Quick Start Guide
This guide is intended to get you started using SquawkBox as soon as possible. It does not
cover all the features in SquawkBox. For more information be sure to read the main SquawkBox
user manual. This guide assumes you already have Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 or 2004
installed on your computer.
First Flight with SquawkBox
- Install SquawkBox
Run the downloaded installer (sb3setup.exe). Ensure that Flight Simulator
is not running while performing the installation. For more information, read
- Start Microsoft Flight Simulator
Setup and start your flight in Flight Simulator. Ensure that you are not positioned on an active runway or
you may give a nasty surprise to someone on final approach when you first connect.
- Start SquawkBox
Select the Modules item from the Flight Simulator main menu and
select Start SquawkBox. The splash screen will appear as SquawkBox starts. When the
startup sequence is complete you should see the main SquawkBox window.
The Main SquawkBox Window
- Connect to the multiplayer session
If you are running Flight Simulator 2004 you can skip this step as the connection to the multiplayer session is
done automatically when you login. If you are running Flight Simulator 2002, select Flights,
then Multiplayer, then Connect.
Connecting to the Multiplayer Session
Enter a player name and enter "localhost" in the IP address box. Then click the
Search button. A session called "SquawkBox" should then appear in the Sessions list.
Select that session and click Join button.
For more information on this, read
Seeing other Aircraft.
- Calibrate your microphone
Click on the SquawkBox Start button and select Connect....
This will cause a warning to appear that you have not yet calibrated your microphone. If you intend
on communcating with voice, click the
Yes, calibrate now button to start the process. Ensure your microphone is plugged
in correctly to your computer and then follow the directions presented. The calibration process will
guide you through several tests. When completed it will let you know if there were any problems with
the calibration. For tips on how to more effectively calibrate your microphone, read
Communicating with Voice. You can repeat the calibration at any time by clicking
on the Calibrate microphone button in the Voice Options
- Connect to the Air Traffic Control server
When the Connect dialog appears, select
a server to login to from the server list. Enter your login and password provided to you by your air traffic
control network. Enter a callsign and your real name.
The last step before connecting is defining which aircraft you are flying in. To do this click the
Aircraft List... button. Then click the Add... button. Enter
a name for the aircraft (it can be anything you choose) and select the type of plane from the aircraft type
list. You can also choose the airline and special livery if applicable. These are optional however. For
more information about specifying which aircraft you're flying, read
Maintaining a List of Aircraft Click OK twice to return
to the Connect dialog.
Lastly, click on the Connect button to complete your connection to the air traffic control
server. If there are other aircraft in your vicinity you should begin seeing them within several seconds of
logging in. For more information on connecting to the server, read
Connecting to the Air Traffic Control Server
- Contact Air Traffic Control
The right hand pane of your main SquawkBox window should display a list of controllers in your vicinity. Tune
your radio in Flight Simulator to the frequency indicated for the controller you wish to communicate with. If
the controller is using voice you will hear a sound indicating that voice is now active and that fact will be
indicated in the status bar on the bottom-right corner of the main SquawkBox window. Enter text in the main
SquawkBox window to communicate with the controller using text. Press your Push to Talk key (it's Scroll Lock
by default) and speak into your microphone to communicate with the controller using voice.
- File a Flight Plan
Before you fly you will usually need to file a flight plan. Select Flight Plan... from the
main SquawkBox menu to bring up the flight plan form.
The Flight Plan Dialog
Fill out the form appropriate for your flight. When you're ready to file the plan click on the Send
Flight Plan button.
Once you have received clearance from air traffic control, begin your flight!
For more information read Introduction to SquawkBox.
For detailed information of all the functionality available in SquawkBox, read
To get answers to your questions, read the Frequently Asked Questions list. If you can't
find the answer you're looking for there, try posting your question to the SquawkBox Forum.