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.

The overall layout of this “integrated gauge approach” doesn’t look jammed to me, even though the text area for buttons on the left is gone.  The result could be said quite promising to my intention of putting all C172 panel instruments onto my seven FIPs as stated in Post 216.

However, packing more than one gauges onto a single FIP would unavoidably lead to a result that might be highly customized for my own person needs.   For example, I have included the switches to this gauge again, and they are also slightly different from and minimized compared to those rendered in my earlier Tachometer design.   Fortunately, users could still choose my other Tachometer version which doesn’t have switch indicators.

Unfortunately, the Voltage feature I tried to include doesn’t respond to the changes in the aircraft at all even though the initial reading is correct.  Also, I am unable to put the Stop Watch onto the FIP since the FIP doesn’t recognize many standard XML commands that are common in gauge development.

If any of you knows how to implement the Voltage and Stop Watch features onto the FIP, please share with us.

This is a major objectives I am trying to encourage among fellow simmers while I am sharing my own via this blog.

I welcome FSX Times Subscribers to ask for the download link via the COMMENT section below as before.  However, I am now expecting an email reply to the link I send or a “Like” to the post.  I regard it as a basic etiquette among us all.

Non-FSX Times subscribers should subscribe to this blog first and then notify me for their requests.

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127 thoughts on “221: Full-width Turn Coordinator

    1. Hi Tom,

      I’d love to have this turn cordinator with the OAT temperature…STELLAR. Please send the link to my email address attached. Is there a way to send you donations?

      Thanks,

      ilive2fly

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      1. Hi ilive2fly,
        The link has been sent to you mailbox.
        You can press the Donate image and it will lead you to the PayPal page. Thanks for the kindness.
        Have fun,
        Tom

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  1. Hello Tom. Fantastic work and you should sell this to Saitek as their off the shelf FIP layouts or too basic compared to yours.
    Would you mind to send me the files required to achieve your ultra-realistic results?

    Also, are there developing tools available to make ones own FIP layouts.

    Again it is people like yourself that driver realism!

    Regards and thanks,

    Edgard

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    1. Hi Edgard, thanks for the good words. However, please subscribe to FSX Times (you have to enter your email address to the subscription space on the right of my site) first. That’s the basic requirement to get my works.
      Tom

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  2. Hello Tom,
    Look great, please send me this gauges “Full-width Turn Coordinator with OAT and Clock”. Thank you for sharing these and keep up the great work.

    Regards,

    Dadang

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    1. Hi there Tom. Sorry that I ask this question here! I have been trying to re assign the keys on my keypad to operate the gps as you suggested in an earlier post. I cannot seem to be able to re assign the enter key. Do I need to do this? or does it work as is. ( Seeing that it already is an enter key) thank you, regards Eugene
      Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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      1. Tom, help! Every time I try to assign this key it seems to go out of the ‘mode’ it just will not do so. I am obviously doing something wrong. Can anyone help? Thanks Eugene
        Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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      2. Hi Eugene,
        Ensure you have selected “Mouse Yoke” in Controller type under BUTTONS/KEYS of the Settings screen.
        You may also modify the Standar.XML file in the Controls folder where the fsx.CFG is located (normally: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX )
        Backup the file first, then open it with notepad. Search for F24
        The content may look like something as follows:
        F24
        RUDDER_RIGHT
        Replace RUDDER_RIGHT with GPS_ENTER_BUTTON
        That should work.
        Tom

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      3. Thank you Tom! I will give it another go. Have a good day.
        Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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  3. Hello Tom,
    I think I also missed your new wide version of the Turn Coord with the Temps and Switches. Looks interesting. Please send a dl link.

    I have 8 total FIPs so I am following your grouping for your seven with great interest. I love those little things like adding the Flap settings and TAS. Well, I guess they are not little things at all but they sure are useful improvements to the gauges.

    BTW, a special thanks for updating the Citation Airspeed gauge with TAS and needle width. Very nice touches. I have been flying the F1 Citation Mustang a lot recently and although it is slower than the Citation X the gauge still works great for those two and my ESDG CJ1+.

    You need to step up to pure jets one day. It is a whole new world at those altitudes and speeds.

    Regards,

    Ray

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    1. Hi Tom I is not received your mail for the fip
      regards Alain
      salut Tom je n’est pas reçus ton mail pour le fip
      cordialement Alain

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  4. Hi Tom,
    Just found your site…..FANTASTIC.
    Could I please pester you for a link to your FIP panels.
    I have the 210T but I’d also like your full set if possible.
    I have, this evening found your post on ridding my FIPs of the text and look forward to using your panels.
    Many thanks
    Brian

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    1. Hi Brian,
      The only requirement to get my gauges is to subscribe to this blog. Note that you need to enter your email in the subscription area.
      Once you subscribe, notify me again and I will send you the links asap.
      Tom

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  5. Hello,
    great job ! can you send me link for your last FIP ? Thank you @bientôt Chris

    Bonjour,
    super travail ! pourrais-je avoir un lien pour télécharger tes derniers super FIP ?
    Merci @bientôt Chris

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  6. Hello great Tom this fip I little to have the link svp and really great work I have a large part of your creation and it is that of the happiness @bientôt Alain

    bonjour Tom super ce fip je peu avoir le lien svp et vraiment super travail j’ai une bonne partie de tes créations et c’est que du bonheur @bientôt Alain

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  7. Hi Tom,

    Could i grab a copy of the T&S? It looks amazing (Went back through some of your older gauges the other day, your art skills have come a long way!)

