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Removing the virtual cockpit..

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I've downloaded a photo-real cockpit for a piper archer III I have, but when I switch to the VC, I see the image of the old cockpit (with no gauges now!). How do I edit the plane to show me a 'wide-open' view, like some of the other planes I have that don't have the VC to begin with from their designers?ThanksScott

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Want the bad or good news first?Ok the bad news first.. You can not remove the virtual cockpit from an aircraft because it is built into the model.Good news: You can however move the virtual cockpit out of view to give you a wide open front/side view. This will allow you to use 2D realistic side views with an aircraft with a ugly virtual cockpit.If you're going to use 2D realistic side views, then add the necessary entries into the panel.cfg file etc.Solutions # 1:After the 2D side views have been added, load up FS2002 with the aircraft you're going to reposition the VC. Once the aircraft is loaded, switch to the virtual cockpit, and press "Shift + enter" until the VC slips completely below you. Pan left or right to make sure the VC is entirely gone. Thats it, you're finished. Now when looking out the side views while in the 2D panel, you'll have just you're 2D side views. Of course, if you didn't add any 2D side views, you'll have wide a open view. Downside to this, after FS2002 is restarted, you'll have to do the same thing again. If you use this method, if you press "Shift + backspace", you can move the VC back into position.Solution #2: (more permanent)This takes a bit of time to adjust, but works great. If you do this change, your view will be clear every time you start FS2002.Open up your aircraft.cfg file and look for this section:(Views)/eyepoint=28.8,-2.2, 3.2eyepoint=35.0,0.0, 3.2In this example, I commented out the original eye point view with a /.What you have to do is increase or decrease the first number until the virtual cockpit is adjusted behind your viewpoint, when sitting in the virtual cockpit. I move the cockpit back just far enough so my 2D side views are clear when looking through them. For most models, increasing the first number does the trick.Their is one thing you have to watch out when doing this adjustment however. If your aircraft has landing/taxi lights that can be observed while in the 2D cockpit, if you move the VC to far back, you will not see the lights at night... Just bewareHope this helps

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If the VC is a .bmp file, can I delete it, or would it cause the plane to fail to load?Scott

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