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FDC Features, Downloads and Links

 

This exciting feature packed add-on enhances the virtual world for almost every aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator. One of the most configurable add-ons of its type, allowing you to add more aircraft and configure the program to suit your own requirements.

FDC Live Cockpit works with FS98, FS2000, FS2002, FS2004 and FSX

Offering all the same features found in version 1.0 FlightDeck Companion) but now with many, many more unbelievable additions.

Click on the Downloads Link above for FDC specific files

 

 

THE BASIC FEATURE SET

Full crew compliment support (i.e. If flying a 747-200 you will experience the audio enhancements of all three crew members).

Choose your crew from 15 different voice sets (with additional sets available to download), specially recorded for FDC. Each voice set includes over 1,000 separate sound files, providing a whole range of various calls, commands and replies from the crew.

Hear the Co-pilot calling Vref numbers and 'Rotate' during the take off roll.

Hear the Captain calling for 'gear up' and flap retraction during takeoff and 'gear down' and flaps during the approach phase.

GPWS calls will also be active when using a two man crew to provide 'bank angle' and 'low terrain' warnings, in addition to altitude call-outs during the approach. (Note: altitude calls will be given by the Engineer when using a three man crew setup)

A Virtual Co-pilot (optional) setting will handle all gear and flap calls during takeoff and landing. Just like in the real world, you, as the captain, can concentrate on flying the aircraft and when calling for gear and/or flaps the Virtual Co-pilot (VCP) will actually set them for you. No more looking for the right keys to press and trying to keep the aircraft on track at the same time.

Cabin announcements are provided for that added touch of realism and you can choose the cabin crew too. Currently FDC offers a variation of US, UK, German and Spanish voice sets, with some additional (optional) sets available from our downloads section.

The optional calls for Vref, gear and flaps are provided automatically and are based on your aircraft's weight and speed during both takeoff and landing. Data for this feature is held in separate FDC Performance Files.

FDC offers a Performance File Editor for those that might like to finely tune their system. The editor also allows you to add any aircraft type you wish, making FDC highly configurable and limited only by your imagination and resolve. If you choose to add another aircraft to the system, this will appear in the FDC aircraft selection menu, alongside the default options.

FDC Performance Files are interchangeable between users and provision will be provided here at OnCourse Software for downloading files created by other users.

Full checklists can be played (either automatically or manually) and these include not only the item being called for checking but also the correct, or 'expected' response. Not only that, but many of the checklist items are fully *'interactive', meaning if a switch should be 'on' but FDC detects it to be 'off' the crew member responding to this call will reply accordingly. The checklist will then pause until you correct the item. (* interactive calls are not available when using FS 98)

Overwhelmed with so much going on… well, if you're using an ATC program (or FS2002+) and the controller starts chatting to you during an important checklist sequence (as they usually do!) you can hit the FDC pause key, listen to the ATC commands, then resume the checklist from the point you left it.

FDC provides a Checklist Editor, allowing you to create your own checklists from literally hundreds of various audio calls and replies. You can also choose who you would like to actually make each individual call and/or reply. You can either build your own checklists from scratch or use one of the existing ones as a template. Once created and saved with a 'name of your choice' the checklist will appear in the FDC checklist select menu system, alongside the default ones.

FDC user created Checklist Files are interchangeable between users and provision will be provided here at OnCourse Software for downloading files created by other users.

FDC provides a highly configurable Joystick/Yoke controller key assignments expander utility (ControllerXR). Unlike the built in Flight Simulator controller assignments, this FDC feature allows you to program the buttons on your controller for different phases of the flight (E.g. Parked, taxi, takeoff, cruise, approach, landing, etc.), and these are switched automatically. So, if you're limited on the number of buttons available on your controller, this utility expands it's capability a great deal. You may want your controller buttons assigned to one set of keystrokes whilst taxing and something quite different when ready for takeoff. ControllerXR allows you to do just that.

The FDC Flight Log captures your total flying time for each flight. You choose at which point of the flight you wish to start and end the clock and FDC takes care of the rest - very useful for the VA pilots amongst you or just to check how many hours you do actually spend in your virtual world (perhaps it would not be wise to show this to your partner!)

The FDC Blackbox Log is yet another unique and original feature of this outstanding program and provides a wealth of flight information for those that want to know exactly how fast their last landing was… did they have the correct pitch on touchdown… what was their rate of descent during finals… when did the Captain call for 'gear up' during takeoff and when did the co-pilot actually carry out the captain's instruction, etc, etc. Primarily designed for bug-tracking purposes during development, the Blackbox Log records just about everything you do during each flight and is easily displayed from within the program.

FDC ATC Chatter functionality is provided, allowing you to install your own ATC Chatter files which FDC will play at predetermined times during your flight. These files can be grouped geographically and also into controller sections (ground, tower, departure, approach, en-route, etc.). These controller folders can also be subdivided into specific COM frequency folders if you wish. FDC detects any COM frequency change and checks for folders within the correct controller section of the same name, making this a very flexible and powerful feature indeed. (please note: This feature does not detect your geographical position and this has to be set for each flight. i.e. You select the geographical area of departure and arrival plus various areas you will pass through en route.)

