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    Michael De Feyter
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  1. iFMS 1.1.5 for Apple devices has now been released. This is a minor update mainly to ensure compatibility with the recently released iOS 8 platform. Other new features include: - Added HSI active waypoint information - Added HSI GS / TAS information - Added HSI wind information - Improved distance calculation based on WGS84 ellipsoid algorithms An update for Android (1.1.6) including the features above has been released as well. We still expect version 2.0, which will include a PFD and EICAS screens along with multi-device support, to be released by the end of the year. Michael De Feyter iFMS www.ifms-fs.com
  2. Hello again all, I realize it has been quite a while since my last update. Things have not been standing still, they just have been progressing much slower than I hoped, I have no real excuse other than saying my personal life came in the way. With the help of many you I have been able to identify and resolve issues in the current version 1.1.4 / 1.1.5 available on the Apple and Goodle App Stores. Some of the Android users have been receiving updated “beta” versions for testing as well. I’d like to thank you all for your great help. Many of you have been asking about the progress made on version 2.0 which will include a PFD screen and EICAS. Well, again things have not been standing still but I was hoping to have it released by now. It is close but unfortunately not quite ready for release yet. I can tell you it will be worth the wait once released. I’ve been testing version 2.0 myself quite a lot recently to iron out the issues and I must say it is quite enjoyable to be flying with a “home” cockpit built out of 2 tablets and an iPhone. The way I have mine currently set up I have my 10” iPad3 in landscape mode in front of me displaying the PFD & NAV displays side-by-side. I have my 7” Nexus tablet on the right of that in portrait mode displaying the upper and lower EICAS displays. Finally, below the Nexus, I have my iPhone4 in portrait mode displaying the FMC. Everything pretty much laid out as it would be sitting in the captain’s seat in most airliners. Off course it is entirely configurable which devices show which display(s), hence many different configurations using more or less devices are imaginable. Note that iFMS does not require a whole lot of processing power to run, most older iOS/Android tablets/phones will work fine as long as you have sufficient storage space available for storing the navdata (be aware it does NOT run on the iPad 1st generation though). iFMS 2.0 will therefore make it quite affordable for any simmer now to build a simple but yet very usable and realistic home cockpit using just a couple of (older model) iOS/Android tablets and/or phones which can be found second hand these days for a nickel and a dime. I will be taking some pictures of my setup and some snapshots of the new displays as soon as possible to give you all a bit of a preview. Hopefully I will have news about a potential release date shortly after that as well. Michael De Feyter iFMS www.ifms-fs.com
  3. That is correct. iFMS does not sync with the FMC found in add-on aircraft such as PMDG. You can use iFMS with these aircraft but you you should either use the FMC/ND in iFMS or the one that comes with the aircraft. iFMS is much more usefull used in combination with standard/add-on aircraft that don't have any (realistic) FMC and/or ND of their own like most standard and free add-on aircraft. In this case iFMS will provide you with a very functional FMC and navigation display where you would normally have none. Alternatively you can also use iFMS completely stand-alone with the device GPS as source of position/speed/altitude data (if your device has one off course). You can then practice your FMC programming skills on your phone/tablet whenever, whereever and if you're passenger in a car or something you can actually follow your position against route in the real world. (Be aware though that even though you can, you should not use this functionality for real world flying, this is strictly against the terms of use of the product.)
  4. Hi again all, I’ve just released another revision of the Android version of iFMS to the Google Play Store, this version is labelled 1.1.5. It was pointed out to me that several Android devices which should be capable of running iFMS were listed as incompatible by the Google Play Store, hence iFMS could not be installed on those devices. This had to do with the Play Store thinking iFMS requires the presence of a GPS, hence the Play Store was excluding all devices that don’t have a GPS from the compatible devices list. As you might know iFMS is capable of using the GPS as data source instead of FSX/FS2004 or X-Plane, but this is not the main intent of iFMS and furthermore iFMS should most certainly never be used for real world navigation. This is a purely optional feature for educational purposes only. With version 1.1.5 I’ve corrected the device requirements and now the GPS is listed as an optional feature (as it should be) which means devices with no GPS should now be able to download and install iFMS from the Play Store as well. Michael De Feyter iFMS www.ifms-fs.com
  5. I am happy to report iFMS version 1.1.4 is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This revision fixes the following issues: - On some Android devices like the Motorola Xoom2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab7 not all the FMC buttons were displayed because of a sizing issue of the bitmaps. - Waypoint names should always be displayed when the HSI is in PLAN mode, not just when RTE DATA is selected. - When a runway is selected in some cases there was a problem only displaying the relevant departures/arrivals for this runway. - There was a crash and/or misplacement when programming a hold in an existing procedure. - When the HSI was in plan mode in landscape configuration, trying to program a hold, the “STEP” function was overwritten by the “PPOS” function. - Take-off status would only show complete after PERF INIT / ROUTE / TAKEOFF PAGE was complete and a departure runway was selected, in reality the departure runway does not need to be selected for take-off status to show as complete. Two less common aircraft were also added to the list of default aircraft, the AgustaWestland AW139 Helicopter and the Cessna C337H Skymaster. Many thanks go out to the users and testers who have pointed out and helped me resolve these issues. What does the future hold for iFMS? Apart from some revisions and minor upgrades in the near future, for the longer term I am planning some bigger developments for a later major upgrade (version 2.0): - Full multi-device support: For the moment it is possible to connect multiple devices to a single flight simulator, however, the devices will not sync, i.e. if you program a route on one device it will not be reflected on the other devices connected to the same simulator and thus each device will need to be programmed separately. I’m planning to implement this functionality for the next major upgrade. - A Primary Flight Display (PFD). iFMS currently consists of an FMC and HSI display (also known as a Navigation Display or ND). With the addition of multi-device support, a PFD will allow users to build a simple but very functional home cockpit using two or three Android/iOS devices connected to a single flight simulator. As always, if you have any questions/concerns/issues don’t hesitate to contact me either through the feedback form on the iFMS website or directly, michael.defeyter@ifms-fs.com. Michael De Feyter iFMS http://www.ifms-fs.com
