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  1. As others have said, it is possible, at least in the US, but best to get professional medial advice and not rely on forum advice unless the poster is a respected AME.  I suggest checking out Aircraft owners and Pilots Organization (AOPA), http://www.aopa.org/.  They have a wealth of info on becoming a pilot.  AOPA also allows you to post to their forums in the medical section anonymously and without having to be a AOPA member. Pilots of America, https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/, is also a good site to check out for all things aviation related. Good luck!

  2. 53 minutes ago, Gypsy Pilot said:

    It all depends on what you want to accomplish with your sim.  If you fly FSX without scenery ( no scenery, or complex aircraft, no VAS problems ) what you propose will work.  Just be careful that you don't end up like me with 3 computers on the shelf that no longer are strong enough to fit my needs.  

    I started flying sims with FS2000 and my satisfaction grew with each sim release. Everything was fine until I installed FSX and Orbx PNW.  That is when I discovered that my real joy came from flying Low and Slow over great scenery in difficult terrain.  

    The system you propose will become a dedicated machine limited to your original purpose and will have to be replaced if the simming bug bites you.  

    I can envision an IFR Trainer with only the instrument panel on the screen and you flying with only the instruments you will use in real life,.building up your proficiency in flying without scenery. 

    The big question is where do you go from there?

    Will you want accurate airports to land at?

    Will you want to be able to see the ground and have all of the landmarks where they are supposed to be?

    It's all up to you.  You can fly using only the default scenery or fly using enhanced scenery.

    What I am saying is just think it through before you make the investment.








    I get what you are saying, but I'm not concerned as most of what you bring up simply is not anything I care about with one exception:  Airport accuracy.  And even then it is only an issue as far as the runway environment (specially runway and approach lighting) as being able to visually acquire it is the key as to whether a given approach can be continued all the way to a landing or having to go missed. This is why I want a 2-screen system: one for the panel and one for a forward out the window view. Anything beyond the runway environment (buildings, ramps, trees, grass, houses, etc)  is of absolutely no interest.   Also I've already got some dedicated IFR software, the problem is none of it can emulate my avionics.   Plus the Nav databases are waaayy out of date and aren't updatable.  I should note I've played around with different versions of MS Flight Sim over the decades (yes decades) and never found Flight Sims specifically, or computer gaming in general, very enjoyable (my 17 yr old son on the other hand...).   To me a flight sim is a simply a tool and not an entertainment medium.

  3. 4 hours ago, Gypsy Pilot said:

    Have you considered going with a VR setup?  It would cost less than a good 27" Touchscreen monitor and it would give you the sense of the depth of field.that a monitor does not have.

    The system you want does not exist at your price point.   You are looking at around a 3,000  dollar system and if you want to make long flights you will need P3D v4 to avoid VAS crashes.



    Nope -- VR would be way over kill for what I'm trying to accomplish.  Although I'm still learning, it would seem I can setup what I want for closer to $1500--new i5 7600K based PC, a 16"-24" inch touch screen monitor, and  F1 G500/600 with GTN  add-ons.  I care nothing for scenery, traffic, pretty clouds, or entire simulated enroute IFR flights from airport to airport (I get enough of that flying my real world airplane).  My intent is purely to set the ceilings and visibilities at or near minimums and practice approaches, system failures, and system integration.  I guess I don't understand why I need a $3K investment to do that.

  4. 12 hours ago, michal said:

    I am still waiting for my "dream" IFR simulator. And my requirements are truly minimal. I don't need terrain, I don't need autogen, I don't need weather, I don't need clouds, I don't need rain drops. My Garmin G1000 PC Trainer is fine - the problem is it lacks aerodynamics of real aircraft. So add some half-decent "airfile" (SR20/SR22T, etc) to my trainer and I would be in heaven but I suspect none is coming soon.

    Yeah, I have the G1000 trainer too, but haven't used it since I got my ticket 4 years ago.  Although the G1000 system logic is very similar to my current EFIS and radio setup (It's all Garmin after all), the buttonology is different enough that I'm willing to invest in a new PC, hardware, and software to get better emulation.

  5. 6 hours ago, Zatoichi said:

    I'd tape a piece of paper over the top half of the screen (so nothing but instruments show) , like a visor and have a go?

    No need. The weather in the sim can be set to whatever minimums I want.  It doesn't have to look pretty with raindrops on the windshield and stuff like that.  When you are in solid IMC in the real world it's like you are flying inside a ping pong ball.  It's just solid off white unless you passing in and out of layers/individual clouds or flying through precip.  None of that is necessary to accomplish what I want which typically is to break out at minimums (at or near DA on a precision approach, and at the MDA prior to the MAP on a non-precision approach), see the runway environment, transition to visual, and land OR go missed if no runway environment is in sight at the DA or the MAP.  Now what I would like is dynamic weather in the form of changing ceilings, wind, and vis just like the real world as these can be very different on the approach than what ATIS or AWOS is reporting on the field.

