Flight Simulator: Cannot import new aircraft or scenery to older versions of simulators

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SYMPTOMS

When you attempt to import an aircraft or a piece of scenery from a newer version of a Microsoft Flight Simulator or Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator into an older version, one of the following may occur:
  • You may receive errors indicating that this operation is unsupported.
  • The operation may simply fail.
  • The aircraft that is imported will not behave as expected.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because newer versions of Microsoft Simulators have updated Aircraft and Scenery files that are not backwards compatible with older versions of these products.

MORE INFORMATION

Although it is unsupported by Microsoft Technical Support it is usually possible to import aircraft and scenery from the previous two versions into the next available version. It is usually not possible to import aircraft and scenery from any versions outside those parameters. For example you can import Planes and Scenery from CFS2 and FS2000 into FS2002 Standard or Professional but you cannot import Planes and scenery from CFS1, FS98 or FS95 into FS2002 Standard or Professional.

For more information on importing Scenery and Aircraft from previous versions into later version, see the following articles:
303857 Flight Simulator: Cannot import new aircraft or scenery to older versions of simulators
315201 Flight Simulator: How to import adventures from Flight Simulator 2000

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Article ID: 303857 - Last Review: September 28, 2011 - Revision: 7.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Standard
  • Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series
  • Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theater
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: Century of Flight
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 Standard Edition
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