745: Windows 11 – It’s Good

Just upgraded one of my computers to Windows 11 today.  I wouldn’t say it’s perfect.  But I am impressed !
Windows11_resizeFrankly, I was a bit hesitated since I heard pros and cons from the Internet.  So before the process, I backed up my whole system just in case something goes wrong.

Despite the Apple mac-like centered taskbar and new layout designs, all programs on my computer generally start a lot faster than what they are with Windows 10.

Both MSFS and X-Plane 11 start up a lot quicker.  They run smoother with some frame-rate improvements, too.    Continue reading

746: Landing Gear, Landing Gear

Have been revising many of my gauges lately.  Here’s another two of them which now come with enhanced landing gear indicators.

The first is the RPM of the Just Flight PA28R Arrow III and Turbo III/IV.  The new landing gear indicators on the left now take the comprehensive Gear Unsafe & Gear N-L-R style from the aircraft, rather than the simple one used on the right in the last version released in September, which took from the M20R.

The landing gear indicators on the Carenado M20R Engine Cluster also updated to simulate the up-down movements of the indicators on the aircraft as well.

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745: C152/A ENG FUEL QTY CORRECTED

A new C152/A Engine Cluster user, Roland Duhme, just pointed out to me that the Fuel Quantity Indicators MSFS_C152_ENG_GIFSis unclear and incorrect on the Asobo airplane, which I carried forward to my gauge.

He said there’s no C152 has 100 LBS fuel capacity so the upper scale should be in percentage but there’s not a “%” mark for it.  In addition, the fuel quantity in GAL in the lower scale for the two tanks are 14 gallons each instead of 18 as show in the cockpit.

Good point.  Even though I realized the marking a bit strange when I was developing the gauge, I just put it is what it is in the C152/A Engine. Continue reading

743: Flying the G58 like a B58

To friends (including me) who have an FIP-based virtual cockpit setup might have missed the Beechcraft Baron a lot, as the aircraft have been “upgraded” from analog gauges (B58) in FSX/P3D to G1000 panels (G58) in MSFS.

No more.  Following the recent updates that allow many of my B58 Gauges to be used in MSFS, the B58 Engine Clusters have been converted to cope with the spec of the G58 in MSFS as well.

In other words, we can now fly the G58 in MSFS like a B58 with the analog instruments on the FIPs as shown below:

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742: Free MSFS ATT Upgrade

There are 4 different types of Attitude Indicator (ATT) in MSFS.

The first one is used on the Cessna C152, C172 and DR400.  The second is based on the first one but comes with an additional inclinometer. Among all 30 default aircraft in MSFS, only the Zlin Shock Ultra uses the second ATT.
MSFS_MS_ATT_#1    MSFS_MS_ATT_#2
The third and the fourth ATTs have a different layout than the first two.  And they are differentiated by the additional inclinometer as well.
MSFS_MS_ATT_#3    MSFS_MS_ATT_#4
But unlike the first two ATTs, the knobs on the third and fourth ATTs are for the caging of the miniature aircraft, rather than for the adjustments of the miniature aircraft as in the first two ATTs. Continue reading

741: FIP 3-Gauges PACKS for G1000 Aircraft

Jim Gerow recently raised in the Discord’s Gauges-for-MSFS Channel that flightsimmers, like him, run their cockpits with the G1000 hardware might only need the corresponding FIP Gauges for the ASI, ATT and ALT.  He proposed that some 3-Gauges Packs for the G1000 aircraft in MSFS should be added to my FIP line-up.
Cirrus SR22_04S
Yes, that makes sense.  Five 3-Gauges Packs for the Cessna C172-G1000, Cirrus SR22, Diamond DA40-NG, BeechCraft G36 and G58 have jsut been created.

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740: USING Garmin GTN750 in MSFS

A few months ago, Robert Temmerman in Belgium wrote me an email about a new addon (by that time) in Flightsim.to, which could replace the G1000 or GNS430/530 on quite a lot of aircraft in MSFS with a Garmin GTN750.

I totally forgot about this.  Sorry Robert.  The addon is called “JDS PMSGTN750 on Others Mod” by JayDee, and it looks awesome.
GTN750_00
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