422: Time to get Moving

I’ve been talking about rebuilding my home cockpit and a computer dedicated to flight simulation…er… for quite a long time.   I really get moving now.

Followings are some of the gears I already purchased for the new cockpit. And in
general, it will be somewhat resemblance to what the guy ON THE GLIDESLOPE (OTG) does — a 3-monitor setup, one in the front and two on both sides.

But I am planning to use Continue reading

Misc: Nothing about Flight Simulation

I am a music lover since my very young age and had become an audiophile when I could afford to get some decent high-fidelity (hifi) equipment about 20 years ago.   This hasn’t changed much even after flightsimming has gained the number one position on top of my limited pastimes.

Do we audiophiles live for music or gear?  It’s a classic question and my answer is a definite both.

Whether you’re an audiophile and whether you agree with me or not, here’s a great BBC archive film produced in 1959 on this subject a friend sent to me a few days ago.  Continue reading

421: Cockpit, cockpit

A few days ago I received an email from Michael Basler who told me that he was scratching his head about the placement of the Generic PFD because, “You know, I have that X-Top panel with the sixpack where it belongs plus three additional FIPS at the right hand side…I just can’t map this onto my fixed X-Top panel.

Just in case there are others who have similar bewilderment, here’s my suggestion to him that Continue reading

413: Something Funny to Share

Here’s the email I received a few days ago:

Someone: Hello, I have a 421C with a turbine conversion and I am looking for some new engines Insturments. I believe your instruments would be a perfect fit. How much would a suite of instruments cost with dual TRQ, ITT, Ng, Prop, FF and FP? Let me know, thanks.

Tom: Please inform who is the maker of the 421C since I don’t have it myself.
Are you using Saitek driver or SPAD.neXt ? FSX or P3D ?
I need some more information before I can tell you if I can make the gauges for you.

Someone: The airframe is Cessna, the turbines are Lycoming owned by Honeywell now. The gauges for the Turbine Duke will work.
Here is a picture of my plane.

Tom: I make gauges for fight simulation, not for the real aircraft.

Someone: Roger

410: Should I … X-Plane?

by Michael Basler (http://michael-basler.net)

Michael is a veteran flightsimmer, who started playing Flight Simulator 4 back in 1991.   About 2 weeks ago, while we were discussing various issues regarding compatibility of my FIP gauges in X-Plane, an idea of inviting him to write a guess piece for his impressions and thoughts on the new X-Plane 11 came to my mind suddenly.   Thanks Michael and here’s the piece.

xp11_logoAt first: No, I am not one more X-Plane evangelist trying to persuade you to “convert”.  But I don’t think it hurts to look what’s going on elsewhere.

At second: Do you think this is misplaced at FSX Times?  It’s not – as you’ll find below. Continue reading

News: Spaceship Program Update

Remember the story about the Spaceship Landed in Panama reported in sds-1mid-October?   The project has proceeded to the next stage and there is now a dedicated blog page about it.

In addition to the information about the program, Erik has also shared his view regarding monitor choosing for the project and how he overcame stutter issues in FSX and P3D during the project development.


405: No Objection Allowed!

Not really in mood these days on my gauge projects or writing posts for the blog.  Pre-holiday mood I guess.

But I really want to say somethings after a friend who sent me his account spammingsuspension notice from Orbx because he just expressed his opinions against the company’s recent dropping of PayPal in their shop.

Read the posts.  My friend and many others as customers do have their good reasons against the company’s decision.   Continue reading

393: Spaceship Landed in Panama

While I am still endlessly thinking of rebuilding my home cockpit, Erik Dannau in Panama is about to complete his Space Shuttle project.

Last weekend, Erik “drove” his ship to a nearby airport for photo-shooting in coordination with the country’s Regional Aeronautics Director.  He sent me some photos and a funny story about the shooting: dannau_s01
He said, Continue reading