PROPS SETUP GUIDE
goal of this document is to provide you with all the necessary information
to get up and running with PROPS online
air racing. If the answers you
need arenít here, contact one of the PROPS officers for assistance.
AIR RACING CLASSES
The sport of air racing is divided up into several different classes
such as Unlimited, T-6, Formula 1, Biplane and many others. The different
classes usually refer to aircraft with different sized engines, wing
area or other factors which affect the performance of the aircraft.
Currently, PROPS holds races for several different classes of aircraft. Check the PROPS Calendar page to see what classes are being raced in the current season.
New race classes are added all the time and suggestions are welcome. Contact a PROPS Officer if you have a race class you'd like to see included.
GETTING STARTED CHECKLIST
a quick checklist of things to do before showing up for a race.
Each of these items is detailed in the rest of this document.
- Download and run ALL PROPS Installers. There are several initial installers which will set you up with the necessary race classes.
- Download and run all update installers. These contain additional
updates which will bring your racing files up to date. Update installers may also install new race classes.
- Follow COMPLETELY the instructions in the README file which
is opened automatically at the end of the installation.
- Download and install the TeamSpeak voice communications software.
- Test all aircraft, skins and scenery installation BEFORE joining
a race session.
- Ensure that any firewall or router settings are properly configured
- Contact PROPS Race Director with your Callsign and Aircraft assignment.
PROPS AUTOMATIC INSTALLER
Before joining an online air race, you MUST have the proper files installed
on your system. If not, you will not be able to see the other racers
or courses properly and you will not be able to compete.
PROPS Racing has gone to great lengths to simplify the installation
of the necessary files by combining them all into self-installing executables. All of the aircraft, liveries, scenery
and race software files are loaded automatically by the Installer.
README file will open at the end of the installation and guide you
through the remaining setup steps that the Installer
canít do. Be sure
to follow the README instructions in the Installer COMPLETELY in
order to properly configure the new scenery and your flight simulator
for PROPS Racing.
So that you can easily identify the proper aircraft for PROPS Racing,
here is a list of each racing class and the aircraft types that are loaded
as part of the PROPS Installer for each class.
All aircraft remain the sole property of their original creators and
PROPS gives full credit to them for their creations. They are used here
with permission from the creators.
PROPS, we currently race the North American P-51D Mustang as the Unlimited
class aircraft. This version of the
racing aircraft was built
by Roger Dial. Itís an excellent aircraft that we have modified to run
at around 350-400kts.
We have also included the Lockheed P-38 Lightning created by David C. Copley. It has been fine-tuned to run equally with the P-51.
The Biplane of choice for PROPS is the Pitts S-2S Bulldog Biplane built
by Mikko Maliniem. The aircraft is based on the Pitts Biplane flown by
Jim LeRoy. It has been modified to run upwards of 200+kts
The Lancair Legacy is the current aircraft used for PROPS Sport Class
racing. The original aircraft was created by Robert Christopher. It has
been modified for a top speed of around 350+kts.
The North American T-6 Texan is the obvious choice for this racing class. The original aircraft was created by Warwick Carter who was also kind enough to modify it slightly for PROPS Racing. It has
been modified for a top speed of around 205+kts.
uses TeamSpeak voice communication software to allow all racers to
communicate by speaking rather than by typing
into a chat window.
Itís impossible to type and fly at 400 knots 50 feet off the ground so
voice communication software is a requirement for racing with PROPS.
The TeamSpeak software used by PROPS can be found on the West Coast
ATC page along with installation, setup and usage instructions.
joining a PROPS session, you should check all the files to be sure
theyíve installed correctly and are working
To test, start FS9 and go to one of the PROPS race courses. They are
You should check all airports and test each of the racing classes
that you have installed to be sure that the scenery is showing up properly
and the aircraft and skins are all working. Keep in mind that the way
PROPS race course scenery is installed, you must activate each course
in the FS9 SCENERY LIBRARY as described in the README file.
If you have any problems with the installation of aircraft or scenery,
contact a PROPS Officer through email and explain exactly what problem
you are having. They will be happy to work with you to get the files
CONNECTING TO A SERVER
PROPS racing uses a dedicated server to host the race sessions. The
IP address for the server can be found on the PROPS/West Coast ATC website.
This server can be accessed just like any other multiplayer server.
Due to the competitive nature of PROPS events, there is some special
etiquette to joining the race server. Be sure to read the section on
connecting to the server in the PROPS PILOT MANIFESTO.
A lot of times people join multiplayer games and discover they either
cannot connect to the server or they cannot see all of the players in
99 times out of 100 this means you are behind a firewall and your computer
can't establish the proper connections to the other players in the session.
is excellent information on how to solve this problem on the FSHOST
website under the Networking section. Rather
than try to explain all
of the solutions, itís best to check out the information there.
CALLSIGN AND AIRCRAFT ASSIGNMENT
The final step to becoming a part of the PROPS community is to give
yourself a callsign and decide which aircraft you will be registered
Your callsign can be anything you like [no profane or vulgar callsigns,
please]. This callsign will be your identification on the communications
channel and also in the simulator. You should always set both names to
match so that you can be properly identified in the session. Having a
different callsign on the comm channel and in the simulation can create
confusion for the Air Boss as well as other racers.
choose your aircraft, go to the PROPS website and click on the ROSTER
page. There you will see all of the available
paint schemes for each
aircraft. Choose one that isnít being used. You can look at the paint
schemes closer by loading the aircraft in FS.
youíve chosen a callsign and aircraft paint
scheme, send this information to the PROPS Race Director at the
following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have all the files installed and confirm that they are working
properly, you are ready to race. Check the WCATC Calendar for a PROPS
session and get ready to battle it out at 50 feet off the
If you are having difficulties with any of the PROPS files, contact
one of the PROPS Officers. The contact information is available on the
required that all technical issues be addressed BEFORE entering a race
session. Race sessions are a time to race so
please be prepared
ahead of time.
See you at the races.
The PROPS Team