Standalone external instrument panels
SimVimPanel is a standalone program providing a set of realistic, fully-functional aircraft instruments to be displayed on a computer that is connected by network to the main computer with X-Plane. The system is built in such a way that any number of computers with different instrument panels can be connected to the main computer running X-Plane.
The program doesn’t require any configuration on the user’s part. Once you download the SimVimCockpit plugin for X-Plane and run the program on another computer in the local network, they will connect automatically.
The instrument panels themselves are designed to accurately represent the functionality and positions of the actual instruments of specific aircraft. Every instrument is made as close to original as possible and has real sizes on the chosen LCD screens. SimVimPanel is not a constructor, it’s a set of a ready-to-use panels for specific aircrafts.
The project is ongoing, and in time we will be making panels for more types of aircraft.
The program doesn’t require a powerful system – any old PC with processor frequency of about 1000 Mhz can be used for full panel, and Raspberry Pi (any versions) is suitable for any SimVim Panel.
A convenient way is to use an old laptop with additional LCD monitor connected to it. Here is an example of the “basic six” running very smoothly on the old EEE PC 900 Mhz netbook (see the video below, it’s taken from laptop screen with camera). Almost every old laptop has a VGA output, allowing the connection of a larger display, making for a rather cheap (and quiet) system. You can connect it with wi-fi instead of a cable.