Hard Deck Simulations – Functional Aircraft Carrier for MSFS


Publisher: Hard Deck Simulations
Date Added: Jan-07-2021
Updated: Mar-14-2022
Version: 1.7
File Size: 130.1 MB

SKU: HDS-100 Category: Tags: ,

Compatible With:


The carrier module is the first aircraft carrier with functioning catapults and arrestor cables made for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

We set out to design a beautiful and functional aircraft carrier to be used with the vast number of military aircraft add-ons slated to launch for MSFS. The module was written in such a way that any aircraft, stock or add-on, can use the catapults and arrestor cables without any modification to the aircraft itself. The carriers work great in multiplayer.

The carrier module includes two components included in a simple self-installer:

  1. Scenery – 5 static, detailed Nimitz Class aircraft carriers positioned around the world
  2. Software – HDS Carrier Module to enable catapult and arrestor cable functionality

This add-on does not include any aircraft, however, it works with any stock or add-on aircraft you already have.

The add-on is simple to use. Once installed you simply run the HDS Carrier Module software in the background while you fly.


The add-on detects when you are lined up for a catapult launch. Your launch speed is automatically calculated based on the physics of your aircraft, meaning the module works with every aircraft from a Cessna to fighter jets to 747s. To launch the aircraft, you simply set the parking brake, set full thrust, and release the parking brake to be launch off the deck.

Arrestor Cable Landing

Due to the current limitations of the SDK provided by Microsoft, tailhooks are not yet supported in the game. HDS Carrier Module currently assumes your tailhook is extended at all times (we will update this as the SDK improves). To trigger an arrestor cable landing, simply line up with the runway, and land within the arrestor cables. HDS physics simulates the arrestor cable physics to bring the aircraft to a stop.

Aircraft carriers have been positioned in various locations around the globe. Over time more locations may be added as we continue to update the add-on.

  • Key West – ICAO: CAR1
  • San Fransisco (270 at 5 miles) – ICAO: CAR2
  • New York – ICAO: CAR3
  • Gibraltar – ICAO: CAR4
  • Dubai – ICAO: CARR

Current limitations due to the MSFS SDK. We hope to add these features as the SDK from Microsoft matures over time:

  • Carriers must be placed as static scenery and can not be dynamically spawned by the user
  • Carriers are static and do not move. This is a limitation of the capabilities of placing AI objects in the current SDK. This is highest on our list of new features.
  • Animations – Jet blast doors and cables cannot be dynamically animated yet
  • Tailhooks are not currently implemented. To work around this it is assumed your tailhook is always down.
  • It is currently impossible to add runway lights to the carrier. This will be updated once the SDK is more mature

Changelog v1.7

  • Carriers now have lights at night
  • Support ships now have landable surfaces
  • All carriers have ILS at 111.50
  • Aircraft will be held still at full power before launch

Available Only As Download

Like all products in the FlightSim.Com Store, this one is available only as a download. We do not offer anything on CD or other media and nothing will be mailed to you. You can download immediately upon purchase and again at any time by going to the “My Account” section of the store.

Carrier Launch

Carrier Landing


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