Aircraft Manager For MSFS

Frustrated you can’t favorite planes, tag them, or take notes?
Would you like to switch custom aircraft control presets automatically?

Aircraft Manager for MSFS helps you save time, and more!

Aircraft Manager For MSFS

Frustrated you can’t favorite planes, tag them, or take notes?
Would you like to switch custom aircraft control presets automatically?

Aircraft Manager for MSFS helps you save time, and more!

Aircraft Manager For MSFS

Frustrated you can’t favorite planes, tag them, or take notes?
Would you like to switch custom aircraft control presets automatically?

Aircraft Manager for MSFS helps you save time, and more!

Turbocharge MSFS

Aircraft Manager Benefits & Features – Version Comparison



Aircraft Control Presets: Automatically switch aircraft device control presets
Note: Check Known Issues below for duplicate device info before buying
FAVORITES: Quick tagging/untagging of favorites + fast filter favorites.
TAGS: Save, sort, and/or filter by your own custom tag system.
30 characters + sort/filter
NOTES: Save key information as custom notes to quickly recall before flying.
200 Character Limit
(for sim stability)
FILTER by any single or combined text/number value to compare/contrast.
SORT by any info column to get insight into your aircraft collection.
3 (Name,Cat,Speed)
Quick Reset: Button to quick reset all combinations of filters & sorting.
AUTO CONVERT speed/alt/range to metric or imperial values.
INTEGRATED into the standard MSFS aircraft search & filter system.
SELECT aircraft.
Columns: Adjust column size by dragging column dividers
User Experience: Improved visual feedback & other cues

Get 15% off bundled with Location Manager Pro

See Location Manager for MSFS
Free Lite version available

Video Guide

Aircraft Control Presets – Video Guide

Automatically switch device control presets on a per aircraft basis. Please note a maximum of 10 connected devices are supported.

Quick Help Guides


Want to get the best out of Aircraft Manager? Use the included help tools.

There is a small learning curve with the Aircraft Manager user interface, and the most efficient way to learn it is via a simple process.

  • Use the tool tips that show up when you mouse over the column header
  • Read the annotated quick help guide image that is included with the download, and shown above here. Click where shown, understand what happens as a result.
  • Watch the videos linked above here for deeper insights.
  • Ask support via the form at the bottom of this page if you don’t understand something, or have found a bug/issue to report.

You will then have a more complete understanding of how it works, and then you can decide how you want to use it, the way that suits you best. It’s quite flexible in that regard.

First time user and you clicked on the grid and all your planes disappeared, leaving a blank grid?

This is likely because you clicked on the favorites quick filter/unfilter trigger, which is accessed by clicking on any plane name in the grid. If you haven’t yet set any favorites (yellow F in far left column in image above) then nothing will show. Use the Reset Filters button (pro) or manually reset the Favorites Filter on the top of the far left column. To open the Favorites Filter on the top far left, make sure you click on the hamburger menu icon, the three little horizontal lines, and not the filter icon. Once open, press the reset button to clear the filter and all your planes will appear. It’s a narrow column to save space, so if you click on the filter icon just to the left of the hamburger menu (3 horizontal lines) you will actually trigger a sort of that column. You can see the sort icon by clicking on the column header when the filter is cleared, and you will see an up or down arrow on successive clicks, changing the sort order, and no arrow when the sort is cycled back to off.

Please check the quick help guide included in your download, as well as watch the videos for insights into how things work, then devise your own system using it that suits you.

Tagging Suggestions
Use the lists at New Propeller | CFD | Soft Body Simulation – Aircraft List to add 3 letter tags to your aircraft as:

  • NPS : New Propeller Simulation
  • CFD : Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • SBS : Soft Body Simulation

You can do the same for:
Other Aircraft lists:

Then all you have to do is use the filtering to extract on whatever you want, single or combo.

Issues with 3rd party add-ons in MSFS?
MSFS Safe Mode
 is a new feature that will allow players to launch the sim in a basic state to ensure stability.

  • MSFS Safe Mode FAQ
  • To force start MSFS in safe mode, crash or force quit the app with alt+F4 or end the process from Task Manager. You will then get the prompt to boot normally or in safe mode on restart.
  • It’s also possible to trigger safe mode on startup by dropping an empty file called running.lock into your local MSFS directory. This appears to be a lock file that MSFS uses to detect if MSFS exited correctly the last time it was used, and is deleted if MSFS successfully exits. If it exists, it triggers the safe mode selection screen. See this thread Command line parameter to start the sim in SAFE MODE for more info.


The product is delivered as an MSFS package to be installed in the MSFS Community folder.

