551: Finding Aircraft Local Variables

There are times that we may want to find out what Local Variables (LVars) are used on a specific aircraft for many reasons.  If the developer doesn’t provide it, here’s a quick and simple way to generate a Local Variable list of the airplane, whether it’s a third-party or default aircraft.

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550: GaugeSwitcher now Runs in X-Plane

To help users of my FIP gauges (who are using Logitech’s default drivers and/or plugins for FIP controls) to quickly switch among different FIP set-ups, such as from gauges specifically made for the Mooney Bravo to the gauges for Extra 300S, I developed two utilities — the GaugeSwitcher (for FSX/P3D) and the XPL_GaugeSwitcher (for X-Plane).

But unlike the FSX/P3D version that can be run at anytime despite the simulator is active or not, the X-Plane cousin was deliberately restricted to ONLY allow gauge switchings while X-Plane is not running.  This is due to huge memory usages in X-Plane, which could easily crash the system when unloading and reloading already-active plugins that also consumes a lot of memory, such as the Logitech X-Plane plugins together with the FIP gauges.

After more than a year since its launch, the updated XPL_GaugeSwitcher which doesn’t have the restriction is now available. Continue reading

Cockpit: Ken (KSQL, USA)

Following is the third DIY cockpit for flight simulation by Ken (an ATP/CFI) who earlier reported the “faulty” feature of the Radar Altimeter (RDA) on the Duke B60 and Duke Turbine by RealAir Simulations in my Post 548.

He said this set-up cost more, but it is pretty much “turn-key” and he can fire it up, fly, and have fun.

Builder: Ken
Location: Hillsborough, California, USA
ICAO: KSQL, San Carlos Airport

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549: Updated FIP Plugin for X-Plane

Just found out Logitech’s X-Plane Plugin for FIPs has been updated to version 8.0.213.0.    According to the support page, the new version has included additional Cessna gauges (similar to those offered in FSX/P3D Drivers) plus updates to the rotary dial behavior in gauges.

Not sure what “updates to the rotary dial behavior” means but the new version works fine on my system without any issue so far.

Sadly, the fuel-flow issues I reported more than a year ago in Post 505 and 509  are still not addressed.

548: RDA Update Looks Cool in the Cockpit

Radar Altimeter (RDA) is an avionic device that is used to measure the distance (or the Above Ground Level (AGL) altitude) between an aircraft and the terrain presently beneath itThe Duke B60 and Duke Turbine from RealAir Simulations are both equipped with a piece of the instrument in their cockpits.

After an AGL altitude is selected, the DH (Decision Height) indicator of the RDA on the Duke B60 or Duke Turbine will lit up when the aircraft is within 100 feet below the set point, and turn off when the 100 feet range is passed.  The corresponding FIP Duke Shared RDA I developed for the two aircraft was designed and programmed in this manner.

However, a new user, Ken, wrote to me recently saying that the DH indicator on the real RDA doesn’t react this way. Continue reading