FDC Airport ambience sounds are also provided (recorded specifically for FDC). These are configurable dependent on the size of the departure and destination airports (e.g. Small, medium or large). So if you prefer to fly to/from the smaller type airports you may not wish to hear the sounds of large jet airlines taking off, landing and taxiing. Using these options allow you to configure FDC to your exact liking.

Totally new, easy to use, interface for working with the hundreds of configurable options available within FDC.

Professional written documentation, provided in electronic (PDF and CHM) format for download versions plus a full 90 page printed manual with CD (boxed) versions.

Context sensitive help is also provided within the program, down to specific individual option level.

Plus there's a 250 page electronic manual on CD.

All this and much, much more….

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.0

Here's a list of the new features in FDC Live Cockpit version 3.0+

A NEW auto updates feature. When selected FDC will check once per day to see if any new updates are available. Should you choose NOT to use this new option you may still use the 'Updates' control from the main menu. Whichever option you choose if any new updates are available and you confirm you wish to download them the installation will be automatic. That's right, no more having to choose the correct installation folder and clicking Next, Next, Next. All updates will be fully automatic including stopping and restarting FDC if necessary. We hope this new feature is not only much easier and seamless for our users but it will also enable us to provide any small fixes quickly and easily. Please note: FDC does not collect any personal data about you or your system. This feature downloads a text file from our server then runs a version status check.

NEW CONFIGURATION FEATURES

ADDED some more options to the User File setup page to allow additional flexibility for you to choose when the files are played. Each file can now be configured by the original method (xx minutes after the previous message, etc) or at a given altitude during climb or descent (you may even choose that by AGL or MSL) or XX minutes starting from a given point of the flight e.g. 'Connect' time, at the gate, as you start to taxi, once ready for T/O, takeoff roll, Cruise, Descent, Landing and Parking.

ADDED additional support for the Level-D 767.

ADDED three new hotkeys to provide an 'auto-scan' feature for checking what’s going on around you.

ADDED - FDC will now attempt to determine your departure airport. You may override this if you wish (in the unlikely event that FDC get's it wrong! <G>). Otherwise FDC will display the departure ICAO on the main menu display screen once FS has started. Also, when you 'connect' to FS FDC will check the departure airport again, just in case you moved to another airport. Also, you can click on the 'Refresh' label which you'll find just below the ICAO display box, although this should
only be necessary if you suddenly decided to skip to another airport after 'connecting'.

ADDED - You may now type in the ICAO code for your destination airport on the main menu. FDC will then determine the distance to your destination and display it just beneath the ICAO code. FDC will check this periodically throughout the flight and update the 'distance to go' on the main menu screen. Obviously this is not of much use to the single pc user who runs FDC on the same pc as FS, but for those using networked pc's or multiple monitors this new feature may prove quite useful.

ADDED Active Runway detection (for FS2004 users ONLY!!) - Provided you use the new feature detailed above FDC will attempt to determine the active runway for landings at your destination airport. The distance from the destination that this information is shown is entirely your choice, from the new options found on the AIRPORT TAB of MISC ITEMS display page. Once this information has been gathered FDC will present it to you in a number of ways, again entirely your choice.
FDC can display a simple line of data either via ADVDisplay or using the default FS messaging window... this will give the runway number, ILS type and frequency plus runway heading. FDC can also display a popup screen which overlays the FDC main menu, in this case it will show Airport name, Elevation, all available runways (with the active one(s) highlighted, the ILS type, ILS frequency and finally the runway heading. This particular option is aimed more at those users running FDC on a client PC using something like WideFS. Another method FDC can use is to write this information to the FS Kneeboard and for those running FDC on the same pc as FS this will probably be the most convenient and best suited for that situation. You can also choose if you want the kneeboard to popup automatically or leave it as a manual operation. This feature uses the default 'Keylist' section so that feature of FS will be unavailable whilst using FDC's active runway listings. Finally FDC can give you an audible estimation of the designated runway, this will be from the PNF. Each of these options may be chosen in isolation or a combination of any or all of them. One point we must make about this feature, it is an 'estimation' of which runway ATC will assign you for landing but can never be taken as 100% definite. The data FDC uses (via FSUIPC) is gleaned from the AI traffic tables for the airport you entered as your destination. So, if there are no flights currently on route to that airport, or if you have AI Traffic turned off, FDC will not be able to determine the active runway at all. The actual airport data i.e. elevation, runways, length, ILS frequency, etc, will still be displayed but there will be no active runway highlighted. Also, for those airports utilising multiple runways for landing FDC will not be able to determine exactly which one you will be assigned and will have to highlight each one designated for landings, in this situation the audio prompts will assume the 'first' in the list to be the active one.

