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.

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499: Shader Cleaner is now Free

FSX and P3D creates Shader Caches during operations to optimize overall performance via frequently accessed instructions and codes stored in the caches.   However, the Shader Caches are prone to be messed up by various reasons sometimes.   Rebuilding them is a common method to fix many issues suddenly coming up without a proper cause.

The Shader Cleaner FSX and Shader Cleaner P3D were developed to help clean Shader Caches quickly before the loading of FSX and P3D whenever needed — Personally I don’t recommend cleaning the Shader Caches if everything is okay.
 
DO NOTE that after the Shaders of P3D v3 and especially v4 are cleaned, the display will black out for some seconds when a new flight is loaded.   Just be patient and everything will come back to normal after the cache is built again.

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Cockpit: Dean Carlton (YMER, Australia)

Dean Carlton in Australia has just sent me updated photos of his desk-based simulation setup from concept to completion, in which a number of techniques and methods I never thought of using before.

The photos posted below are only a few from 50 something images Dean sent over, including some very old Private Pilot’s License Course materials and copies of the early 80’s The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft magazine he collected.

To see them all, one could click on the Dropbox link Dean shares with us at the end of the post.   Via the link, one can even download the drawings of his Main Instrument Panel (MIP) in pdf, skp and step formats, if interested.

Builder: Dean Carlton
Location: Merimbula, Australia
ICAO: YMER, Merimbula Airport

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498: RealAir Duke Gauges R2 Update

The FIP Gauges for Duke B60 and Duke Turbine from RealAir Simulations have been updated to version R2, which includes new gauges (such as a new Engine 4 in the Turbine set as shown on the right) besides fixes and optimizations.

In addition, the updated gauges are now Logitech drivers compatible.

Exisitng users should have received notification emails containing download links in their mailboxes by now.  Should any user not receiving the update, feel free to contact me by email or via Comment of this post.

Cockpit: Ken (KFRG, USA)

Ken was much involved in flight simulation during the ’90s with FS 5.1 until the early 2000s; and then got back into flight simulation again (in a big way) after he retired at the end of 2011.

Besides the photos, Ken also attached a schematic layout, showing how he achieved a self-contained cockpit system that doesn’t need of a mouse or keyboard for any inflight functions.

Builder: Ken
Location: Huntington, New York, USA
ICAO: KFRG, Farmingdale Republic Airport

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Cockpit: Ken Terry (YSSY, Australia)

Followings are the cockpit pictures from Ken Terry who is the first person in my Cockpit section using three curved monitors in his set up.   They certainly provide a more realistic scenery impact than the regular display.    (Edit: Imagine what it would look like if the three curved monitors are replaced by three latest 49-inches.)

Builder: Ken Terry
Location: Sydney, Australia
ICAO: YSSY, Sydney Airport

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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

496: Gauge-Switcher v8 Released

GaugeSwitcher is a handy program I developed a couple of years ago to help Saitek FIP Driver users to quickly switch between multiple FSX Times Gauges (say from C172SP to B58 to Mooney Bravo to RAS Duke or vice versa) to match with the aircraft being used or to be used in FSX, FSX-SE and P3D.

The utility was given to users of my Gauges once but stopped for some reasons.

Now, the utility is available again with many optimizations, including compatibility with both Saitek and Logitech Drivers, and Continue reading

495: New Generic Wet Compass Released

Unlike the current Cessna Wet Compass, a new generic wet compass for Saitek/Logitech FIP (Flight Instrument Panel) has been created to cope with a larger number of different types of aircraft, including BeechCraft, Piper, Mooney, Robinson, etc.   The compass has been requested for quite some times but I hadn’t had a good idea of how to do it right in the first place until recently.

In addition, the new compass comes with 4 slightly different designs so as to better match with the different layouts in various cockpit requirements.
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Although the differences between these designs may not be significant; however, these little or unnoticable touches, are many of the essences I’ve been putting in my gauges.   Because I believe, many times, what makes somethings special are the little things we sometimes ignore. Continue reading