548: RDA Update Looks Cool in the Cockpit

Radar Altimeter (RDA) is an avionic device that is used to measure the distance (or the Above Ground Level (AGL) altitude) between an aircraft and the terrain presently beneath itThe Duke B60 and Duke Turbine from RealAir Simulations are both equipped with a piece of the instrument in their cockpits.

After an AGL altitude is selected, the DH (Decision Height) indicator of the RDA on the Duke B60 or Duke Turbine will lit up when the aircraft is within 100 feet below the set point, and turn off when the 100 feet range is passed.  The corresponding FIP Duke Shared RDA I developed for the two aircraft was designed and programmed in this manner.

However, a new user, Ken, wrote to me recently saying that the DH indicator on the real RDA doesn’t react this way. Continue reading

547: A2A J-3 Cub Gauge Bundle Updated

The FIP Bundle Gauge Set for the A2A Piper J-3 Cub has just updated to Version R1r01.   Apart from various bug fixes and accuracy improvements in the series, the dial of the Altimeter can now rotate according to atmospheric pressure adjustments, just like what the altimeter does in the virtual cockpit on the aircraft.

Moreover, a pop-up style Barometric (QNH) Scale is added to the instrument, which not only provides extra handy features to the user but also be able to maintain the look and feel of the original design of the altimeter at the same time.

Current users of the bundle should have received the download link for the update in their mailboxes by now.   If not, notify me by email or via the Comment Section below.

539: G5 R3 Update for FSX/P3D Now Ready

The FSX/P3D version of the G5 Gauges for Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs) have been updated to R3, which is now closely matching with the latest Garmin G5.  Click on each image below for the list of features implemented.

Users of the G5 Gauges should have received the download links in their mailboxes by now.  If not, Continue reading

538: G5 Update for FSX/P3D is Coming

My original update plan for the G5 FSX/P3D version was June or July this year so I can spend more time on my cockpit rebuilding.   However, since many G5 FSX/P3D users asked when the update will be available, I have pulled the plan to the top of my list.

Following is a quick video of the G5 (with dual flight directors) on B58 in motion.

In terms of appearance and operations, Continue reading

537: C172SP Gauges with New Back-lit Effect

The C172SP Standalone Gauges (FSX/P3D) have just been updated to R5r02 with new back-lit effect as shown below comparing the previous version.

For some reasons, the update took a much longer time than expected.   Anyway, it’s available now.

Current users should have received download links by now in their mailboxes.   If not, contact me by email or Continue reading

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

524: New Gauges for Maule M7, Carenado C172N and A2A A35

A few more sets of FIP gauges for the default Maule M7, Carenado C172N and A2A BeechCraft A35 were developed in the last few months.   In addition, the Carenado C152 gauges have also been updated.  They are all ready now.

Among them all, the Autopilot Control (APC) for the Maule is the most interesting one as it not only fits on the Maule but also good for most other aircraft, in particular to those setups that don’t equip with any autopilot hardware.

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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