Flight Simulator Platform Solutions

Frictionality (Runway Friction) Utility for FSX

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition logoThis addon is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It should also work with Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. Some developers have explicitly stated compatibilty with Steam Edition but others haven't. Check the product description below for guaranteed compatibility. Just because it doesn't mention it, this does not mean it will not work with the Steam Edition.
Frictionality (Runway Friction) Utility for FSX
Media Format
Immediate Download
Compatibility
Microsoft Flight Simulator X SP2 or Acceleration (inc. Steam Edition)
File size
14.2 MB

For many FSX users, one thing has always been missing – friction. As a simulator, this is supposed to grab the most important and realistic features that any aircraft can expect to see being used. With this mod, though, you will get to finally see friction being introduced. Instead of skating along the ice and the rain in the same way that you would have on a bone dry runway, you will start to see a rather significant shift towards this is actually managed. Instead of a deeply unrealistic system you will be taking into account the importance of friction for the first time ever in a flight simulator.

Created entirely by the Flight Simulation Platform Solutions team, this modification makes a huge difference to the overall level of performance that you are likely to see. The way that friction is handled in FSX actually really hampers the experience. It also comes in and makes several problems with other features like the way that aircraft physics are handled. Thankfully, this modification can come in and save the day thanks to it being able to make significant changes to the way friction is managed and handled within this simulator.

It now makes a big difference to the way that you can handle the ground underneath you – you’ll notice a big difference between the ways that larger aircraft handle the takeoff process compared to more nimble equivalents. This can be a great challenge for anyone who wants to see just how big changes in using aircraft can be, and will give you many key benefits such as;

Key Benefits

  • An enhanced level of performance in so many ways – you can now start to learn the more intricate aspects of being able to take off with friction

  • Thanks to this you will become a far more rounded pilot. Instead of just relying on the old and unrealistic system you will be learning in the same way that the real pilots are learning. This gives you a much more comprehensive learning experience, boosting your flight level quite dramatically

  • Thanks to the various changes that are brought into the Sim1.dll file this can be installed without any invasive additions or third-party extra being needed to get the best level of performance. following these changes is vital as it will help you get the level of quality that you need to really get into the spirit of things

  • With no need for external software you can get the highest level of performance possible. With no more diverted resources your machine can concentrate on running the project perfectly and giving you all the assistance possible to delivering the most complete flight experience that it can

  • Additionally, this will make a big change to the way that your aircraft will be managed. If you ever get into the real world of flying and take one on for real you won’t be as shocked by the variance in weights and the importance of friction

Key Features

  • The application itself runs with absolutely no indication that it was even there – you’ll notice no drops in performance or anything else along the way. This makes a big difference in the long-term and will ensure that you don’t find yourself losing control of the aircraft due to performance drops thanks to the software running in the background. For increased realism and quality without a dip in the level of quality in terms of frame rates, you should start here!

  • This works with both the original Sim1.dll files, as well as any patches equivalents. If you have made changes to this file in the past you will find it incredibly easy to sort the issue out and give yourself easy and effective access to the product

  • 30+ pages of PDF manual are added in here, too. This makes it a whole lot easier to get to grips with the changes and the theory behind it all. If you are still trying to learn how to manage your aircraft and make the realistic new changes work for you this will be the best place that you can possibly learn from

  • License transfer capabilities have been added in  - whilst previous FSPS products needed it be verified, with this package and other later releases you can easily save yourself a lot of time and hassle

  • Worried about losing your favorite attributes and changes? Then you need to download this mod as it allows for quick and easy profile saving. This makes it a lot easier to ensure that you can get various friction styles set up and load them with the click of the mouse or a few buttons to give you a simple and effective way of changing the way that you’re managing runways

  • Many popular profiles are added with the software when you first install it, as well. This comes with professionally designed profiles that match the style many of us would be looking for in our aircraft, anyway. This makes a big difference to both performance and the way that you can get around as, whilst you learn the software’s intricate nature, you might struggle to find the optimal settings you need

  • Trying to fly a specific aircraft? Then you will find that you can load the profile for a specific aircraft into another one with just the same time it takes to load up the presets that you have made yourself. This makes it easy to get a change when you have already done the legwork for a similarly shaped and styled aircraft. This is all about saving time and making interaction with the software much easier

  • Got some other profiles you want to include that come from a third party or an otherwise external source? No problem! This feature will make it incredibly easy to get the help that you need using the profiles that you downloaded from the web or took from a friend to try out yourself. Now you can share those profiles with your fellow pilots and let everyone see how you fly on your own terms!