    Pete

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      1. Well Tom, I think your gauges are good and is such an improvement on the originals or standard ones! Are there any other means of getting these to work on a normal monitor? Thanks for all your great work!
        Sent from my BlackBerry®

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  8. Hi Tom, Can you send link please. I also have been iterating/writing FIP gauges for Beech Duchess configuration. I have 18 FIPs active in my setup, display is over 4x 27″ monitors (ATI) and run 2x 7″ touchscreens for GPS & TCAS. Took awhile to get the right switched USB hub setup going to get all 18 FIPs to load up in the correct order each time … basically your instructions on a single hub with data line kill switches added to start and stop Hubs on the PC. Will post some photos in your cockpit area soon. Thanks

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  9. Hi Tom I would like to know how I can download Gaujes for Saitek Instrument Panels. After you send photos of the simulator to give me your opinion thank you very much
    Goodbye
    Sergio Ivan

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    1. Hi Ivan,
      Have sent you the link by email. Check your mailbox.
      Also, your subscription to this blog is not successful. As said, you need to log out from your WordPress account first. Then, use your email to subscribe to this blog.
      Please do it again; otherwise, you will not be eligible to get my other downloads.
      Tom

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      1. Tom thanks a lot!!!! do not know how to add the blog because I thought that was your post but I get no downloads and I check and again thank you very much!

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  10. Tom,
    could you please send me this gauge. they look good and one day i will be able to get them to actually work with my P3D system. i don’t suppose one can get them to work with xplane as well?
    thanks for the great effort you put in!

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      1. Thanks Michael. They are great now that I understand how they work. I had not changed the name of the gauges on the xml doc. I must just shorten the command names on the left of the fip as they get covered by gauge if too long. Thanks Tom. Do you have an attitude indicator yet? thanks Michael for input! I am pretty close to going back to the ‘rather unstable’ FSX. Well, on my system anyway!

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  11. Hi Tom

    My warm congratulations for your production. This is a big step for our home cockpit enhancement.

    Is it possible to have the link to your turn coordinateur and to the T210 man/fuel indicator.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Jean Louis Ucla

    Envoyé depuis Courrier Windows

    De : FSX Times
    Envoyé : ‎dimanche‎ ‎27‎ ‎octobre‎ ‎2013 ‎07‎:‎43
    À : jean-louis.ucla@wanadoo.fr

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    Tom Tsui posted: “I am supposed to complete the Turning Off the FIP series for the remaining Tachometer and 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 O”

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  12. Fantastic gauge Tom! Feels open. Love the extra information displayed, while not becoming cluttered. Good use of the screen space.

    I personally don’t mind losing the text labels for the buttons. I’ve being working on the programming of my buttons, and am getting them memorized quickly. (I only end up using 3-4 buttons on average flights)

    Please send me the link, and keep up the great work!

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    1. Yes, text labels are not removable. Also, it could be placed onto the image in case it is needed. I am definitely using this approach for my future gauges. The link is sent.
      Tom

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      1. Hi Tom, awesome. looks almost as fresh as the real thing! Tom, I have been all over the internet, trying to find a C172 wetcompass setup for the FIP. Without success. I have no clue on how to program this, but the movement would differ to the other instruments since it there are no dials, just the numbers “travel” of course. Should you ever ever have the time and the fun, could you consider this as a project? I would love to use 1 FIP ontop of the dashboard as compass, and switch quickly to other info from there…. thanks! keep it up! Nils

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  13. Hello again Tom,

    I tried to “like” your page but I get redirected to the WordPress.com login page. And then I can’t login neither can I reset my my password because my email is not listed in the WordPress.com database. This is strange because I subscribed to your blog on August 24 this year and you sent me the beautiful and efficient C172 gauges set on Sep. 13.
    I had only three FIPs installed at that time. And I acquired two more FIPs recently to take better advantage of your great gauges.

    I hope I did nothing wrong by trying to “like” your blog and by attempting to login to WordPress.com several time. And I apologize for any inconvenience caused.

    I want to thank you for the best FSX blog I ever saw on the web. Thanks for all your tips, gauges and your great work.

