447: FIPs for P3Dv4 and New Drivers

Received a number of inquiries recently from friends who asked for advises why their FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) no longer work after upgrading to P3Dv4.

Causes are in general similar — the exe.xml and/or the DLL.XML are missing.   Because these two files don’t come with the simulator nor created by the Saitek drivers by default.  Moreover, the latest FSUIPC5 is also a prerequisite.

Fixes are simple: Continue reading

446: Cessna Fuel Gauge Now with Back Light

The Integrated Fuel Gauges (INTFG) for the default C172SP and A2A C172R and C182T have just been updated to version R5 and R2 respectively.   They are the second group of Cessna gauges now enhanced with back-light effect, following the earlier Wet Compass.

Actually, in order to make the back-light effect right, I have taken far more time and effort than I expected in the first place.   The new updates are the result of numerous attempts and many days of work.

Therefore, I wouldn’t be able to give any estimated date when the next one will come nor what gauge or gauges it or they will be for the moment; however, there will be updates for sure, which I can promise. Continue reading

442: B737 Backup Altimeter with AS Indicator

Here’s the Backup Altimeter with Airspeed Indicator developed for the B737.   It is the third in the B737 gauge series and it comes with the back light effect.

Explanation of its altimeter and airspeed features is not necessary, I believe.

Although the gauge is customized for the B737, I found it’s fun to include it to some other gauge setups as well, as it contains two of the core six instrument.

To serve this purpose better, I will include an extra black-panel version in future update.   Anyone interested in this gauge could click on the image above or click here for order information.

 

 

 

434: I am now P3Dv4

I just ordered P3Dv4 tonight.  I didn’t plan to get it now because my new rig hasn’t been set up properly.  But I have no choice because more and more friends are asking the compatibility status of my gauges with the new version.   Although some users reported to me that my gauges on their system function as usual, I still need to ensure that myself that they are truly in good shape.

The program interface, though improves a bit, is still not my cup of tea.

Started up the program after installation and my first response Continue reading

433: B737 Wet Compass & Flaps Indicator

From time to time I receive emails about the availability of FIP gauges for bigger airplanes.   The B737 wet compass and flaps indicator, in particular, are two instrument mostly inquired.   So here they are.

Different from my previous attempts, these two truly implement the panel light effect on the gauges.  And they look particularly appealing in a dim environment. Continue reading

431: DHC2 Beaver Gauges Released

Received a number of friends who report to me that my gauges function properly as usual under the new P3Dv4.   So happy to hear that because I, myself, still haven’t purchased the 64-bit version yet.   Thank you all.

Speaking about gauges, just finished a new set for the DHC2 Beaver.   Although it is no way comparable to Beaverpilot’s full-scale Beaver Simulator, the instrument still provide good fun to those FIP users who enjoy float-planes flying.

To complete the instrument set, Continue reading

426: Compass Compass

Following the X-Plane C172SP, the Cessna Shared Compass for FSX/P3D aircraft has also upgraded with similar changes to allow the exclusion of OMI markers and NAV/GPS indicators.   In addition, a new version specifically customized for the A2A aircraft is also released.
   
Although these three Wet Compasses look similar in appearances, they do have differences in many ways from each other.   For example, there is no “BOTH” communication option on A2A and X-Plane.  The sound buttons, OMI markers and NAV/GPS indicators are also responding differently according to the status of the battery and avionics switches.

The main purpose of making all these similar but different versions available (which applies to all my other gauges) is to Continue reading

425: X-Plane FIP Gauges Updated

The partly released X-Plane C172SP gauges have just been updated to version R2.  Apart from minor bug fixes, codes of gauges have been revised and optimized to better simulate the response on the aircraft.

In addition, the wet compass is split into two versions to allow users to choose to include or to exclude the OMI markers and NAV/GPS indicators.

Furthermore, the ADF gauge is now added to the list, which counts to 5 gauges in total.

Regarding the remaining six gauges for the X-Plane C172SP, Continue reading