Configuration principle

The steps of configuring your panel for SimVimCockpit: here is the order of actions that we recommend you to follow to prevent excessive work and save your time*.

* It's assumed that you have read all wiring, components and configuration pages on this website before this.

Related page - How It Works

FIRST, you are going to build a copy of the real cockpit, not a replica of some virtual plane from X-Plane! Don't take any virtual model, either free or paid, as prototype for your cockpit, use a real plane cockpit photos, layouts to configure your cockpit. Later you can choose any virtual model (or several models) to fly!

For example, you have built Beechcraft Bonanza home cockpit and you have all needed panels layout. You may have several Bonanza models in you virtual aircraft park, some free, some commercial from different developers.

For some models you don't need to do anything (if it's a "standard" model or "custom" models which conversion "table" is already embedded in the SimVim database. For some models you will need to convert some parameters finding custom commands/datarefs (ask the plane developer) for every needed prameter.

The point is, you have 3 different Bonanza planes and you can fly any of them in any time without need to change anything in the main data configuration. The main data.cfg file always stay the same for all your Bonanza planes.

How to configure your aircraft in SimVim

--------------- Step 1 -------------------

NOTE: At this step, do not worry about the details of using a specific plane model with "custom" commands/datarefs.

  • Check if your panels layout is included in the interactive configurator database (has clickable image map) - see "Panel and Instrument Layouts" on the configurator page.
  • If your cockpit can be configured using panels, instruments and modules presented in the configurator, simply select all the necessary elements on the corresponding image maps and assign them to the appropriate controller inputs/outputs (accordingly with your connection diagram, which you can create beforehand). Then, place the created data.cfg file into SimVim plugin folder and go to step 2.

    If you cannot select some of your cockpit controls/instruments from the existing image-map layouts, switch to the full "Parameter Table" view in the configurator and find the appropriate SimVim name for every needed control.

  • Before this, you can determine what input controls (switches, knobs), indicators, and displays you want to use in your cockpit. Make a list. For convenience, you can create a table with cockpit controls to match them with SimVim parameter names. Also, you can make an image with controls layout (the same you can see in the configurator). Good images can be imported into our interactive configurator later if you share them with us.

  • Then, based on this simple table of parameters (and/or on the layout diagram), create the configuration data.cfg file in the SimVim configurator and place this file into the SimVim plugin folder.
  • * of course, you can create the configuration at the same time with the table or even without the table and diagram, but having such a table will be useful for large cockpits, and especially as a table for custom assignments (see below) shared with other users on our SimVim Google Drive.

Note: As our interactive part of the configurator (with image maps) will be growing, more mapped instruments and modules will be added, later any cockpit can be easily configured that way, because most planes have similar controls.

--------------- Step 2 -------------------

Now, when your plane is loaded in X-Plane, you need to test every assigned input/output to be sure which of them are working as default, and which are not.

If you have a standard X-Plane aircraft, most of freeware planes, or one of the custom aircrafts already supported by SimVimCockpit, that's it. Your cockpit will work as-is with the configuration you created. You can finish on this step and fly.

If some of the inputs (or outputs) do not work with the parameters you assigned to them, check first that you have selected a correct parameter name (function) for specific control and check all your wiring. You can use the SimVim converter to check your inputs.

Planes with custom commands/datarefs

If you have a custom aircraft for which some parameters are not working (and your wiring is correct), it needs its own custom commands to be used.

Read more about specific of using custom commands and datarefs

  1. Find related commands (and/or datarefs) in your plane custom commands list and write them in the table beside each related SimVim parameter name, taking in account the notes regarding the use of commands or datarefs.

  2. Using the SimVim plugin conversion tool, find the parameter that doesn't work and, using your parameters table, fill all the required fields with the appropriate custom commands / datarefs as stated. For datarefs, you may also enter some of the "optional" data, if available (otherwise, default SimVim values will be used).
  3. When you click "Save" for currently reassigned parameter the plugin will automatically load the new configuration, and you can immediatelly test the parameter you just edited to see if it works.

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