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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521: Don’t Update Your Logitech Drivers

To all users running my gauges under Saitek/Logitech Drivers
DO NOT UPDATE your drivers to Version 8.0.150.0

The location of this driver has changed, making it no longer compatible with the installer of my gauges.   In particular, it will remove all your gauges already installed.

If you do not have any issue with your current drivers, keep on using them.   I don’t find any benefit but Continue reading

520: X-Plane C172SP Annunciators and Wet Compass Update

Some friends asked if there will be an Annunciator Panel for X-Plane.  Frankly speaking, I never plan to make one in the beginning.  Anyway, as they wish…here’s the X-Plane version for the C172SP.

Operation wise, it is similar to the other versions.  The panel will pop up automatically on the Wet Compass whenever engine warnings are detected.  It will disappear when the signals are gone.

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517: C172R and C172SP Annunciator Panel Released

The Annunciator Panels for the A2A C172R and default C172SP are now ready.  Below is a video capture of the panel added to the Compass on the A2A C172R.

Similar to the C172SP one previewed in Post 515, the C172R annunciator panel will only pop up when error warning lights or equipment status indications are turned on, so that it will not affect the design and functions of the Wet Compass as well as the overall layout of the FIP gauge setup.

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515: Annunciator Panel Video Preview

Logitech (previous Saitek) has an Information Panel but I never like it as it looks odd in almost all virtual cockpits due to its huge size and footprint.

That’s one of the reasons why I developed the Integrated series of gauges for the C172SP in the first place, on which the annunciator panel fits nicely to the Attitude Indicator (ATTAN).

Since the release of the C172SP Standalone gauges many years ago, I’ve been trying to create an equivalent annunciator panel that looks as good as the one on the ATTAN.   There were dozens of idea tried over the years but none was satisfied, no matter they were rendered onto a separate FIP (Flight Instrument Panel) or incorporated into any existing standalone gauges.

Finally, here comes the most satisfied annunciator panel design that I am quite happy with at present.  Following is the video preview of it.

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