How To Add The GPS Panel To Any FSX Aircraft

 

Personally I find it annoying when I download and install a new aircraft into FSX to find that it doesn’t have a GPS. I know that some of the aircraft wouldn’t have had a GPS when they were in service and would have used radio navigation or the stars to navigate the skies. But this is a desktop simulation and I do like to know where I am going, even when using radio navigation. Below is a short guide on how to add any the GPS panel to any FSX aircraft.

 

Step 1

Locate and open the panel.cfg file for you aircraft. Usually found in ‘Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\[AIRCRAFT]\panel’

Make a back-up of this file should you wish to go back to it at any point. I accept no liability for any damage caused by you following the guide below

 

Step 2

Look for the section in the panel file (if it exists) that starts [window titles]

Find the next number in sequence and add (without quotation marks) ‘windowXX=GPS‘ (XX is the next number in sequence)

 

Step 3

Underneath this now at the text:

[windowXX]
size_mm=456,378
window_size=0.5
position=8
BACKGROUND_COLOR=0,0,0
VISIBLE=0
ident=GPS_PANEL

gauge00=fs9gps!gps_500, 0,0

Make sure that XX is the same number as you entered in step 2

 

Step 4

Save the file, load up FSX and go fly! Pressing ‘Shift+xx’ should display the GPS in your cockpit.

Below are two screenshots showing the panel.cfg before and after I modified it for the Project Noratlas aircraft (click to open the image full size)

Pre Change

panel.cfg pre change

 

 

 

 

 

Post Change

panel.cfg post change

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