ADDED more VCP-X (virtual co-pilot) options for the takeoff phase of flight. These include the VCP turning the AP to ON at a specified altitude, turning the HDG to ON and the ALT hold to ON, also at a specified altitude, plus turning the Auto Throttle ON and the IAS hold. All optional of course and you may turn anyone of these OFF if you wish.

ADDED yet another option for the VCP to perform. This one configures the VCP to turn the Autobrake switch to RTO. You may now choose between (a) Option Off, (b) After leaving the gate and before the Taxi checks or (c) prior to the Before Takeoff checks

ADDED another for the VCP where you can set a maximum speed for when flying below 10,000' and if your speed goes above that you will hear a verbal warning from your PNF (VCP). This is for those areas where speed restrictions are imposed for flights below 10,000'

ADDED a new VCP option where you can select to have the Alt Baro pressure settings read out in millibars rather than inches of mercury. i.e. 1013 instead of 29.92

ADDED another new option for the VCP where you can now enter a maximum taxi speed. This controls if and when your VCP will warn you if your taxi speed exceeds the value you enter here. Again this is optional and you may turn the feature off if required.

ADDED 'Load Profile' and 'Delete Profile' buttons to the main options display to further enhance the additional profile info now shown on this display.

ADDED additional options for playing 'User Files' (Flight Deck Announcements). Previously you had the choice of Short, Medium or Long Haul. The extra option (Auto) will determine which file set to used depending on (a) the distance to your destination (provided you utilise that feature) and (b) the distances for each of the three settings you configure as your choice. To use this new feature you will have to enter the maximum distance for short haul trips and medium haul trips. FDC will configure the rest for you. If you select this new (Auto) option but leave the mileage settings at zero, or you do not enter the ICAO for your destination on the main menu screen, the Journey Type will default to Long Haul.

ADDED even more options for playing 'User Files' (Flight Deck Announcements). These new options allow you to select the sound channel you want the various files to use when played. For instance, currently the user files use the same sound channel as the Cabin Announcements, which means they use the sound volume settings also. The FlightDeck announcements also used this channel by default. Now you may select between the Cabin, Captain (PF) or Co-pilot (PNF) sound channels to play the user files and you may choose either the Captain (PF) or Co-pilot (PNF) to play the FlightDeck announcements.

ADDED a new feature to process all voice set wav files to speed up how each phrase or word is spoken. This feature does not alter the pitch of the wav files and voice sets can be restored to their original state at anytime, thereby giving you the opportunity to experiment with various settings.

ADDED functionality to allow double-clicking ANY runway displayed on the main menu popup screen to auto set the AP CRS and NAV1 frequency. Note, this runway does NOT have to be listed as being the active!

ADDED - Your 'active' profile (if any) is now displayed on the main options screen, just below your selected aircraft picture.

ADDED additional options to the 'System' section of Misc options. These options allow you to choose to have various messages displayed (either via ADVDisplay or the default FS message window). These messages include the 'Max IAS' permitted under an altitude of 10K, the 'Cruise' info (showing optimum Flight Level, etc) and the Distance and Time left to go to your destination.

ADDED additional options to the 'Airports' section of Misc Options. These options pertain to the new 'active runway' feature described above:-

The first option allows you to enter the number of miles from the destination airport that FDC will use the Active Runway information (if any) that's found and alert you depending on the additional options you've set (see below). At this distance FDC would also stop scanning for Active Runway information, thereby eliminating any unnecessary processing during the approach phase.

Enabling the second option will send the destination runway information (i.e. Runway, Length, ILS, Frequency, Heading and the Active Runway) to either the ADVDisplay or the default FS message window.

The third option enables Audio Prompts from the PNF with regard to 'his assumed' Active Runway.

The fourth option is used to send the destination runway information (i.e. Runway, Length, ILS, Frequency, Heading and the Active Runway) to either the ADVDisplay or the FS Kneeboard. Using this option will also enable the Kneeboard to 'popup' automatically.

The final option will send the destination runway information (i.e. Runway, Length, ILS, Frequency, Heading and the Active Runway) to a new popup window which will overlay the FDC main menu display. This is obviously most useful for those running FDC on a client PC with WideFS, etc. From this display you may also double-click ANY runway listed and have the Autopilot CRS and NAV1 frequency automatically set with the displayed data.

ADDED additional option to the Ambience section on the Misc Option display page. 'Use Auto Switched En-route Chatter' provides auto switching of the Enroute ATC Chatter areas (normally activated manually using Shift+Ctrl+X). This feature will only work if you enter your destination ICAO on the main menu. When active this feature will play each en-route section in turn for approximately one third of the total distance to your destination. I.e. If on a 3,000 mile trip the En-route #1 selection will be played till you're approximately 2,000 miles from your destination and then switch to En-route #2. At approximately 1,000 to go FDC will switch to using En-route #3. The Hotkey sequence (Shift+Ctrl+X) may still be used at anytime during the flight.

