To help users of my FIP gauges (who are using Logitech’s default drivers and/or plugins for FIP controls) to quickly switch among different FIP set-ups, such as from gauges specifically made for the Mooney Bravo to the gauges for Extra 300S, I developed two utilities — the GaugeSwitcher (for FSX/P3D) and the XPL_GaugeSwitcher (for X-Plane).
But unlike the FSX/P3D version that can be run at anytime despite the simulator is active or not, the X-Plane cousin was deliberately restricted to ONLY allow gauge switchings while X-Plane is not running. This is due to huge memory usages in X-Plane, which could easily crash the system when unloading and reloading already-active plugins that also consumes a lot of memory, such as the Logitech X-Plane plugins together with the FIP gauges.
After more than a year since its launch, the updated XPL_GaugeSwitcher which doesn’t have the restriction is now available. Continue reading
Just found out Logitech’s X-Plane Plugin for FIPs has been updated to version 184.108.40.206. 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.
A pilot friend (who prefers anonymous) sent me a note about how he connects the Reality XP GNS430 to the NAV2 CDI on the C172SP in X-Plane 11. I don’t have any products from Reality XP myself but I believe the instruction should be of interest to many others who own the product.
Followings are the instructions: Continue reading
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.
The wait for the Garmin G5 style PFD and HSI for X-Plane running with Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs) is now over.
Thanks to all who paid in advance to support this project.
Download Links were sent about a week ago. Just in case you did not see them in your mailbox, contact me directly or via comment section below.
Following is a video showing the current status of the Garmin G5 gauges being developed for X-Plane. The ATT and HSI from the XPL B58 in the middle are used for comparison.
The G5 gauges on the FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) look pretty nice as they closely resemble the real one in terms of physical dimensions. Continue reading
One of the hassles in doing the conversion for G5 gauges to X-Plane is many FSX/P3D codes don’t have equivalents in X-Plane, and some even react and perform differently. In addition, there are extra needs not only for updates and enhancements but also needs for changes and additions in order to better match with the current model of the Garmin G5.
For example, the Autopilot status bar on the 2016 version G5 PFD is located in the bottom center on the display (left image below). It was the layout my G5 gauges for FSX/P3D were based on. In the 2018 model, the Autopilot status bar has been widened and moved to the top (right image below).
Also, the Course Deviation Indicator (CDI) Continue reading
After nearly two months, the minimum targeted number of 10 supporters wanted for the G5 XP-11 conversion project have still not been met. Only eight simmers showed interests in supporting it.
However, since two of the supporters who expressed willingness to give a bit more to fill up the gap to kick start the project as soon as possible, I sent out emails to all potential supporters for final confirmation last week.
Sadly, four among the eight in the end, including the two who said would pay more, withdrew their supports.
Not a complaint and no hard feeling. It’s within my expectation that people are really not that keen on the G5 gauges.
The good news is: Continue reading
Although both FSX/P3D and X-Plane 11 comes with the BeechCraft Baron 58, their cockpit instruments, operations and features are not exactly the same. One of these differences is the ability to select different HSI sources in X-Plane, which the FSX/P3D B58, including the Carenada version, doesn’t have.
The selection feature has been added to the XPL B58 HSI Gauge, on which users can now choose from NAV1 (VOR1), NAV2 (VOR2) and GPS as needed for course deviation indications. Following is a video showing how the HSI works when the selection source is changed.
To make it easier for users Continue reading