Add vasFMC to Virtual Cockpit

Add vasFMC to you Virtual Cockpit and enjoy easier interaction and better situational awarenes. How to edit your panel.cfg to add vasFMC to VC?

Wyświetlacz nawigacyjny vasFMC w miejscu ekranu GPS w Mustangu P-51 z cywilnym kokpitem.

Navigation Display of vasFMC placed where the GPS was in P-51 Mustang by A2A (civilian version)

 

 

Where to put the vasFMC?

Open your panel.cfg file and find a place where you want to put vasFMC. I usually place it where the GPS was in the original plane but you can also swap another screen for vasFMC.

If you do not know how to find the panel.cfg file – read my previous text about vasFMC.

Generally developers use meaningful names or abbreviations for all cockpit gauges so try to locate the screen that you chose. For example – in F-16 there is no GPS screen so I chose the right MFD for vasFMC location:

Turbine Duke by RealAir – GPS code under [VirtualCockpit] section headline looks like this:
gauge00=fs9gps!gps_500, 0,0

Lotus’s L-39 Albatros:
gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522

IRIS’ F-16 right Multi Function Display:
gauge24=666-F16D!MFD-R, 573,   1, 450, 450

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 How to add vasFMC ND in this place?

Before you continue – copy and paste the chosen code adding two slashes at the beginning of this line – that code is “commented out” – it will not be executed and you can revert to it in case something goes wrong. New and edited lines in bold.

Before:
gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522

After:
//gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522
gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522

Now it’s time to place the vasFMC gauge code in place of the GPS:

//gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522
gauge18=vasfmc!nd,62,565,435, 352, builtin id19001 b_style, vc

I simply edited gauge 18 so that it points now to the vasFMC gauge. I will explain the code in a moment.

Position and size

“gauge18=vasfmc!nd,62,565,435, 352, builtin id19001 b_style, vc” line may look a little mysterious.

  • gauge18 – gauge and it’s number (gauges in each window should have consecutive numbers starting with zero – 00)
  • vasfmc – package filename (in this case – vasfmc file)
  • nd – gauge name (nd – navigation display)
  • 62,565 – position (62 from left, 565 from top)
  • 435, 352 – size (435 x 352)
  • builtin id19001 b_style – gauge parameters (builtin – a VS gauge, id19001 – ID of the 2d panel of Nav Display, b_style – vasFMC style choice)
  • vc – parameter that informs your FSX that the gauge is displayed in Virtual Cockpit (optional)

All the parameters are the same in every plane – the only part that is different is the size and position. How to adjust it? Start with the default values:

//gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522
gauge18=vasfmc!nd,0, 502, 630, 522, builtin id19001 b_style, vc

Now load a flight and check how it looks – then by trial and error adjust the size and position of the gauge so that it is displayed correctly in VC.

* – you may need to load a different plane and then go back to the one you edit to see the changes in your VC.

My strategy it to start with correct placement of the top left corner (there is something displayed there). It the code below the position of this corner is correct but the ND is too big and parts are hidden below other elements.

//gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522
gauge18=vasfmc!nd,62,565,630, 522, builtin id19001 b_style, vc

I adjust the size. It’s best to look at the bottom right corner and place it in the right spot:

//gauge18=fs9gps!RAS_gps_500, 0, 502, 630, 522
gauge18=vasfmc!nd,62,565,435, 352, builtin id19001 b_style, vc

Looks good. The ND fits the old GPS window.

Finding this values requires 10-15 changes and each required reloading the plane. You may guess the position in 3 or 5 steps but do not give up too early.

You can work like this with any vasFMC screen you would like to add to Virtual Cockpit of your plane.

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