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Bert Pieke

VSI rate adjustment

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As I am scratching my head on how to make the piloting experience more pleasant in this aircraft, I decided that allowing the VSI rate to be adjusted on the VSI gauge itself might be useful.  This is also true to life.

 

Unfortunately, the area on the bottom right where there is an "R" knob (rate?) is not accessible, but there are two possible approaches that work.

 

If you fly with Instrument Reflections off, you can control it with the mouse wheel, right on the gauge.

 

If you have them on, as I do, the best location I have found, is the upper left corner of the MFD (which I have replaced by a GTN750).

 

So, if you are in the mood.. as a follow on to my GTN/MFD tutorial, here is a panel.cfg section.

Gauge03 if you have Instrument reflections off, or Gauge11 if you have them on:

[Vcockpit01]
Background_color=0,0,0 
size_mm=1024,1024
visible=0
pixel_size=1024,1024
texture=$Panel_1


gauge00=GAUGEC2EADI!Gauge_EFIS550_EADIVC,     0,  0,512,480
gauge01=GAUGEC2EHSI!Gauge_EFIS550_EHSIVC,     0,482,512,480
gauge02=C2CAR!ToggleEFIS,  0,0,512,64
//gauge03=MFD640_C550!MFD640_config,		0,	0,   1,  1
//gauge04=MFD640_C550!MFD640,           512,  0, 512,397
//gauge05=MFD640_C550!ToggleCARG500,	    0,	0, 512,30
gauge03=C2CAR!AdjustVSI,    512,397,400,400
gauge04=F1GTN!GTN750VC, 562,-42,412,468,UNIT1
gauge05=C2CAR!Toggle14401,    512,200,40,312
gauge06=GAUGEC2!Gauge_VSI_DIGITAL,    512,397, 320,320
gauge07=GAUGEC2!Gauge_UPDATE_DIG,      	 	0,  0,   1,   1
gauge08=C2_Cabin_alt!C340_PRESS,  0,0,1,1
gauge09=CarSound_C2!CarSound,          			 2,2,5,5
gauge10=S550_CE550!CE550,          			 0,0,1,1
gauge11=C2CAR!AdjustVSI,    512,0,40,150

Note that I have changed the Toggle14401 location to the lower half of the bezel.

 

Now for the AdjustVSI gauge..


If you have already created the C2CAR folder, here is the AdjustVSI.xml gauge you need to add to this folder:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<SimBase.Document
        Type="AceXML"
        version="1,0"
        id="AdjustVSI">
    <Descr>AceXML Document</Descr>
    <Filename>AdjustVSI.xml</Filename>
    <SimGauge.Gauge id="Gauge_AdjustVSI" ArtDirectory=".">
        <FloatPosition>0.000,0.000</FloatPosition>
        <Size>30,30</Size>
        <Image id="iconpanel_background.bmp" Name="iconpanel_background.bmp">
            <Transparent>True</Transparent>
        </Image>       

             <MouseArea id="VS Knob_ALT_PITCH">
                <FloatPosition>0.000,0.000</FloatPosition>
                <Size>30,30</Size>                
                    <CursorType>Hand</CursorType>
                    <MouseClick id="MouseClick">
		<Script>

(M:Event) 'WheelUp'    scmi 0 == if{  (>K:AP_VS_VAR_INC) }				 

					
(M:Event) 'WheelDown'    scmi 0 == if{ (>K:AP_VS_VAR_DEC) }							

		</Script>								
		<ClickType>WheelUp+WheelDown</ClickType>
                        <ClickRepeat>True</ClickRepeat>
                    </MouseClick>
                </MouseArea>						
            				

            
 </SimGauge.Gauge>
</SimBase.Document>

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I'm confused Bert. There's a thumbwheel VR adjust on the lower panel. Does this not work for you? I just use the mouse wheel and set the VS.

 

Vic

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I'm confused Bert. There's a thumbwheel VR adjust on the lower panel. Does this not work for you? I just use the mouse wheel and set the VS.

 

Vic

 

If I am not mistaken (but it happens all the time), the thumbwheel you are referring to is really supposed to set the aircraft pitch in degrees, not the VS directly in FPM - plus it is "wired backwards" for the use its currently being put to by Carenado - I like Bert's idea here...

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I'm confused Bert. There's a thumbwheel VR adjust on the lower panel. Does this not work for you? I just use the mouse wheel and set the VS.

 

Vic

 

Hi Vic,

 

Yes, the Pitch wheel works (although it is wired backwards, which is easily fixed).

 

The problem is that I cannot see the VSI gauge and the pitch wheel at the same time.  In the real airplane, you reach down and keep your eyes on the gauge..   Yes, the popup helps, but I am not a fan of popping up windows if I do not have to.. so that is why I was looking for an alternate solution.

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Bert you are my man....Thanks

 

-EDIT-

I may be concomitantly used it in my cockpit ISG (please see ISG thread)? and later in the zip file for ISG users?

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Just added it in and it works like a champ - thanks Bert - now if I could just get all the little tidbits of changes scattered through out this forum about "performance fixes" all in jammed in so that the plane might act a tad more like its real world self (while we wait in vain I fear for Carenado to provide a "substantive" SP), this aircraft, while obviously not a "premium" effort despite the price starting to encroach on that territory, is oddly enjoyable for me to fly - though I swore in another thread I wasn't going to fall for it (especially after the Phenom), oh well :P

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Better location for the clickspot(s).

 

The bottom left square of the annunciator block is for the VSI adjustment, and the top left square is an autopilot popup.

 

[Vcockpit02]
...
gauge17=C2CAR!AdjustVSI,                    270,430, 84,84
gauge18=C2CAR!Toggle10130,               270,261, 84,84

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Hi Vic,

 

Yes, the Pitch wheel works (although it is wired backwards, which is easily fixed).

 

The problem is that I cannot see the VSI gauge and the pitch wheel at the same time.  In the real airplane, you reach down and keep your eyes on the gauge..   Yes, the popup helps, but I am not a fan of popping up windows if I do not have to.. so that is why I was looking for an alternate solution.

Oh - I see your point now. I had seen several posts where user said they could find no way to adjust VS, thought you were implying that. I'd also prefer your way. 

 

Vic

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