Welcome to FlightSim.Com, The Ultimate Flight Site. This site is open to all and no access fees are required.
New users wishing to download files from the file library or post messages in the message forums must establish an account using a login name and password (it's free!). The name and password are anything that you choose. The first time you use FlightSim.Com enter any name and password that you wish. As a new user you'll be required to fill out a short form and do an email confirmation. After that you can login. Your login information is stored in a cookie on your computer, so unless that cookie gets deleted you will still be logged in on future visits. If you need to login again, just use the same login name and password and you'll get right in. Please remember that both the name and password are case sensitive.
Having problems logging in? To login you first must sign up and then login with your login name and password. The server must then be able to set a cookie on your computer with your login information. If you are having problems with this, more help is available here.
Having problems just seeing the site? Certain browsers seem to have bugs that cause problems when using a site like this one. To make use of this site, and most Web sites for that matter, you really need to be using either Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Even with these browsers, there can be problems with the way the browsers cache Web pages, which causes problems with forms such as the login screen, new user registration form and dynamic pages used here. The problem can sometimes be worked around simply by hitting the browser's reload button whenever you get an error. You should also look in your browser configuration and adjust your cache settings so that caching is either turned off, or so that the page is loaded from the web site--not from cache--every time.
CHECK YOUR CACHE SETTINGS
For many people this is the key to using Web sites like FlightSim.Com where the pages change dynamically. Exactly how you adjust your cache settings depends on the browser you are using, and since there are so many versions we cannot give exact instructions. You'll simply have to learn how to use the software you are running. In general, browsers use one of the following ways of controlling caching. There may be a check box to turn it off or on. Or they may be a cache size that you can control; setting the cache size to 0 (zero) is the same as turning it off. Or there may be check boxes which allow you to select when caching is used; set these to load the document every time.
For additional help on setting up your browser cache (also known as "temporary Internet files") please go here.
Why We Ask You To Login
Given the way the Internet works, it is necessary for us to control access to our file library. Leaving it wide open would allow any other web site to link directly to our files and use our (expensive!) resources for their own benefit. Consequently, it's necessary for us to have some control over who uses the file library and that's the main reason you need to login before downloading files.
This system allows us to ensure fair access to all our members, with enforceable connection limits so that no one can use more than their fair share of our resources. In other words, registration lets us deal with technical issues that ensure the file library's equitable use among our members.