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

News: Prepar3D 64-bit is Coming Finally

Lockheed Martin has just announced that Prepar3D v4 will be public released on May 30.  And finally it is 64-bit.

The company says that the new version will completely change the simulation landscape with a comprehensive baseline update to a 64-bit architecture.   Higher resolution visuals, more objects, increased data precision, larger scenarios, and improved performance are now all possible at levels never seen before in the product’s history.

No information about whether we current users need to pay for the update or not.   The company says more details Continue reading

News: Flight Sim World Now Available

Whether you are entitled for a free copy of the Flight Sim World on Steam, it is just available for download now.   It comes with over 15 GB of contents.  Still need time to explore how it performs comparing to the previous Flight School and FSX.   Anyway, facing with more and more competition, P3D should be more aggressive and go 64-bit asap.

By the way, my system will be down in the next couple of days due to room rearrangement.   May not reply to emails and questions at all.

First Impression:
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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

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

418: Dual-Cue PFD Preview

Here’s the screen-shot of the PFD with dual-cue flight director I am working on.   It looks and fits better on larger airplanes.

Very likely it will be sold separately or be a paid addon to the existing single-cue version.

No worry, it will be free to all who purchase the PFD before the launch of this variation.   Should be ready by next weekend.