554: FIP Toolkit Fix for Saitek Driver


A friend, Francois, in France who recently contacted Alexey Podrezov, the developer of FIP Toolkit, about the problem he faced when trying to use the utility.  After getting a solution from Alexey, he reported back to me that the problem was due to the driver that he uses.

Instead of the more recent Logitech version, Francois is using the older FIP driver from Saitek, which somehow disables the creation of a Windows registry that is necessary for the running of the Toolkit during installation.

To fix the issue, he will have to Continue reading

553: A 6-Part “How-To” Video from Father Dane

After the cockpit video, Father Dane further sent me the following information regarding the objectives of the simulator project that he built.  It also includes a 6-part tutorial explaining the very basics of flying.

Although Father Dane mentioned that most followers of FSX Times (many are real pilots) should not need these simple information, and some of the followers might have seen them in his channel already, I am still very happy to putting them here as they are very inspiring.

I built the C172 simulator as a Lenten project last year for the use of some local young students who wanted to find out if they really had the flying “bug”.

As it happened, they did and now they are all involved in taking real flying lessons on their way to earning a PPL. Continue reading

COCKPIT: Father Dane (EGCN, UK)

Many months ago when Father Dane purchased my C172SP gauges, I asked him if he was interested to post his cockpit photos to this section.   We had a few communications after that but ceased then.

Yesterday Father Dane sent an email with a YouTube link for the Cessna 172 simulator that he built in his spare bedroom.

Builder: Father Dane
Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK
ICAO: EGCN, Doncaster Robin Hood Airport

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552: Video Preview of A36 GEM

Happy New Year !

Edit: The gauge is now available in the FIP store

Have been wanting to make the Graphic Engine Monitor (GEM) of the A36 Bonanza for a long time.   Here’s a video preview of the finally created instrument running on the Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panel (FIP) next to the same instrument in the virtual cockpit on the computer monitor.

It took me quite some time to figure out how to make it right.   It is under fine-tuning and will be my first gauge to be released in 2020.  Continue reading

551: Finding Aircraft Local Variables

There are times that we may want to find out what Local Variables (LVars) are used on a specific aircraft for many reasons.  If the developer doesn’t provide it, here’s a quick and simple way to generate a Local Variable list of the airplane, whether it’s a third-party or default aircraft.

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550: GaugeSwitcher now Runs in X-Plane

To help users of my FIP gauges (who are using Logitech’s default drivers and/or plugins for FIP controls) to quickly switch among different FIP set-ups, such as from gauges specifically made for the Mooney Bravo to the gauges for Extra 300S, I developed two utilities — the GaugeSwitcher (for FSX/P3D) and the XPL_GaugeSwitcher (for X-Plane).

But unlike the FSX/P3D version that can be run at anytime despite the simulator is active or not, the X-Plane cousin was deliberately restricted to ONLY allow gauge switchings while X-Plane is not running.  This is due to huge memory usages in X-Plane, which could easily crash the system when unloading and reloading already-active plugins that also consumes a lot of memory, such as the Logitech X-Plane plugins together with the FIP gauges.

After more than a year since its launch, the updated XPL_GaugeSwitcher which doesn’t have the restriction is now available. Continue reading

Cockpit: Ken (KSQL, USA)

Following is the third DIY cockpit for flight simulation by Ken (an ATP/CFI) who earlier reported the “faulty” feature of the Radar Altimeter (RDA) on the Duke B60 and Duke Turbine by RealAir Simulations in my Post 548.

He said this set-up cost more, but it is pretty much “turn-key” and he can fire it up, fly, and have fun.

Builder: Ken
Location: Hillsborough, California, USA
ICAO: KSQL, San Carlos Airport

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549: Updated FIP Plugin for X-Plane

Just found out Logitech’s X-Plane Plugin for FIPs has been updated to version 8.0.213.0.    According to the support page, the new version has included additional Cessna gauges (similar to those offered in FSX/P3D Drivers) plus updates to the rotary dial behavior in gauges.

Not sure what “updates to the rotary dial behavior” means but the new version works fine on my system without any issue so far.

Sadly, the fuel-flow issues I reported more than a year ago in Post 505 and 509  are still not addressed.