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FSX One Button Flight Save/Reload Facility

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Saving/Reloading a flight can be an effective solution when running short of VAS in FSX. On my system it can recover as much as 1GB.

I know there are several tools out there to save flights manually or automatically, but you still have to use the FSX UI to do the reload. What I'm looking for is a single key press to save and then reload the current flight at the current point. Kind of like a system reset if you like. Does such an animal exist ?

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I think I've found a workaround which almost achieves what I was looking for. It requires Pete Dowson's FSUIPC, but otherwise just standard FSX.

The key to the workaround is the standard FSX Reset function ( invoked by "Ctrl+;" by default but can be mapped to any key/button). This reloads a FLT file called Previous Flight, which is automatically saved by FSX when you load a new flight.

The Flight Autosave function of FSUIPC allows you to save the current flight status to a filename of your choosing. If you set this name to "Previous Flight", and tell it to keep only one copy, then every time it saves, it will replace the current Previous Flight FLT file, and FSX Reset will happily use it. It will do this even in flight. The flight pauses momentarily, then reloads and carries on.

My FSUIPC Autosave setup is attached below. The "Also Save To A File Called" option is set to autosave every 60 secs, which means on average I will have my flight status saved as of 30 seconds ago. I set the regular Autosave interval to something huge like 6000 since I'm not interested in the main FSUIPC Autosave FLT file.

Now when I'm running out of VAS, I just hit the Reset key. Because the saved Previous Flight FLT is very recent, the pause/reload is quite quick, and the flight carries on automatically. I can then carry on flying from where I was, but now using nearly 1GB less VAS !

It's not quite as seamless and elegant as I would like, but it'll do for now !

EDIT: Reworded to make more sense :)
 

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I've discovered the workaround above has an added bonus. Now if I should happen to crash somehow (it happens) during the flight or on or after landing, instead of FSX automatically reloading my flight from the beginning, it now reloads the latest autosaved Previous Flight file, which is generally 30 secs or so before whatever I did wrong, so I can recover and continue. Wonderful !
 
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