Welcome to the Cessna 172 cockpit tutorial. We will go over the two types of cockpits and how everything works within them. The new C172 cockpit introduces multiple new systems to Infinite Flight. You will the glass panel to have some more detailed instruments as it contains a Multifunction Display (MFD) which displays a map with your flight plan on it. Like always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask below.
|A||Engine Oil Indicators||This section displays engine oil pressure and temperature|
|B||Fuel Quantity||This instrument simply states how much fuel your aircraft has on board.|
|C||Vacuum Gage / Ammeter||Displays the pressure generated by the vacuum pump to function the attitude and heading indicator|
|D||Fuel Flow||Displays amount of fuel being used in gallons per hour|
|E||Digital Clock||Displays the current Zulu time (SIM)|
|F||Airspeed Indicator*||This instrument gives you your current airspeed of the aircraft|
|G||Attitude Indicator||This instrument gives you the current orientation of your aircraft relative to the horizon|
|H||Altimeter||This instrument gives you your current altitude above mean sea level (MSL)|
|I||VOR Receiver with Glideslope*||Displays Glideslope and Localizer needles for ILS approaches|
|J||Turn Coordinator||Displays aircraft roll movement|
|K||Directional Gyro||Displays the direction your aircraft is going|
|L||Vertical Speed Indicator||Displays how fast you are climbing or descending in 100 feet per minute|
|M||VOR Receiver*||Measures the bearing from the selected VOR station|
|N||Tachometer||Displays the engine’s revolutions per minute (RPM)|
|O||ADF Bearing Indicator*||Points towards selected heading from NAV System page|
|P||Ignition Switch||Provides a spark to the engine’s fuel/air mixture. In other words, it starts your aircraft|
|Q||Master Switch||Turns on/off electrical system|
|R||Electrical Switches||Switches for exterior lighting and fuel pump switch|
|S||Avionics Master Switch||Gives power to the avionics bus|
|T||Throttle||Gives power to engine|
|U||Mixture*||Controls how much fuel gets injected into engine|
|V||Flap Switch||Displays current flap position and changes flap angle|
|W||Annunciator Panel||Displays a series of warning lights to show the status of the engine to the pilot and contains a test/brightness switch|
|Y||Autopilot Source*||Displays current selected autopilot mode|
|X||Standby Compass||Displays current heading|
|Z||GPS (Garmin GNX375)*||Displays a map with flight details|
|1||Com Radio / Transponder||Displays your current tuned ATC frequency|
|2||Fuel Tank Selector||Select which tank(s) you want the fuel to be used from|
How are they used?
|A||Standby Compass||Displays current heading|
|B||Primary Flight Display (PFD)*||Contains the primary instruments to successfully operate the aircraft|
|C||Multifunction Display (MFD)*||Displays engine status and map with flight plan shown|
|D||Standby Battery Switch||Gives power to the PFD when the main battery source has failed|
|F||Master and Avionics Switch||Turns on/off electrical system and avionics bus|
|G||Electrical Switches||Switches for exterior lighting and fuel pump switch|
|H||Airspeed Indicator*||This instrument gives you your current airspeed of the aircraft|
|I||Attitude Indicator||This instrument gives you the current orientation of your aircraft relative to the horizon|
|J||Altimeter||This instrument gives you your current altitude above mean sea level (MSL)|
|K||Ignition Switch||Provides a spark to the engine’s fuel/air mixture. In other words, it starts your aircraft|
|L||Throttle||Gives power to engine|
|M||Mixture*||Controls how much fuel gets injected into engine|
|N||Flap Switch||Displays current flap position and changes flap angle|
|O||Fuel Tank Selector||Select which tank(s) you want the fuel to be used from|
How are they used?
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of cockpit is in each livery?
What is the proper way to start the Cessna 172 with the new systems?
Version 19.4 introduces new systems that will make starting up the C172 the most realistic in Infinite Flight. The proper way of starting the aircraft like they do in real life can be found below:
- ENGINE > TANK BOTH
- ENGINE > MIXTURE RICH (100%)
- ELECTRICAL > MASTER BATT ON
- LIGHTS > BEACON ON
- ENGINE > FUEL PUMP ON
- ENGINE > IGN START
- ENGINE > FUEL PUMP OFF
- ELECTRICAL > AVIONICS 1 ON
How can I tune into an ILS approach?
This process was slightly changed in version 19.4. You now don’t have to be in the HUD view to select the ILS approach. Follow the steps below to tune into an ILS approach:
- Spawn in
- Navigate to the map and find the airport you are arriving to
- Select the airport and go to “RUNWAYS” tab
- Select the runway you will land on and press either “SET NAV1” or “SET NAV2”
- Navigate to the NAV menu and change the SOURCE to which ever NAV you set the ILS runway on.
- You are now successfully tuned into the ILS. The CRS NAV 1 is auto filled in with the runway heading and you will find that the glideslope and localizer is setup in the HUD and the cockpit
How can I start the C172 like I was able to before?
Are you a little confused with all the new systems? No need to worry. You can still start the aircraft like you were able to before. Follow the steps below:
- Spawn in C172
- Navigate to SYSTEMS > MISC
- Press, “AUTO START”
This will start all the necessary systems for you to successfully operate the aircraft including all engines, beacon/nav lights, and avionics.
Why are the aircraft lights not turning on?
Are you trying to turn on the aircraft lights and they aren’t coming on? Most likely, the issue here is that you don’t have the Master Battery on. To turn on the Master Battery, follow the steps below:
- Spawn in C172
- Navigate to SYSTEMS > ELECTRICAL
- Click, “MASTER BATT” so it is turned on (outlined in orange)
- Now there is power to your aircraft and you can turn on the lights
Why is my aircraft not following my flight plan when I click NAV?
This is most likely occurring because your autopilot source is not set to GPS. Follow the steps below to set your autopilot source to GPS:
- Spawn In
- Navigate to NAV menu which is under SYSTEMS
- Press and Hold on SOURCE and change it to GPS
Your aircraft should now follow your flight plan.
What is the line shown ahead of my aircraft on the map?
This is a brand new feature introduced in v19.4 called the Altitude Arc. Take a look at the tutorial below for more information on how it’s used and what it means.
How do I use the NAV Menu Panel?
This is also a brand new feature introduced in v19.4. Take a look at the tutorial below for more information on how it’s used and what each setting means.