Installing PiXPlaneFMCCDU Software

This is a guide on how to install my Pi X-Plane FMC CDU Software, for use with the Pi FMC CDU Printed Circuit Board (PCB) I designed. Thanks to all the testers who provided feedback and corrections to this guide. Compatibility The Pi X-Plane FMC CDU software is compatible with the following X-Plane aircraft and FMCs:EADT's x737-700 and x737-800 (freeware) with Javier Cortes's x737FMC (payware).[preliminary, has bugs] Zibo 737-800X (freeware) with built-in FMCIn the future, support for the...

I got locked out of my blog ...

A strange thing happened today ... I lost access to my Evernote content. Well not exactly, but close enough. Since I run a Linux Desktop, and there is no Evernote client on Linux, almost all my interactions with Evernote are via the Web Client. It's not the most powerful way to use evernote, but it gets the job done. I will occasionally boot up a windows virtual machine and run the desktop client if I need to insert a table or modify a note's creation date, but these occasions are rare and ...

Updated WMKK/KUL K.L. International Airport (KLIA) Scenery for X-Plane

I spent a few hours updating my Kuala Lumpur International Airport (WMKK) scenery for X-Plane. I've added Taxi Routes for every single taxiway in the airport. Taxi routes are used to guide AI aircraft around the airport, without which they will taxi through buildings and across grass areas. That involved not only tracing out each taxiway in WED, but also naming them. This also means the ATC is now a bit more intelligent when guiding you around the airport, i.e. when requesting taxi clearan...

Google Home Mini, Google Assistant and Smart Home

6 December 2017 New toys for 2018 ...with two more units on the way, I can cover every spot I loiter about at home. Now neighbors won't just hear me laughing by myself, instead they'll hear me having whole conversations by myself! Inside each unit is a speaker and microphone, so it can "talk" to you and with some help from google's cloud, also understand what you say to it. The end result is a Star Trek-ish alternative interface to Google Assistant that is available on the new smart phones....

Using an External USB Flash Disk as Storage under OpenWRT (TP-Link 1043ND V2)

There will come a time when, after some amount messing around with OpenWRT, you will run out of storage, and won't be able to install any more packages or even create any more files. At this point you can consider upgrading to a router with a bigger flash memory, but if the router is otherwise working fine, and has a USB port, why not use a USB Flash Disk as your storage instead? Here are the steps to set up a USB Flash Disk as OpenWRT storage. I did this on my TP-Link 1043ND V2, with a US...

Some Boring Photos

Part of renovating my downstairs bathroom involves installing an extractor fan. This needs an exhaust to the outside, which meant a hole needed to be made through the concrete wall, above the plaster ceiling. And so the Boring Machine was brought in ... Mounting holes are first drilled, and the Boring Machine is then fixed firmly to the wall. Water is fed through the machine to prevent it from overheating while it is boring. Then the Boring Work begins ... the machine has a diamond ...

Installing OpenWRT on TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750

My upstairs wifi access point died ... it just disappeared from the airwaves a few days ago. The router it sits on still works for other things, i.e. you can access the web interface, and the wired ethernet bits are fine, but there's no wifi. It's over 5 years old (maybe even more) so it's due for replacement. It is getting harder to find reasonably priced decent openWRT capable routers locally. One of the better models for OpenWRT is the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Ver 2. It's quite high spec,...

Removing the Frame from a X-Plane Garmin G1000 Popout Window

The Garmin G1000's displays have a 4:3 ratio. Since these are getting harder to find these days, I wanted to see what the X-Plane Garmin G1000 looks like without the bezel, when stretched full screen on a 16:9 monitor. Laminar's Philipp Ringler mentioned in a blog post that it could be done: Screen-only popup instrument windows Several people who build home-cockpit setups have asked about removing the bezels from the popup displays, so they can have only the screen of a GNS430/530, FMS or ...

X-Plane 11.10 - new default Garmin G1000 !

X-Plane 11.10, released yesterday, features a new default Garmin 1000 module ... which can be used as an option in the Cessna 172 right now, and most likely will be adopted by add-on GA aircraft eventually. I have three ongoing unfinished home cockpit projects but this is tempting me to start a fourth! It looks like I am going to end up with a hybrid Boeing 737/Cessna 172 ! A Few Hours Later ... So let's just say ... IF ... I were to do this ... what would it entail? Two LCD panels to...

737 FMC CDU - Questions and Answers

It's Mail Time! 😃 I received some questions regarding the 737 FMC CDU design I posted earlier. I've decided to answer them in a post as the questioner suggested, in case others have similar concerns. * You use the 5" display onscreen menu to control the display brightness. I wanted to use a potentiometer, any specific potentiometer you have in mind that can work with the PCB? The display I used was from www.good-display.com. The link I bought from is broken, but the model was "5.0'' digita...