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476: C172SP Back Light Now Ready

The Back-Light Features of the C172SP gauges are now ready for download on this Christmas Eve.   The earlier released Integrated Fuel Engine Gauges and Wet Compass have been updated accordingly as well to better match with the new comers.  Current users should have received the links in their mailboxes by now.
If not, notify me in the Comments section below or contact me by email.

 

475: C172SP Back Light Version Coming Soon

Following the Wet Compass and Integrated Fuel Gauges, the rest of the C172SP gauges are going to have back light soon.   The Saitek version for FSX/P3D will come first, hopefully by the Christmas day.   The A2A C172R will come next; but will need a month or two since most graphics have to be done from scratch. Continue reading

474: Mooney Bravo VSI with Cowl Flaps

The Cowl Flaps Indicator is a “missing” feature that has been requested since the launch of the Mooney Bravo FIP Gauges.   It’s here now at last.

Furthermore, an additional aileron Flaps Indicator is also included.   In general, all essential instrument in the cockpit have been included.

Existing Mooney Bravo Gauge users could contact me for discount if interested.  Others could visit my store here.

 

473: Running X-Plane FIP Gauges alongside SPAD.neXt


It is commonly known that SPAD.neXt and Saitek/Logitech drivers cannot be run simultaneoulsy; otherwise conflicts will occur.
Here’s how to avoid the conflict when running the new X-Plane FIP Gauges (using Saitek/Logitech drivers) together with SPAD.neXt; since the development of my earlier X-Plane gauges designed for SPAD.neXt has come to a stop for the moment.

Step 1
Install the Saitek/Logitech FIP drivers (if they have been removed from the computer) — it is necessary for the Windows OS to recognize the hardware.

You could download the Flight Instrument Panel Drivers from Logitech’s support web page here.   Or if you have the older version 7 on hand, it works fine as well.

Step 2
Follow the instructions in Post 471 to install the X-Plane Plug-in.

Step 3
After restarting the computer, right-click on the Windows Menu bar at the bottom to call up “Task ManagerContinue reading

472: The Wait is Over

As early as in February this year, I released five C172SP gauges for X-Plane, which were to be run on the SPAD.neXt driver platform.    I was optimistically hoping that a full C172SP gauge set for X-Plane could be done by the end of the year.   Unfortunately, there was no progress at all regarding X-Plane FIP conversion support since then.

To be frank, it’s nobody’s fault, and we all know that plans don’t always catch up with plans.   On the bright side, it is a good push on my new direction for developing X-Plane gauges based on the platform’s native datarefs and commands.   Moreover, I still see many X-Plane flight-simmers running FIPs with the default Saitek/Logitech Plugins.

So, here it comes the new C172SP X-Plane (Logitech) gauges, plus the Wet Compass just completed.

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471: Adding FIP Plugins to X-Plane


Whether you are using the Saitek or the Logitech FIP drivers for FSX and P3D at present, further adding FIP option to X-Plane is very simple:

Step 1
Download the “X Plane Plug-in” from Logitech’s support page — No worry even if you are still using the previous Saitek drivers and not the recently renamed Logitech drivers.

Step 2
Run the downloaded file to install the Plug-in — A new folder called “XSaitekProFlight” will be added to the “\X-Plane 11\Resources\plugins” folder automatically.

That’s all and you are now able to fly with the default gauges in X-Plane.

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470: The X-Plane C172SP Gauge Set is Coming

Following is the movie clip of the C172SP Gauges developed for X-Plane 11.   Even better, the gauges could run properly without the need of SPAD.neXt.

For those systems which have Saitek or Logitech drivers already installed, the X-Plane addition is a no-brainer.

Since these gauges are written from the native X-Plane datarefs and commands, they are NOT COMPATIBLE with the “FIP Support” feature in SPAD.neXt.

In other words, as long as the “FIP Support” feature under “DEVICES” of “Settings” in SPAD.neXt is DISABLED, these new X-Plane gauges could be run alongside with SPAD.neXt, if so desired, without any problem. Continue reading