495: New Generic Wet Compass Released

Unlike the current Cessna Wet Compass, a new generic wet compass for Saitek/Logitech FIP (Flight Instrument Panel) has been created to cope with a larger number of different types of aircraft, including BeechCraft, Piper, Mooney, Robinson, etc.   The compass has been requested for quite some times but I hadn’t had a good idea of how to do it right in the first place until recently.

In addition, the new compass comes with 4 slightly different designs so as to better match with the different layouts in various cockpit requirements.
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Although the differences between these designs may not be significant; however, these little or unnoticable touches, are many of the essences I’ve been putting in my gauges.   Because I believe, many times, what makes somethings special are the little things we sometimes ignore. Continue reading


494: Abnormal FIP Knob Adjustment Fix

Not sure how many of you have occasionally encountered a bizarre situation in which all functions, such as OBS and heading bug, that are controlled by the knobs on the Logitech/Saitek FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) suddenly move faster in 10-degree (step) per turn than the default 1-degree (step) per turn.

The cause of the issue is unknown but generally it can be cured by warm-booting (or in some cases, cold-booting) the computer.

In the last six months, I encountered the issue once or twice.  Instead of rebooting the computer, Continue reading

493: Heading Bug Synchronizing Fix

A friend, Sergey Dronyaev in Moscow, who reported an issue that he found the Autopilot Heading Bug on the A2A Cessna Shared HDG FIP gauge didn’t synchronize with the one in the virtual cockpit.  I had my head scratched since it was the first time I heard about the issue regarding the gauge.

Sergey later submitted a solution he found from the A2A forum:  Pressing the AP button once (Autopilot on/off) – both gauges will synchronize accordingly.

Just in case someone encounters the same issue, above tip should help.


489: B58 Baron Gauge Updated

Following the A36 Bonanza update, links for the Default B58 Baron Gauges update have been sent to all users earlier today.  Similarly, there are bug fixes, feature enhancements and code optimizations.   Should any user not receiving the update, feel free to contact me by email or via Comment of this post.

Updates for the Carenado B58 will be ready in the next few days.

488: A36 Bonanza Gauge Updated

Have been working hard on the updates for many of my earlier Gauges these few weeks.   The first one ready is the A36 Bonanza instrument, in which there are bug fixes, feature enhancements and code optimizations.

Download Links are being sent to all existing users by emails.   Should any one not receiving it by tomorrow, feel free to contact me.

Updates for the default B58, followed by the Carenado B58, will come next.

487: Gauge File Updating for SPAD.neXt

When my FIP gauges are having major updates, say from version R3 to R4, they will be installed onto a new folder ending with the new version in their names, e.g. A36_Bonanza_R4.   This is to prevent mixing the new files with the old files, and to avoid the possibility of overwriting user-customized files, just in case.

For those who are running the Saitek/Logitech Drivers, the gauge installer will create corresponding links for the update automatically.

But for those who are using SPAD.neXt, they will have to reinstall the gauges to the SPAD.neXt system again as the folder location has changed.   This is quite troublesome especially when one has configured the buttons and knobs on the FIP extensively.

Following is what I do and it is relatively simple and efficient. Continue reading