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

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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.

 

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

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