558: Making Your Own Aircraft Reference


As mentioned in my last post, not all default nor third-party aircraft come with an aircraft reference file.   If needed, to create a missing one isn’t difficult at all.

The Aircraft Reference is basically an html-formatted file with a name containing aircraft model” + “_REF and a filename extension of “.htm”   It is located in the aircraft folder under “SimObjects/Airplanes“.

If you don’t have much knowledge about html, you could simply: Continue reading

557: Access Aircraft Reference Quickly

Airspeed limitations are some of the most visited references to flightsimmers or even real pilots.   I normally seek for them in the aircraft’s manual or via Internet.  For sure, the process doesn’t take a lot of work but it can be hardly called handy, especially when you need these information during a flight session.

Last week, I found out that there’s actually a quick way of locating these information in FSX and P3D quickly.   I don’t know if you know it or not, but I was not aware of it in my 15+ years of flightsimming.  How hilariously.

All we need is Continue reading

556: A Possible Keyboard Alternative ?

A group of ex-Samsung engineers is raising funds on Kickstarter for a small device that can turn any screen into a fully interactive touch screen.
The device, called Glamos, is essentially a motion sensor that uses LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging technology to create a virtual touchscreen with instant interaction capability. Continue reading

555: CT210M ASI Updated

The Carenado CT210M is one of my favorite aircraft and it actually was the first third-party aircraft I ever purchased for flight simulation many years ago.  Nevertheless, I had felt something wrong about its cockpit instrument but I couldn’t figure out what it was until recently when I was asked to worked on the X-Plane version of the ASI Gauge for Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs).

It is the Continue reading

554: FIP Toolkit Fix for Saitek Driver


A friend, Francois, in France who recently contacted Alexey Podrezov, the developer of FIP Toolkit, about the problem he faced when trying to use the utility.  After getting a solution from Alexey, he reported back to me that the problem was due to the driver that he uses.

Instead of the more recent Logitech version, Francois is using the older FIP driver from Saitek, which somehow disables the creation of a Windows registry that is necessary for the running of the Toolkit during installation.

To fix the issue, he will have to Continue reading

553: A 6-Part “How-To” Video from Father Dane

After the cockpit video, Father Dane further sent me the following information regarding the objectives of the simulator project that he built.  It also includes a 6-part tutorial explaining the very basics of flying.

Although Father Dane mentioned that most followers of FSX Times (many are real pilots) should not need these simple information, and some of the followers might have seen them in his channel already, I am still very happy to putting them here as they are very inspiring.

I built the C172 simulator as a Lenten project last year for the use of some local young students who wanted to find out if they really had the flying “bug”.

As it happened, they did and now they are all involved in taking real flying lessons on their way to earning a PPL. Continue reading

COCKPIT: Father Dane (EGCN, UK)

Many months ago when Father Dane purchased my C172SP gauges, I asked him if he was interested to post his cockpit photos to this section.   We had a few communications after that but ceased then.

Yesterday Father Dane sent an email with a YouTube link for the Cessna 172 simulator that he built in his spare bedroom.

Builder: Father Dane
Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK
ICAO: EGCN, Doncaster Robin Hood Airport

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