XSquawkBox is the client used for X-Plane in the VATSIM network. It works as a plugin inside the simulator, instead of as a separate program.
- Download the current version from the XSquawkBox Website.
- Open the downloaded folder and drag the whole "XSquawkBox" folder to X-Plane/Resources/plugins.
If it was installed correctly, you should now see in X-Plane's plugins menu an item named "XSquawkBox".
CONNECTING TO THE NETWORK
- Open your X-Plane simulator and spawn at an airport of your choice. You can spawn anywhere you want, but never on a runway or a taxiway.
- Move your mouse to the top of the X-Plane window, enter the menu 'Plugins -> XSquawkBox' and select 'Connect'.
- A connection window will pop up. Fill in the corrresponding details. Callsign is the 'name' with which controllers and other pilots will see you and will use to call you (call-sign, who would've guessed?) . On the server menu, start by choosing the one geographically closer to you. Leave the default port. In the aircraft field, enter the ICAO code of your airplane. In case you're flying for an airline, enter the airline ICAO code. Same if it's a virtual airline.
Are you tired of seeing all aircraft with the same livery once and over again? Then you might need to install aircraft models for XSquawkBox.
It may not be a quick process, but the result is really worth it. Just follow the instructions at the link and you'll be able to install them.
NOTE THAT THE RESOLUTION OF THE LIVERIES YOU WILL INSTALL VARY DEPENDING ON THE TEXTURE RESOLUTION OF YOUR SIMULATOR.
Content updated: 23. February 2018.