Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Tip For Updating Electrical Systems

X-Plane 940 has a new electrical systems model and it has a few important differences from 930:
  1. You must specify exactly how many buses your plane has. 930 provided two buses but then did a bunch of cross-tying behind the scenes in case you didn't have enough power sources.
  2. X-Plane 940 requires that each battery and generator be on exactly one bus.
  3. X-Plane 940 will not allow systems to be powered by non-existent buses.
Now this can have some strange side effects. Consider the default king-air with two generators and one battery:
  • In 930 it has two buses, battery feeds both buses, and each generator feeds one. You could have systems split by bus and they would work unless you lost one generator and the battery.
  • 940 defaults this plane to one bus, because on battery power only one bus will be fed.
  • This means that in 940 all of your systems will be reset to bus 1.
But wait...if you import into Plane-Maker, the import will trash your system bus selections before you can increase the number of buses to 2. What can you do?

Here's a work-around: before you update your plane, make sure you have two battery and two generator switches on your panel. Then open in 940. The import will set 2 buses and your systems will be preserved.

Of course, by the next few betas this may all be moot because we may get something less crazy in there.

1 comment:

guy said...

Is there any way to have a electrical system diagram in PlaneMaker? This would be the first thing you look at when studying a flight manual. A picture is worth a thousand words.
-Guy