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Topic: iFly Home Cockpit Builder Guide
Posted By: Steve Masson
Subject: iFly Home Cockpit Builder Guide
Date Posted: Nov-01-2011 at 4:26pm
Hi Everyone,
 
As this is new software to the market those that won't be fortunate enought to visit or stand at Lelystad, one of our testers Jeremy Bucholz has create a quick FAQ.
 
iFly 737NG Home Cockpit Builder's Edition FAQ's

The new iFly Home Cockpit Builder's Edition was created specifically with
cockpit builders in mind.  It is a complete "all-in-one" package including
flight models, systems logic, displays, CDU's (with or without keypads), and
sound.

Is the Home Cockpit Builder's Edition the Feature Pack?
No, it is separate from the Feature Pack, but will be able to take advantage
of all the Feature Pack additions once it's released.

How does it work?
Simply start the FTD Server on your main FSX machine and connect your
networked computers to the server via the FTD Client to run your displays
and CDU(s).

How many computers can I run clients on?
As many as you can connect on your network!  You can have one computer run
your cockpit PFD's and ND's, one computer to run your upper and lower EICAS
displays, another to run your CDU's!

Are standby gauges included?

Yes, currently, a standby analog RMI, altitude indicator, and attitude
indicator can also be displayed.

How much control do I have over what is displayed and the sizes of those
displays?
Each client runs off of a Panel.cfg similar to that of FSX.  You tell the
Panel.cfg what gauges to display, gauge size, and position.

Are the clients full screen?

Yes and No, the client doesn't have a windowed and full screen mode.  The
client is simply run in windowed mode, but the window borders have been
removed giving the appearance of full screen coverage without borders.

Can one client be spread across multiple monitors?
Yes, in the Panel.cfg, you specify the size of the client window.

How is the performance?

The great thing about the Pro Version is that it doesn't affect your FS
performance at all.  The gauges on the client run very smooth, but of
course, depending on the stability of your network, lag can occur.

Ok, so how dynamic is the client?

The client is so dynamic that what you see on the panel of your FS iFly, is
what you see on the client.  For example, if you select on the iFly panel
(or via a key command/script command) to change the Captain's ND DU to the
ENG PRI display, the client will change to reflect that change.  Also, if
you change the brightness of the DU's on the iFly in FS, those changes will
also be reflected on the appropriate client.

Can I run both a Captain's and FO CDU at the same time?
Yes, included are both the Captain's and FO's CDUs which run independently
of each other.  You can also decide whether you just want the CDU display or
the CDU display and Keypad.

What about FSUIPC Offsets?  Does the new Pro Version use them?
The Home Cockpit Builder's Edition is no different from the normal version
when it comes to interfacing.  However, one of our community members has
created an interface to that will change the iFly variables into custom
FSUIPC offsets that can be read and written to.

How much does this software cost?

The price is set at 350, this is mere peanuts compared to the pricing of
similar software that only gives you the displays and logic, but no flight
model or sound.

We will be happy to answer any other questions and before I finish, the product is covered by the 30 day no quibble refund from Flight1


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Cheers




Replies:
Posted By: Bikerznet
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 5:04am
I am looking to use iFly in my up and coming simpit project.

Currently I am looking at how to setup my IT infastructure and have a few questions.

I intend on the following setup:
Computer 1: Captain's MFD & ND. I also will be using the same display on the First Officers Side and will use a y-splitter cable to acheive this.

Computer 2: Captain's FMS CDU (display only) anagin this will be also use via a y-Splitter to the First Officers side too.

Computer 3: Upper 7 Lower DU's, I won't be displaying the standby gauges has I intend to use real gauges.

Now my questions, I intend using an i5 processor for these computers with either a H67 or Z67 chipset motherboard and therefore could use the inbuilt graphics capability of the processor. Would this be viable or should I by a dedicated graphics card?

I would like to put my IT systems in rack mounted cases and therefore I like the inbuilt option has this allows me to use 1U cases and i wouldn't have to purchase riser cards to fit graphics cards. Having said that I want a good system able to cope with the iFly software.


Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 3:13pm
You can the pro and all the displays from one pc if you wish. We suggest using separate capt and FO PDF and nd,s across one screen for each side then you only have the upper and lower du, and you CDU. So 6 outputs on one OC or spread across 2 pc's. When you run the iFly Pro you turn down the performance on the other VC, 2d screens and your frame rates are almost double standard rates.

By restricting your buildmtoma couple of pc's it allows you to have better i5 for you main visual pc. I ruin an i5 unlocked for my main visual OC and running the all the other displays.

If you need anymore advice just ask. Remember your Pro software is covered by Flight1's 30 day guarantee.

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Cheers



Posted By: markfire
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 3:18pm
Hi

Think you'll find that you'll need a really good graphics card for your FSX machine. I5 spec machines should run all the kit at a decent pace. The cockpit version runs over the network and has very little or no lag. I would run a decent gigabit network card and switch. I can run Cpt, FO, Upper and lower panels on my client pc and FSX at very high graphics.
I use 6 gig of memory in both pcs and SSD hard drives.

Any probs feel free to drop me a line.




Posted By: markfire
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 3:20pm
Steve

I think we both need to get out more !! : )

Happy Xmas mate


Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 3:23pm
Tell me about it Mark, I spent the day locked in my office testing CDU drivers and assembling legs of a unit. Looking forward to some family forced no sim time. NOT

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Posted By: Bikerznet
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 4:50pm
I Have a very powerful pc to run the FSX on:

i7-3960k overclocked to 4.7Ghz

SSD drives

16Mb quad Channel Ram

ATI 6990 graphics overclocked to 880mhz

Watercooled to the max.

This will be setup to run 3 projectors for the outside cockpit views

I already have a gigabyte network etc..

I would like to run the various panels over three networked computers as described and would like to know if the integrated i5 graphics will run these at a good rate.



Posted By: markfire
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 5:01pm
I can't see why not. I've run the panels on my laptop with an old integrated nvidia graphics card

I'm impressed with the specs mate. : )



Posted By: jbucholz
Date Posted: Dec-23-2011 at 6:30pm
Should work fine as long as the client is the only thing running.

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Jeremy "BZ" Bucholz

FAA - LAS ATCT




Posted By: Bikerznet
Date Posted: Dec-24-2011 at 12:56pm
Great! I will be running just the client on these machines  and fsx on my main beast of a machine:)

Thanks for the help


Posted By: helderamendes
Date Posted: Apr-01-2012 at 8:31pm
Hi,

I am interested in use the ifly software in my homecockpit project. How can i have access to the ifly-SDK? If i purchase the software the SDK comes togheter?

thanks,

Helder


Posted By: jbucholz
Date Posted: Apr-02-2012 at 2:35am
The SDK is available in the registered members forum.

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Jeremy "BZ" Bucholz

FAA - LAS ATCT




Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Apr-02-2012 at 3:18am
The Software is availble for all owners of the iFly from Standard FS9 and FSX to the Home Cockpit builder edition along with the FSUIPC tool. Access to the forum where these files are availble is restricted to owners of any version.

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Cheers



Posted By: shimokuta
Date Posted: Oct-18-2013 at 10:04am
Hello
 
Can i somewhere download a trial version of ifly737 Home Cockpit edition to test?
 
Regards
 


Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Oct-18-2013 at 10:15am
There is no trial version, but product sales are covered by our 30 day refund policy.

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Cheers



Posted By: racer56
Date Posted: Nov-08-2013 at 7:51pm
Does the cockpit builder version only run on fsx?  I actually prefer FS( (so shoot me) but if I have to move to FSX I guess I have to.

Also does it permit use of both capn and FO efis (I have the CP flight set)? 




Posted By: racer56
Date Posted: Nov-08-2013 at 7:52pm
FS9 I mean



Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: Nov-08-2013 at 7:55pm
It runs only with FSX.

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Best,
Jim






Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Nov-09-2013 at 3:47am
It runs both EFIS and both CDU's everything for a full cockpit


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Cheers



Posted By: pucara
Date Posted: May-27-2014 at 6:53pm
Hi Everyone.

I looking information about the compatibility with SIMIOBorards.

I have this cards, and I need to understand how is the integration. It is easy because Ifly pro has the driver ?

Please I need clear information. Will be great to have a beta version of the product to try it.
I dont have a lot of time to try it every day, so the 30 days policy refund is not enough for me.

