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Version 2.4
Initial Release September 26, 2020
Last Updated January 25, 2021
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Pushback Helper is an application to make push back operations easier.

  • No need to contact ATC for the jetway connection
  • No need to contact ATC for using push back
  • No need to contact ATC for calling fuel truck
  • Open and close aircraft doors easily (A320, 787, 747 only)

Installation

Extract all files to any location and run PushbackHelper.exe. There is no need to put into the community folder location.

Auto-launch

If you wish to auto-launch the app upon the start of MSFS, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the MSFS installation folder and then subfolder LocalCache a) Typically C:\Users[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_\LocalCache b) This can vary depending on install drive or if you have the Steam version.
  2. In the LocalCache folder, find the exe.xml file and edit with your text editor of choice.
  3. Add the following snippet under the SimBase.Document tree, but substitute the path of where you installed MSFS Pushback Helper App.

    PushbackHelper
    False
    [PATH TO PUSHBACK HELPER EXE FILE]

  1. This is an example of an updated exe.xml file:


  Auto launch external applications on MSFS start
  exe.xml
  False
  
     PushbackHelper
     False
     C:\Users\alexj\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\community\msfs-pushback-helper-app\PushbackHelper.exe
  

 

Usage

  • To show/hide UI press the Page Up key
  • To connect or disconnect jetway simply click the Jetway button.
  • To call the fuel truck simply click the Fuel button.
  • To start or stop push back simply click the Tug button.
  • The tug will wait in place until either Forward or Reverse is selected (remove the parking brake first or it will move slowly).
  • Once moving, select Left or Right to steer the tug.

Changes

Special thanks to alex-johnson for his great work implementing v2.3 and v2.4 features.

v2.4 Changes

  • [FEATURE] Adds tug speed setting
  • [FEATURE] Adds parking brake button

v2.3 Changes

  • [FEATURE] Door buttons added to open/close doors
  • [FEATURE] Changed pushback method to new method with forward tug ability
  • [FEATURE] Added ability to scale app size
  • [BUGFIX] Fix crash on sim disconnect

v2.2 Changes

  • [FEATURE] Fuel button added to call fuel truck.

v2.1 Changes

  • [FEATURE] Jetway button added to manage jetway connection.
  • [FEATURE] Close button added to exit application.
  • [FEATURE] Moving UI is possible now. Just hold left click on the gray area between jetway and close buttons to move it.
  • [FEATURE] When you close the application last location is being saved and restored when you start application.
  • [FEATURE] MSFS connection status text moved to top of aircraft image and it is more readable now.
  • [BUGFIX] Crash to desktop when click buttons before app connects to the sim is fixed.

v2.0 Changes

  • UI is recreated using WPF
  • Shotcut key is defined. Press Page Up to show/hide UI. If you have multiple monitor you can move UI by pressing Shift + Windows + Left or Right arrow keys together.

 

Project  link: https://github.com/metindikbas/msfs-pushback-helper-app

135 Comments
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    dudusax
    January 26, 2021

    Merci pour cet appli. il est top

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    SoCalPilot
    January 26, 2021

    I do not have a file named: exe.xml anywhere in any of my drives, especially not in my MSFS localcache folder.

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    alexj728 replied
    January 26, 2021
    It might not be included by default actually. My Honeycomb Bravo driver added it for me.

    I'll make a note to update documentation for it. In the meantime, feel free to copy my example exe.xml file on the github page.
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    imb12
    January 25, 2021

    You had another description of installing Auto-launch before and I do not understand this:
    .................................................. .................................................. .........
    PushbackHelper
    False
    [PATH TO PUSHBACK HELPER EXE FILE]

    This is an example of an updated exe.xml file:



    Auto launch external applications on MSFS start
    exe.xml
    False

    PushbackHelper
    False
    C: \ Users \ alexj \ AppData \ Local \ Packages \ Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe \ LocalCache \ Packages \ community \ msfs-pushback-helper-app \ Pushback
    .................................................. .................................................. ..............
    Is it possible that you can describe the installation and what it looks like in the exe.xml file?

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    alexj728 replied
    January 25, 2021
    That was copied in from the github page readme and didn't format correctly.

    Check the readme here:
    https://github.com/metindikbas/msfs-pushback-helper-app
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    imb12 replied
    January 25, 2021
    Thanks for the help!
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    NeonAirbus
    January 25, 2021

    Does anybody now a fix where the program just doesnt seem to start?
    An earlier version worked perfectly fine... Since i have upgraded nothing happens if i start the programm. I am kinda confused at the moment

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    alexj728 replied
    January 25, 2021
    It sounds like it is crashing immediately. Update all files (including the config) if you haven't already.
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    NeonAirbus replied
    January 25, 2021
    Do you mean the PushbackHelper.exe.config file which comes with the package or is there a config file somewhere else hidden?
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    NeonAirbus replied
    January 25, 2021
    Yeah maybe to help finding a solution.
    I have checked that VisualC++ is up to date. I have started as Admin. I have just checked if the .netFramework is up to date
    so yeah i am clueless at this point
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    NeonAirbus replied
    January 25, 2021
    One more answer, so i just checked with the older version on github. The problem starts at V2.3 (the first one with less files in the package). For the moment i am sticking to v2.2 as this works fine. If you want to check more give me a call, i would gladly help you if you want to me to check anything more
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    alexj728 replied
    January 25, 2021
    Yup just that one config file that is included in the package.

    If you have a github account, please create an issue on GitHub so we can track it better. Or feel free to email me at [email protected]

    Windows event viewer may show an error in the application log that would be useful if so.

    Any antivirus may interfere. Windows Defender was improperly flagging the app until I reached out to them to resolve.
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    firefighter42
    January 25, 2021

    it will be really nice to be able to use this nice add on in VR

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    Ciscofly
    January 25, 2021

    Where is TUG speed ??

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    alexj728 replied
    January 25, 2021
    Oh shoot, I see the version here is slightly out of date. The owner will have to fix as I don't have those permissions.
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    OddSobriquet
    January 25, 2021

    well, this new Update renders the Door Opener Tool a bit useless, but I love that everything is bundled up in one tiny tool now! These were exactly the functions I was missing on this tiny plug-in / tool up until now. Thanks for adding these!
    If I could I'd give another ★★★★★

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    Zorro747
    January 25, 2021

    just today was thinking about tug speed reduction :) Is there any way to make buttons for catering service and baggage?

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    Maddin71
    January 25, 2021

    Fantastic Tool! Thank you!
    Is there any way to make this tool usable in VR (WMR)?

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    chunsajihuni
    January 25, 2021

    Great work!
    Thank you for putting in a special forward function. If it overlaps with another plane in Vatsim, I have to wait a long time for the plane to leave and then reconnect. With the forward function, I can now easily move to the next gate. Good news!

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    shadowsc133
    January 24, 2021

    Works great, much better TKS!

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    GadgetFPV
    January 23, 2021

    Brilliant piece of kit... there a way to slow down the Pushback... may be with a slider or something, if not, no biggie...

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    alexj728 replied
    January 24, 2021
    There is a beta build that adds this, available from the github page


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