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.

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505: An Update to the Fuel Flow Issue on XPlane C172

Thanks to Rares Vernica, the cause of the fuel-flow issue found on the C172SP Integrated Fuel Gauges (INTFG) for X-Plane has been spotted.  It is very likely caused by the “rounding” function in Logitech’s X-Plane Plugin for the command.

The value of the “sim/cockpit2/engine/indicators/fuel_flow_kg_sec” dataref from X-Plane for the C172SP is in the range approximately between 0.003550 to 0.009475 (or 0.003xxx to 0.009xxx) when engine is running.
As shown in the image above, the 3rd decimal number on the Flight Instrument Panel (FIP) is rounded to either 0 or 5 regardless of the actual output from the dataref in X-Plane. Continue reading

500: XP C172SP INTFG (Logitech) Released

Here at last the Integrated Fuel Gauges (INTFG) for the X-Plane C172SP running Logitech FIP drivers.   It is fully customized for the aircraft even with the adjustable EGT reference needle. 

Unfortunately, there is still a feature yet to implement — the fuel-flow needle doesn’t work properly yet.

Nevertheless, instead of keeping it away from the shelf,  I replaced the fuel-flow instrument with CHT (Cylinder Head Temperature, a common feature found on Cessna aircraft) as an interim option until the solution is found.

Both CHT and fuel-flow options are included in the gauge package.   When the fuel-flow option is chosen, users may regard it a failure, which adds fun too.

All current X-Plane C172SP (Logitech) users could contact me for discount if interested in this new instrument.

Lastly, since I am not a full X-Plane simmer, help on implementing the fuel-flow feature is welcome and appreciated.    In return, a full set of the XP-Logitech C172SP or B58 gauges (or any of my bundle gauges) will be given to the first person who help solve the issue as a gift.

Following is the implementation I did so far: Continue reading

497: Gauge-Switcher for X-Plane Plugins

An X-Plane version of the GaugeSwitcher is also developed for those who are using the Logitech X-Plane Plugins for my FSX Times Gauges.

It works similarly and can handle up to 60 FIP gauge setups for X-Plane as well.

The utility has been sent to all users of my XP_Logitech gauges by emails.   Should anyone who hasn’t received the download link in their mailboxes by now could Continue reading

473: Running Logitech X-Plane Gauges alongside SPAD.neXt


It is commonly known that SPAD.neXt and Saitek/Logitech drivers cannot be run simultaneoulsy; otherwise conflicts will occur.
Here’s how to avoid the conflict when running the new X-Plane FIP Gauges (using Saitek/Logitech drivers) together with SPAD.neXt; since the development of my earlier X-Plane gauges designed for SPAD.neXt has come to a stop for the moment.

Edit:    Just found that there are still conflicts between the Logitech plugins and SPAD.neXt.   Under this combination, all basic functions work ok but not the many extra features provided by SPAD.neXt.
Will explore further if there are solutions.

Step 1
Install the Saitek/Logitech FIP drivers (if they have been removed from the computer) — it is necessary for the Windows OS to recognize the hardware.

You could download the Flight Instrument Panel Drivers from Logitech’s support web page here.   Or if you have the older version 7 on hand, it works fine as well.

Step 2
Follow the instructions in Post 471 to install the X-Plane Plug-in.

Step 3
After restarting the computer, right-click on the Windows Menu bar at the bottom to call up “Task ManagerContinue reading

472: The Wait is Over

As early as in February this year, I released five C172SP gauges for X-Plane, which were to be run on the SPAD.neXt driver platform.    I was optimistically hoping that a full C172SP gauge set for X-Plane could be done by the end of the year.   Unfortunately, there was no progress at all regarding X-Plane FIP conversion support since then.

To be frank, it’s nobody’s fault, and we all know that plans don’t always catch up with plans.   On the bright side, it is a good push on my new direction for developing X-Plane gauges based on the platform’s native datarefs and commands.   Moreover, I still see many X-Plane flight-simmers running FIPs with the default Saitek/Logitech Plugins.

So, here it comes the new C172SP X-Plane (Logitech) gauges, plus the Wet Compass just completed.

Truly, Continue reading

471: Adding FIP Plugins to X-Plane


Whether you are using the Saitek or the Logitech FIP drivers for FSX and P3D at present, further adding FIP option to X-Plane is very simple:

Step 1
Download the “X Plane Plug-in” from Logitech’s support page — No worry even if you are still using the previous Saitek drivers and not the recently renamed Logitech drivers.

Step 2
Run the downloaded file to install the Plug-in — A new folder called “XSaitekProFlight” will be added to the “\X-Plane 11\Resources\plugins” folder automatically.

That’s all and you are now able to fly with the default gauges in X-Plane.

Fine-Tuning Continue reading