|FS2004 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Panel, Update This latest
update to my last upload (fs9md80R.zip) consists of new panel
bitmaps, a new panel.cfg file, all of the required gauge files and
is meant to completely replace all of the previous files.Bill
Flight Simulator FS2004 Panels / FS2004 Civil Panels
Compatibility: Flight Simulator 2004
Filesize: 1.20 MB
This latest update to my last upload (fs9md80R.zip) consists of
new panel bitmaps, a new panel.cfg file, all of the required gauge files and is
meant to completely replace all of the previous files.
Important! This panel is of use primarily to registered users of Tony
Dambrosio's shareware ($19.00) TOP AVIONICS realCRT gauges and the ND navigation
database, which is used by the ND's navigation display.
If you wish to use this panel without them, you may subtitute the realCRT
gaugues with any of the many freeware FD and ND gauges available, though the
functioning of the EFIS and switches will be impaired.
Note: Users of the previous version of this panel please note that, in addition
to completely new panel bitmaps, I have deleted/moved/replaced/added several
other gauges as well and you should add all of the enclosed files.
I have included below the original "readme" file from Bill Alexander, the
original author of the panel's earlier FS9 update, which I have modified, and
changed the wording of his installation instructions somewhat as needed.
I thought this to be the best way to make sure that the original credits of this
panel's development history remain intact. I wish to add my thanks to all of
those whose work I built upon.
Note: This panel has been fully tested only with my installed "MD-8x" sim from
SGA (which, by the way, requires that one assign a key to the "Tailhook" command
in fs9, usually "SHIFT+T", in order to be able to use the wingtip landing lights
- see their "readme" file)
Results obtained with this panel may vary somewhat when used with different
The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Series Control Panel for FS2004 (fs9).
Version #1 April, 2006 modified for FS2004 by Bill Alexander(with Jim Waters
help) with kind permission from Tom Dennis (fs2002md80s.zip released in April
Firstly, my sisncere thank you to Tom Dennis of our own AVSIM for his permission
to make this file available as freeware for fs9 use. Thank you Tom. Your paint
of this Eric Ernst original(for which you recieved his blessings) is beautiful.
All the credit for the paint, shadow effects, crackle effect belong to Tom
Dennis: tdennis73==sbcglobal.net or tdennis==avsim.com
This is my FIRST attempt at making a DECENT MD80/90 panel, which is a remake of
an FS 98 through FS 2002 panel, now useable in fs9 (fs2004). Some new features
have been added and some gauges have been changed. Features are Rob Barendregt
Taxi Speed and Pushback gauges (version 1). A complete repaint of the main panel
by Tom Dennis. FS2004 SIMICONS all moved logically by Jim Waters, and Chuck
Dome's (public domain) mini GPS, which was part of the fs98 through fs2002
versions. I left it there because it gives you a quick view of the direction/range
to your destination ONLY after loading an fs9 flight plan using its GPS planning
mode. If you haven't loaded an fs9 GPS flight plan, this gauge will not show any
information until you do load a GPS plan!! If you are already in flight without
a plan and want to see this gauge functioning, you may load a GPS flight plan in
flight with OR without using the "move aircraft to departure point" feature of
1. Unzip each folder in sequence in a temporary directory and copy and paste
unzipped folder contents from there.
2. Place all of the individual panel files in the "panel" folder of an aircraft
of your choice. (You may wish to first backup your existing panel.cfg and all of
its attendant files).
3. Place all individual gauge files in the "Gauges" folder. (See important item
4. Important! Separate 'MD-80' and 'rcb-gauges' folders are incuded. Copy and
paste both FOLDERS into your fs9 "Gauges" folder (So that both of these folders
remain separate sub-folders within the main fs9 gauges folder).
That's it, enjoy!
I have included all three of Rob Barendregt files with his permission. They are
already in the gauge folder that is produced when you unzip the file. However,
his zip files contain his copywrite info as well as user instructions. Any
questions regarding the useage of the taxi speed and/or the pushback gauge
should be emailed to him. Unfortunately I offer no support on those gauges. On a
personal note I feel that the instructions for the useage are quite easy and it
is a great addition to 3rd party panels.
I saw a need for a decent looking/performing MD80 panel for fs9 (fs2004) after
searching for months. This panel was only one of a very few that looked and
performed well in FS98 to FS2002, where I originally used it. With that in mind,
I would like to thank the original designer of this FS98 Panel, Eric Ernst whom
gave permission to Tom Dennis (above) as part of a group effort under Tom Dennis,
Fleet Director of Evergreen International VAC (Virtual Aircraft Company). I only
updated the panel for FS2004 with Tom's kind permission. Thank you Tom. Many
thanks to Rob Barendregt for his excellent Taxi Speed and Pushback gauges, and
to Dai Griffiths of Dragon Flight Design for the YG-7500 Radar Altimeter. A Word
document is included for this radar altimeter.
I would also like to thank Jim Waters for his help in this project - basically
in tutoring me in panel/gauges coordinate mapping and moving the fs2004 SIMICONS
to a more logical area of the panel. He also has an excellent MD80 panel you can
download from avsim called: MD80ver2.zip. It is only one of very few MD80 panels
for fs9 (fs2004) that looks and performs well. Personally, I now use both Jim's
MD80ver2.zip and this one on all my MD80 through MD90 aircraft.
This file was originally tested on a 2.4 Ghz Pentium 4 Processor with 512 RAM
and a Sound Blaster Live Sound Card and have experienced no problems
what-so-ever with this file on that PC. I have since upgraded my PC to a 3.4 Ghz
Hyper-Threading P4 Processor with 1 Gb of DDR400 RAM and upgraded my Video Card
from an Nvidia GeForce 64 Mb to an Nvidia 6600GT 256Mb DDR3 card in preparation
for the soon to be released Microsoft FSX. All files I create are used by myself
weeks before uploading to the internet to avoid making any patches or updates.
However, if an update or patch is warranted it will follow shortly after initial
release. These files are a USE at YOUR OWN RISK release.
These files are strickly FREEWARE and under no circumstances can they be used to
make money or profit in anyway from their sale. They are not to be included on
any Flight Sim Add-on without explicit permission from the authors. Any control
panels created by myself were most likely made using FREEWARE Gauges with
permission from their authors. Any repaints were made using exsisting textures
and/or paint schemes as reference to the released repaint. There are many
contributers to our Great Hobby please respect their copywrite issues as well if
they are somehow releated or referenced back to this file. For your convienience
a General Product Licence is included with this package.
COMMENTS & QUESTIONS:
Can be sent to my email address:
Bill Alexander: phantomflyer==oceanbroadband.net <--- new email address!
Thanks again to Jim Waters: Jamwaters==aol.com