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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533: Garmin G5 XP-11 Conversion Update

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.

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532: XPL B58 HSI Now Works with VOR2

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.

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527: FIP Gauges for FSX/P3D can now be run in X-Plane

Just noted recently from SPAD.neXt’s website, saying that FIP gauges developed for FSX/P3D platform can now be run in X-Plane using its valuetranscribing feature without any modification.  That’s a good news as I have been stuck for more than two years by the incomplete transcodings of SPAD.neXt’s attempt on making FSX/P3D gauges to be compatible in X-Plane.

In the last few days, I’ve been testing the compatibility of many of my FSX/P3D gauges under X-Plane 11 platform running alongside SPAD.neXt.   Followings are my findings:   Continue reading

525: G5 XP-11 Conversion Supporter Wanted

From time to time I receive inquires asking whether the Generic G5 PFD and HSI will be converted for X-Plane platform.  To better answer the question, I would like to know who are willing to pay in advance to get the instruments done.

If there are up to 10 people who are keen on the gauges, I’ll put the conversion into action within a month or two.  BUT NOTE that the gauges will run on the Logitech FIP XP Plugin only.  And the price is the same as the FSX/P3D version.

Anyone who would like to support the G5 X-Plane conversion project could drop me a note in the contact form below or via the Comment section.  I’ll get back to you once the supporter target is met.

Edit: The G5 Gauges are ready. More information from here.

524: New Gauges for Maule M7, Carenado C172N and A2A A35

A few more sets of FIP gauges for the default Maule M7, Carenado C172N and A2A BeechCraft A35 were developed in the last few months.   In addition, the Carenado C152 gauges have also been updated.  They are all ready now.

Among them all, the Autopilot Control (APC) for the Maule is the most interesting one as it not only fits on the Maule but also good for most other aircraft, in particular to those setups that don’t equip with any autopilot hardware.

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