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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
-- 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.