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I have been flight simming for a couple of years since retiring. I'm afraid I haven't ventured very far since the early days, FSX Steam & default aircraft etc. I do have a GF-MCP PRO which I am very happy with. I am now thinking of expanding/updating (P3D perhaps) and even adding hardware to my setup, possibly EFIS.  One thing I keep encountering is 'Pollypot Goflight Interface Tool' But I can't for the life of me work out exactly what it does. I have tried watching a couple of video tutorials but they just confuse me even more. (Might be an age thing!) I would be very grateful if some one could explain to me in plain language what Pollypot GIT does.

Many Thanks

John Ryall

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Trying to keep it simple.....it is software to interface your FSX/FSX-SE or whatever flightsim to actual hardware like radio dials or autopilot controls that are sitting on your desktop.

 

 

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Thank you Charliearon,

All I need now are some simplified instructions!

J.R.

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Hi Steve, 

Thanks for link.  I think I am going to be seeing a lot more of it in the future ! It still seems very daunting, I will have to concentrate a lot more.

What I am trying to figure out is will GIT connect my GF-MCP pro (which is currently working in FSX with GF Config.) to any FSX or P3D default aircraft ?

Cheers

John.

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Hi John,

It works automatically with the MCP PRO and EFIS (amongst other devices) for the PMDG NGX, 777 and 747. There are configs available for download on the website for these two devices for other aircraft made by customers.

It has the potential to work with any aircraft, but it is an interfacing tool and it depends on what the aircraft developer has "exposed". I guess what you saw in the videos was using Detective to find out what to do when there is no config available for download. Its looks complicated, but once you get your head around it, its fairly straight forward.

Best wishes

Steve

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Hi Steve,

Again thanks for the time and advice. I appreciate this must be very straightforward for many but very daunting for a beginner, especially fast approaching the big 70! Still I will keep at it and hopefully get there eventually. I have found that often trial and error is as fast a learning aid as any. If the worst should come to the worst there is always uninstall / reinstall !

Best Regards

John.

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Hi John,

I recently purchased GIT so I could take full advantage of not just my MCP-PRO with the PMDG737 but also the switches on my GoFlight T8 modules.

Using a combo of GIT plus the power of FSUIPC5 and the PMDG SDK I have programmed a switch that turns on GRD PWR instead of the multiple actions using the CDU menu and overhead.

Another switch turns on Engine anti-icing and window heat. Not one for the purists but when you have a limited number of switches you have to put them to full use.

GIT is powerful software with a learning curve but well worth the effort to learn it.

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Hi Ray,

Thanks for taking the time to answer. 

You have put a lot of valuable information into a few short sentences.

The general feeling I am getting is that GIT is not easy to master, but worth the effort at the end of the day. So I shall have to stick at it.

I am already making full use of a programmable keypad to operate lights, radios and GPS etc. As you said, not one for the purists, but hey, it's my aeroplane!

Thanks again for your time.

John.

 

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Hi John, it isn’t easy but Steve, the author is very helpful. Post on his forum if your stuck with anything. Powerful software does have a steep learning curve but once you have mastered it the world is your oyster.

Those programmable keypads are really useful with flight sim. We never have enough buttons! 😀

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Hi Ray, I have been overtaken by events a little bit and don't have the same urgency for GIT.

But I have become so intrigued by it and its potential that I am as determined as ever to learn as much about it as I can regardless of need. Knowledge is a powerful tool!

I know what you mean about buttons, my pad has two 'layers' of 58 buttons each and I am already using the second layer. What we need is programmable keypads with dials.

Cheers

John.

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Hi John,

With so many buttons available you really should look at programming buttons specifically for thr PMDG737. You will need a registered version of FSUIPC5.

Have a look at this post. It's what I used to program buttons / switches with multiple actions using FSUIPC and the PMDG SDK. Explained very well and a godsend.  https://forum.simflight.com/topic/85925-how-to-program-joystick-buttons-and-keys-to-control-pmdg-aircraft/

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6 minutes ago, John_Ryall said:

Why didn't someone MAKE me use FUIPC before now ?

Is that a rhetorical question?

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Ray, it was the only way I could think of to express how pleased I am with FSUIPC, (despite missing out the 'S') and what I have been missing out on all this time !

So many thanks for your encouragement.

J.R.

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15 minutes ago, John_Ryall said:

Ray, it was the only way I could think of to express how pleased I am with FSUIPC, (despite missing out the 'S') and what I have been missing out on all this time !

So many thanks for your encouragement.

J.R.

John, your post doesn't really tell me what you've done to enjoy FSUIPC so much. Are you using it to program GoFlight switches for the PMDG737 as I mentioned a while back?

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Ray, I haven't got that far yet. I do have the PMDG 737 downloaded but there were some issues when I installed it. This was prior to FSUIPC. it seemed to conflict with GF-MCP PRO when used with default aircraft. That problem went away when the 737 was uninstalled. I will get round to trying it again soon.  But at the moment I have more than my hands full with programmable keypads and button boxes doing things that were not possible without FSUIPC. It's amazing how many default 737-800 switches and knobs can be assigned which are not available in FSX control setup. To say nothing of throttle and trim adjustments, creating a 'dead area' when the joystick is centred. I find I am spending almost as much time setting up and learning at the same time, as flying. I expect it will all settle down soon though.  At the moment most of my spare time is spent studying Arduino, mainly looking for sketches, any pointers?

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John, the GoFlight MCP PRO is fine with the PMDG737. You have to use the GF Config software to change it to Compatible Addon. But for default aircraft just use the Default autopilot option.

With the PMDG you get VNAV and LNAV. With default you don’t get those and have to use V/Spd and Heading.

Arduino? Sorry, never heard of him.

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Thanks Ray, I thought it must be something straightforward. Obviously I have GF config but never thought to change anything on it ! 

Now, not sure if you're pulling my leg or not but Arduino make microcontrollers but they need to be programmed, they call the programmes sketches. I am looking to see if I can put together my own button box to emulate EFIS. It's another steep learning curve at the moment, but I'm getting somewhere.

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John, never heard of them, honest. Why not wait for GoFlight to resume business and buy the EICAS addon from them? Or contact Bob at RC Simulations in Bristol and see if he has one.

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Ray, I might try that in the future, but to be honest I am finding the research for this DIY project very satisfying. Not sure if I've mentioned this but I had a very bad experience with a Goflight EFIS I bought from Aerosoft. To cut a long story short they messed me around for a long time and it took me ages to get my money back.  

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John, each to their own of course but I'm surprised you had problems with Aerosoft. They're pretty reliable.

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Ray, I have obviously given a one sided account of the Aerosoft affair.  I am generally very happy with them, used them before this, will probably use them again in the future and would recommend them.

The problem was one of their techs contacted me and said he could probably find a 'work round' solution to my problem, in  a couple of days. This turned into a few more days, then weeks etc. Until after two months I finally lost patience, contacted their management and had my money back within a few days. So you see the problem was with only one individual who unfortunately was employed by Aerosoft.

 

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Fair point John. Sounds like he let their side down.

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