Welcome to CFS2!
There are no patches - but there are several really good modifications to improve the atmosphere. Visit Nibbio's web site and download all his add-on files - they are great.
Go to http://www.thehangar.dogfighter.com
and download the files that make the AI aircraft flyable. You will have to put in one of the other aircraft panels to have instrumentation in front of you (2D - no 3D available). There are also fixes for positioning the aircraft on the carrier for heavy weight takeoffs and a fix for the rear gunner who is in a locked position in the initial simulation.
Use the search mode of this site and a few key words to track down some of this stuff. It will improve the simulation - trust me
Here are a few of my favorite sites to look in to for CFS2 goodies:
Also for more missions - look up Warspirtll in the search mode for his URL.
[This message has been edited by Speedbrake (edited 12-18-2000).]