  • Not sure how those changes might actually affect the profile? Then you absolutely need to check out the ‘Test’ feature. This will make it so much easier to manage what you are doing and help yourself get back on the right track. You’ll also get to see the pros and cons of any specific changes that you made via practical testing

  • Using an aircraft that has already been customized in the past? Then you don’t need to go through it all again. Instead, you can just load up the old profile and get things working in your favor with just a few simple clicks. This makes a massive difference to the overall level of compatibility and enjoyment that you can get from using the software

  • Is the aircraft that you intend on using running on wheels to take off? Then you will find that having this package installed can be the smartest thing possible – it totally manages a new real-time rolling manipulation for all runways in the simulator itself

  • Additionally, there has been a new real-time rolling manipulation included for both sliding and braking friction. This is a vital part of getting the realism side of things to stand out, and this in particular will make your overall flight a fair bit more difficult to take off and manage

  • Trying to take off on a snowy or wet runway? Then you need to try this package out. It totally manages the runway side of things perfectly and ensures that you are taking off with an added challenge. Now, weather is no longer just part of the scenery – it plays a significant part in taking off. Whilst in vanilla FSX this isn’t the case at all, with this mod you can start to see a seismic change in the way that you take off and the way that you deal with landing thanks to the added challenge of weather changes

  • Are you looking to use this mod? Then all you need to do is install it. It takes absolutely nothing else on top to make the process change. Nothing else is added in there, it just needs to run in the background and give you all the help you need to start enjoying the overall experience of flying in FSX again!

Limitations

However, please be aware that this software does have one key limitation – it has to be run on one machine at a time. If you were hoping that one purchase would give you and everyone you play with access to this you will be disappointed. This requires individual purchases to be used on more than one machine at once. You can use the license transfer to use it individually on other machines, however.

Also, you need to make sure that you are using either a patches version of the default version of the Microsoft Sim1.dll file selections otherwise you can face difficulties with getting the software to work effectively. 

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Customer Reviews

Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews

06/01/2015
5/5
5 of 5 Stars!

The FSX friction problem may be something you have never heard of, but chances are you are more than aware of it and have experienced it first hand. In short, it is a problem that results in unrealistic friction within Microsoft's Flight Simulator X, and one that has proved very difficult to fix. People have tried to patch the issue in the past, with mixed results from different users. However, there is now a definitive solution. Flight Simulator Platform Solutions have created the Frictionality Utility to thwart dodgy friction in FSX once and for all and it is available now as an immediate download.

Although limited to users running SP2 or Acceleration, the limitations stop there; any present day rig will be able to handle this just fine and compatibility extends to those that have already replaced or edited their Sim1.dll file in efforts to patch the friction issue. So there is no need to worry about replacing any files or performing a clean reinstall in order to utilize this add-on. While this add-on offers a lot of options and tweaks to get your new friction settings just right, it can all be a bit overwhelming. So FSPS have included a thirty page PDF document to help you through the process.

Whereas previously with attempted fixes, you may have found that your Piper Arrow began acting properly on a wet runway but your Boeing began accelerating too slowly on a dry runway, that is never the case with the Frictionality Utility. As it communicates directly with FSX, it is able to manipulate friction live for each encounter based on varying factors, allowing you to save settings on a case by case basis. If you're happy with how your Cessna operates on a grass runway, there is no need to change it. You can leave it as it is and make adjustments for the scenarios that bother you. A real time saver is the option to load a friction profile from another aircraft; if the two are similar in size and performance, the loaded profile may work perfectly for it.

Flight Simulator Platform Solutions have successfully changed FSX friction forever, with no unnecessary software or hassle. It's a simple download and a smooth transition to accurate friction for your entire virtual hangar.

12/15/2013
5/5
5 of 5 Stars!

Finally solved the problem as advertised. My NGX now taxies as it should have , as also my Airbus X. Excellent price for what it does, and very easy to setup each aircraft thanks to that Test thing...

5 stars easily...

10/10/2016
5/5 Verified Purchase
5 of 5 Stars!

Much better stopping power, stays on center line much better, keep up the good work.

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