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Most flight simulation enthusiasts dream of building their own cockpit but may have been put off by the difficulty of setting it up or simply by the price of buying instruments. SimPlugins’ Panel Builder 2 lets you simply choose the instruments that you need to set up a general aviation aircraft or helicopter panel. These can be placed with your mouse and scaled to size with the mouse scroll wheel. The background of the panel is a simple bitmap. Perhaps this product should have been called Panel Builder for the novice. You can run Panel Builder on a single PC or on a simple network with additional monitors if required. You can choose a version for X-Plane 9 or 10 or for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. All you need is a spare monitor. You can try Panel Builder for free by downloading from: www.rcsimulations.com You can activate the demo to make it a full version by registering on-line for just £39.95 including tax. More Info: SimPlugins’ Panel Builder is also available on a USB stick which means that it is not tied to one PC. We consider the X-Plane version suitable for a flying training environment such as a flying school when used with the appropriate software license. The cost of the full version with USB stick for FSX or X-Plane is £49.95 Upgrades for other platforms cost just £14.95 See the demo of Panel Builder 2 in action on YouTube by typing in: Overrtherainbow1013 How it works: Panel Builder has been design to be modular and therefore easy to expand. It includes the- simPlugins Interface the ‘link’ between the flight simulator and Panel Builder across a network Panel Manager the application to design instrument panels Instruments individual instruments that are combined into panels This approach provides an interface to any flight simulator that has an open architecture for third party add-ons. It also allows for the creation of new instruments to be added any time. Instruments currently not available in Panel Builder can be designed on request. Features Suitable for all single and twin engine aircraft types Helicopter specific instruments are also included Covers piston and turbine Engines Design an unlimited number of panels Panels can be saved and loaded using the included ‘Panel Manager’ Design your own panel background Supports Pilot and Co-pilot Panels Instruments can be freely moved and sized on the screen (useful for screen overlays/cutouts) Includes over 70 instruments Instruments are configurable for different aircraft performance data Instrument dials and buttons are functional Complete! Nothing else to buy. New instruments and avionics will be added regularly and will be available as inexpensive software updates. These will include a World War 2 blind flying panel and support for DCS.
This was the first public showing of X-Plane 10 by Laminar Research. This video was taken at the Flight Sim Weekend, Lelystad by Bob on 7th November. This is X-Plane 10 Beta 7 demonstrated by the author, Austin Meyers. You can pre-order the release program from R C Simulations website for delivery before Christmas.