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Notes on a Collimated System

Notes on a Collimated System

Few have attempted most likely due to the complexity of the system. Not offered (to purchase) outside a Level-D commercial turnkey solution because of the SEOS Displays Limited (now Rockwell Collins) patents. Doesn’t stop you from trying to make one yourself! The first DIY collimated system was implemented by Gene and Wayne in 2010. Screen … Continue reading

2022 and Beyond

2022 and Beyond

2021 has been an eventful year (pandemic aside); there has been significant software and hardware developments and a few surprise announcements. What will 2022 bring? On the software front MSFS continues to advance in development with patches and scenery updates. Several scenery developers have announced cessation of Prepar3D support and development to focus primarily on … Continue reading

Airbus beats out Boeing: Qantas to order A321XLR, A220 jets

Airbus beats out Boeing: Qantas to order A321XLR, A220 jets

Qantas will embark on a sweeping overhaul of its domestic fleet with the popular A320neo family – including the extended-range A321XLR – replacing the Boeing 737 as the airline’s domestic and short-range international workhorse. Airbus edged out Boeing and its 737 MAX in what Qantas termed ‘Project Winton’ – named after the airline’s 1920 birthplace … Continue reading

AVS: A380 IFR/FMS Simulator

AVS: A380 IFR/FMS Simulator

Sydney based Aviation Virtual Simulators have now launched their A380 IFR/FMS Simulator. The IFR/FMS simulator represents all system and FMC functions required during the preflight phase. There will be additional development (LOWVIS procedures are planned) and also an A330 IFR/FMS trainer. The software should be an invaluable tool for enthusiasts and professional pilots. More information … Continue reading

Annunciator Korry Dimming Control

Annunciator Korry Dimming Control

Korry annunciators on the Airbus flight deck operate on 5 volts – this voltage allows for bright illumination and good visibility of the korry switches during daytime operations. However, when operating the aircraft at night, the korrys at this intensity can be overwhelming and distracting. With continuous usage the incandescent bulbs can also dissipate a … Continue reading

X-plane PoKeys Connector

X-plane PoKeys Connector

Martin has now developed an X-Plane PoKeys connector which allows you to interface datarefs with inputs and outputs of a Pokeys 57E board. Xplane and Flight Factor A320 are becoming a serious flight simulator platform contender with Cockpit Concept, Flight Deck Solution’s MCDU, and Skalarki support. You should now be able to connect most 3rd … Continue reading

Display Power Management

Display Power Management

For accurate display management it is important that each display unit monitor (LCD) is controlled by the appropriate aircraft power bus. This allows for correct simulation and power monitor (on/off) output behaviour. Avionics software such as ProSimA320 and Jeehell FMGS are able to manage the screen displays but this is done at a software level. … Continue reading