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King Air 350 - Dimensions and Panel Question

Started by RPPerry3, December 15, 2021, 10:25:22 PM

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December 15, 2021, 10:25:22 PM Last Edit: December 15, 2021, 10:26:30 PM by RPPerry3
I'm building a KA 350 cockpit based on XP11 AirFoilLabs 350. Any Panel dimensions or instrument measurements you are willing to share are greatly appreciated!

Bonus Question...
Can anyone tell me what these 2 areas I've highlighted are and the buttons/annunciators there?  I'd appreciate it!


RayS

The upper row of buttons looks like the mode select controls for the pilot's ND.

I'm not sure what the center lower buttons are for.

This is interesting because there are so many configurations for the 350. When I first started on the B1900D I was struck by the vast number of customizations on the MIP.

In retrospect it was a good choice because I could do whatever I want and still be considered authentic to the 1900.
Ray Sotkiewicz

navymustang

As Ray hinted at - I would recommend that you pick a panel configuration that fits your budget and your technical skills. I've built two King Air sims for customers and the panel layouts were dramatically different. I would truly consider a glass cockpit rather than steam gauges since that technology will keep your sim looking current for years to come. And, as new software comes out, it makes it easy to update your sim and keep it fresh and current.

However, I do love the old steam gauges.
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Quote from: navymustang on December 16, 2021, 02:53:39 PMAs Ray hinted at - I would recommend that you pick a panel configuration that fits your budget and your technical skills. I've built two King Air sims for customers and the panel layouts were dramatically different. I would truly consider a glass cockpit rather than steam gauges since that technology will keep your sim looking current for years to come. And, as new software comes out, it makes it easy to update your sim and keep it fresh and current.

However, I do love the old steam gauges.

Technical skills I have, but experience in cockpit building.. i guess we'll find out.  I've designed and built a few large CNC routers which have made parts for actual gliders and Exp Aircraft. To support your comments though, the more I'm working the more I think going simple where I can is a good idea.  Aesthetically, having a layered panel and pronounced 3-D bezels and instrument details along with all the actual Beechcraft safety and advisory placards and texts around the various panels and instruments will give me an amazing sense of immersion I'm going for.    The plan is to use AirManager (already playing around with datarefs and the datareftool for XP11 (with the AFL KA 350).  Captains Instrument and all but the Oil  pressure/temp gauges will be on a 24" monitor behind panel, FO side will be on 19" , and I have a 10" touch with 1:1 GTN750 for the central NAV. The rest I'm making as dedicated instruments (Collins NAV, COM, ATC).  The only non monitor ran instruments will be the ALT preselect, radios, Fuel, and Oil Instruments.  Simple enough with SimVim, but since switching over to AirManager this has become a lot more work.  Not sure if someone already has most of the LUA scripting done for the AFL KA350, if so I hope I find it.

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ame

I started building a version of the Collins radio panels:

https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7761.msg55676#msg55676

I'd be happy to share what I have, but it's currently, er, stalled.

Joe Lavery

Quote from: RPPerry3 on December 16, 2021, 06:30:04 PMThe plan is to use AirManager (already playing around with datarefs and the datareftool for XP11 (with the AFL KA 350). 

Paul,

I just finished a series of articles for the mag using Air Manager, you can use it for more than just the instruments. In addition it comes with over 1000 different gauges etc.

Cheers
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