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    Posted: 01 Jan 2019 at 7:17pm
Reality XP provides sim products for plug-in to x-plane for both the GNS and GTN series GPS nav/coms. This really helps to integrate the GPS nav/com into the proficiency practice of the x-plane sim. Has anyone heard if this company or another has any plans to incorporate an IFD sim into x-plane?

The IFD Trainer is very useful and much appreciated for learning unit operation and testing what-if scenarios at home. But having the unit in a full-blown sim such as x-plane for keeping up IR proficiency on a cold winter day would allow practice of IFD use in realistic simulated IFR environment.

Perhaps Reality XP might perceive a market for the product if they were to be bombarded with requests from the IFD user community (hint, hint). The GTN product costs about $50 and an IFD plug for x-plane would certainly be worth as much.

I would hope that Avidyne would be ready to support such a 3rd party effort to the extent of making information available for development of such a plug-in....  IFDs were popping up in x-plane simulators all over the place could give considerable free advertising in the form of exposure to a lot of pilots.
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See this thread:  http://forums.avidyne.com/ifd540-integration-into-training-simulators_topic479.html?KW=x%2Dplane

Doesn't look like it will happen any time soon (no software hooks in the simulator), although I agree it would be nice.  
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@ AZ Flyer: Vince contributed to the thread linked above, back in 2016 and 2017.

However, I'm not going to let this topic die. There is still demand. Accept and feed data to/from the instrument sim from/to a flight sim. Preferably over TCP or UDP/IP. That way the IFD sim can be on a different device than the flight sim. I fly X-Plane 11 on a Linux machine, so am not thrilled with the idea of Windows-only or MS FS-only solution.

@togadriver has the expertise to assist.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TogaDriver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 2019 at 10:08am
TCP/IP, please.  UDP is a pain.  And, yes, if Avi puts some hooks in the sim to supply GPS location info TO it, and then output the 429 data in some format (preferably not in 429 sentences) I could probably build the plug-in(s) to support it.  

The Plug-In SDK indicates that each platform needs its own compiled plug-in which means 3 implementations and three sets of testing hurdles.  Since I'm mac based, I could code and test the mac one, but do not have x-plane running on the other two platforms.

Short answer:  if the hooks ever get put in the iPad app I'll give it a whirl for the Mac OS and make the code public so others could port it to Windoz and Linux.
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I would be first in line to buy such a plug-in! It would be worth more to me than most of the airplane plug-ins you can currently buy. 

Next, it would be nice if the simulator showed up on the panel of the plane I'm flying or if RealSimGear provided a panel 
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