523: My Cockpit Rebuilding #8

I don’t want to wait another day or another week and therefore spent the whole afternoon yesterday hanging up the TVs.  Luckily I am using warehouse racks, installation was a lot simpler than I thought.

Here are some photos of the cockpit before and after the installation.   A quick video of my first flight with the new TV setup is at the end.

My room before installation

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522: My Cockpit Rebuilding #07

My cockpit rebuilding has ceased for almost a year.   There were many reasons and one of them was the unsuccessful of getting reasonably priced but good quality TVs to be used as side windows in my rebuilding.

Luckily, I got a bargain deal last Sunday.   It is a Samsung 49-inch with 4K capability.  Price for two is about $1,000 which is even cheaper than a new iPhone XS.

The two TVs were received this morning.  I have scheduled to put them up in the next couple of weeks.

So glad that I am finally moving another step forward after all these months.

521: Don’t Update Your Logitech Drivers

To all users running my gauges under Saitek/Logitech Drivers
DO NOT UPDATE your drivers to Version 8.0.150.0

The location of this driver has changed, making it no longer compatible with the installer of my gauges.   In particular, it will remove all your gauges already installed.

If you do not have any issue with your current drivers, keep on using them.   I don’t find any benefit but Continue reading

520: X-Plane C172SP Annunciators and Wet Compass Update

Some friends asked if there will be an Annunciator Panel for X-Plane.  Frankly speaking, I never plan to make one in the beginning.  Anyway, as they wish…here’s the X-Plane version for the C172SP.

Operation wise, it is similar to the other versions.  The panel will pop up automatically on the Wet Compass whenever engine warnings are detected.  It will disappear when the signals are gone.

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519: Now I Fly 3D Occasionally

After the cataract surgeries last month, the vision of my eyes suffers from slight splitting when looking at lighted objects, among which the computer display is the worst of all (similar as shown in the image but not as serious).

The doctor says the side-effect is normal, and the brain needs times to adapt to the artificial lenses newly implanted — thanks goodness, it is getting better now.

So in the first two weeks after the surgery, my main pastime was watching TV, in order to give my eyes some rests as well as training to adapt to the new lenses.

One day while turning on the TV, I spotted there is a Continue reading

Cockpit: David Marsden (EGCN, UK)

David Marsden said that his flight simulator is installed in his wife’s sewing room and therefore could not build a dedicated enclosure.   Recently he solved the problem by putting a piece of cloth onto some frames, which he could put up a temporary cockpit space in about 2 minutes and take it down just as quickly.

David said the idea was got from Ben Weaver in Cockpits section who had done the same.  Followings are the pictures of his “interpretation”, which he thought might be of help to anyone who also has limited space for their cockpit build.

Builder: David Marsden
Location: Sheffield, UK
ICAO: EGCN, Doncaster Sheffield Airport

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517: C172R and C172SP Annunciator Panel Released

The Annunciator Panels for the A2A C172R and default C172SP are now ready.  Below is a video capture of the panel added to the Compass on the A2A C172R.

Similar to the C172SP one previewed in Post 515, the C172R annunciator panel will only pop up when error warning lights or equipment status indications are turned on, so that it will not affect the design and functions of the Wet Compass as well as the overall layout of the FIP gauge setup.

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