552: Video Preview of A36 GEM

Happy New Year !

Edit: The gauge is now available in the FIP store

Have been wanting to make the Graphic Engine Monitor (GEM) of the A36 Bonanza for a long time.   Here’s a video preview of the finally created instrument running on the Logitech’s Flight Instrument Panel (FIP) next to the same instrument in the virtual cockpit on the computer monitor.

It took me quite some time to figure out how to make it right.   It is under fine-tuning and will be my first gauge to be released in 2020.  Continue reading

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.

531: XPlane Startup Time with FIPs

While working FIP Gauges for X-Plane these days, I find the time reaching the main menu at sim launch takes much longer while FIPs are powered on as well.

Not a big deal, probably.  But if one can shorten the load up time of X-Plane significantly by simply turning on the FIPs ONLY AFTER the main menu is shown, why not ?   Additionally, I find the act eliminates the occasional crash of FIP Gauges in X-Plane as well.

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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516: FIP Gauges for A2A Piper Cub

Since I released the Piper Cub gauges two years ago, there are emails once in a while asking me if the gauges are compatible with A2A’s Piper Cub or if there will be dedicated gauges developed for the A2A aircraft.

Well, here it comes at last.  Even though I don’t fly this fun aircraft much, I am still happy to have it completing my Piper Cub sets.

Do note that since all A2A aircraft use Local Variables (LVars), these new gauges are no exception needing SPAD.neXt to run properly on the FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels). Continue reading