Welcome to part two of the cockpit tutorial series. You can find part one of cockpit tutorial series (A-10) here. The new XCub cockpit introduces the first animated glass panel in Infinite Flight. The XCub is an agile, ultralight aircraft much different than other aircraft in Infinite Flight. It will take some time and practice to master piloting this aircraft. It also comes with two different cockpit types. Now, let’s break down the all new cockpits in the XCub.
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|A||Engine Indication System*||This section displays the current status of your engine.|
|B||COM Frequency Box||This area displays your current tuned ATC frequency. The “STBY” section is currently not functioning.|
|C||Flight Data Bar||This section is on the same bar as the “COM Frequency Box.” This area shows your flight data such as your next waypoint (WPT), bearing (BRG), distance to waypoint (DST), estimated time en route (ETE), ground speed (GS), ground track (TRK), and cross track error (XTRK).|
|D||Airspeed Indicator||This instrument gives you your current airspeed in MPH of the aircraft. “TAS” indicates your True Airspeed and “GS” indicates your Ground Speed.|
|E||Attitude Indicator||This instrument gives you the current orientation of your aircraft relative to the horizon. Therefore, it shows your current pitch and roll of your aircraft.|
|F||Altimeter||This instrument gives you your current altitude above mean sea level (MSL). The number in blue towards the top of the section is your selected altitude while the bottom blue number is your barometric setting.|
|G||Wind Information||This box provides the current wind speed and direction.|
|H||Horizontal Situation Indicator*||This instrument gives you your current heading in degrees and also has a localizer indicator when “NAV1” source is selected through the systems page. You can also see the current wind information.|
Engine Indication System
During cruise, you want to keep your engine RPM (found in area “A” in diagram above) between 2400 and 2500 and your TAS (found in area “D” in diagram above) between 110 to 114. Anything more would result in over powering the engine.
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|A||Attitude Indicator*||instrument gives you the current orientation of your aircraft relative to the horizon. Therefore, it shows your current pitch and roll of your aircraft. It also contains glideslope and localizer needles which help you fly the ILS to maintain properly aligned with the runway. See more information below on how to use them.|
|B||Engine Indication System*||This section displays the current status of your engine.|
|C||Airspeed Indicator||This instrument gives you your current airspeed of the aircraft. On the outer part, you can find your speed in MPH (Miles per hour), and in Knots on the inner part.|
|D||Altimeter||This instrument gives you your current altitude above mean sea level (MSL).|
|E||Vertical Velocity Indicator||This instrument gives you your current rate of climb or descent.|
|F||Master Battery Switch and Exterior Lighting Panel||These switches can be turned on/off from your “systems” page. The Master Battery switch turns on your aircraft power which means it turns on your instruments and cockpit lighting.|
How do I turn on the instruments in the cockpit?
This can be done by navigating to the “Systems” page and pressing on the button, “Master.”
What do the Source GPS and Source NAV1 buttons do?
These buttons are used for when you would like to change the mode of the Horizontal Situation Indicator. NAV1 will assist you with a Localizer while landing and GPS assists you with staying on track with your flight plan in cruise. You will need to file a flight plan in order for the GPS mode to operate. An example image of being off course of your flight plan with GPS mode can be seen below (Image A). Also, an example image of being aligned on the localizer with NAV1 mode can be seen below (Image B).
SOURCE GPS (Image A)
SOURCE NAV1 (Image B)
How can I successfully land and takeoff in the XCub?
The official XCub landing and takeoff tutorial by the Infinite Flight team can be seen below.
It is important to note that the XCub can only operate a maximum of a 11 knot crosswind. Even though this aircraft is quick and agile, it still needs to maintain normal pattern work while on the expert server with a minimum 1,000 ft AGL pattern altitude. Also, the “G3X Glass Instrument Panel” is only available to Infinite Flight Pro users while the “Standard VFR” is free to all users. Hope this tutorial has helped you with the XCub and stay tuned for another cockpit tutorial for the next released aircraft.