Unzip the downloaded zip file to a location (and keep it for the included documentation), and move only the included Aircraft Manager package folder “sonicviz-util-acmanager” into your community folder.

if you don’t know the path of your community folder or the package doesn’t show up in sim, please do the following while running the sim:

  • Go to Options / General screen in the User Interface
  • Click on “Developers” tab at the bottom of the list on the left
  • Switch the Developers Mode to ON
  • On the Developer Mode Menu which you will now see on the upper left of your screen, select Tools / Virtual File System
  • The community folder location can be found under “Packages Folders”.
  • Open it and move the package folder as described above into there.

See also:


Remove Aircraft Manager from your MSFS community folder.
If it’s the MSFS Marketplace version (TBA) uninstall/delete the package from the marketplace in game.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is there a size limit on the notes/tags you can save (and other things)?

A: There are currently unknown and undocumented aspects to the MSFS SDK, and storage limits are one of these fuzzy areas.
After doing my own testing to get some clarity, Asobo developers indicated there should be no issues based on some reasonable size tests they have done, and to let them know if any issues are encountered. Based on this, I’m taking a measured risk reduction approach for now with storage limits. I’ve decided to initally release with smaller storage limits, see what people do with it, get feedback, and increase the limits as needed in measured steps based on real world usage. There are also performance implications with loading/unloading huge blobs of text in the UI, and I’d like to strike a good balance between utility, value, and performance. There’s always trade offs with this kind of thing.

Q: What do the blue reset/refresh buttons actually do?

A: Working from left to right, they reset the grid filters/sort, the msfs plane filter, or combinations of all. They are quick ways to reset everything if you want to go back to the start view, so you don’t have to go into the filters or click through the header sort. Convenience features.

The “Reset All” is also a good way to reset and refresh the grid with current data if things have visually gotten messed up from column changes or other things. The only thing it won’t reset is the MSFS search bar, which you will have to clear manually via the X in the search bar.

Delete, in red for DANGER, is a one click delete data button for the control preset data you have made. There’s no confirmation dialog, so be careful of it. I may remove this at some point, it’s also a convenience feature for when you’re learning and want to quickly reset your control preset data. This does nothing to the actual Control Options device presets, it only affects the data stored by ACP linking planes to your selected control preset.

