About Us

VINE RIPE SOFTWARE™ specializes in providing easy to use software solving daily problems on various platforms. We are currently looking into several projects on the Android Mobile Platform.


VINE RIPE SOFTWARE™ is a trademark of VINE RIPE CONSULTING, LLC.  COPYRIGHT © 2013 VINE RIPE CONSULTING, LLC. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce any text, photographs, or designs without my prior written consent. For inquiries regarding use of content,  please email us at ebanker@vineripeconsulting.com.

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    Bram Stikkel said:
    October 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hello Vineripesoftware support,

    If I buy, download and install FlightMap on my testing pc (with an Android emulator), can I afterwards move it to my simcockpit pc ?
    Thanks for your reply.

      vineripesoftware responded:
      October 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Hello Bram,

      FlightConnect is the free server software that runs on the pc. You can install this app on as many computers as you want.

      FlightMap can be purchased on Android tablets and can be installed on as many tablets as you want that are linked to the Google account that purchased the software. The google play store manages your account.

      One thing to note if you are running FlightConnect on multiple machines. FlightMap does a broadcast message to find the server and will use the first one to respond. You may have to manually type in the ip address of the computer you want to connect to if both are running FlightConnect. FlightConnect will tell you what it thinks the ip address is when it starts up.

      There is also the free trial version of FlightMap that you can try out. It is also available on the play store. Right now it’s a major revision behind but I will be updating it soon.

      All the best


    Bram Stikkel said:
    October 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you very much for your clear and quick answer, and pointing at the demo-possibility.
    When I purchase the normal version, I will de-install the server on my test-pc as soon as I will start using it on the cockpit pc.
    Greetings !
    Bram Stikkel

    Il gun, jung said:
    February 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Hello Vineripesoftware support,
    I think it support only Tablet version,
    Because, i can’t download my smartphone.
    Please consider smart phone device.

    Phone Model : LGE G2
    Android Ver : 4.4.2

      vineripesoftware responded:
      February 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm


      I am planning on building a version of FlightMap for phones. I don’t have an ETA for the application but I have already started work on it.

        il gun,jung said:
        February 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        i have one more question.
        i can’t start server application.
        because, When i have installed and started FlightConnectFSX.
        the S/W occured ‘System.IO.FileNotFoundException’.
        I would need to check anything?

        vineripesoftware responded:
        February 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        That usually happens if you install the server on a machine that does not have Microsoft Flight Simulator X installed on it or the version of FSX is not SP2 or Acceleration. What version of Flight Simulator are you running?

        Il gun, jung said:
        February 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        I think your reply is correct.
        this PC is not installed FSX.
        the FSX installed on my home.
        i just check my Tablet s/w(FlightGause) is running normally.
        Thanks your support.

        Michael Mix said:
        April 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

        Yes please release Flightmap for phones soon, I have a Runbo X5+ (Android 4.03, 960×540 Pixels, 4.5 ” Display)

        vineripesoftware responded:
        April 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        Hello Michael,

        I have started work on the phone version of FlightMap. I’ve not settled on a name yet but I’m thinking something along the lines of FlightGuide. It is a lot of work figuring out how to pair down the tablet app to fit on the many different phone sizes so it will be a while before it is released. It is coming tho.

        – Eric

    David Graham said:
    March 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hi, I have purchased both flightgauge and flightmap from the very beginning and loving them both. Question is, could you possibly make the apps compatible for smaller(in my case a generic 7″ tablet) with a lower resolution. I am building a cockpit with my Nexus 7, Asus Transformer and 2 generic 7″ tablets. I need to use the 7″ ones but with the resolution being 800 your app is not compatible. Any chance having a look at this please. If you require a tester for this I would be willing to help in any way.

      vineripesoftware responded:
      March 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Hello David,

      Can you give me some more information on the tablets? A model number or brand name would help. I have to figure out why they are not able to install the application before I can fix it 🙂 The app should work on tablets with a landscape width of 800. I’ve tested it on a few cheaper ones. Hopefully it’s just something easy that is keeping you from being able to install.

      Thank you for the report and supporting the apps. I do appreciate it.


    Ced Gauche said:
    March 22, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Hi Eric,

    I just bought your FlightMap software and I am really satisfied with it.

    I have a few suggestions for you:

    – Is it possible to show NBD and VOR simustanly and the map with the correct frequencies?

    – Is there a chance to import flightplans without the FSX-Flightplan option? Perhaps loading a *.pln direct to the FlightMap via selecting it from a shared directory or Import the plan with the Flightconnect-process?

    – When I press settings in your Map-App, theres no reaction from the program.

    – Wind data and weather informations (METAR), perhaps from Active Sky would be a great feature.

    – I have an 8 inch tablet, and there is no opportunity for me to put the Gauges to the right of the screen. I have seen this on some screens from you.

