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.

548: RDA Update Looks Cool in the Cockpit

Radar Altimeter (RDA) is an avionic device that is used to measure the distance (or the Above Ground Level (AGL) altitude) between an aircraft and the terrain presently beneath itThe Duke B60 and Duke Turbine from RealAir Simulations are both equipped with a piece of the instrument in their cockpits.

After an AGL altitude is selected, the DH (Decision Height) indicator of the RDA on the Duke B60 or Duke Turbine will lit up when the aircraft is within 100 feet below the set point, and turn off when the 100 feet range is passed.  The corresponding FIP Duke Shared RDA I developed for the two aircraft was designed and programmed in this manner.

However, a new user, Ken, wrote to me recently saying that the DH indicator on the real RDA doesn’t react this way. Continue reading

547: A2A J-3 Cub Gauge Bundle Updated

The FIP Bundle Gauge Set for the A2A Piper J-3 Cub has just updated to Version R1r01.   Apart from various bug fixes and accuracy improvements in the series, the dial of the Altimeter can now rotate according to atmospheric pressure adjustments, just like what the altimeter does in the virtual cockpit on the aircraft.

Moreover, a pop-up style Barometric (QNH) Scale is added to the instrument, which not only provides extra handy features to the user but also be able to maintain the look and feel of the original design of the altimeter at the same time.

Current users of the bundle should have received the download link for the update in their mailboxes by now.   If not, notify me by email or via the Comment Section below.

Cockpit: Ken (KFRG, USA) – New

Ken posted his cockpit images in April 2018.  After that, he added some new gears and the Diagma 530 GPS.  Since he found that there was no way to fix the GPS unit into the old panel, he built a new one.

Similarly, Ken attached a schematic layout of his new cockpit, which illustrates how he achieved the same self-contained cockpit system that doesn’t need of a mouse or keyboard for any inflight functions.

Builder: Ken
Location: Huntington, New York, USA
ICAO: KFRG, Farmingdale Republic Airport

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544: XPL G5 PFD R1r02 Update Released

Thanks to a friend who pushed me to correct the standard rate turn indicator on my G5 PFD for his regular IFR practices, the updated G5 PFD for X-Plane (XP-Logitech) is now ready for download.  Users of both G5 PFD Dual or Single versions should have received the new links by now.  If not, contact me via Comment section below or email directly.P.S. Last month is a bit messy due to my trip overseas and some family matters. Things are getting better now.