Known Issues

  • Aircraft Control Presets:
    • Max devices = 10. No more than 10 devices are supported by ACP.
      If you have more than 10 control devices connected to MSFS, unplug some before starting MSFS up. Only the first 10 devices will be used.
    • Duplicate Devices: Does not handle duplicate devices with same Device name. This is a MSFS bug that needs to be fixed.
      • Some users have found workarounds for this Duplicate Device issue. See MSFS forum thread Can Microsoft Flight Simulator use two identical joysticks for some suggestions that might be used in combination with Aircraft Control Presets. There are no guarantees these will work for you, and no refunds, so if this is too much risk for you at the moment please do not purchase until Asobo resolve this issue.  
      • Special Case: Turtle Beach Velocity One flight controls will create two Velocity One Flight game controllers under Windows. It seems it uses two USB chips to do its work. As reported by TBVelocity One users of ACP, it works ok with Aircraft Control Presets.  
    • Tobii Eye Tracker issues: Some users have reported a strange issue where the Tobii presets are only showing up in the next controller column. This problem appears to be TrackIR (or OpenTracker/NaturalPoint) DLL’s or Registry entries still remaining on your system from a previous eyetracker installation (Viewtracker, Opentracker++) which causes some confusion in MSFS control options, which ACP relies on. You need to remove all traces of TrackIR. See this MSFS forum thread for some solutions: Removing TrackIR from the Controls Options
      This will also help you get rid of that mysterious TrackIR controller entry that might have been bugging you!
    • Auto Preset Switching Time: Presets will automatically get switched every time you select a new plane ie: make a new plane the active one. Switching a bank of presets is not instant, and needs to be done sequentially like you do in Control Options. To get reliability when many device presets are switched at once I’ve had to increase the switch time to 1 second per device preset. However, to balance this I’ve implemented dynamic switching so the overall time will vary depending on how many presets are set in ACP (Auto Control Presets).
      For example, say you have 5 presets set that are changed from the previous aircraft. It will take 5 seconds to switch all 5 presets.
      If you only have one, the rest blank or the same as the previous aircraft, it will take 1 second.
      If no presets have changed it will switch instantly.
      So to optimise the switching time you should consider how you want to set up your presets in ACP to switch most efficiently.
    • Switching Presets: Abide by the “Please wait” message when switching. You must give it the required time to change the bank of presets. Be aware switching planes in Aircraft Selection and Aircraft Manager that a preset switch is not already in progress when selecting a plane, as it will fire off another switch while one is still in operation. ie: Think before selecting. 
    • ACP Panel Aircraft selection disabled when a switching operation is in progress: In the ACP panel this is done to avoid multiple switch conflicts from double clicking. Be mindful when in other aircraft selection panels (see previous point) that a switch is not in progress before selecting a new plane. 
    • Presets Not Switching: Do not use completely empty presets as blank placeholder presets. Devices seem to hang doing this automatically as opposed to manually, so if you want a “blank” placeholder preset set at least one setting in there that you won’t use. Use case here might be a dual yoke & stick setup, and you want to blank the yoke while using the joystick for a plane. 
    • Delete Data button: Sometimes, saved preset data may become corrupted, or perhaps you want to start from scratch again. Press the red Delete Data button to delete all the saved plane device presets, go back to the main menu, then back into Aircraft Control Presets to reinitialize the data, and set your presets as you wish. This does not affect the Control Options presets, it just resets the ACP grid data for switching.  
    • Preset Renaming: Due to the control preset initialisation process it is not possible to automatically detect renamed presets. To rename presets, it is recommended you plan out your preset naming strategy, duplicate ones you wish to rename & name them in Control Options, then change them manually to the new preset in Aircraft Control Presets. Then you can later delete the unused preset(s) from Control Options if you wish. 
    • Selected Plane not showing in ACP:  Due to the control preset initialisation process it is not possible to automatically scroll the grid to the currently selected aircraft as the main Aircraft Manager view does on first time entry. Please press “Reset All” button to trigger this, and the current selected aircraft should pop into view. This should also resolve any other issues with data and or column formatting you might have.  
    • Duplicate Aircraft Names: Does not handle aircraft with same name (like AM) as plane name is part of the data key. Do not use two aircraft with the same name at the same time.
    • Device Hot Swapping: ACP does not support hot swapping devices ie: unplugging/plugging in controller devices while MSFS is running. To change device configs must exit the sim, change, restart the sim.
  • Pro and Free don’t mix: Pro and Free versions will cause issues if used together. ie: AM Pro + LM Free or AM Free + LM Pro are not supported. This is due to underlying requirements.
  • Addon Conflicts: There is a conflict with another 3rd party UI addon, Modern UI. If you wish to use both (not recommended) you could try renaming Aircraft Manager by prefixing the folder with a “z-” so it loads after and supercedes that part of the Wingman UI mod. There is,however, no guarantee this rename will work, or continue to work in the future. Due to current limitations, be aware that other apps that integrate into the MSFS UI may conflict with AM and LM (like Modern UI), so you may have to make a choice between them.
  • Favorite Synching: Favorites are shared between the Aircraft Manager and Aircraft Control Presets, but may not be fully visually synchronised if you change a favorite on one AM panel and immediately switch to the other AM panel. To keep them 100% in synch you will need to trigger a data refresh that will re-read them from storage, either by re-selecting the active plane (or another one) or doing a search in the search bar. I’ll look into optimising the User Experience to remove any confusion.
  • Scaling to different screen resolutions. Due to issues encountered integrating into the MSFS UI it hasn’t been possible to implement a fully responsive UI that scales up and down like the MSFS UI does. The workaround for the moment is a manual font size change feature, so the user can adjust the font size of the data grid to their own preference. There are also some adjustments to column widths depending on the font size chosen. I would call it partially responsive. Free demo now includes this functionality.
  • Search Integration: Search via the MSFS search boxes is bi-directional (both ways) between AM and MSFS aircraft selection. AM filtering is restricted to within AM as the search functions for them do not currently exist in MSFS.
  • Scrolling/Pagination: Due to memory issues with integrating into the MSFS UI a hybrid pagination/scroll system has been implemented to avoid any issues. Page size is currently set at 80 rows to stike a balance between utility, performance, and bug free use.
  • Font Character Accents: Due to limitations with the integration method, font character accents are currently not supported. You may get some strange looking characters in plane names and/or notes. Nothing I can do about that for now.
  • Sound: No sound click effect when selecting a plane in the aircraft manager, but there is some visual feedback in response to clicking.

