FS9 imports not recognizing tick18 animations

I must be missing something in my MCX setup. When I import an FS9 aircraft with tick18 animations the animations are not recognized and are flagged as "unknown" If I try to assign the animation to Ambient nothing happens (ie the animation gets lost during export).

Not sure if it is related but I get a lot of errors like
SCASMReader Unsupported command SetVar in line xxxxxx
SCASMReader Failed to find animation name for: global_0