  6. Well, since I'm the developer of this app off course I recommend it, but my opinion might be somewhat biased :-).
  7. There is not but if you're on Android the play store allows you to cancel your order within 15 minutes of purchase. If you make sure you set up your FSX/X-plane by installing FStoiFMS before purchasing so you can give iFMS a 15 minute test run and decide if you want to keep it (it's not much time but it's something at least). This option is not available on the Apple store unfortunately
  8. Correct, You connect over the local wireless network. You need to install a tool called FStoiFMS (multiple versions are available for various simulator options) on the computer running the flight simulator, this tool reads the data from the flight simulator and sends it through to iFMS (or the other way around for autopilot inputs comming from iFMS). FStoiFMS can be downloaded from the iFMS website. The data is sent from the simulator to iFMS every frame so there should not be any lag and given there are no heavy calculations involved it does not slow the simulator either. Regards, Michael
  9. The price was set at $12.99 AU so it will depend on which country you live in but should be very close to $12 US. Regards, Michael De Feyter
  10. Just a quick note on the new version 1.1 of iFMS. If you’ve upgraded from a previous version and had already installed FStoIFMS, for whichever version of flight simulator you’re using: YOU MUST UPDATE YOUR FStoiFMS TO THE LATEST VERSION AVAILABLE ON THE iFMS WEBSITE. You won’t be able to connect the new iFMS 1.1 with the older versions of FStoiFMS. iFMS 1.1 does diplay a message about this upon first launch but this can easily be missed. Sorry of there was any confusion about this. Regards, Michael
  11. iFMS for Android has now been released After a successful launch on the Apple App Store in June earlier this year, iFMS has now been released for Android devices on the Google Play Store. Along with this release for Android, a new version 1.1 for iPhone/iPod/iPad will also be released in the coming days. iFMS provides you with a nearly fully functional "Boeing style" Flight Management System and HSI display on your Android device, iPhone, iPad (Mini) or iPod Touch, to make your Flight Simulator experience a more realistic one. Apart from all the standard flight planning and tracking (LNAV and VNAV) functionality, all the more complex functions such as hold programming, custom waypoint programming by coordinates, heading/distance calculation or waypoints radial/intersection calculation and abeam route waypoint calculations are available as well, along with much, much more. The HSI display is has a MAP and PLAN mode and was developed appear as realistic as possible, the programmed route, the waypoints, the fixes, the navaids, the airports etc. are all programmed to be displayed using the standard symbolization rules of the industry. iFMS can be configured for use with almost any of your favorite Flight Simulator's standard or add-on aircraft, 6 default aircraft configuration files are included but you can easily create your own following the tutorial available from the iFMS website. New in version 1.1: This is the first release available on Android as well as iOS platforms. A much desired feature that is now included is the LNAV/VNAV engine. Apart from using iFMS for flight planning/tracking/navigation, with this new engine iFMS is now also capable of controlling the aircraft's autopilot to fly the programmed LNAV/VNAV route. This release also comes with 6 default aircraft configuration files, a 737-800, 747-400, 757-200, 767-300ER, 777-200LR and a PA-28, but you can easily create your own following the tutorial and examples available on the iFMS website so iFMS can be used with almost any flight simulator standard and most add-on aircraft. Graphics have been significantly improved since the original iOS release in June earlier this year. Features summary: - Realistic Flight Planning/Tracking/Navigation - Realistic Boeing style Flight Management System - Realistic Boeing style HSI display - LNAV & VNAV calculation - An LNAV/VNAV engine to control your aircraft's autopilot - Single portrait or side by side landscape view - Configurable aircraft, 6 default included - Use your own created aircraft files - Loading and saving of flight plans - Import flight plans and aircraft from your PC through iTunes - Updatable navigation data through Navigraph Please visit http://www.ifms-fs.com for more details about iFMS.
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