221: Full-width Turn Coordinator

I am supposed to complete the Turning Off the FIP series for the remaining Tachometer C172_TCCLKand the Integrated Fuel Gauges in this two weeks.  Instead, here’s my first attempt utilizing the full resolution (320 x 240) of the FIP for the Turn Coordinator, plus OAT and Local & Zulu Time Clock with Time Zone Offset.

Both features had been missing from my previous gauge development and they’ve been frequently requested by friends of FSX Times.

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Update: Corrections to Post 218 – 220

Thanks to Michael Johnson who pointed out some problems and errors when applying the Turning Off the FIP options in Post 218, 219 and 220.

The OFF screen mask images previously uploaded to WordPress wouldn’t correctly revert to its original BMP format by simple renaming method.   The images obviously were modified during the upload process.   So, I have created a direct download link.

Just save the images to the respective folders as described in the post will do.

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News: Free Magazine – Simulator World

Just found this free magazine Simulator World on simMarket.   Regular contents cover from flight to train, bus and truck simulations.  SimWorldMag

The just released November issue talks about the new Train Simulator 2014, plus reviews on some Danish Airports and VFR Airfields for FSX and the D17 Staggerwing for X-Plane.

The magazine is available in English and Deutsch and has published 11 issues already.

Wouldn’t say that it’s exceptional but still it could be some readings to kill your time over the weekend.

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220: Turning Off the FIP#3 – AS Indicator

(Updated on: 24 October 2013)  This is part three of the Turning Off the FIP series. This time is the AirSpeed Indicator.

Similarly, save the image on the right to the \1024 folder where you keep the VS indicator (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\DirectOutput\Gauges\1024) via the link below:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25018674/Gauges-C172/C172_Gauges_130815_OFF/C172_AS_OFF.bmp

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219: Turning Off the FIP#2 – Altimeter

(Updated on: 24 October 2013)  This is part two of the Turning Off the FIP series.   This time is the Altimeter.

Similarly, save the image on the right to the \1024 folder where you keep the VS indicator (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\DirectOutput\Gauges\1024) via the link below: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25018674/Gauges-C172/C172_Gauges_130815_OFF/C172_ALT_OFF.bmp

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News: FSDevConf Dates Announced

The organizers of the FS Developer Conference (FSDevConf) just announced that the weekend of 15th November 2013 has been confirmed to run the event.

FSDevConfFSDevConf is the first ever conference for flight simulator developers, to be hosted online for anyone in the world to participate in.

The event is based on the concept of a similar successful conference from the game development industry led by the AltDevBlogADay organizers, in the hopes of specifically targeted towards developing for flight simulator platforms such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D and X-Plane.

The event will feature talks from basic to advanced covering topics such as airport design, modeling, texturing, audio, networking, publishing and more.

The entire conference can be watched live in streaming HD720p on both Google+ and YouTube and viewers will be able to interact with the speakers in Q&A sessions after each talk.

“A full schedule of sessions will be released in the beginning of November with the main focus on Saturday between mid-morning US and late-evening Europe, but depending on speaker availability other times during the weekend may be planned as well,” say the organizers.

Although every session (including Q&A) will be archived and available for viewing after the event, the organizers encourage both active developers and those interested in developing to attend the live sessions.

The original press release can be found here.

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218: Turning Off the FIP#1 – VS Indicator

(Updated on: 24 October 2013 Just recalled reading a question somewhere before — “Is turning off the Fligth Instrument Panel (FIP) possible?”

Yes, it’s possible by unplugging it from the USB socket.

I know it is not what the question really asks for.   But truly, when the FIP is connected with electricity powered, there isn’t “A Switch” that one can turn off the FIP, unfortunately.

Well, for those who are using my C172 gauges, here’s an alternative:

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217: Align TrackIR Quickly

Have tried a few wireless head tracking software, NaturalPoint’s TrackIR + TrackClip Pro is still my choice so far.  Following is the method I find very effective when aligning the device at startup.  Of course associated software must be activated first.

Place the TrackIR receiver on top of the monitor about 1/8 in length from the left edge.

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216: Squeezing In

The seven Saitek Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs) I currently have are far less than enough to individually cover each flight instrument on the C172, not to mention the more complicated aircrafts.  I could purchase a couple more — the easiest solution.   But I am quite happy with my current setup, and the success of the recently made Integrated Fuel Gauges also strengthens the possibility for me to integrate all (ideally) C172 instruments onto my current seven FIPs.

The following is the layout I drafted which includes proximity consideration of the instruments in the cockpit.  No doubt, compromise is inevitable.

FIP Gauge PlannedS
Initial Draft to include all C172 instrument onto 7 FIPs (Click to Enlarge)

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