  6. I think based upon what I want to do with the sim, I'll stick to either one of the sim's built-in aircraft (I got a boxed version of FSX) or perhaps one from one of the usual suspect 3rd party developers. The airframe really doesn't matter (although fixed gear is preferable) as it's all about the avionics.  Speaking of which, the Flight1 G500/600 and GTN addons look like they fit the bill nicely.  So any piston-single that is capable of stable 120kts approaches and is compatible with the Fight1 addons will work.  

  7. 23 minutes ago, jcomm said:

    Just in case, here's a review I made sometime ago, still on v8.6

    There's an E40 HSI module also available, and ELITE v9 brings news :-)




    Problem is, it doesn't come with a similar module to your Van's RV-10... 

    I have ASA IP Trainer and On Top software and both are descent IFR sims, they just don't offer an option to switch between aircraft, much less anything akin to modern avionics (plus they aren't updateable or supported anymore).  At the time they were probably the best "affordable" options.  Packages like Elite were combined hardware and software packages back in the day and were prohibitively expensive.  In the end, any aircraft package that doesn't emulate close to what I have, (full-up EFIS and IFR WAAS GPS) simply won't cut it. Otherwise I'm really no better off than using my old outdated programs.

  8. 19 hours ago, Chock said:

    You should bear in mind that this is also where you will have to be careful with the aeroplanes you choose for your simulator. All the main flight sims will allow you to use dual monitors to display stuff, however, not all aeroplanes which you can get for FSX and P3D feature 2D panels, and you would likely need these is if you wanted to drag things about and place them on various screens to emulate a blind flying panel.

    So is there a way to determine which 3rd party aircraft have 2D panels?  I took a quick look at random aircraft from Carenado and Alabeo and there's nothing in the descriptions as to whether they support 2D panels or not, as far as I could tell. 

  9. 11 minutes ago, jcomm said:

    The only suggestion that honestly comes to my mind is ELITE IFR

    It's on version 8.7, but 9 is under work with GNS News...

    ELITE is 2nd to none for professional IFR proficiency. Have been using it since v7.

    See:  www.flyelite.com  or www.flyelite.ch  home versions: http://flyelite.com/home-version/   and   https://www.flyelite.ch/en/home-version/

    P.S.: There's a disclaimer at their site about compatibility not guaranteed for Win 8 and following, but I've been using it with 7, 8 and 10 with no problems...

    The problem with Elite is I can't customize it to match my avionics.  I already have a steam gauge IFR trainer, but there's significant imitations with it in that I can't update the nav database (it's over 10 years old now) and there's no auto pilot.  While it's still usable, as I have a completely glass panel in my own plane, I'll get more training bang for my buck by having the same panel as close as possible to what I fly with in the real world.  Practicing things like buttonololgy, operational modes, and failure modes are just as important to operating a TAA as attitude flying is to basic IFR operations.  .

  10. Alan,

    Thanks for that awesome post!  I have a way ahead now.

    17 hours ago, n4gix said:

    The only missing information is the aircraft he owns, so recommending a third-party sim version is not possible at this time....:cool:

    I own an RV-10 -- here's me and the plane in Homebuilt Camping at Oshkosh during AirVenture 2017.  Although the plane will fly approaches at 90 KTS just fine, I typically shoot my approaches at 120 KTS as I find this speed a bit more stable, particularly when coupled.  ATC likes that better too.  In fact over Thanksgiving, ATC asked me to maintain best forward speed on the ILS 07 into KORL to sequence me in between jet traffic so I kept it at 150 KTS until I was on short final (it's nice to know you can if you have to). Anyway, so any low wing model (fixed gear preferably 2500- 3000GW category, but not a showstopper) that is stable at on approach at 120 KTS should work.39497918651_eb18ba33c3_b.jpg

  11. 2 minutes ago, scottb613 said:


    I'd think you would want P3D as it's the most widely used... I use it myself to practice instrument procedures and it's the one aspect of flight training that carries over well to the sim - procedures... If you use Foreflight on an iPad - it can connect to the sim as well... If you want a free EFB - FltPlan GO does the same...

    The expenses add up quickly - I'm building a decent but not bleeding edge system now which I average every five years or so... If you build it yourself with a budget in mind you could probably put one together for $1,500.00 or so - add another $500 to $1000 if you want an off the shelf box (someone else assembles it)... Then monitors $350, controllers $300, and software... To jump in with both feet - the learning curve and expense could be considerable... Maybe - try downloading P3D and load it on whatever you have and just to see if you like it first ?

    We're here to help - but you're definitely jumping into the deep end of the pool...


    Thanks Scott.   Right now all I have is a an iPad mini (and I use GarminPilot as my EFB) and an old laptop that can't really run any of the platforms.  Building my own PC has always been the plan as I did it for my son a few years ago.  I already have a CH yoke and one monitor (albeit it could replacing), so beyond the touch screen monitor I don't want any additional controllers or hardware (beyond the PC itself). Do I need something else?