Any feedback will be apreciate.

Regards
Leo



Posted By: ubersu
Date Posted: May-27-2014 at 7:58pm
Leo,
 
If you have the iFly then you need to register here: http://ifly.flight1.net/forumreg.htm" rel="nofollow - http://ifly.flight1.net/forumreg.htm  to get into the registered member forums and then take a look at the hardware forum.  Otherwise you'll have to take my word for the SIMIO stuff being 100% compatible.


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DJ



Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: May-27-2014 at 8:13pm
Hi Leo,
 
See the SIMIO website for a video on using the boards with the iFly 737.


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Best,
Jim






Posted By: chann
Date Posted: Jul-21-2014 at 7:19am
Hi
I am (slowly) building a home cockpit.  Not the full thing yet, but step by step over the next few years.

At present I have three monitors for view and one for panels, all running off of the same PC (ouch).  That said I have a couple of PC's to hand that are running all of the other stuff through FSUIPC (weather etc).  For hardware I currently have the VRInsight MCP, which I need to keep for now as costs and space prohibit much else (at present).

I am looking for a 737 that can be run from multiple PC's enabling me to have views on one PC and panels from other PC's..  (hence my post here).

My questions are:
1.  Can I use the VRIsight MCP with the Cockpit Builders edition? (I currently use LINDA as an interface)
2.  Would I be better off using the standard IFly 737 NG until I can get better hardware to replace the VRInsight MCP? 
3.  If (2) above is the best option,  Can the standard version share it's panels via other PC's?
Hope that all makes sense.
 
Leslie


Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Jul-21-2014 at 8:18am
Hello Lesie,

The pro software does not produce panels that can be run on other pc's it offers gauges. PFD/ND upper DU, lower DU
And both CDU's the CDU do have an options to show the full CDU including keyboard.

There is no issues with VRInsight hardware and you will be able to find out more from them. This will work with default or Pro versions. The defaults versions panel can be undocked on the same system but cannot be shared on a network using wide FS.

I hope that helps.



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Cheers



Posted By: chann
Date Posted: Jul-21-2014 at 9:44am
Exactly the answer I was looking for.

Thank you Steve.


Posted By: strange_deja_vu
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 7:52am

Hello,

I am currently using PMDG NGX and recently started to build a moderate home cockpit with Sismo Solutions products. (Ethernet Cards, MIP components, etc). Since Sismo stuff is not getting along with PMDG I somehow decided to proceed with IFLY Pro. However, it seems to me so weird that, in order to get enough data about IFLY you need to be a registered user, in other words you need to buy the product in advance. From my point of view it creates a bottle neck on the sales / preference of Ifly. Just think that you need info about something but someone says that "first you need to buy it". No sense and weird... Anyway, above there are lots of wordings which say; "the displays, gauges, stand by gauges, etc." can be replaced and resized as you wish.

Bearing in mind that I am not an engineer nor familiar with these stuff, the question is; Can I find an "how to" section in this restricted / mysterious forum? Or even though I buy the product I personally struggle to discover?

Thanks and Br,

Hakan



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Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 8:06am
Hi Hakan,
 
If you have purchased the CBE Edition, please see here for how to get access to the support forums:  http://ifly.flight1.net/forumreg.htm" rel="nofollow - http://ifly.flight1.net/forumreg.htm
 
The support forums are restricted to verified owners of the software.


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Best,
Jim






Posted By: strange_deja_vu
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 8:51am
Hi Jim,
Thanks for the reply. However, I am still in the middle of gathering the equipment process. Meanwhile I am flying PMDG (and will continue until December I think) the time when I will have the full set up. That's why I will be purhasing IFLY CBE in Dec'14.
On the other hand I really wonder whether tehere is a topic particularly for this adjustments. I mean where I can learn how to resize / replace the gauges and displays.
Br,
Hakan 


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Posted By: Jannier
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 9:15am
Originally posted by strange_deja_vu strange_deja_vu wrote:

Hello,

I am currently using PMDG NGX and recently started to build a moderate home cockpit with Sismo Solutions products. (Ethernet Cards, MIP components, etc). Since Sismo stuff is not getting along with PMDG I somehow decided to proceed with IFLY Pro. However, it seems to me so weird that, in order to get enough data about IFLY you need to be a registered user, in other words you need to buy the product in advance. From my point of view it creates a bottle neck on the sales / preference of Ifly. Just think that you need info about something but someone says that "first you need to buy it". No sense and weird... Anyway, above there are lots of wordings which say; "the displays, gauges, stand by gauges, etc." can be replaced and resized as you wish.

