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Following is a video showing the current status of the Garmin G5 gauges being developed for X-Plane. The ATT and HSI from the XPL B58 in the middle are used for comparison.
The G5 gauges on the FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) look pretty nice as they closely resemble the real one in terms of physical dimensions. Continue reading
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).
Also, the Course Deviation Indicator (CDI) Continue reading
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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.
After nearly two months, the minimum targeted number of 10 supporters wanted for the G5 XP-11 conversion project have still not been met. Only eight simmers showed interests in supporting it.
However, since two of the supporters who expressed willingness to give a bit more to fill up the gap to kick start the project as soon as possible, I sent out emails to all potential supporters for final confirmation last week.
Sadly, four among the eight in the end, including the two who said would pay more, withdrew their supports.
Not a complaint and no hard feeling. It’s within my expectation that people are really not that keen on the G5 gauges.
The good news is: Continue reading
Although both FSX/P3D and X-Plane 11 comes with the BeechCraft Baron 58, their cockpit instruments, operations and features are not exactly the same. One of these differences is the ability to select different HSI sources in X-Plane, which the FSX/P3D B58, including the Carenada version, doesn’t have.
The selection feature has been added to the XPL B58 HSI Gauge, on which users can now choose from NAV1 (VOR1), NAV2 (VOR2) and GPS as needed for course deviation indications. Following is a video showing how the HSI works when the selection source is changed.
To make it easier for users Continue reading
Kung Hei Fat Choy !Wish You All a Prosperous Year of the Pig
Michael has been flying as a private pilot for 6 years, and he is now working on his multi-engine and commercial pilot rating. His goal is to find a job in aviation.
Michael says that in his experience as a pilot, he realized that a home simulator is a great means to improving his knowledge and practice muscle skills for the devices he is using on board a real plane. Although his home cockpit for now is nothing special, he says, he is modifying it a lot with new gears to make it as realistic as possible very soon.
While working FIP Gauges for X-Plane these days, I find the time reaching the main menu at sim launch takes much longer while FIPs are powered on as well.
Not a big deal, probably. But if one can shorten the load up time of X-Plane significantly by simply turning on the FIPs ONLY AFTER the main menu is shown, why not ? Additionally, I find the act eliminates the occasional crash of FIP Gauges in X-Plane as well.