    I have modified and also built a few gauges myself for FSX and for the FIP as well. But my FIP gauges are very basic towards yours. I made a Turn Coordinator a few weeks ago. It’s working fine but once again it is far away from your new great looking gauge.

    I would be delighted if you would send me the link to your new Turn Coordinator.

    Thanks and best regards from LSGS.
    Blue sky,

    Kim

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    1. Hi Kim,
      No, I don’t find your record in my blog’s email database but I remember I sent you my gauges before. Please try to subscribe again. And no problem, have just sent you the turn coordinator.
      Have fun with it.
      Tom

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    2. Just received your email subscription info from WordPress. I bet you just re-subscribed. There are times WordPress system acts strangely.
      Anyway, as in my last message said, the link had been sent and it should be in your mailbox.
      Tom

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      1. Just got saw and answered your message with the gauge link. Thanks a lot.
        As my subscription looks ok your side, but because WordPress “is acting strangely”. I am sending this post as a test from my side.
        Bye,
        Kim

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  14. Hello Tom and everybody!

    I read Your news since half year. You’ve made a lot of very impressive gauges, but this is my favourite! Please, send me a download link… Very thank You!

    Gabor Benko
    HA-BEN

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  15. Hi Tom,
    Would it be possible to have the new turn coordinator sent to me. I really appreciate your hard work in developing all these FIP’s and all the other contributions you have made. Friends of mine that have seen my flight simulator can’t believe how realistic it is. A lot of it is because of your work. I hope to send some photos to you of my flight sim as soon as i can figure out where to send them or how to send them. Thanks again for all your dedication.

    Randy

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  16. Thanks again Tom,

    I wish I had your ability to make changes to the various FIPs like you do.  I have used most of the examples you have given us.  Keep up the Great Work. I think I can speak for all us undevelopers, your work is greatly appreciated!  Friends of mine have seen my flight simulator and can’t believe how realistic everything looks. 

    Thanks again

    Randy Bliven

    ________________________________

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  17. Hi Tom,

    I would appreciate receiving the turn coordinator you have developed. My FIP displays are looking great with your displays.

    Thanks,

    Joe

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  18. Tom, may I ask you for the download link to the modified turn indicator? I am very grateful you added a clock now letting me know which time I am flying in.

    Thank you very much for the hard work again, Michael

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  19. Hi Tom,
    what can I say!!! you keep blowing my mind!! I also tried some gauges myself and I know how much time it takes with trial and error, you keep us amazed by your work.
    On the down side you make me want to buy more FIPs !!! lol
    My cockpit will look some sweet with your gauges.
    Ps: the new PC will be here this week at 4.6ghz and the 770 4gb.!! can’t wait!!
    This is by far the best turn coordinator I’ve came across!! as you said not too jammed.
    I would be crazy not to ask you to send it to me, so please do!!
    Mario

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    1. Yes, working on gauges involes a lot of trials and errors. There are times that I question myself why sharing them with others. But I don’t lose anything, right?
      I am packing my little study room for spaces to accommodate my planned 3-monitor setup. I might very soon upgrade my PC. Couldn’t wait any longer after seeing many of you upgrading to a new PC.
      Tom

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      1. lol !!!
        and so was I looking around!!! I’m looking at the 3 screens maybe 24″ or 27″ depends on the $$$
        A lot of work in the next little while.
        I still think you should have the donation for Paypal on the blog I would greatly you it, it is worth the money.
        Mario

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      2. I am thinking of Dell’s 27-inches (2560 x 1440). It’s hard to go back to smaller size after using the 30-inch for so many years.
        Yeah, you are right. I should set up the donation in earliest possible.
        Tom

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  20. Exactly what I am looking for. Your gauges really improve the P3D experience. I would be pleased to get a copy of the new gauge. We all really appreciate your work Tom, just excellent.

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  21. Hi Tom, well moving has its little advantages as well. Cleanups.
    Have ditched or given away loads of stuff which are of no use for me anymore.
    Also saves having move and store it again.

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  22. Very sweet Tom! Can’t wait to check it out! Please send :-) . Hey, have ever done any work with the directional gyro or the vors & adf?
    Really enjoy your blog,
    Steve

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  23. Yet another jewel you have created.
    You keep amazing me with your skill in creating these.
    Such a same I’m currently leaving surrounded by a huge amount of boxes due to my pendig move to a new apartement. Would love to install and try these. At the going rate I ‘ll end up with some spare FIPs ;) Thank you for sharing these with us.
    Keep up the great the work

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    1. Understood. Take your time. I am packing up my little study room for spaces for my coming 3-monitor setup. Found a lot of stuffs that are in theory useless, well, at least for the moment, but seem to be a waste of money if trash them all. I bet you face the same situation.
      Tom

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  24. That 320 x 240 resolution looks awesome Tom. It looks so realistic. I can just imagine the hours you’re spending developing these FIP displays. Please send link.
    Gary

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