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Glass Cockpit Mini Panel version 2.1. The glass cockpit mini panel has been updated with several bug fixes and minor enhancements. A major update to Karol Chlebowski's Pave Tack system has been added to this version. Additional documentation on the use of Pave Tack is included. You do not need to download the previous version; everything you need is in this update. By Bill McClellan.
Please read this entire file as it covers some specific installation instructions and the installation of two third-party gauges. Some operational tips and references are included.
Version 2.1 Glass Cockpit Mini Panel has been updated with many new pop-up windows to help improve visibility on the main mini panel screen, plus add additional new functionality. This is an entirely new panel so you do not need to download my previous version. A pop-up Analog Cockpit panel has also been added to this version. A new version of Pave Tack addon gauge by Karol Chlebowski has been added that is spectacular.
Note: If you have Version 2 installed just overwrite all files from the zip file gauges folder into "Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Gauges" folder and you are complete.
1) Backup the minipanel.cfg file in the "\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Gauges" folder so that you can change back to it if you need to.
2) Open the Gauges folder in the FSX_GlassMinipanel_V2.zip and copy the contents into "\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Gauges". Yes to any overwrite message. If in doubt then backup the original gauge first!
3) Copy the TCAS folder and its contents into "\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Gauges" folder. Yes to any overwrite message. If in doubt then backup the original gauge first!
To access the glass cockpit minipanel from the main 2d panel press the “W” key. To return to the main panel press the “W” two more times. You cannot access this mini panel from the 3d virtual panel.
Most of the gauges on the panel are self explanatory but I will describe or reference information on some of the more complex but very useful gauges on the minipanel. There are several icons in the lower right hand corner of the mini panel that will access the pop-up windows. Most of The pop-up windows can be resized and moved on the screen to where ever you desire.
If you click the center of the Primary Flight Display (PFD) or center of the Multi Function Display (MFD) it will enlarge the two gauges. Click in the center again to close the expanded gauge. There are also icons on the Icon Tower to show blown up views of both the Glass Cockpit gauges and the old Analog gauges. There are several other icons on the ICON tower that show pop-ups of the Nav Info, Nav Info Map, Cockpit Commander, Fuel Status, Landing, Clock, Radar, Data MFD, TCAS, GPS, and Pave Tack.
The informational gauges for nearest airports and navigational information are transparent and sometimes the information is difficult to read in certain lighting conditions. If you click on either informational gauge it will add a black background that allows for easier visibility. I wanted to provide as much visibility as possible on the mini panel that is why it was made them transparent. Since these are transparent it can be a bit difficult to find the "hot spot" to click. You will need to click on one of the letters or numbers. With a little expermentation you will find where its easiest to click and bring up the data with a black background. Once the black background is up click on it again to return to a transparent state.
1) The TFR gauge by Karol Chlebowski allows you to fly Terrain Following at any altitude you desire. It works well down to 100 feet above the ground in flat and rolling terrain. In very mountainous areas you probably should not fly below about 800 ft. Occasionally you will have to take manual control of the aircraft in the mountains to pass safely across. Karol is working to solve this problem but even so this is a really fun gauge.
All you need to do is:
1.Set the altitude above the ground you like to fly in the altitude window of the autopilot.
2.Click the TFR gauge near the lower right corner of the minipanel.
3.Turn on the autopilot and click the ALT button and you’re off.
2) The Pave Tack gauge by Karol Chlebowski is an outstanding add-on that lets you scan outside the cockpit in any direction plus up and down. You can also view from different preset altitude perspectives by clicking the up/down arrows on the left side of the Pave Tack gauge. A zoom in/zoom out function is also included. I think most simmers will really like this gauge. Click the PT icon in the icon tower to display Pave Tack.
I highly encourage you to download Karol's latest update from AVSIM or FlightSim The documentation for this gauge and several other of Karol's panels and gauges is outstanding. Search for the file name fxpiggb6.zip on either site.
3) Also download Dietmar Loleit's tcas_and_traffic_display_v2.0.zip from AVSIM. There is very good documentation on the usage this gauge in the zip. I know several people had issues with the TCAS gauge in my previous mini panel for FSX so I changed to Dietmar's new gauge. To execute the TCAS pop-up click on the TCAS panel light at the top of the ICON tower.
4) Download Edi Hirsch's nav-info.zip from AVSIM or Flightsim for documentation on the Nav-Info gauges. They are executed by the two transparent icons on the icon strip in the lower right hand corner of the panel.
5) The Throttle and Radio Icons are dependant on the aircraft you are flying. They may not work on some aircraft but will work on others.
NOTE: If the aircraft you are flying already has a mini panel (most of the Microsoft default aircraft have them) you can disable them and use my mini panel if you so choose. Go to the aircrafts panel folder and open panel.cfg file with notepad. The list of window names is at the top of the page. Simply put // in front of any window named Mini Panel (name may vary). Example: //Window06=Mini Panel. If you decide to go back to the default Mini Panel just remove the //. The name and number may be different in each panel.cfg file.
[CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS]
• Thanks to Karol Chlebowski for the use of the very impressive Pave Tack, TFR, On Speed, Autopilot, Data MFD, Radar Altitude, E-Trim, and SALv9 gauges.
• Thanks to Dietmar Loleit's for his new TCAS gauge.
• Thanks to Glenn Copeland for his extremely functional Cockpit Commander gauge.
• Thanks to Edi Hirsch for his Nav-Info gauge.
• Thanks to Robert K. Guy for his fuelstat gauge.
• Thanks to Ed Struzynski for FS Panel Studio, which was used to assemble this panel.
There is no warranty or guarantee of any kind, expressed or implied, for any problems whatsoever resulting from the use of this software (though it’s very unlikely). The user assumes all risk related to the use of these files.
The archive fsx_glassminipanel_v2_1.zip has 19 files and directories contained within it. View them...
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|Filename/Directory||File Date||File Size|
|Pave Tack.cab||07.05.11||633.89 kB|
|Pave Tack Notes.doc||06.16.11||327.50 kB|
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