683: JF-PA28 VOR2 Left-deflection Fix

Have you ever noticed when the Just Flight PA28 Arrow III for MSFS is loaded with engine JF-PA28-VOR2-Needlerunning (meaning the aircraft isn’t started from cold and dark), its VOR2 needle is always deflected to the left?

It’s a bug, I believe, since the needle won’t return to center when no NAV signals are present.

To correct this error, we’ll have to flip Continue reading

681: AC582SL MSFS Version

The Air Creation 582SL was my favorite ultralite trike in FSX/P3D, for which I developed FIP Gauges for it a few years ago.  I am so glad to find a remodeled MSFS version of it in Flightsim.to, which seems attracted a lot of interests now.

Had it installed and flied with it for some hours.  Frankly, wouldn’t say that it is as good as the original.  But at least it is playable.  In particular, my original AC582SL gauges can fully work with it without any issue, including the backlit too. 
I have modified the gauges Continue reading

592: My Cockpit Rev #18 – Full Cockpit Trial

I bought a full scale C172 glare-shield for my cockpit rebuilding back in 2017.  After setting up the FIPs and Avionics stacks two weeks ago, I found out they didn’t fit to each other.

Since the FIPs were leaned backward on their original plastic frames, which didn’t match with the vertical avionics stack at all, I then decided to replace them with a one-piece wooden frame just like the one I made for the avionics.  Moreover, as the avionics in one stack format would leave many empty spaces on the right, I decided to put them into a B58 style layout as well.

In addition, two 12-push button switch arrays from iflysims.com were added to the cockpit for general functions, such as open doors, etc.

Followings are the pictures during the makeover: Continue reading

553: A 6-Part “How-To” Video from Father Dane

After the cockpit video, Father Dane further sent me the following information regarding the objectives of the simulator project that he built.  It also includes a 6-part tutorial explaining the very basics of flying.

Although Father Dane mentioned that most followers of FSX Times (many are real pilots) should not need these simple information, and some of the followers might have seen them in his channel already, I am still very happy to putting them here as they are very inspiring.

I built the C172 simulator as a Lenten project last year for the use of some local young students who wanted to find out if they really had the flying “bug”.

As it happened, they did and now they are all involved in taking real flying lessons on their way to earning a PPL. Continue reading

COCKPIT: Father Dane (EGCN, UK)

Many months ago when Father Dane purchased my C172SP gauges, I asked him if he was interested to post his cockpit photos to this section.   We had a few communications after that but ceased then.

Yesterday Father Dane sent an email with a YouTube link for the Cessna 172 simulator that he built in his spare bedroom.

Builder: Father Dane
Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK
ICAO: EGCN, Doncaster Robin Hood Airport

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552: Video Preview of A36 GEM

Happy New Year !

Edit: The gauge is now available in the FIP store

Have been wanting to make the Graphic Engine Monitor (GEM) of the A36 Bonanza for a long time.   Here’s a video preview of the finally created instrument running on the Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panel (FIP) next to the same instrument in the virtual cockpit on the computer monitor.

It took me quite some time to figure out how to make it right.   It is under fine-tuning and will be my first gauge to be released in 2020.  Continue reading