    And for those wondering why I'm hung up on the touch screen, I want to emulate my real plane's cockpit as much as I can so the procedures and flows are as similar as possible.  I can live without it, but it would make for a more realistic environment. 

    Si here's the big question.  Assuming FSX, FSW, P3D, and X-plane can all do a 2-screen setup like I want what's the advantage of P3D since it's the most expensive software package?  Also looking at X-Plane 11, can someone confirm that to do the 2-screen implementation that I want, that I'd need go the 2 copies of x-plane running on 2 networked computers route?

  12. 38 minutes ago, n4gix said:

    Well, you've described a very through laundry list of wants. There is unfortunately no simple plug-n-play that will meet all of your requrements.

    The closest would be the Redbird Jay, which is about a simple as anyone could want:


    It comes complete lacking only rudder pedals. Those are available as an option.

    You can add additional peripherals as needed, such as a second monitor for the instruments, et cetera. Also, Flight1 has recently released their authentic G500/600 gauges, which will interface with their GNS530/430 or GTN750/650 GPS. Since they are based on the actual Garmin Trainer(s), they are as authentic as the real world expensive devices!

    A caveat is in order though. The JAY is not approved or certified by the FAA or any other foreign government or entity for use in flight training to satisfy required proficiency time, instrument experience, training for certificates or ratings.



    Hey thanks -- I'm familiar with the Jay as I did part of my IR training in a Redbird FMX, but that's not really what I want (at least hardware wise).  I guess I should amplify my "wants" a bit as I have overstated the turnkey aspect I think. I don't mind getting my hands dirty installing add-ons and doing configuration, I just don't want to spend countless hours doing it, preferring to go down a proven path based upon others experience.  So, the 2-screen requirement (one of which is a touch screen for the instrument panel) is where I like to get to, but it's not a showstopper to get up and running as long as the platform is capable of supporting that feature when I'm ready. 

    I also don't need a large screen for the main display.  This is an IFR trainer build so I'll be IMC most of the time so a big screen is just a waste.

    My quandary is trying to understand which platform can do this the easiest while not breaking the budget.  Speaking of which, all in I'd like to try and keep the package (software and hardware) in the $1500 to $2000 range (I have a yoke and a 24" monitor that I can repurpose). . I don't want to build a bare minimum system, but don't want a top of the line gaming machine either.  Not sure if that's doable

    Oh and I'm not trying to build an FTD, BATD, or AATD so there's no intention of logging anything. 

  13. OK I've searched and searched and quite frankly I've got info overload so I'm in dire need of advice.  First of all, I'm an instrument rated Private Pilot and not looking to game or sim VFR flights. What I am looking for is a sim to use to augment, but not replace, the IFR currency and proficiency training that I do in my own plane.  So here's the wish list:

    -- 2-screen setup.  The main screen would be a forward out the cockpit view, and the second would be dedicated to the instrument panel

    -- Has an add-on available to include a Garmin G500/600 with a GTN 650 in the panel (this combo most closely emulates what I have in the real world which is a 2-screen Garmin G3X EFIS with a GTN 650)

    -- The 2nd monitor is a touch screen to keep mouse/keyboard inputs to the minimum

    -- No other interface hardware other than a yoke/stick (and maybe rudder pedals)

    -- Ease in terms of implementing and configuring the above (IOW, don't have to have a computer science degree, a MS cert, or have an unlimited budget, etc).

    I've been looking at FSX, P3D, FSW, and X-Plane 11 and simply can't make heads or tails as to which one can get me what I'm looking for the least amount of money.  Bear in mind that I'll need to buy a new computer and monitors too, so I'm also looking at minimum system requirements at the same time.  Ideally, the least expensive the better.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  14. So apologies up front for this long noob post and if it's in the wrong forum-- I tried searching and the amount of material is simply overwhelming to easily weed through.  With that disclaimer out of the way, please bear with me while I provide a bit of setup for my questions.  I'm an instrument rated private pilot and I'm thinking about putting together a one maybe 2-screen sim to practice instrument procedures using x-plane --nothing cosmic about that.  Where it gets complex is I'd like to emulate the avionics in my own plane (an RV-10)  to the max extent possible. I have a 2-screen Garmin G3X EFIS with a 2-axis TruTrak auto pilot coupled to a GTN 650.  I realize that with exception of the GTN, there will most likely never be emulation of my EFIS or autopilot.  For those unfamiliar with the G3X think non-certificated Garmin G600.  My panel basically gives me the same capability of a G1000 but with less integration which translates into more button pushing to accomplish a given task, plus the buttonology is similar but not exactly the same.  That's why I'd prefer not to simply select an aircraft model with a G1000, although it might end up being the easiest solution.


    So finally here's my questions.


    1.  Has anyone with the simPlugins EFIS Panel builder with an autopliot integrated the RealtiyXP GTNs into their panel?

    2.  Are there any aircraft models available (HP piston single preferably but it's not a showstopper based upon my intended use) that have emulated a G500/600 coupled to an autopilot?

    3.  Any suggestions as to how to skin this cat?




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