531: XPlane Startup Time with FIPs

While working FIP Gauges for X-Plane these days, I find the time reaching the main menu at sim launch takes much longer while FIPs are powered on as well.

Not a big deal, probably.  But if one can shorten the load up time of X-Plane significantly by simply turning on the FIPs ONLY AFTER the main menu is shown, why not ?   Additionally, I find the act eliminates the occasional crash of FIP Gauges in X-Plane as well.

527: FIP Gauges for FSX/P3D can now be run in X-Plane

Just noted recently from SPAD.neXt’s website, saying that FIP gauges developed for FSX/P3D platform can now be run in X-Plane using its valuetranscribing feature without any modification.  That’s a good news as I have been stuck for more than two years by the incomplete transcodings of SPAD.neXt’s attempt on making FSX/P3D gauges to be compatible in X-Plane.

In the last few days, I’ve been testing the compatibility of many of my FSX/P3D gauges under X-Plane 11 platform running alongside SPAD.neXt.   Followings are my findings:   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.

In this way, the notification features can not Continue reading

A Rally on XPlane C172 Fuel Flow Issue

Regarding the Fuel Flow Issue caused by Logitech’s X-Plane plugin as detailed in Post 505 and the reply from Logitech in Post 509, David Kelly commented that we should rally together and get it done.  I think it’s a very good idea.

My request truly represents just a single incident reported by just one user.   If there are greater numbers of support requests about the fuel-flow issue to Logitech as David suggests, the company should treat the issue more seriously and might possibly create some time-frames to address the issue earlier.

If you are flying X-Plane, please help file a request about the fuel-flow dataref issue as following stated on Logitech’s Support Home. Continue reading

510: XPlane C172 Fuel Flow Issue Update 4

As expected, Logitech has refused my request to provide the source code of the X-Plane plugin.  So, there is nothing I can do about it from this end, but I will continue to look for other options, if there are any.

Will I continue to develop FIP gauges for X-Plane, some asked?  Probably when timing is right, because not all aircraft involve the using of fuel flow in the way as the C172SP does.

Update: A Rally on XPlane C172 Fuel Flow Issue – Help Wanted

 

509: XPlane C172 Fuel Flow Issue Update 3

As mentioned in the update two weeks ago, Logitech sent me a revised X-Plane Plug-in but the fule flow datatref issue remains unsolved unfortunately.

After another 2 weeks of waiting, Logitech yesterday replied “we don’t have a newer X-Plane Plug-in and do not have a timeframe yet of when it will become available and no guarantee if even the newer one will address your issue.”

That’s really unfortunate to all who are using FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) for C172SP and other small aircraft in X-Plane.

Although the chance is small, I continue to ask if Logitech could send me the source code of the plug-in so that I can give a hand on the issue.

Let’s wait and see — Continue reading

507: A Few Updates

Haven’t updated FSX Times for quite a while due to some family matters, travels, other distractions and laziness under the summer sun.   Probably the situation will carry on for another month or so.

Regarding the fuel flow dataref issue in X-Plane for FIP gauges, Logitech has reacted and sent me a revised X-Plane Plug-in.  Unfortunately, the issue remains unsolved.   Have reported back and hope that there will be “workable” update from the support team soon.

During last month, my son developed an iOS version of the Affinity Mask Calculator for me.   It is called “FSXTimes AMC”.   Nothing fancy and it works similarly to the web version.   It can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store.   As 6- and 8-core CPUs are becoming main streams, next update will target to include them.

Last but not least, Continue reading

506: XPLANE C172 Fuel Flow Issue UPDATE 2

Logitech replied, “We have forwarded your case for further internal review.  Please be aware this can take up to two business days.  We will keep you informed on any further updates in regards to your request.”

Respond time is much much better than Saitek.   Let’s get our fingers crossed that there are some good news coming soon.

Update: A Rally on XPlane C172 Fuel Flow Issue – Help Wanted