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

487: Gauge File Updating for SPAD.neXt

When my FIP gauges are having major updates, say from version R3 to R4, they will be installed onto a new folder ending with the new version in their names, e.g. A36_Bonanza_R4.   This is to prevent mixing the new files with the old files, and to avoid the possibility of overwriting user-customized files, just in case.

For those who are running the Saitek/Logitech Drivers, the gauge installer will create corresponding links for the update automatically.

But for those who are using SPAD.neXt, they will have to reinstall the gauges to the SPAD.neXt system again as the folder location has changed.   This is quite troublesome especially when one has configured the buttons and knobs on the FIP extensively.

Following is what I do and it is relatively simple and efficient. Continue reading

408: Mooney Bravo Gauges Released

Over the last 10 months, I’ve put more time on making gauges for FIPs than flying in the virtual world, as I am excited to see them evolving from some original basic attempts into current skillful works.   A rather unexpected alternative satisfaction I never thought would have gained from flight simulation.

mooneybravo_eng1_gifsThe latest project I just finished is the Mooney Bravo, which consists of two integrated Engine gauges plus the ASI, HSI and TCR.   Some new techniques have been used in this gauge set, such as a selectable DME 1 & 2 display, and the stepping-style elevator, rudder and wing flaps indicators. Continue reading

406: Saitek Driver Toggler

As mentioned in my Post 380 back in mid-September last year, I was working on a utility that would allow the toggling of the ON/OFF status of the Saitek Driver because SPAD.neXt requires the Saitek Driver to be removed (or unloaded) from the system in order to run properly.

Here it comes at last and I call the utility “SToggler” (abbr for fsx_times_saitektogglerSaitek Driver Toggler“).  Edit: The utility has been updated and renamed as FIP Driver Toggler.   It is compatible with either Saitek or Logitech FIP drivers now.

The utility was designed to serve my needs to keep both Saitek and SPAD.neXt drivers on my system and at the same time could be selectively used when either of them was called up without interfering the other.

What the utility does when executes: Continue reading

404: A2A PA28 Engine Gauges Released

Didn’t expect to complete this Integrated Engine Gauges for the A2A PA28 so soon myself since I was saying that I had been stuck by the layout for it in the last post.   I just had it figured out in a dream a few days ago.   No kidding.

a2a_pa28_eng_gif-smallWith this Engine Gauges, all instrument on the A2A PA28 are almost covered.   Surely there will be new features, such as the Trim wheels & Flaps Indicators and stall indicator, to be added to the gauge set in future updates as in other gauges.

In addition, my button and knob setup in SPAD.neXt for this Integrated Gauges (such as the EGT reference needle) will be provided as references to users, too.

Anyone interested in this Engine gauges could click on the image above for more information.   And if you are already users of my the A2A PA28 bundles, feel free to contact me for discount via email directly.


403: S-TEC 30 TCR for A2A PA28 Released

This S-TEC 30 Turn Coordinator for A2A PA28 did take me quite some time to develop due to its complexity.   Many components in the equipment were newly made in order to fully map the auto-pilota2a_pa28_tec-30 features accordingly.  Frankly, I am quite happy about it myself.

This time, instead of just providing the gauge itself, I will include my button setup for the Auto-Pilot Switch, Auto-Mode Switch and Auto-Mode Turning Knob as references to users when they are setting their own.   Although SPAD.neXt is getting user-friendlier, I believe users would still be glad to see such help. Continue reading

389: A2A PA28 Gauges Released

My initial plan was to complete the Carenado CT210M gauges first.   But again, plans never catch up with changes.   Here is the A2A PA28 Cherokee Set.

Although consisting only four gauges for the moment, they, together with the earlier released A2A Cessna gauges, already a2a_pa28_gaugessform a near complete PA28 cockpit and are fully playable.

The aircraft’s Attitude Indicator, Altimeter, Vertical Speed Indicator, VOR1, VOR2 are virtually identical (well, some with some minor differences) to those on the A2A Cessna cockpits.

The only gauge that is unique to the PA28 is Continue reading

380: A2A C172R & C182T Engine Gauges Ready

The 4-in-1 Integrated Engine Gauges for the C172R and C182T and Manifold Pressure-Fuel Flow Gauges for the C182T are now ready.   The gauges are being sent to those who earlier purchased the C172R and/or C182T bundles.
The FIP gauges for the two A2A Cessna are now complete in general.  Surely there will be new features to add to the gauges, when appropriate, in future.

Anyone interested in this A2A Cessna Gauge Set Continue reading

379: Answer to the FIP Difference

Thanks to friends who praised me for removing the jaggies on the FIP gauges. SPADneXt_Screen

I really wish I did.  But it is Ulrich of SPAD.neXt who actually brings the difference.

As Michael comments, we users of FIPs have been disturbed by the jaggies since their launch.

Over the years, I thought the jaggies could only be solved by replacing the LCD screen with a higher resolution one.  Never expect someone could really get rid of them via a piece of software.   It’s truly a landmark because it now opens a much wider possibility to the usage of the FIP gauges in the future. Continue reading