I sometimes receive questions asking me “Why the knobs on one of my FIPs don’t work? They used to be working fine.”
It is a bug in the Saitek driver. When the SaiFlightSimX.xml builds up to a certain number (most likely over 15 from my experience), the knob command assigned to the last gauge (or the last two gauges) becomes not functioning.
During my recent system recovery, many trivial issues found on my computer before the crash are also fixed. That’s a good thing. But unfortunately, there are new little issues coming up that didn’t exist before.
For example, I used to leave my Switch Panel, Radio Panel and Multi-Panel with power-on all the time, so that whenever I start the simulator, they could be put in operation immediately. But now, I have to load the simulator first and then plug in the USB hub on which the Panels are connected. Otherwise, the display on the Multi-Panel won’t turn on. Fix is yet to come.
I have a spare FIP sitting around for quite some times, which is only used occasionally for various testings via my network computer. Yesterday, I decided to throw in the underused FIP to the system to see how it effects.
Actually, the main reason for me not including the spare FIP to my system in the past was because the “6 FIPs + 1 Radio Panel across the top roll” and “1 Switch Panel + 3 FIPs + 1 Multi Panel” on the bottom constituted a pretty symmetric appearance in my 2-stack instrument setup already. And I’ve been using this setup for a very long time. Continue reading →
The B58 gauges come in two different versions — one for the default B58 and one for the Carenado B58.
Although the two gauge sets look similar in some ways, there are actually many subtle but notable differences between the two in terms of design and coding implementations. And the same gauge from the two versions could act differently in many occasions. It is one of the reasons dragging my original plan behind. Continue reading →
The Installer Program for the Carenado A36 Gauge Series is completed. Those who took the pre-sale offer should have received the download link in their mailboxes already.
In this official release, an extra standalone gauge plate for the Turn Coordinator is included. Local and Zulu Time Clocks are added to the AirSpeed Indicator. The True Airspeed Digital Display shown in the last preview has been moved to a position overlaying the TAS button.
Besides the Flight Director features on the Attitude Indicator (see my Post 327), a Wind Direction Indicator on the HSI gauge and Centering Indicators for the Aileron and Pitch Trim Wheels on the ADF gauge are also added for easy adjustments.