Air Manager Yes!

The best instrument panel tool on the market.

Air Manager is an application which allows you to create your own 2D flight simulator panels. You can run it on the same computer as your flight simulator, or on a seperate computer.
It will automatically connect to your X-Plane, FS2020, FSX or Prepar3D flight simulator on your local network.
Choose your panel from one of the included 23 pre-made panels, or create your own from a library of more than 1000 free instruments.
Is the instrument you are looking for not in our library? No problem, you can create your own by using our simple API in combination with the Lua scripting language.
Panel layout
Choose your panel from one of the included 14+ premade panels, or create your own from a library of more than 400 free instruments.
Flight simulator
Automatically connects to X-Plane, FS2020, FSX or Prepar3d running on the same computer or another computer on your network.
Create instruments
Create or edit instruments with powerful Lua scripting.
Touch control
Control instruments with touch input. Reach and touch just like real life.
Join our active user community and help each other build awesome flight simulators.
Smooth graphics
Animations are smooth, up to 60 frames per second!
Connect buttons, switches, LED's, rotary encoders etc. to your flight simulator using Arduino or Raspberry Pi boards.
Automatic updating
Software updates are detected and downloaded automatically.

Instrument panels

Community panels
Air Manager comes with a library of more than 20 free panels you can choose from!
Complete panels are available for the Cessna 172, Robinson R44 and the Beechcraft Baron 58, among many others. Air Manager allows you to select one of these panels and show them on your computer within seconds!
Premium panels
We offer a selection of premium panels that you are able to buy for a small extra charge.
Premium panels are available for the Beechcraft Baron 58, Cessna 172SP and others. These panels have more polish and have gone through rigorous testing.
Click on the button on the right to see which panels are available for purchase.

Sim Innovations Arduino!

Air Manager and Air Player applications come with Arduino support, even on the Raspberry Pi. This makes it easy to connected all sorts of hardware parts, like switches, buttons, rotary encoders, LED's, potentiometers and much more. All of this is interfaced with an easy to understand API.

For those who want to take it up a notch there's our Arduino library, which can be integrated right into your Arduino Sketch and makes it possible to communicate with Air Manager and Air Player.

Create Instruments

With Air Manager, you can create your own instruments or edit one of the 440+ community instruments.
Create instruments quickly using an easy to use language called Lua and our powerfull and simple API.
  • Add your own PNG grahics to your instrument within seconds with easy to use functions like img_add_fullscreen() and img_add. Once added, you can move and rotate and hide them with ease.
    my_image = img_add_fullscreen("my_image.png")
    visible(my_image, false)

    my_second_img = img_add(100, 100, 200, 200
    move(my_second_img, 200, nil, nil, nil)
  • Add text to your instrument with txt_add(). Once added, easily change, move and hide the text.
    my_txt = txt_add("hello world", "font:myfont.ttf; size:11; color: black; halign:right;", 0, 0, 800, 200)
    txt_set(my_text, "goodbye world")

    my_second_txt = txt_add("number 42", "font:myfont.ttf; size:11; color: black; halign:right;", 0, 0, 800, 200)
    move(my_second_txt, 200, nil, nil, nil)
  • The canvas allows you to quickly draw shapes like rectangles, circles and triangles. These shapes can be changed dynamically.
    canvas_id = canvas_add(0, 0, 100, 100, function()
      _circle(50, 50, 20)
      _stroke("red", 4) end)
  • Connect to data form your Flight Simulator with easy to use functions. You tell us what data you want, and we will take care of it!
    function new_altitude_callback(altitude)
      print("New altitude: " .. altitude)

    fsx_variable_subscribe("INDICATED ALTITUDE", "Feet", new_altitude_callback)
  • Drive buttons, LED's, rotary encoders, etc... connected to your Arduino or Raspberry Pi device from the instrument code.
    led_id = hw_led_add("RPI_V2_P1_38", 1.0)

    hw_button_add("ARDUINO_MEGA2560_A_D52", function()
      hw_led_set(led_id, 0.5)
      print("LED brightness is set to 50%")


There are various ways to get support from us, this is an overview of all options.

Sim Innovations develops a software suite that allows you to create 2D instrument panels, create your own instruments, and allow hardware input and output with X-Plane, Prepar3D and FSX. Check out the software feature list below to see which of our products fits your requirements.

  • Air Manager desktop

  • ✔️ Run panels
  • ✔️ Premium panels
  • ✔️ Create panels
  • ✔️ Create instruments
  • ✔️ Hardware I/O
  • Air Player desktop

  • ✔️ Run panels
  • ✔️ Premium panels
  • ❌ Create panels
  • ❌ Create instruments
  • ✔️ Hardware I/O
  • Air Player Raspberry Pi

  • ✔️ Run panels
  • ✔️ Premium panels
  • ❌ Create panels
  • ❌ Create instruments
  • ✔️ Hardware I/O
  • Air Manager iPad

  • ✔️ Run panels
  • ❌ Premium panels
  • ✔️ Create panels
  • ❌ Create instruments
  • ❌ Hardware I/O
  • Air Manager Android

  • ✔️ Run panels
  • ❌ Premium panels
  • ✔️ Create panels
  • ❌ Create instruments
  • ❌ Hardware I/O

Air Manager

The number one tool for creating 2D instrument panels, ranging from traditional ‘steam gauges’ to glass cockpit instruments. You can either select one of the pre-made panels, or create a panel from the 700 free downloadable instruments. For those that want to develop their own instruments, we have a simple but powerful API.