    Thank you for your nice Work,


      vineripesoftware responded:
      March 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Hello Ced,

      Thank you for the purchase. Right now it’s not possible to show both ndb’s and vor’s. I learned late in the testing that those API’s are quite fragile on FSX and P3D and if you try to call them or subscribe to them they start returning invalid data. The most stable way to display things is the current method. Lockheed has been told about the issue and hopefully, in an update soon, they will fix it and I’ll be able to make the p3d version update more often and even offer and auto update feature. Unfortunately, due to the fact that Microsoft no longer supports FSX I doubt the fsx version will be able to change. I have been looking into creating my own database of airports/vors/ndbs and rewrite the feature but that will be quite an undertaking.

      That’s a great idea, I had not thought of loading the flightplan directly. I have had a request to save the adhoc flight plans as FSX flight plans and activate them but not the other way around. That could be an interesting feature. I’ll have to think about it.

      FlightMap and FlightGauge don’t have any settings right now. I’ve tried to make them a simple and full featured as possible.

      I’ve started to look at pulling metar information in and what it would take to display it overlaid. I can’t promise it soon but I am looking into it.

      Some 8 inch tablets do get the smaller layout with the gauges as a slide out. It all depends on the resolution of the 8 inch tablet and how it describes itself. Unfortunately a lot of 8 inch tablets look to me like 7 inch tablets which is why that layout is being displayed. I don’t think there is a way around it. There is not enough screen space on the 7 inch tablets to display the gauges and the map. That is one of the reasons I built FlightGauge. On smaller tablets you can easily switch between the two using android multitasking and you get a much better experience.

      Thank you so much for the suggestions. I’ll be looking into them.


    Ced Gauche said:
    March 24, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Hi Eric,

    thanks for your answer.

    Yesterday I made a vfr-flight through the alps and your software was a big help for me to get throught the foggy valleys 🙂

    Also another suggestion, it is possible to show the actual groundspeed instead of the indicated airspeed?


    vineripesoftware responded:
    March 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Ced,

    Glad to hear it helped 🙂

    I’ll take a look into the groundspeed and see how best to integrate it into the UI.



    Mark said:
    April 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Hi, I just purchased your FlightGauge app for my tablet and I think it is a wonderful addition to use with FSX. I was wondering, and hoping, that you might consider releasing a version more geared towards commercial aircraft (eg; 737) with a “glass cockpit” look and functionality? Thanks for your consideration.


      vineripesoftware responded:
      April 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Hello Mark,

      I’m really glad to hear you like the app. I have been looking into what it would take to build out a glass cockpit version. I’m only in the beginning stages of looking at it but I would like to add the functionality.

      Thanks for the suggestion.


    hedswell said:
    May 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Hello. I’m running android 4.1.1 on a 7″ tablet at a resolution of 800 by 480 but when I go to the app store I get a message to the effect of “Your device is not compatible with this software” ??

      vineripesoftware responded:
      May 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Are you getting that message on both FlightMap and FlightGauge? FlightMap requires OpenGL support for the Google Maps part of the application so I could see that being a problem with cheaper tablets. FlightGauge does not require that so should work with any tablet larger than 7 inches. Do you have a link to the product page for this tablet?

    George Strickroth said:
    June 3, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Any plans to support X-Plane?

      vineripesoftware responded:
      June 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

      I have installed X-Plane and I have started looking at what it would take to support it. I do not have an ETA at this time but I am looking at it.

    Philip Hennessy said:
    September 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I have to say that you have just hit it right when you chose mapping and instruments for FSX – these are the most used items when you fly for real, and in FSX. I have just sent a question to you about Flight Map, but that aside, I think your software is just brilliant. I could not do without Flight Gauge now, its just second nature. I am just hoping that Flight Map will be just as good when I can download it.

    Graham Derreck said:
    November 17, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Thanks for the excellent application. I have a navaid subscription from Navigraph. Several addon makers use a navaid install designed for others (PMDG, Level D, etc). If you could tie into that, you would have comprehensive coverage. I don’t know if your server application has the database. I’m thinking about something like Aivlasoft EFB. The server holds the data and accesses the simulator. The client manipulates and displays the data.

    The possibility of loading a flight plan directly is excellent. Many of us do not setup or load flight plans in the simulator. Rather create in something like PFPX and load into addons. That with complete navdata would be brilliant.

    Finally, the ability to display accurate weather would be the icing on the cake.

    Keep up the good work,


      vineripesoftware responded:
      November 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Hello Graham,

      Thank you for the suggestions. I appreciate the feedback a lot.

      I have looked at integrating a couple of chart services like this in the past. I even had one integrated and working within FlightMap but the cost that the company wanted for me to license the maps was ridiculous. For the number of people that would pay that price vs the complexity of completing the feature didn’t make any sense. I’ll take a look around and see if there is a possibility with this company.

      I had never thought of offering an option to load the flight plan outside of FSX. I shouldn’t be to difficult to support that. I’ll take a look at that for the next version of FlightConnect. Great idea

      The weather data is another item I am looking into but I have not made much progress yet. I would like to add it in a future version

      Thanks again


    John B. said:
    December 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Hi – I tried the trial version flight map and loved it so I purchased the full version. For some reason, it wont connect. THr trial version worked fine and the IP address is correct. I’m using SFX for Steam. Any ideas why the trial version worked but the full version wont? Thanks! – John

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