Bearing in mind that I am not an engineer nor familiar with these stuff, the question is; Can I find an "how to" section in this restricted / mysterious forum? Or even though I buy the product I personally struggle to discover?

Thanks and Br,

Hakan


The beauty is that Flight1 offers you a 30 day no nonsense refund policy, rare to find this in the industry.
You can purchase the product, try it out for 30 days, If it is not to your expectations, or you not happy with it then you just return the product before the 30 days from purchase day and request a refund.

Better offer than that is hard to find in this industry.



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Regards


Posted By: Jannier
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 9:17am
Originally posted by strange_deja_vu strange_deja_vu wrote:

Hi Jim,
Thanks for the reply. However, I am still in the middle of gathering the equipment process. Meanwhile I am flying PMDG (and will continue until December I think) the time when I will have the full set up. That's why I will be purhasing IFLY CBE in Dec'14.
On the other hand I really wonder whether tehere is a topic particularly for this adjustments. I mean where I can learn how to resize / replace the gauges and displays.
Br,
Hakan 
Ones you have purchased the product and registered the license here at the forum, you will gain access to the Licensed Member's area that is filled with information, or just ask the question there others will help you.


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Regards


Posted By: strange_deja_vu
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 9:21am

Ok. Now everything is clear. I thought that the refund process was only for a limited period of time and didn't know still valid.

thanks again one more time for your close interest.

Br,

Hakan






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Posted By: ohsirus
Date Posted: Aug-18-2014 at 10:18am
Might be a good idea to link the manual on the product page. I know a manual might reduce some of the mysteries.

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Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: Aug-19-2014 at 7:14am
This thread is for questions about the iFly CBE edition.  Please do not start or participate in off topic discussions.

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Best,
Jim






Posted By: strange_deja_vu
Date Posted: Aug-19-2014 at 7:36am

Hello,

To my understanding this thread is standing just in The middle of IFLY CBE edition given the fact that CBE edition's highlight is replacing/ re-sizing the displays / gauges. Please correct me if I am wrong.


be

Hakan



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Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: Aug-19-2014 at 7:43am
Please take discussions not involving the iFly CBE to one of the general flight sim forums.
 
The user's manual of the iFly CBE provides information specific to that version of the iFly 737, not how to resize gauges in any other simulation.


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Best,
Jim






Posted By: ygor_ma
Date Posted: Jan-31-2016 at 9:03pm
Is the home cockpit version compatible with the Prepar3d v2.5?


Posted By: foodie
Date Posted: Jul-30-2016 at 9:46pm
steve hope you can help me i brout a copy of software but when i install it it it sais cannot locate fs2004   im running a fsx steam copy does this make any difference as i cannot find where to install the program regards marc


Posted By: Steve Masson
Date Posted: Aug-07-2016 at 6:33am
You need to use your product serial number to get full access to the forum. Once you have access the guys will help you with your issues in the support forum. No support is offered in the public forums.

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Cheers



Posted By: Moking
Date Posted: Oct-04-2016 at 2:42am
Excellent FAQ, answered a lot of my questions so thanks.


Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: Oct-04-2016 at 8:36am
You are welcome!

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Best,
Jim






Posted By: kapila737
Date Posted: Jan-27-2017 at 8:36pm
Hi guys.
I am new to ifly 737.
I am thinking to buy it. before buy it,
My question is, Can I programme switches and LEDs in my Over head panels that I made, to the ifly software? is that fully operated Glass cockpit software?
you know like PROSIM 737 System
with the sounds, for APU, fuel pumps, engine start, ect.
 
please anyone help me
thank you all.
kind regards Kapila
 


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PKB737


Posted By: USN O6
Date Posted: Jan-28-2017 at 9:02am
Hi,
This thread is about the Cockpit Builders Edition rather than the normal version which you purchased.
 
As stated in response to your other post, please register for support then post in the proper support forum.


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Best,
Jim







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