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Before you start to fly, before you take off, or when you fly in Microsoft Flight Simulator, your aircraft may unexpectedly bank to the left or to the right after being airborne for about five minutes. Additionally, your aircraft may take off on its own.
This problem may occur if the fuel settings for the aircraft are not configured correctly.
To work around this problem, use the following methods in the order that they appear in.
Method 1: Disconnect the game deviceSometimes a controler that is not calibrated correctly may cause problems in the game. To determine if the game device is causing the issue, turn off your computer and unplug the game controller (joystick). Start Microsoft Windows, and then start the game. Try to use your keyboard to play the game. If the issue continues to occur, go to the next method. If the issue did not occur, the problem maybe with game controller configuration and setting. For more information about how to troubleshoot game controllers in Flight Simulator, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/315926/ )How to troubleshoot joystick problems in Flight Simulator
Method 2: Reset the game defaultsFollow the steps for the version of Flight Simulator that you are using.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002To rebuild the Flight Simulator 2004 configuration file, press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT as you start Flight Simulator 2004, and then start a new flight. Continue to hold down CTRL+SHIFT until the game is in Cockpit view. Note When you rebuild the configuration file, some of your settings may change.
Method 3: Change the Fuel selector setting to Off
Method 4: Change the Current realism settings to Easy
If you are using third party add-ons (scenery or aircraft) with Flight Simulator, the game may not work as expected. To resolve the problem, remove the game, delete its folder, and then reinstall the game. If you do not have third party add-ons installed, follow these steps also.
Method 5: Remove the program, delete the program folder, perform a clean boot procedure, and then reinstall the programTo remove the program, follow these steps:
Delete the Flight Simulator 2000 folder, the Flight Simulator 2002 folder, or the Flight Simulator 9 folder
Perform a clean boot procedure on the computerWhen you start Microsoft Windows by using a typical startup, several programs start automatically and run in the background. These programs may include antivirus and system utility programs. Such programs may interfere with the game setup.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
331796After you perform a clean boot, empty the temporary folder in Windows. To do this, use the method that is appropriate for your system.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/331796/ )Games: How to perform a clean boot to prevent background programs from interfering with play
Reinstall the programInsert CD1 of the Flight Simulator CD package in your computer's CD or DVD drive, and then follow the steps to install the program.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Article ID: 260183 - Last Review: November 14, 2007 - Revision: 5.5