Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably been excited about the development and release of the latest revision to the classic Microsoft Flight Sim. We’ve concluded that in addition to the breathtaking visuals, this new platform will be a boon to aspiring pilots and a great tool for existing aviators to practice procedures.

Being such a new product and still in the early stages of development, many questions loom regarding how practical this tool really is and how best pilots can use it to their advantage. One of the biggest hurdles is the lack of third-party support, including built-in integration with iPad navigators. We’ve covered extensively the solution for linking an iPad with current simulators like X-plane and FSX, so now we’ll explain the procedure to connect your iPad and ForeFlight to the new Microsoft Flight Sim 2020.

Out of the box Flight Sim 2020 does not include settings for connecting an external device such as an iPad or iPhone, so a third-party plugin will be required. The first step is to download Flight Events Client by clicking HERE. Extract the files to a folder of your choice and run FlightEvents.Client.exe file. If you receive a warning from Windows preventing the app from running, select “More Info” and choose “Run anyway.”

Once Flight Events is running, choose the “Settings” tab and check the box “Broadcast data to local network.” Windows may issue a warning requiring you to allow access to this app. While still in the settings tab also check the box for “Slow Mode” and restart the app. You may need to enter the specific IP address of your iPad if you do not see the Device appear in subsequent steps. You can find the IP of your iPad by selecting the “i” button in the Devices view in ForeFlight.

Next, with Microsoft Flight Sim 2020 loaded and in a flight, change to the “Simulator” tab in Flight Events. Enter a callsign of your choice and select “Start Flight Tracking.” You should see a message in MSFS2020 indicating “Connected To Flight Events!”

Now, switch to ForeFlight on your iPad. Ensure you’re connected to the same network as the PC running the flight sim. Select “More” then “Devices.” You should see the device “Flight Events.” If not, go back to the Flight Events app and enter the specific IP of your iPad. Select the Flight Events device and ensure that it is enabled.

You will now see your aircraft on the maps view and on geo-referenced approach plates. Additionally, with the ability to enable Live Weather in Microsoft Flight Sim 2020, you can now compare real weather on the iPad with what you might expect to see out the window, all from the comfort of home.

Now that you have ForeFlight all connected to the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 you might be wondering how to optimize your virtual time to best improve your flight skills as a pilot. Check out or tips on using a flight simulator at home for a lot more information.

38 replies
  1. Jesse
    Jesse says:

    When trying to launch FlightEvents.Client.exe I see the following error in a popup dialog.
    SimConnect not found. This component is needed to connect to flight Simulator. Do you want to install SimConnect?
    Clicking Yes and then launching the app again gets me right back in the same situation.

    Is anybody else having this issue?

  2. Andy
    Andy says:

    I have everything done as explained and flight events is connected under devices in firelight just as explained here.I have tried all kind of things but I cant find my airplane on the map, either I see altitude, ground speed etc.

    The only thing what is moving like in the airplane is the compass.its very frustrating.
    How can I get the simulated gps data on my iPad ?

  3. Sven
    Sven says:

    Pretty pathetic that MS brings a sim to the market with awesome visuals but major features missing (no EFB connectivity, no VR support, no support for standard Saitek panels, a more or less empty third-party marketplacee).
    X-Plane has none of these problems. Yes you won’t get to see your own house, but you can actually use that simulator.

    • Vic
      Vic says:

      Yes, I’m beginning to realize that for serious sim work (real world pilots trying to keep up their currency and proficiency) Xplane 11 is still leaps and bounds superior! Yes, true that you cannot compare what you see out the window between the 2. One is pretty pathetic, and the other provides breathtaking and stunning scenery. But what good is that, if the basic flight model is not great?

    • Stephen
      Stephen says:

      The MS folks need to revisit the truism: “haste makes waste”. Xplane is still far ahead in the real aviation experience!

  4. Randy
    Randy says:

    Start the client first and press flight following and just reduce to the tool bar. You have to start flight sim and after you load your plane and airport it will all sync up together.
    It works perfectly. I have two iPads running and it works just like real life.

  5. Timo
    Timo says:

    I have everything done as explained and flight events is connected under devices in foreflight. only the position of the IPAD in real life is shown. nothing changes when i lift of with my airplane in FS 2020.

  6. alexspeedpro
    alexspeedpro says:

    Hi! I have an issue, in the foreflight it says it didn’t find any supported device connected. Please, I need help!

  7. Tom
    Tom says:

    Does anyone know who is the publisher for the FlightEvents.Client.exe ? the Top level domain was just flagged as being suspicious by a software I use – so a bit skeptical about installing it.

    • Nels
      Nels says:

      …And now after first launch:

      Connect ok
      Heading ok
      ALTITUDE ok
      SPEED ok
      Horizon ok
      Focus plane on the map: OK !!!
      Tracing route ok

      Good job Andreas !
      Please continue and i could be your “beta-tester” if you want 🙂

      (sorry for mu poor english I am French from FrenchRiviera).

        • Andreas Stenlund
          Andreas Stenlund says:

          ‘Perhaps need more REFRESH RATE whith “LIGHTNING USB CABLE” ?’

          I’m not sure I understand what you mean. Are you referring to the slow-ish refresh rate of the aircraft’s attitude in the Synthetic Vision view on the Maps page? I’m currently using 6 Hz for that, but ForeFlight allows up to 10 Hz, so I might try increasing it to 10 and see how it works out. Will post back here with updates.

          • Nels
            Nels says:

            Thk’s for your reply and pleased to meet you. 🙂

            6Hz seem’s to be enough: (six time per second) we “just take a quick look”…

            “aircraft’s attitude”: Doesn’t matter because we use the second monitor to look at that things (so, in real time refresh).

            (forget the “LIGHTNING USB CABLE” for the moment)

            Again, great job and looking forward to the next update. 🙂 🙂 🙂

            “Also, starting Windows seems to help in certain situations”:
            I launched your plugin several times for few days and I don’t need to restart at all. Good news.

            waiting to hear from you 😉

  8. Nels
    Nels says:

    Windows ver 2004 pro 64 official
    2080 Super Hybrid 8Go
    I7 9700KF @ 5.1Ghz
    16Go RAM
    NVME 500Go
    Thrustmaster T16000 + Hotas
    for track IR: OPENTRACK 2.3.12 (Gyro mode on head set Corsair Void Elite Wireless) with ONE+ 7 Pro
    1080p on 49″ Philipps @ arround 60fps….


  9. Nels
    Nels says:

    0.1.1 Works for me like a charm, i have now the traffic but i need to investigate a little bit.

    Shame that I can’t publish on this forum captures “in game”. Any idea how to do that ? It’s just for you.

  10. Rick
    Rick says:

    Hey Andreas,
    I have downloaded this version and when i launch the app, i get the windows firewall message and i select allow and then nothing happens. I try launching the app again and nothing opens up. I don’t see it running in task manager. I have the latest version of Windows 10 all up to date. i9 9900k, 32gb memory, NVIDIA 2070 super, custom built just for fs2020.
    Any Ideas?

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