Free instruments

Air Manager has 700 free downloadable instruments. Most of these instruments were made by enthusiastic and talented Air Manager users. We encourage our customers to submit their self created instruments to us, so they can be shared with the community.

Create panels

With this great variety of instruments you can create your own instrument panels. Simply by adding, dragging and resizing with the panel editor. Give the panel a background color, or place an image in the background. Once you’re done, you can start the panels on any of the connected monitors. If necessary, the panel can be resized as a whole to fit your monitor of choice.

Pre-made panels

Air Manager also comes with more than 18 pre-made panels. Which makes it even easier! Select a panel, select the monitor, click ‘Add’ and you’re done. The panels can be modified afterwards, add or remove instruments, resize, change the background color, customize it to your likings in any way.

Touch control

Control instruments with buttons, switches, dials, sliders and scrollwheels. These can either be controlled with a mouse, or even better, with a touch screen.
Touch screens are the perfect way of building a multi-purpose simulator, without the need for specific and expensive hardware.

Local or remote

All of our applications connect automatically to the flight simulator plugin, this makes it as easy to let them run local as remote. No need for configuring IP addresses or port numbers!

Create your own instruments

Air Manager gives the ability to create your own instruments from the ground up. With images (PNG), canvas shapes, text, sounds, buttons, switches, etc… in combination with Lua script and our API, you can virtually create anything you can imagine. Persistent beginners will be able to create their own steam gauges, whereas more experienced programmers can ‘go nuts’ on complex (glass cockpit) instruments. An example on how to rotate and move an image.

-- Add an image
myimage1 = img_add("myimage1.png", 10, 10, 100, 100)

-- Rotate myimage1 to 90 degrees
rotate(myimage1, 90)

-- Move my myimage1 by 100 pixels x and y, leave the width and height as it was
move(myimage1, 100, 100, nil, nil)


With support for Arduino Air Manager can really be the center of your simulator. Air Manager supports the Arduino Mega2560, Uno, Nano, Nano Every, Micro, Leonardo, and most of their clones. You can connect up to 16 boards of each type, giving you a whopping number of I/O. These boards can be controlled with our same easy to learn instrument API. No need for learning complex C++, compiling and uploading. For those who want to make use of all the Arduino features, like I2C and SPI, we offer our Message Port library. This library lets you communicate with Air Manager and the flight simulator trough your own Arduino Sketch. Find out more on our dedicated Arduino page.

Professional use

Flight Navigation Procedure Trainers (FNPT), Part Task Trainers (PTT) or Flight Training Devices (FTD), Air Manager is the tool you are looking for. It delivers both visual and functional realism at a fraction of the cost of typical hardware based solutions. Built on readily available and affordable touch screen technology, this virtual solution offers the flexibility to support your mission now and in the future. Visit this page to find out more, or contact us to discuss how Sim Innovations can partner with you to deliver effective, mission defined training tools at a surprisingly affordable price.

Air Player

On the desktop or Raspberry Pi, this is the perfect Air Manager companion. Use Air Player when you would like to have multiple instrument PC's, or run it on a Raspberry Pi and utilize the Raspberry Pi GPIO.
Want to run instrument panels on just one computer? Then Air Manager is enough for you.

Create - Save - Run

Create your panels in Air Manager, then save (send) these to Air Player and Air Player will run stand-alone from then on. It will automatically connect to the flight simulator, start (and stop) the panels you have selected, it will even connect with Arduino's.

Raspberry Pi

Air Player is so efficient that it can run full HD instrument panels on a Raspberry Pi. Cheap, powerful hardware to expand your sim setup! The Raspberry Pi comes with a lot of I/O pins, which can be controlled by an instrument script. This makes it possible to connect buttons, rotary encoders, switches, LED's and more. When this is not enough, you can extend the number of I/O pins by connecting Arduino's through USB.

Some of our Professional users

About us

Sim Innovations was born in 2013 when two life-long friends, one a helicopter pilot trained in electronic hardware design, the other an experienced programmer, came up with a revolutionary idea in simulation cockpit panel design. The result of their efforts is Air Manager, a flight simulation instrumentation software tool allowing for open source simulator panel and instrument design. The innovative and easy-to-use tool results in short development cycles that can respond quickly to your changing technical needs. Our development group now includes pilots with military, airline and civilian experience in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft who are also skilled in programming or simulator hardware design. This creates a unique ability to combine technical development skills with real life piloting experience and leads to a commitment to achieving uncompromising simulation realism at an surprisingly affordable price.
Corjan van Hamersveld
Software engineer
Corjan is a seasoned programmer with experience dating back to the early days of the Commodore 64. Specializing in Java and C, he loves the challenges of new technology and mastering new programming languages.
Ralph Rietveld
Electronics engineer
Ralph became a commercial helicopter pilot in 2010, and soon had a vision to combine his passion for aviation & simulation with his passion for electronics. Expertise as a hardware engineer specializing in printed circuit board design rounds out his qualifications.
Hardware engineer
As a military and civilian helicopter pilot, Gerwin has flown the NH90, AS355 and EC155. A long-time aviation and flight simulation enthusiast, he also brings loads of real life experience with the hardware he develops.
Jasper Klein
Software engineer
A professional programmer and all around expert on most any technical issue, Jasper is usually the go-to-guy when the problem seems unsolvable. Not clouded by a love for flight and simulators like the rest of us, he usually offers the pragmatic balance our team needs.