How to configure any aircraft in SimVim

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.

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

NOTE: At this stage, do not worry about the specifics of using a "non-standard" plane with "custom" commands/datarefs. It does not matter whether your aircraft is a standard or customized X-Plane model, or some of the commercial models.

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

    If you have a plane for which you cannot select all the needed controls from existing image-map layouts, follow these steps:

  3. 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 (as example below).

    Note: Not all of them are needed, don't occupy additional input pins for unnecessary or silly for your home cockpit controls, you can leave some of them as "dummy".

  4. Also, you can make an image (controls layout), as we did for some planes (as the TBM900 layout below). Good images can be imported into our interactive configurator later.

  5. Find the appropriate SimVim Parameter_Names in the SimVim configurator database for every control element and write them down next to the every control funtion in your table.

  6. Table example - Socata TBM900 input/output list

  7. Now, basing on this simple table of parameters (and/or on the layout diagram) you need to create the configuration data.cfg file in the SimVim configurator and place this file into the SimVim plugin folder.
  8. * 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 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.

Planes with custom commands/datarefs

Note: the following information is for those who have good understanding of "custom" commands and datarefs used in some plane models, and who need to implement them if some assigned standard parameters don't work in their plane.

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