ADDED an additional option on the main menu display so you may now set your departure time as the actual time rather than a countdown timer. The original (default) method is retained which allows you to set a number of minutes which acts as a countdown from the moment you 'connect to FS'. Whereas the new option allows you to set the actual FS (Local) time for your departure. Please Note: The FS (Local) time is checked at the moment you 'connect' to FS and is not checked again. What this means is if you set the departure time in FDC and then change the time in FS (after you 'connect') FDC will not know anything about this shift in time, consequently those other features which are triggered by this timer will either not occur at all or will occur later than you think they should.

ADDED - FDC now remembers its last position onscreen and will automatically start in that position again next time you use it. Same applies to the main menu and options display pages. This will be most useful for those using a second monitor.

ADDED a "Total Time" to the Flight Logging display

ADDED an option to the Performance File editor so you may now select if your aircraft has Spoilers or Speedbrakes... or more specifically, what 'call' you want to hear 'Spoilers Armed' or 'Speedbrakes Armed', etc.

ADDED - FDC now uses a database containing data over 50,000 runways for airports around the simulator world. With this amount of data it would have been an impossible task to check all the information for accuracy. Should you find any incorrect information we have included a database editor to allow you to change any of the runway frequency or heading data. Using this database editor does not change any data within flight simulator.

NEW CHECKLISTS AND FLIGHTDECK CALLS FEATURES

ADDED an additional control for the ATC chatter feature. You may now hit the SPACE bar to stop any chatter immediately. This should prove useful when you want to listen to FS ATC commands. The same hotkey still works for pausing any checklist calls (when in Auto mode).

ADDED Enhanced Engine Start calls for the 747-200 and 747-400 series

ADDED over 100 additional calls and responses to the checklists. These will probably be of interest to the GA simmers amongst you as a lot of them pertain to prop and turbo-prop craft.

ADDED new functionality to the checklist feature. Pre Start checklist must still be initiated using Ctrl+Space but after that you may choose to have all other CL's begin automatically.

CHANGES TO DISPLAY PAGES

CHANGED - Hotkeys can now be individually de-activated by un-checking a particular hotkey. If, like me, you only use a few of the 20+ hotkeys available in FDC you may want to make those you don't use inactive. This allows more hotkey slots for other FS add-ons plus makes FDC's job of setting them up and processing them much easier and efficient. Hotkey selections are SAVED when you SAVE a profile, so you may have different combinations of hotkeys used for different aircraft.

CHANGED - Rearranged the Main Menu display to accommodate the Departure and Destination input/display data. Removed the Main Help button and replaced with a small '?' icon top left of screen. Please remember the online help may be accessed at anytime from within the program by simply pressing the F1 key on your keyboard.

CHANGED the VCP-X (virtual co-pilot) options display to a more logical format, providing different groups for Takeoff, Cruise, Landing and General options.

CHANGED the layout of the Misc Options page to cater for additional items which are now categorised into four areas, namely System, Logging, Ambience and Airports.

CHANGED the Fonts used throughout for all text and buttons, making things much clearer in general, especially for those using TFT monitors.

CHANGED the way you can configure FDC messages to display (these appear either in ADVDisplay or the default FS message window... whichever one you're using). You may now choose on the Misc Options page to have these message 'scroll' rather than just display as a static display. This can be useful if messages are too long for the size of display window you prefer.

CHANGED and removed the maximum cruise speed (both Mach and IAS) from the Cruise section of the Performance File Editor. When Cruise data is display during your flight the Max Mach and Max IAS figures are read from Flight Simulators current Aircraft CFG file.

CHANGED - When saving an edited checklist in the CL Editor you now have the option to save it using a different name than the original.

CHANGES TO PROFILE FUNCTIONS

CHANGED the way profiles are saved. Now ALL FDC settings are saved when creating a profile, this means you can even select to have different hotkey configurations per profile too.

CHANGES TO CHECKLIST FUNCTIONS

IMPROVED the fluidity of all checklist calls by more than 50% !!!

ADDED a new option to adjust the pause between the checklist call and response (some testers complained the checklist responses were 'too quick'). This defaults to .25 sec but you may choose any value from Zero (instant response) to 5.0 seconds.

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

COMPLETE update of the online FDC manual. This may be accessed by pressing F1 from anywhere within the program. Alternatively you can double click on the FDC.CHM file found in the FDC\Help folder. Please Note: The FlightDeck Companion Users Guide.PDF has not been updated at all.

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.1

ADDED some more options to the User File setup page to allow additional flexibility for you to choose when the files are played. Each file can now be configured by the original method (xx minutes after the previous message, etc) or at a given altitude during climb or descent (you may even choose that by AGL or MSL) or XX minutes starting from a given point of the flight e.g. 'Connect' time, at the gate, as you start to taxi, once ready for T/O, takeoff roll, Cruise, Descent, Landing and Parking. Please remember that these files will always be initiated in numerical order, no matter what settings you configure. So, if you set #3 to start at 5,000' AGL and #4 to start at 4,000' AGL, file #3 will start first followed immediately after by file #4.

