How to Add to Panel
Modifying Panels - Lesson #2
If you don't have a Panel Design Program, you can still add things to your panel manualy.
A simple example is an aircraft with a GPS and AutoPilot but no NAV/GPS switch.
Find what you want to add from another aircraft, open the panel.cfg file and find the one you
want in the list of gauges. Copy that line and paste it to the end of the list of gauges
for your aircraft.
Refering to the previous tutorial [Lesson #1], this is what it looks like.
As you can see, we are adding a switch from the Lear.
// Panel Configuration file
// Wright Flyer
// Copyright (c) 2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
gauge00=Wright_Flyer!anemometer, 850, 260
gauge01=Wright_Flyer!clock, 886, 442
gauge02=Wright_Flyer!distance, 886, 552
gauge03=Lear_45!Nav GPS Switch, 70, 701, 20, 35
Now here is where the fun starts. The numbers determine the position and size of the gauge on your panel.
This example is 70 over from the left and 701
down from the top and it is 20 wide and 35 high.
These numbers represent a virtual value that FS uses for locating items in the same place independent
of display resolution.
- Change the number of the gauge to be one number more than the gauge above it.
- The list of gauges will be a lot longer for most aircraft.
- Make sure that you are in the default panel [Window00]
list of gauges.
Added components will not show up in the virtual cockpit, that's another whole new ball game.
Run Flight Sim and see where it is. Change the numbers and save. Select the aircraft again and see
where you have moved it to.
What is really amazing is that the Wright Flyer had no electric and GPS satalites did not exist
and yet these addons work? It must be Magic.
You can now add an autopilot to your Wright Flyer for long flights.
Adding Nav Panels - Lesson #3