How to Install and Use E Sky Simulator FMS on Windows 8
If you are looking for a free and easy way to practice your RC flying skills on your computer, you might want to try E Sky Simulator FMS. FMS stands for Flying Model Simulator, and it is a software that allows you to control various RC models with your keyboard or a joystick. You can also download hundreds of different planes and helicopters from the internet and fly them in different scenarios.
However, if you have Windows 8, you might encounter some problems with installing and running FMS. In this article, we will show you how to overcome these issues and enjoy flying with E Sky Simulator FMS on your Windows 8 computer.
Step 1: Download FMS and E Sky Simulator
The first thing you need to do is to download FMS from its official website. The latest version is FMS 2 alpha 8.5, which you can find here. You will also need some support files, which you can download from this RCGroups forum post. Save these files in a folder on your computer.
Next, you need to get the E Sky Simulator software, which is the program that connects your E Sky transmitter or controller to your computer. You can buy the E Sky Simulator from various online stores, such as eBay or Amazon. It usually comes with a CD that contains the software and some models. However, if you don't have the CD or it doesn't work on your Windows 8 computer, you can also download the software from this RCUniverse forum thread. Save the software in the same folder as FMS.
Step 2: Install FMS and E Sky Simulator
Once you have downloaded all the files, you need to install them on your computer. To do this, follow these steps:
Right-click on the FMS setup file (fmsdisk01.exe) and select "Run as administrator". Follow the instructions to install FMS on your computer.
Right-click on the E Sky Simulator setup file (E_Sky_Simulator_Setup.exe) and select "Run as administrator". Follow the instructions to install E Sky Simulator on your computer.
Copy the support files (d3drm.dll and fms.exe) that you downloaded earlier and paste them into the FMS folder (usually C:\Program Files\FMS). Replace the existing files if prompted.
Plug in your E Sky transmitter or controller into a USB port on your computer. Make sure it is switched on.
Run E Sky Simulator by double-clicking on its icon on your desktop or in the start menu. Select "USB" as the input device and click "OK".
Run FMS by double-clicking on its icon on your desktop or in the start menu. Select "Joystick interface" as the input device and click "OK".
Step 3: Calibrate and Configure Your Controller
Now that you have installed both programs, you need to calibrate and configure your controller so that it works properly with FMS. To do this, follow these steps:
In FMS, go to "Controls" and then "Analog control...". You should see a window with four bars representing the four channels of your controller: throttle, elevator, aileron, and rudder.
Move each stick on your controller to its maximum position in each direction. You should see the corresponding bar move accordingly. If not, check that your controller is connected properly and that E Sky Simulator is running.
If the bars move in the opposite direction of your stick movement, check the "Reverse" box for that channel.