In-Flight Instruments (iOS): Live Instruments Add-on for Infinite Flight


#1

Get it right here!

Ever wished for live instruments while flying in Infinite Flight? In-Flight Instruments is a third-party app by John Goering (maker of In-Flight Assistant) which does just this.

IF-I connects to your running flight and displays live instruments, enabling exciting new ways to fly. Fly a low-visibility IFR flight, or fly primarily with an external view, keeping a close eye on your instruments to stay steady!

There are two ways to use this app:

  1. (RECOMMENDED) On a separate device, connecting to a device running Infinite Flight. Simply start up the app and it will search for running Infinite Flight instances on your network. Wait between 10-30 seconds to find the instance and then tap on the address to connect to it.

  2. If you are running Infinite Flight on your iPad, you can run IF-I as a Slide Over app. Note that you may need to slide the side bar from time to time to access Infinite Flight functions.

NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE “INFINITE FLIGHT CONNECT” ENABLED IN YOUR INFINITE FLIGHT SETTINGS!


The “Basic Six” instruments are included with your purchase of this app:

  • Airspeed Indicator (intended for single props like the Cessna): keep an eye on your indicated airspeed.
  • Artifical Horizon: lets you see your aircraft’s pitch and roll even if visibility is low.
  • Altimeter: shows your altitude with a hundreds, thousands, and ten-thousands hand. Includes the “Barber Pole” which slowly disappears as you pass 10,000 feet, or descend below sea level.
  • Turn indicator (intended for single props like the Cessna): shows your turn angle. (NOTE: Due to an Infinite Flight API issue, the turn coordinator is currently not centered even when making coordinated turns)
  • Compass: Shows your airplane’s current heading.
  • Vertical Speed Indicator: shows your vertical speed in feet per minute, which enables you to keep an eye on your climbs and descents. Cessna climbs and descents should normally be between 500 to 1000 feet per minute.

The following in-app purchases are available to add further instruments to your repertoire:

VOR (IN-APP)

A primary and secondary VOR instrument are added, and underneath the hood is a global database of VOR stations. Tap the VOR instrument to pick a nearby VOR station to connect to. Drag the VOR instrument knob to set the VOR radial you are wanting to fly on. There are multiple great tutorials for learning VOR navigation on YouTube! These two instruments will enable you to fly from airport to airport with zero visibility!
The primary VOR includes an ILS system which can be activated after tapping the instrument, and will mirror Infinite Flight’s own ILS approach (not the VOR you are connected to).

Flaps and Levers (IN-APP)

  • Throttle - a simple Cessna-like throttle lever for controlling your aircraft’s throttle. Simply drag the lever to increase or decrease your speed. (NOTE: due to Infinite Flight API issues, this lever currently does not support reverse thrust)
  • Flaps Indicator - shows your aircraft’s flaps setting. Dynamically adapts to each aircraft to display all possible flaps settings and the current one.
  • Landing Gear - a landing gear, modeled after typical Boeing landing gear levers. Drag the lever up to retract the landing gear. Drag it down to extend the landing gear. During transition of the landing gear, the indicator lights will light up red. When the landing gear is fully extended, the lights will light up green.

Primary Flight Display (IN-APP)

A Primary Flight Display roughly modeled after the PFD on Boeing aircraft. Includes many features, including:

  • Airspeed indicator including autopilot marking
  • N1 indicator of your engine power
  • DME indicator of the distance to the airport you are approaching
  • Artifical Horizon
  • ILS dots for perfect approaches with low visibility.
  • Altitude indicator including autopilot marking
  • Ground Speed indicator
  • Compass with autopilot marker
  • Vertical Speed Indicator with autopilot marker

P.S. Here’s a full 12 minute video showing the app in action for a full flight from KSEA to KTCM. Check it out!

Pricing

  • Core App (Basic Six): $3
  • Flaps/Levers IAP: $3
  • VOR IAP: $3
  • Primary Flight Display: $5

(ORIGINAL POST FROM BACK IN SEPTEMBER FOLLOWS)

Hey people, I had a few hours this afternoon to play around just for fun and I made this:

Basically, it will be an app where I can have live instruments on a separate device that you can use as your instruments panel.

I’m going to call it “In-Flight Instruments” (obvious reference to my other app, In-Flight Assistant)

What do you all think? Is this something you would use? What instruments would you really like to see?


Update

Got the six pack working, for the most part (the turn and slip coordinator is not quite 100% functional, but still looks cool! 😃).


Update

It actually works on the same iPad device, as a slide-over app, too, which is not as obtrusive as I thought it would be:


Update

Have an early version of a PFD up and running - really nice for staying steady even with alternate camera views:


Update
Another quick update of the PFD. It is really fun to land without the HUD, using the PFD instead.

Update
Got a working VOR up and running!


Update
Here is a short demo of flying with the full six-pack plus two VORs.


Update
Here is what it looks like when you use two devices instead. Works great.


Update
Made a full 12 minute video showing the app in action for a full flight from KSEA to KTCM. Check it out!


Update
Landing gear! 🙂


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#2

This is a very nice idea especially when using the outside cameras.


#3

You beat me to it 😜!. Very nice! I know it’ll be great quality because you made it 😏


#4

I say this would be good to use as when on the outside view. It’s a good concept.


#5

You got my support! Make it happen sir 😉

@epaga something like this (6 gauges)


#6

How would something like this work?


#7

Start Infinite Flight on your usual device. Start In-Flight Instruments on your other iPad or your iPhone. It will show you the running IF instances on your network. You connect and it becomes the instrument panel you see in the video.

So you lay your “instruments” device down and play with your IF device, glancing at your instruments like in real life. 😃


Customizable HUD
#8

Yep definitely planning on the Basic 6.


#9

Interesting. Would like to see this!


#10

Whoa, so nice, good to se you are really into this app designing with a lot of concept videos…

Also, how would you do the skidding/slipping turn coordinator? Would that be one of the hardest instruments?


#11

I have been thinking about this. An app with working instruments that we can use while flying. What I want see is live cockpit, working instruments and better cockpit lighting. Let’s take a B777 for example. A cockpit view with animated instruments. That will be great.


#12

You know, I was JUST thinking about exactly that - and yes, out of the Basic 6, that is going to be the hardest one to do, I think. Would either need to simplify it or think very hard about how best to simulate it.


#13

Yes, because it would be quite hard to tell (get the data) if the aircraft is skidding/slipping. Or you could take out the balance ball altogether and just do the 2min turn


#14

Sounds great, Can I vote for an android version ?


#15

You can vote, but you will have to wait. iOS first, sorry. 😬 (I want this myself too much, and my devices are all iOS 😃).


#16

Never mind, meanwhile I can listen to the lovely voice of @Mark_Denton In-Flight Assistant.
BTW. Do you plan to change anything when global is out?
(Engines ?)


#17

Do you mean engine data for this (proof of concept) app? Or IFA?


#18

Sorry, I mean In-Flight Assistant (IFA).,


#19

Well in the latest update, he did add the compatibility for global engine start, which would trigger the passenger announcements.

But voice commands for engine start/stop would be cool


#20

Actually, epaga, this wouldn’t be a bad idea, once it’s released if there is a way, you could display the engine performance on the app (N1, Speed, Thrust, etc)