Glass Panel configuration
All versions of FsXPand offer PFD and ND
displays, starting with the 737NG. What you can do with them depends on
The FMS version has FMS functionality, and you can build your
flightplan using the CDU gauge.
With the Basic version, flightplans can be imported from FS2004 or FSX.
Use the menu Flightplan, and select either FS2004 or FSX. You will be
asked to enter the ICAO code of your alternate destination.
FsClient shows a window containing the lines of your flightplan. Your
ND will show a magenta course line and the waypoints selected. No
automatic flight is implemented in the Basic version, but you can use
the FS GPS mode to
follow a flightplan.
Scrolling through your route is possible using Alt-N and Alt-P.
The PFD will show a lot more information in the FMS version than in the
Basic and Light versions. This is because of availability of horizontal
and vertical profile information.
PFD and ND (with its 6 modes) are very type specific, and their
geometry and layout is rather complex. For that reason, there is not
very much user changeable in these gauges. Shapes, positions, colours,
all have been dictated by the specific aircraft type for which the
gauges were made. Configuration of the PFD and ND (R-click gauge) is
-Position on the FsClient window (itself sizeable again)
-Size of the PFD or ND gauge
-Orientation (upper side pointing up, left or right) allowing the use
of all types and sizes of screens
-Sky and Earth colour of the PFD
You already know that Panel setup
allows you to
choose the gauges you need for each PC that runs FsClient. Checkboxes
have been added to show the PFD and ND.
When creating your panel setup, you may
set the panel color different from the gauge color. This way you can
line up things easily (especially labels in an EICAS panel).
The EICAS panel has a mode anunnciator that will display
faked data in the Basic version. Only in the FMS version, data are
available about flight phase and power settings. Otherwise there is no
difference between versions in the EICAS displays.
FsXpand EICAS panels were made up of a set of gauges. Each gauge has a
lot of details to be changed by the user.
The PFD and ND panels however consist each of one gauge, just like an
airspeed indicator or N1 gauge.
Should you want to combine PFD and ND on one monitor, you can have a
panel with both gauges displayed (present configuration 737pfdnd).
If you want to combine PFD or ND with other gauges, that is possible.
Just add them to your panel configuration (Panel setup button). You may have a
performance issue depending on the quality of your graphics card and
speed of your PC.
have been added to control these panels. They are freely
You can simulate the presence of an EFIS control panel (and an MCP)
these commands. The functions they control are only activated when the
panel is on the screen and active (this means that FsClient instrument
panel was the last window clicked).
If you have control cards in your cockpit that can send keystrokes on
pressing a button or rotating an encoder, you can easily add these
commands to the configuration file of such a device and get real
hardware control over FsXpand.
MCP commands are normally preceded by Ctrl, EFIS commands by Shft.
These commands are the preset values. You can change
them using the
Panel menu, Configure
You can select your commands and add a
key sequence of 2 shift status keys and one normal key.
Cockpit (global): -
from this list if you need a global command that
will affect FS directly.
The global commands are available as joystick commands as well.
Panel (local): -
Select from this list if you need a
command for the panel only, like
those selecting ND modes.
After selection, press your key
combination. It will appear in the green field that becomes pink
indicating that you are about to assign the value.
- Press the button to assign the key.
Delete button: - After
selecting a command, and there is a key in the green field associated
with it, you can press this button to delete that key.
View keys button: - You can
check what has happened in the list of assigned keys.
OK Button: - Saves your key
configuration and closes this window.
If you try to assign a key combination that is already in use for
another command, the program will ask you if you want to overwrite it.
Please remember that it is legal and possible to have 2 different key
commands assigned to the same command. The opposite is not possible.
Cancel button: - Cancels the