COCKPIT: Paul Alessie (EHAM, Netherlands)

Paul Alessie started building his generic GA cockpit a few years ago for the training of his private pilot license.  The pictures shown below are from the 5th version of his cockpit, which is mostly based on the BeechCraft Duke but can also be used for several other aircraft.

He says he attends the FSweekend at Lelystad every year to show other people what is possible with this (quite expensive) hobby.

Builder: Paul Alessie
Location: Netherlands
ICAO: EHAM, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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540: For Those Who Love Flying Upside Down

The Alabeo Extra 300S coming with Prepar3D is such a fun aircraft that I couldn’t help flying aerobatic once in a while, even though I mostly got dizzy after it.

After the G5 instruments, I was planning to resume my cockpit rebuilding.  But since a new piece of equipment is still on its way, I decided to go ahead with the Extra 300S gauges first, which I’ve been thinking of for a long time.

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539: G5 R3 Update for FSX/P3D Now Ready

The FSX/P3D version of the G5 Gauges for Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs) have been updated to R3, which is now closely matching with the latest Garmin G5.  Click on each image below for the list of features implemented.

Users of the G5 Gauges should have received the download links in their mailboxes by now.  If not, Continue reading

538: G5 Update for FSX/P3D is Coming

My original update plan for the G5 FSX/P3D version was June or July this year so I can spend more time on my cockpit rebuilding.   However, since many G5 FSX/P3D users asked when the update will be available, I have pulled the plan to the top of my list.

Following is a quick video of the G5 (with dual flight directors) on B58 in motion.

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537: C172SP Gauges with New Back-lit Effect

The C172SP Standalone Gauges (FSX/P3D) have just been updated to R5r02 with new back-lit effect as shown below comparing the previous version.

For some reasons, the update took a much longer time than expected.   Anyway, it’s available now.

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536: G5 for X-Plane is Available Now

The wait for the Garmin G5 style PFD and HSI for X-Plane running with Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs) is now over.

Thanks to all who paid in advance to support this project.

Download Links were sent about a week ago.  Just in case you did not see them in your mailbox, contact me directly or via comment section below.

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534: Garmin G5 XP-11 Conversion Update 2

One of the hassles in doing the conversion for G5 gauges to X-Plane is many FSX/P3D codes don’t have equivalents in X-Plane, and some even react and perform differently.   In addition, there are extra needs not only for updates and enhancements but also needs for changes and additions in order to better match with the current model of the Garmin G5.

For example, the Autopilot status bar on the 2016 version G5 PFD is located in the bottom center on the display (left image below).  It was the layout my G5 gauges for FSX/P3D were based on.   In the 2018 model, the Autopilot status bar has been widened and moved to the top (right image below).

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News: New Training from Airline2Sim

If you are a jetliner simmer, have you ever flown into a complex airport and had no idea where to go, where to park, or even wondering if you are using the correct taxiway?  Airline2Sim is releasing a new product line called Airport2Sim next week to help you out.

The first product is called Airport2Sim Amsterdam, which is a 6-part video training program that covers every aspect of operating to and from Amsterdam Schipol airport from a real world pilot who flies in and out there every day.

I joined the company’s 777 Cadet Training Course two years ago.  It was great, and fun too.

If you are a jetliner lover, don’t miss it.