible by using the Move Down button. Ideally they should be lower than any other scenery you may have added and just above the default FS9 scenery libraries. The “MAIW Land Class” folder should be below the “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” folder. This will assure that you do not have any missing scenery or land class.
3) Shut down FS and then when you restart the scenery will be installed and ready to use.
That’s it! You’ve successfully installed this package. Your AI traffic files will be automatically updated the next time you run FS9
Potential issue: FS9 AI traffic density set too low
Fix action: In FS9, set the AI traffic density slider to at least 10%
Potential issue: Multiple AFDs active for the same airport
Fix action: Using Windows Explorer, open the folder “Flight Simulator 9/Addon scenery/scenery.” Look for duplicate entries for the following airport identifier:
Files may be named in several ways. The most common are “AF2_KXXX.bgl,” “AF2_KXXX_DEFAULT_XX.bgl” and “PAI_AF2_DEFAULT.bgl.” Keep the file names starting with MAIW and remove all others with duplicate airport identifiers.
Problem: “I can’t find the aircraft in the aircraft selection menu”
Issue: These are AI aircraft and have been programmed to not show up in the flyable aircraft selection menu
Fix action: If you simply must select these aircraft, use an editing program such as AirEd and change the Aircraft type from “2” to “0”
Potential issue: Callsign Voicepacks were not installed correctly
Fix action: Run the EditVoicepack software. Look for the following callsigns in the “custom modifications/callsigns” section of the program:
If any of these are missing, choose “File/import” and open the appropriate .vcpmod file in the folder:-
“Flight Simulator 9/Military AI Works/USA/USAF/Offutt AFB/Voicepack Callsigns” ßAdjust according to package name and nation of origin
Once this is complete, or if all callsigns are present, ensure the “Custom/Callsigns” box is checked in the left hand window and choose “File/Update Voicepack” to install them into FS9 (this may take a few minutes, do not open FS9 until the lower left of the EditVoicepack screen says “Ready.”)
Potential issue: You’re following your AI aircraft
Fix action: Stop following your AI aircraft. For some reason, a watched AI aircraft does not always behave the way it is programmed to. If you wait for the aircraft at the airport, it will arrive on schedule
This package was built by the Military AI Works online community. If you are interested in making Military AI traffic more realistic, visit this site!
The Flight plans are fictional, but have been researched via Internet and message forums. We have tried to make the plans as “realistic” as possible and have had to use our own judgment. Aircraft in this package fly to bases that may need you to download a separate AFD for the aircraft to show up there, AFDs may be found at Avsim.com, Flightsim.com and the Project AI Afcad site
Flight plans were installed using Lee Swordy’s TrafficTools freeware traffic compiler.
The callsigns used in this package are actual callsigns used by these units, based on information obtained in manuals and on the internet.
All callsigns were created using the ingenious EditVoicepack freeware. This program is extremely simple and fun to use—if you need a new AI callsign, give it a try!
All airfield files were created using Lee Swordy’s AFCAD v2.21. This has got to be one of the finest freeware programs ever created. Want to add some AI parking to your local airport? AFCAD makes it fun!
The contents of this package should not adversely affect your FS9 or computer operation if installed according to the instructions. The authors make no guarantee and bear no responsibility for adverse operation or lost/overwritten files on your computer.
Use of Contents:
THESE FILES MAY ONLY BE UPLOADED TO AVSIM or FLIGHTSIM.COM BY THE AUTHOR(s)
THESE FILES MAY NOT BE UPLOADED TO ANY OTHER SITE WITHOUT THE AUTHOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION. THESE MODELS, REPAINTS AND FLIGHTPLANS ARE FREEWARE AND MAY NOT BE SOLD, OR PUT ON ANY SITE THAT CHARGES FOR DOWNLOADING FREE FILES. THE FILES FOUND IN THIS ARCHIVE MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED ON CD OR ANY MEDIUM FOR ANY KIND OF FEE, INCLUDING THE COST OF PRODUCTION, MATERIALS OR POSTAGE. THE MODELS, REPAINTS AND FLIGHTPLANS OWNERSHIP REMAIN WITH THE AUTHORS AS MENTIONED IN THE PACKAGE
Any questions, suggestions and feedback on the contents may be directed to the forums at www.militaryaiworks.com.
All information used to create this package was obtained via online, open-source research. All flight plans and schedules, while reasonable for military units, are fictional.
Thanks to everyone who made this possible.