Release Notes

Pro Version

Aircraft Manager Release Notes 1.1.0
Date: 26/05/2023

* Complete rewrite of the scaling for a much improved User Experience (UX)
* Other small UX adjustments
* Bug Fixes
* Performance Improvements

Aircraft Manager Release Notes 1.0.6
Date: 28/04/2023

  • Re-enabled sort on Notes
  • ACP Performance optimisations

Aircraft Manager Release Notes 1.0.5
Date: 16/04/2023

  • Restricted Max devices to 10
  • New: Dynamic switching time to improve both reliability and the switching UX. See note in known issues.
  • Aircraft selection disabled when a switching operation is in progress. Please wait until the switch is finished. Avoids multiple switch conflicts from double clicking.
  • Performance optimisations

Aircraft Manager Release Notes 1.0.4 Date: 28/03/2023

  • Removed Su12 data migration check
  • Added progress message for Aircraft Control Preset switching
  • Fixed issue with customization options

Aircraft Manager Pro Release Notes 1.0.3 Date: 21/03/2023

  • Data migration fix for SU12 data change. NOTE: DO NOT USE WITH MSFS VERSION LESS THAN SU12 RELEASE.
  • Performance Improvements

Aircraft Manager Pro Release Notes 1.0.2 Date: 02/03/2023

  • NEW FEATURE: Auto Control Preset Switching (separate tab) see video explainer @ 
  • Performance Improvements
  • Fixed missing icons in filter popups
  • Fixed horizontal scrollbar

Free Version

Aircraft Manager Free Release Notes 1.1.0
Date: 26/05/2023

* Complete rewrite of the scaling for a much improved User Experience (UX)
* Other small UX adjustments
* Bug Fixes
* Performance Improvements

Aircraft Manager Free Release Notes V 1.0.3
Released 2023-05-20

  • Added favorites for free

Free V 1.0.2 released 2023-03-16

  • Due to upcoming SU12 data changes tags are being removed from AM Free. Sort on speed is implemented as a replacement.
  • Performance tweaks

Free V 1.0.1 released 2023-02-16

  • Bug fix with selected aircraft/location when sorting to maintain position
  • Sorting in free versions of both synchronised to 3 (check version comparison help file for details)
  • Performance tweaks

V 1.0.0 released 2023-02-14

Update 13/02/2023

  • New free version release, no version number change.
  • Performance improvements + fixes
  • Mandatory install for data migration prior to pro version release, if you want to keep your current tags.

Update 19/1/2023

  • New free version release, no version number change.
  • Performance improvements + Larger image for >2K screen resolution (adjust font to see).

Update 18/1/2023

  • New free version release, no version number change.
  • Performance improvements + UI/UX improvements.

Update 9/1/2023

  • Update 2: Hybrid pagination/scroll system, 80 rows/page. Fixed bi-directional search integration with MSFS search.
  • Update 1: New free version release, no version number change. Resolve memory issues with scrolling of large aircraft collections.

Update 8/1/2023
New free version released. Check the Known Issues and Help guides above. No version number change:

  • Added new Free version features – see Benefits and Features comparison table above
  • User controllable font size to adapt to different screen resolutions
  • Many under the hood fixes and improvements.

Update 5/1/2023
New video explainer including the new favourites functionality and dark mode, combined with the tweaks outlined below.

4/1/2023 Updated the Free Demo.

No change in version number, but a summary of tweaks:

  • Implemented Dark Mode theme. Fits better with the MSFS UI. Tip: Mouse over the far right edge of the grid to quickly scroll up/down. It will scroll in amounts depending on how far up or down the page you are.
  • Lowercased the inbuilt categories
  • Renamed Time to End(urance)
  • Zeroed out bad data if a plane didn’t have it for speed/alt/end/range to 0 (N/A).
  • Add Auto convert speed/alt/range to metric or imperial values to the free lite demo.

V 1.0.0

Initial Release (free): 04/01/2023 – dd/mm/yyy format😉
Pro version release (Early Access): TBD

Refund Policy

Please try the free lite version/demo first before buying, to ensure the addon works ok on your system before buying.

Due to the nature of this product being digitally available, purchases of this product are non-refundable.


Please contact us via this form if you have any issues to report.
If you have email issues you can try contact via the social channel links up top right of the page.  
Note: Free version support is limited compared to the payware version.

To resolve issues it’s important to be able to replicate them, so we need to have as much information as possible in order to reproduce the problem and hopefully resolve it.

Please include the following information:

  • Your receipt information for proof of purchase
  • Your version of MSFS (Steam or Microsoft store)
  • Whether you are on the live version or the Beta version
  • Describe what you were doing prior to the issue occuring
  • Describe what happened to trigger the issue
  • Does it happen all the time or only in certain situations?
  • What addons you have installed
  • Describe anything else you think is relevant.

Although it might seem irrelevant to you, unless I can replicate the issue it’s very difficult to solve, so all the above info is required. Thanks!

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