ADDED additional support for the Level-D 767. Like a lot of high end third party aircraft the autopilot features do not use the standard Microsoft offsets and consequently FDC (via FSUIPC) is unable to interact with them. However, thanks to the Level-D developers for providing the SDK and Nico Kaan's brilliant FSCONV program, this is now possible with this aircraft. What this additional support provides is almost the same interaction as you currently have with the default and majority of third party aircraft. The VCP will be able to read and set the MCP altitude and heading settings, provide calls when nearing the target altitude. Turn the AP on/off at predetermined times, etc, etc. Basically, if you currently use FDC with the LD767 you will know exactly what functionality you are currently missing. Hopefully this update will correct that. Here's what you need and most importantly what you need to do to enable the Level-D 767 support feature:-

(a) Download a copy of FSCONV from Nico Kaan's website

http://home.planet.nl/~nwkaan/downloads.htm

then select FSCONV (you will need version 4.0 or later)

(b) Unzip FSCONV.EXE and FSCONV.INI into your C:\Windows folder (this is a

FSCONV requirement, not mine)

(c) Now make a copy of the LVLDSDK.dll file and put that into your C:\Windows folder too.

The LVLDSDK.dll file is included with the Level-D 767 package and after installation

will be found under your FS folder in:-

..\Level-D Simulations\Level-D SDK

(d) FSCONV must be running when FS is running and you would normally start it after you start FS. However, the easiest way to do this is to automate the task by adding the following lines to the FSUIPC.INI file (which you'll find in the FS\Modules folder). If you don't have a section in FSUIPC.INI file you must create one, if you already have a section simply add the RunLF1= line (shown below) beneath it:-

RunIF1=READY,KILL,c:\windows\fsconv.exe

What this does is to run FSCONV each time you start FS (so you'll never forget to do it <G> , but it only does so once FS is in a 'ready' state. Also, when you exit FS it will stop FSCONV automatically.

(e) From the FDC 'Misc' page select the new option:-

'Use Level-D 767 support when selecting 767-300'

(f) From FDC's 'Select Aircraft' page select the new 767-300 option from the drop down listing.

Please note: Level-D 767 extended support will not work if you use any other options that described here. If you create your own performance file and select that instead on the default 767-300 option you will not have LD767 extended support. If you're not happy with the performance file settings included as default you may change them via the Performance File Editor.

(g) For the very first time only, after installing FSCONV, please complete the following:-

• Start FS

• If you haven't configured FSUIPC to start FSCONV automatically for you (as described above) then please start it now.

• Start FDC. You should then get a message stating that FSCONV configuration has been changed and FSCONV requires stopping and restarting.

• If you've configured FSCONV to start automatically with FS just stop and start FS, if not you will have to stop and start FSCONV manually.

That's it.

Obviously once you've installed FSCONV.EXE, FSCONV.INI and LVLDSDK.dll and set FSCONV to auto start with FS you don't have to worry about those items again. Then, provided you have the option described in (e) above selected (which you can obviously save to a profile), each time you select the 767-300 aircraft FDC's Level-D 767 extended support will be 'active'.

Although FSCONV is capable of providing data for just about every switch and gauge on the LD767, FDC uses only a small subset of this and consequently pre-configures FSCONV to use only those services it needs, thereby reducing any unnecessary processing overhead.

New versions of FSCONV may appear from time to time as Nico Kaan continues to refine his program. Obviously it is always best to use the most recent versions of most software so I would suggest you check Nico’s website from time to time. However, I would suggest when updating to a new version you only copy the FSCONV.EXE file and not the FSUIPC.INI file. If you do you will be using Nico’s default settings which basically turn all FDSCONV services to ON. FDC will then detect this and reset the FSCONV.INI file to only run those services we need. Consequently, at that point, you will receive a message stating such changes have been applied and that you need to stop and restart FSCONV. No harm in this at all, just a bit of a pain, and this obviously only occurs the once for each update.

ControllerXR Users.

A new ControllerXR program has been included with this release to support the new LD767 features. The new ControllerXR.exe will have been installed into your FDC\ControllerXR folder by default. If you’re running a networked system you must remember to copy this new version of ControllerXR onto your main (FS) PC. Also, please copy the file named EX_Config.TXT also found in the FDC\ControllerXR folder and place it into the same folder as the ControllerXR.exe program on your main (FS) PC. If you're not working in a networked environment but still use ControllerXR (recommended) then you need do nothing, provided the FDC\ControllerXR location is where you normally run this program from of course.

FIXED the problem where the Alt Baro setting was not being set correctly when descending below transition altitude if running FDC on a client PC via WideFS. This will now work but you must have ControllerXR running on the main (FS) pc.

