Flight Simulator

Repairing Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel with Arduino

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The Saitek Pro Flight Panels were awesome. I bought all of them years ago and they worked great… with Windows 7 and USB 2. Unfortunately when I upgraded my computer everything stopped working due to Windows 10 and all USB3 ports. I have followed every guide, every driver, every bios setting I could find and I can’t get any of the panels to function. I’ve been able to get the radio panel and multi panel working with Spad.NEXT but the switch panel refuses to function. I can only assume something on the circuit board has gone bad.  Now that Logitech has bought Saitek this thing is basically a brick with no support. Really without Spad.NEXT all three would be bricks as the Logitech software does not work at all. I really want my simulator to work again so I set off to figure out how to fix switch panel.

TL:DNR – Check out my video of it in action and view the code on github

Read on to see how I did this.

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FlightConnect 2.8.3 Released

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FlightConnect, the application used by FlightMap and FlightGauge to talk to FSX and P3D, has been updated. This update includes support for FS9 flight plans. Third party flight plan software tends to output in the older format so FlightConnect can now utilize them. This version also better handles the situation where SimConnect is not properly installed for FSX. Users will get an error dialog on application startup letting them know that FlightConnect cannot talk to FSX.

Troubleshooting FlightConnect with FSX

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For the new STEAM version of FSX:

I’ve had a few support cases from new users of the Steam version of FSX. The issue is with FlightConnect crashing on launch. It looks like sometimes the SimConnect library is not installed properly when the rest of FSX is installed thru Steam. This can be easily fixed by manually installing SimConnect from the installation directory of FSX. In my case it exists here:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\FSX\SDK\Core Utilities Kit\SimConnect SDK\LegacyInterfaces\FSX-XPACK\SimConnect.msi
Once that is successfully installed FlightConnect for FSX should function.

 For older FSX versions:

FlightConnect requires SP2 of FSX to function. If that version of FSX is not installed then the application will prompt you to install it and then exit. To resolve the issue follow the instructions below:

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Announcing FlightConnect support for the new STEAM version of Flight Simulator X

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Today, Dovetail games announced the availability of a new Steam Powered version of Flight Simulator X. Vine Ripe Software is pleased to announce that FlightConnect, the application that FlightMap and FlightGauge rely on for simulator data, fully supports the Steam version of FSX right out of the box without any modification or patches.

More information on the Steam version of FSX can be found here (plus it’s on sale right now)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/314160/

FlightMap and FlightGauge Trial Versions Updated

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The FlightMap and FlightGauge trial versions on the Play Store have been updated to the latest release. I had not updated either for several revisions so this update includes all of the fixes and features from the last several major releases.

There is a fully functional 5 minute trial of FlightMap is on the Play Store here:
Get FlightMap Trial on Google Play

There is a fully functional 5 minute trial version of FlightGauge is on the Play Store here:

Get FlightGauge Trial on Google Play

FlightGauge 1.4 Released to the Play Store

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The latest release of FlightGauge for Android, a second screen cockpit instrument panel for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X (FSX) and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D (P3D), has been release to the Play Store. This version improves support for low end tablets and includes many performance and stability updates.

FlightGauge is available for purchase on the Android Play Store here:

Get FlightMap on Google Play

FlightMap 2.8 Released to the Play Store

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The latest release of FlightMap for Android, a second screen navigation utility for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X (FSX) and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D (P3D), has been release to the Play Store. This version improves support for low end tablets and includes many performance and stability updates.

FlightMap is available for purchase on the Android Play Store here:
Get FlightMap on Google Play