Panels and Views
One of my pet peeves with FS9 and
the earlier versions of Flight Simulator are the default
instrument panels. The developers have done a great job on the
panels, they're suitable for what they are.
I find the panels huge when being
used with today's modern large screen LCD monitors, especially
the wide screen monitors. Although the panels are huge you
still have to click on icons to bring up engines controls,
radios and other auxiliary panels, this is very distracting when
flying. Although virtual cockpit (VC) panels have solved much of
the problem the 2D panels are still required for most of the
controls on the default aircraft.
Some great panel replacement add-ons
have come to the rescue. These panels give the correct
perspective of what the pilot sees in the real aircraft and most
of the controls are available on the instrument panel with
little need for pop up screens. Many of these add-ons are more realistic than the
stock panels are very easy to install. They give a whole new
perspective to what you see in front of you.
I chosen a few of favorites here for
the C172. These panels give
you a much broader view of the interior and clicking on the
controls work which is much better than clicking on an icon to
bring up a pop up window. The images below
how the difference between the default IFR 172 and an IFR 172 add-on panel. You will notice
much more scenery is viewable. Basically these add-ons
perspectives remove the feeling of sitting on the floor of the
aircraft trying to see above the instrument panel.
Panel by Frank Elfort Night
view of panel
For download search web C172 Panel add-on by Frank Elfort
Cloudy C172 Cessna
Panel Default panel
Download from web search Cloudy Cessna C172 Panels
One fantastic free add-on is the
RealAir Cessna 172 which flies very realistically as opposed to
the default aircraft and includes wind sounds and is able to
spin for realistic spin training.
aircraft is available from
and also may be downloaded from various
flight sim sites.
stock aircraft uses the stock C172 panel but there is a custom
add-on panel for the RealAir aircraft that makes it perfect. These
additions will give you a new C172 selection in the menu, add
the custom panel and you'll be flying it more than the default
Alternative Main Panel for RealAir Cessna 172 SP Skyhawk
Download search RealAir Panel by Horst Paetzold
A glass cockpit is something that
has been in airliners and larger planes for a long time.
These systems were cost
prohibitive to the smaller GA aircraft until around a decade
ago. Now glass
cockpits are everywhere in general aviation even down to the
small Sport aircraft class. Here is a look at the Garmin 1000.
It's also a cool looking system sitting inside the aircraft no
matter how small the airplane is.
Rather than go through a long
explanation of how they work and how they can benefit you as a
pilot or simmer this excellent tutorial puts it all in a
nutshell. It explains how it works and what it can do. I've
included two links one on the basics and another on navigation.
Click here for part 1
for Part 2
As a simulator pilot it great to
have simulation software available to learn how this system works and to use in
your aircraft at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. If
you're really serious there are some high fidelity trainers that
operate just like the real thing.
G1000 apps are also becoming
abundant for iPads, Smartphones and Android devices making G1000
operation available just about anywhere.
Here are some links to a few of
them but there are many more available.
G1000 for the iPad
Flight 1 Aviation
There are many more, just do a simple web
search to find the G1000 software that will add this new
technology to your flight simming experience.
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