Yes, you saw it right. Besides the usual gauge instruments, you can now put the GPS onto the FIP !
Last November, Alexey Podrezov’s FIP Customizer gave us the ability to freely replace the FIP’s default product image as well as to easily disable the serial number from showing up on the FIP.
This summer, Alexey further enhances his utility by adding a number of great features to it. The new utility is called the FIP Toolkit.
In addition to the already mentioned “GPS Display” function, the utility can also project Live Views from the aircraft’s external tail camera, which resembles the similar feature found on the Airbus A380 in the real world.
Actually, this utility can even display anything that shows on the main monitor or on any additional or virtual screens thru its Live Monitor mode as well.
What’s more, the Static Image mode of this utility can be configured to display up to 12 different static images, making the FIP a handy tool suitable for various activities, such as to pull up the checklist of an aircraft as shown in the image on the right.
Surely, the Microsoft Flight Simulator must be installed in order for the toolkit to work as GPS, Live View and Static Images. A copy of the SimConnect must also be installed for the utility to work.
Alexey strongly recommends users to read thru the utility’s documentation first before using the Toolkit. He also points out that even though there are discussions in the document talking about the features of showing the serial numbers and additional information of the FIPs being connected, these two functions, however, are disabled for the time being.
It is due to the fact that FIPs are initialized in a different order every time when they start and the way how Windows sees these devices is not the same as the Saitek’s SDK finds them. A remedy will be provided when available in future release.
To download the FIP Toolkit, click here. Password is “saitek” if it is needed.
If you find the utility useful, do consider to send a thank you note or even a donation to Alexey for sharing with us his little great tool.