I have a spare FIP sitting around for quite some times, which is only used occasionally for various testings via my network computer. Yesterday, I decided to throw in the underused FIP to the system to see how it effects.
Actually, the main reason for me not including the spare FIP to my system in the past was because the “6 FIPs + 1 Radio Panel across the top roll” and “1 Switch Panel + 3 FIPs + 1 Multi Panel” on the bottom constituted a pretty symmetric appearance in my 2-stack instrument setup already. And I’ve been using this setup for a very long time.
Unfortunately, my seating position is more and more noticeably offsetting to the right when more gauges are added to the setting. I was hoping that the new inclusion would have some help to the situation.
Surprisingly, the result is far more than satisfactory. My seating position, the control yoke and the virtual cockpit are now pretty much aligned together. The locations of the equipment also look more logical. I really wish I had done it earlier.
I am quite happy, except one thing. There’s an extra FIP slot that I’ve been consciously and subconsciously trying to avoid.