FIXED a problem where FDC (when running on a client PC using WideFS) would not always detect if FS became inactive and would consequently remain in the 'Connected' mode. A new option on the 'Misc' page allows you to add a timeout value (in seconds). So, if FDC does not detect any activity for this length of time it will automatically disconnect. Please note, opening any of the FS menus will render FS 'inactive' as far as this feature is concerned. Personally I find the default of 60 seconds works well because once 'connected' I rarely have to use the FS menus and if I do it's certainly not for any great length of time... But you may enter a longer timeout if you wish with a maximum value of 999 seconds (approximately 17 minutes). I guess that should be long enough for anyone! <G>

ADDED three new hotkeys to provide an 'auto-scan' feature for checking what’s going on around you. SHIFT+N scans the nearside views (the same as using the numeric keys 7 and 4) with a slight pause between each view. SHIFT+O scans the offside views (the same as using the numeric keys 9 and 6) again with a slight pause between each. SHIFT+M scans all views (the same as using the numeric keys 4, 7, 9 and 6) with a slight pause between each view. I personally have these keys assigned to my Yoke buttons and like to use them when taxing, to me it's much easy to hit one button to check if there's any other taxiing aircraft dangerously close prior to making turns, etc. As with all FDC’s Hotkeys you may re-assign the keys to use or disable those you don’t wish to use.

FIXED a problem when using FDC alongside Radar Contact 4.0 which resulted in FS freezing at the point where the VCP called ‘Airspeed Active’. This was a result of making too many calls to FSUIPC during takeoff and if you killed RC4 then FDC and FS would continue as normal.

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.2

FIXED a problem when running FDC on a client where it resulted in an ERR 13 due to a missing NoChange_FSCONV entry in the FDC.INI file

FIXED - The VCP-X interactive checklist configuration toggle option in the VCP-X options was labelled incorrectly and this switch is now defunct. To turn Interactive Checklists off you use the master switch on the Select Aircraft page, next to the Interactive Checklist time delay option.

FIXED a problem whereby if millibars were selected they were not used for the callout when climbing through transition altitude.

REDUCED the size of the 'FlightDeck_Companion.EXE' file considerably, which means less memory used and quicker load time.

FIXED (Hopefully) a 'out of memory' issue some users experienced during long haul flights.

FIXED a problem where FDC was not setting flaps correctly (or at all for some users) when using the PMDG 747

FIXED a problem when using a 3-man crew where some checklist calls/responses were not heard

FIXED a few minor problems associated with the extended LD767 support features.

ADDED a few changes to improve performance

ADDED a NEW auto updates feature. When selected FDC will check once per day to see if any new updates are available. Should you choose NOT to use this new option you may still use the 'Updates' control from the main menu. Whichever option you choose if any new updates are available and you confirm you wish to download them the installation will be automatic. That's right, no more having to choose the correct installation folder and clicking Next, Next, Next. All updates will be fully automatic including stopping and restarting FDC if necessary. We hope this new feature is not only much easier and seamless for our users but it will also enable us to provide any small fixes quickly and easily. Please note: FDC does not collect any personal data about you or your system. This feature downloads a text file from our server then runs a version status check.

FIXED a problem with the Black Box display when switching from System Time, FS Time and both.

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.3

CHANGED to support the new release of FSCONV Version 5.0+ when using the extended LD767 support features of FDC

If you wish to use the LD767 extended features of FDC please read the following:-

  1. Download and install the LD 767 SP3 update, available from:- http://www.leveldsim.com

  2. Download FSCONV version 5.0+ from:- http://home.planet.nl/~nwkaan/downloads.htm

  3. If you’re using FDC on the same PC as FS please go to step #5. If you’re using FDC on a client PC and connecting via WideFS please go to step #4

  4. Create a new folder under your ControllerXR main folder called FSCONV (Eg. YourInstallationPath \ FSCONV)

  5. Create a new folder under FDC called FSCONV (Eg. YourInstallationPath \ FDC \ FSCONV)

  6. Install FDC into this new FSCONV folder.

Note: This is very important. Previously FSCONV was installed in your C:\Windows folder but now it can be installed anywhere but MUST be installed under your main FDC folder (or ControllerXR folder if running FDC on a client PC). If not, FDC will not be able to interact with it and the extended LD767 features will not work. If you previously chose to have FSCONV started when Flight Simulator starts( by using an entry in the FSUIPC.INI file) this will need changing to reflect the new location of

FSCONV.

Eg. RunIf1=READY,KILL,YourInstallationPath\FDC\FSCONV\fsconv.exe

For those who may be new to FDC, or not already using the LD767 extended support features, we repeat the original instructions from the version 3.1 readme here, with relevant changes applied of course. Like a lot of high end third party aircraft the autopilot features do not use the standard Microsoft offsets and consequently FDC (via FSUIPC) is unable to interact with them. However, thanks to the Level-D developers for providing the SDK and Nico Kaan's brilliant FSCONV program, this is now possible with this aircraft. What this additional support provides is almost the same interaction as you currently have with the default and majority of third party aircraft. The VCP will be able to read and set the MCP altitude and heading settings, provide calls when nearing the target altitude. Turn the AP on/off at predetermined times, etc, etc. Basically, if you currently use FDC with the LD767 you will know exactly what functionality you are currently missing. Hopefully this update will correct that.

