**** Aircraft initialization failure. --- Indicates that some essential files are missing from the aircraft container. If the files are missing, the aircraft will not usually be displayed in the Select Aircraft dialog box; as a result, this error is rare.
**** Failed to start up the flight model. The .air file was not loaded successfully.
**** This is not a Flight Simulator aircraft model. The visual model (.mdl) file for this aircraft is not compatible with ESP.
Visual model could not be displayed. An error occurred while loading the visual model (.mdl) file.
Now, since he destroyed (maybe ??? ) the old installation. It should've overwritten everything and be "good to go" ... But .. Something happened..
So some Basic rules
1. Texture files don’t mean squat. It will load.
2. A missing, or mal-written sound.cfg can cause this.
3. An Aircraft.cfg. with illegal characters will throw this same error.
Tom said he uninstalled the package,,,, The question is.. What remained? And of those files. .... I can bet there was 1 or 2 that became, in the attributes "Read Only" .
A good virus scan may help.. ( " May" )
".cfg" files mean exactly that.. A Configuration --- Little bugs love .cfg <--