In this status update we will capture the new built in gauges from customsimparts. The near future withe the update of P3D to v5 and the next planned hardware changes on the PCs.
In this short video you can see the brake pressure gauge working with Prosim737.
Finally I updated all Gauges to the perfect custom built gauges by Tom from customsimpart. They look really fine.
The Cabin Temp gauge was the most horrific to be installed. Due to my wood frame construction form the overhead a lot of wood has to be removed to fit the gauge into. It was a mess…
Also I installed the valve gauge and the missing brake pressure gauge in the First Officer MIP. All gauges are connected to an 18 port pololu servo card and configured in ProSim.
And the final situation
For my birthday I decided a long overdue implementation to add the ACP. With this its now possible to switch the sending COM from 1&2 to make the communication easier and more accurate.
During the last purchase with Opencockpits I also decided to replace my weather radar panel to match the pedestal look with the other opencockpits panels. Of course back-lighting was also installed.
I am still searching for some knobs – if you have a hint, please contact me.
Another status update from my homecockpit progress. Here we will short cover the new upgraded backlights from most of the forward overhead as well as an outlook of the next topics like new gauges and new panels in the pedestal.
I used the momentum that I had for retrofitting the overhead panels. So I decided to continue to finish the missing ones.
The next 4 panels where finished after a longer time in maintenance phase – 4 more left in the forward overhead.
Also the next panel was now retrofitted with backlights. The panel sits above the Ground Power and Bus Switching Panel which I did some days ago. As this had only 3 switches and LEDs it was a rather simple one to do.
And again it looks fantastic. Sadly some color came of with the screw, but I will replace it in the near future with a new front plate.
During the last weeks I have finished the re-wiring and backlight of the Ground Power and Bus Switching Panel.
Fist it was removed from the overhead panel and all wired need to be cut, as no connectors were installed in 2009.
Once removed the panel was in the refitted with 12V LED strips.
and connectors where installed in the flightdeck as well on the panels to reconnect it more easily.
The LED boxes where replaced to black ones, that the new backlight won’t shine through.
To finally reassemble it in the overhead it “only” had to be reconnected. But there the issue started…
The place behind the panel was too small to fit the new connectors in, because back in 2009 we tried a backlight through a plexiglass screen, but this was not working as expected, but there was already the full overhead built. So I needed to get some place. So I have taken some “heavy equimpent” and drilled some holes in the plexiglass.
Finally finished and it looks very good.
What I forgot now to mention was the thing that stared to whole “operation”. The perfect looking APU gauge was the initial driver of the retrofit. As all my retrofitted gauges, also this was bought from customsimparts.
Realtime approach for runway 04L in LFMN (Nice) during the citylink event on the Vatsim network.