Here's what you need and most importantly what you need to do to enable the Level-D

767 support feature:-

See relevant details above……

(a) FSCONV must be running when FS is running and you would normally start it after you start FS. However, the easiest way to do this is to automate the task by adding the following lines to the FSUIPC.INI file (which you'll find in the FS\Modules folder). If you don't have a section in FSUIPC.INI file you must create one, if you already have a section simply add the RunLF1= line (shown below) beneath it:-

RunIF1=READY,KILL,YourInstallationPath\FDC\fsconv\fsconv.exe

What this does is to run FSCONV each time you start FS (so you'll never forget to do it <G> , but it only does so once FS is in a 'ready' state. Also, when you exit FS it will stop FSCONV automatically.

(b) From the FDC 'Misc' page select the new option:-

'Use Level-D 767 support when selecting 767-300'

(c) From FDC's 'Select Aircraft' page select the new 767-300 option from the drop down listing.

Please note: Level-D 767 extended support will not work if you use any other options than described here. If you create your own performance file and select that instead of the default 767-300 option you will not have LD767 extended support. If you're not happy with the performance file settings included as default you may change them via the Performance File Editor.

(d) For the very first time only, after installing FSCONV, please complete the following:-

  • Start FS

  • If you haven't configured FSUIPC to start FSCONV automatically for you (as described above) then please start it now. You will probably get a warning message stating “No Services Defined in FSCONV”. That’s okay, and you should just OK the message.

  • Start FDC. You should then get a message stating that FSCONV configuration has been changed and FSCONV requires stopping and restarting.

  • Now simply stop and restart FSCONV. If you’ve configured it to start automatically with FS you could always stop and restart FS.

  • Next time FSCONV is started it will run automatically and also be minimized on the Task Bar. This is because FDC will have reconfigured the FSCONV INI file to ensure this is how it works.

  • That's it.

Obviously once you've installed FSCONV.EXE version 5.0+ and set FSCONV to auto start with FS you don't have to worry about any of these instructions again. Then, provided you have the option described in (b) above selected (which you can obviously save to a profile), each time you select the 767-300 aircraft FDC's Level-D 767 extended support will be 'active'. Although FSCONV is capable of providing data for just about every switch and gauge on the LD767, FDC uses only a small subset of this and consequently pre-configures FSCONV to use only those services it needs, thereby reducing any unnecessary processing overhead.

New versions of FSCONV may appear from time to time as Nico Kaan continues to refine his program. Obviously it is always best to use the most recent versions of most software so I would suggest you check Nico’s website from time to time. However, I would suggest when updating to a new version you only copy the FSCONV.EXE file and not the FSUIPC.INI file. If you do you will be using Nico’s default settings which basically turn all FDSCONV services to OFF. FDC will then detect this and reset the FSCONV.INI file to only run those services we need. Consequently, at that point, you will receive a message stating such changes have been applied and that you need to stop and restart FSCONV. No harm in this at all, just a bit of a pain, and this obviously only occurs the once for each update.

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.4

FIXED a problem some users were having when running FDC on a client pc via WideFS. FDC would normally detect when FS had stopped running and then stop itself after a pre-determined (user configurable) timeout. However, if the user was in one of the FS menus FDC detected FS as being inactive, which of course was wrong. FDC now disregards any User/FS menu navigation.

FIXED a problem some users reported when running FDC from a client pc via WideFS and receiving a 'Hotkey Error' message. This was associated with the issue addressed in item #1

FIXED a problem in 3.2 which was preventing the global memory dump to the blackbox log when an error occurred.

FIXED a problem preventing the VCP from correcting any incorrectly set interactive items during checklist calls.

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.5

ADDED support for FSX

FIXED a problem with the auto-updates process to address an issue some users were having when using this function

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.6

FIXED a problem when running with FSX to ensure the aircraft.cfg file path is read correctly

UPDATED ControllerXR to support FSX correctly

UPDATED Splash screen to that of the newly packaged (FSX) product from Aerosoft

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.7

ADDED support for Windows Vista
 

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.8

 FIXED a problem when changing VCP Mode to handle Flaps and Gear was not being saved until you came out of the VCPX display and then selected SAVE again

 FIXED some issues preventing FDC working with FSCONV 6.9 and the LD 767

 FIXED some issues preventing ControllerXR working with FSCONV 6.9 and the LD 767

 CHANGED the main checklist editor page to make it clear that those calls marked with an asterisk are only available when using one of FDC's Extended voice sets

 FIXED a problem on the Select Aircraft page when selecting an 'unlisted' aircraft and the 'skip engine startup call' option disappeared

 ADDED an 'UnBoarding.wav' file which will be found in the ..FDC\CabinAmbience folder after applying this update. This is the same as the Boarding.wav file but obviously one is played at the start of your flight and the other at your destination. Providing two files will allow those wishing to have different sounds played at the start/end of their trip to do so by simply adding their own files and using the relevant file names.

