549: Updated FIP Plugin for X-Plane

Just found out Logitech’s X-Plane Plugin for FIPs has been updated to version 8.0.213.0.    According to the support page, the new version has included additional Cessna gauges (similar to those offered in FSX/P3D Drivers) plus updates to the rotary dial behavior in gauges.

Not sure what “updates to the rotary dial behavior” means but the new version works fine on my system without any issue so far.

Sadly, the fuel-flow issues I reported more than a year ago in Post 505 and 509  are still not addressed.

548: RDA Update Looks Cool in the Cockpit

Radar Altimeter (RDA) is an avionic device that is used to measure the distance (or the Above Ground Level (AGL) altitude) between an aircraft and the terrain presently beneath itThe Duke B60 and Duke Turbine from RealAir Simulations are both equipped with a piece of the instrument in their cockpits.

After an AGL altitude is selected, the DH (Decision Height) indicator of the RDA on the Duke B60 or Duke Turbine will lit up when the aircraft is within 100 feet below the set point, and turn off when the 100 feet range is passed.  The corresponding FIP Duke Shared RDA I developed for the two aircraft was designed and programmed in this manner.

However, a new user, Ken, wrote to me recently saying that the DH indicator on the real RDA doesn’t react this way. Continue reading

547: A2A J-3 Cub Gauge Bundle Updated

The FIP Bundle Gauge Set for the A2A Piper J-3 Cub has just updated to Version R1r01.   Apart from various bug fixes and accuracy improvements in the series, the dial of the Altimeter can now rotate according to atmospheric pressure adjustments, just like what the altimeter does in the virtual cockpit on the aircraft.

Moreover, a pop-up style Barometric (QNH) Scale is added to the instrument, which not only provides extra handy features to the user but also be able to maintain the look and feel of the original design of the altimeter at the same time.

Current users of the bundle should have received the download link for the update in their mailboxes by now.   If not, notify me by email or via the Comment Section below.

544: XPL G5 PFD R1r02 Update Released

Thanks to a friend who pushed me to correct the standard rate turn indicator on my G5 PFD for his regular IFR practices, the updated G5 PFD for X-Plane (XP-Logitech) is now ready for download.  Users of both G5 PFD Dual or Single versions should have received the new links by now.  If not, contact me via Comment section below or email directly.P.S. Last month is a bit messy due to my trip overseas and some family matters. Things are getting better now.

543: MS FS Strikes Back – Update

Here’s further notes from Brian regarding the coming MS Flight Simulator:

Xbox is the Microsoft games “umbrella”, the new MS Flight Simulator WILL run on Windows 10 “under” the Xbox “app”. Windows 10 users (running the May 2019 update) can install the beta of Microsoft’s revamped Xbox app from https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-app. Microsoft Flight Simulator will arrive on Xbox One and PC {in 2020?}, and will be included for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. So, buy the new FS and pay MS an annual fee for Xbox game pass…

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541: FIP Gauge Installer is now 8.0.150.0-Compatible

The automatic installer of my gauges is now compatible with the newer Logitech driver 8.0.150.0.

However, if you don’t encounter any issue with your current versions, keep on using them.  DO NOT UPDATE your driver to the newer version.

Because if you do, all your gauges already installed WILL BE REMOVED and you will have to REINSTALL them again.

540: For Those Who Love Flying Upside Down

The Alabeo Extra 300S coming with Prepar3D is such a fun aircraft that I couldn’t help flying aerobatic once in a while, even though I mostly got dizzy after it.

After the G5 instruments, I was planning to resume my cockpit rebuilding.  But since a new piece of equipment is still on its way, I decided to go ahead with the Extra 300S gauges first, which I’ve been thinking of for a long time.

There are new elements in the gauge set.  One of them is the dual slip/skid indicators Continue reading