 ADDED two new files named PAX_ON.wav and PAX_OFF.wav which you will find in the ..FDC\WAV folder after applying this update. The first one is played once passenger boarding completes and the default (included) file plays 'all passengers on board captain'. The second one is played once all passengers have left the aircraft and the default (included) file plays 'all passengers have left the aircraft captain'. Obviously you may change these files to one of your own choice if you wish to play a different sound at these times, just ensure you use the correct filenames. Equally if you don't like or require these additional sounds simply delete or rename these files and then you won't hear them at all.

 NOTE: To used FDC with the LD 767 you must do the following

o       Download and install Nico Kaan's FSCONV version 6.9 or later from the downloads section at http://home.planet.nl/~nwkaan/

o       Run the FSCONVigurator.exe and select option '4' (MCP Panel)

o       Setup FSCONVigurator to match the screenshot shown below

 

o      

o       Now select option ‘5’ (Main Instruments Panel)

 o       Setup this display to match the screenshot shown below

 

o      

 

o       Select Save to FSCONV.ini and FSCONV.dat

o       Start FS and select the LD767

o       Start FSCONV

o       Start FDC

o       From FDC's 'MISC' options page select the 'Use LevelD767 support when selecting 767-300' option

o       From FDC's 'Select Aircraft' options select the 'Boeing 767-300' option

o       Connect FDC to FS and enjoy

Additional NOTE: You will find details in the FSCONV documentation on setting up FSUIPC to start FSCONV for you automatically.

FIXED a small problem which could result in the flaps not being set correctly prior to takeoff, especially if you started with a flap setting higher than the normal takeoff setting.

ADDED 'some' changes in an attempt to fix the problem some users experience toward the end of a long haul flight where FDC issues an Error 6 message. I am not 100% confident this has addressed the issue simple due to not being able to recreate the problem nor having seen any relevant information in the logs previously provided.


 

NEW TO VERSION 3.9

The main addition in 3.9 is full interaction between FDC and PFE. This should prevent either program (PFE or FDC) from stepping  on each other. Each program is now fully aware of the other. If FDC is currently playing a checklist and PFE ATC contact YOU then the checklist will automatically pause and resume once the transmission is complete from both sides. However, if PFE ATC is talking with another aircraft the checklist will not pause but the volume of PFE ATC will be lowered, although that is optional and your part fully adjustable.

Also, whereas FDC only had two transition altitude settings to work with it will now use whatever you have configured in PFE. In addition to that FDC will be made aware of the cruise altitude in your PFE flight plan, which will make some of the cruise altitude triggered calls more accurate and easier to implement.

Various other program elements will be passed back and forth between the programs to allow for further interaction both now and for future enhancements…. So watch this space.

Other changes include:-

FIXED - a problem where the 'All passengers on Board' message was played too soon after the cabin announcement". It now plays BEFORE the announcement

FIXED - the problem where the new UnBoarding wav file was not being played at the end of the flight.

FIXED a problem where setting any of the User files to trigger during a descent were being triggered as soon as FDC was connected.

CHANGED Some internal changes necessary for ControllXR to support FDC/PFE interaction

FIXED a problem that's been around a for a long time which prevented you from changing the time delay for the last cabin announcement, as this would always revert to 60 seconds.

FIXED the repeating 'Start number on.... start number one... start number one..." call during engine startup on some aircrafts.

ADDED two new options for triggering checklists and cabin announcements. The first is on the Select Aircraft page, next to the Before Takoff checklist option. Click on the 'or click here' to see the option available... it waits for you to contact Tower (in PFE) and then triggers the checklist. The secon one is on the Cabin Info page, next to the 4th Cabin Announcement option. Click on the 'or click here' to see the option available... it waits till you reach your cruising altitude (as set in PFE) to trigger this 4th announcement.

ADDED some new options to the Performance File Editor for Speed Brake/Spoiler calls. Previously you only had two choices... Spoilers or Speedbrakes... now the choices are.... 1. Call Spoilers 2. Call Speedbrakes 3. Call Spoilers on Landing only 4. Call Speedbrakes on Landing only 5. No Spoiler/Speedbrake calls at all

ADDED three countdown timers that will appear on the main menu screen after you 'connect' to FS. These show the time remaining till your Departure, time remaining till the boarding ambience starts and time remaining till the first Cabin Announcement is made.

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.10

3.10 released to fix a small problem introduced in version 3.9 which prevented the 'localiser alive' and/or 'glide slope captured' calls occurring if you were not running PFE alongside FDC

 

NEW TO VERSION 3.11

ADDED a new option on the Select Aircraft page for those users of PFE so they may now configure their descent checks to commence based on their actual flight level, which obviously can changed for each flight.

 ADDED - The new timers on the main menu screen to indicate departure time, etc, will now 'pause' whenever FS is in 'pause mode'

 

 

 

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