Primer for Livewire Assistant v0.2.592
Until there is time to write proper documentation,
this primer will serve to explain the primary features of Livewire Assistant.
Livewire Assistant (LWA) is a tool for MS Flight Simulator 2004 (FS2004).
While it is primarily being developed as an advanced interface for Livewire
Virtual Airline pilots, much of its current functionality is useful for
all FS2004 pilots, particularly those who use pre-configured flights. When
launching LWA for the first time, it will ask you if you
to run it in Livewire mode or Universal mode. Universal mode simply disables
features that are specific to Livewire pilots.
This primer will not be updated for every new build of LWA. Therefore, it
is still very important that users read the LWAssistantStatus.txt file that
accompanies every release. Contained in this file are a complete version history
as well as planned features and known bugs.
Features in red represent Livewire-specific
features. Features added since the last version of this document
are indicated with a *NEW* tag. Features that
have existed for only one previous version of the document are indicated
with a *RECENT* tag. Features modified since
the last version of this document are indicated with an *UPDATED* tag.
Table of Contents
Profiles and Global Settings
FS2004 Interface Control
Audio Checklist *NEW*
Experimental Menu *UPDATED*
Custom Panel Windows
Panel Selection List
LWA is not currently provided with an installer application. The LWA package
is, instead, provided in three formats: .ZIP, .RAR and .EXE. Regardless of
the package chosen, it should be extracted to its own directory wherever
the user prefers.
LWA currently has very few toolbars and no context menus. They are going
to be added later. This will speed development time. Currently, most settings
and from the Options view. A freeware user-interface framework called ProfUIS
is currently being tested for continued use in LWA. Initially, it's use will
be strictly superficial and easy to remove. Later, if field testing is succesful
and user response is generally positive, more extensive use of the product
may occur. Right now, the framework just modifies the "look" of LWA and provides
three appearances that affect, primarily, the menus and dialog controls.
This appearance can be modified from the Options->View->Appearance sub-menu.
Profiles and Global Settings
Settings in LWA are stored using two methods and locations.
Most settings are saved in profiles. These profiles are user-specific, with
any number of profiles per user, and they can
be selected in
several ways. The profile toolbar contains a drop list of all available profiles.
When an existing profile is selected from this list, all of its settings
are applied to the session and it becomes the Current Profile. New
profiles can be created by entering a new name it the edit box portion of
the drop list and pressing the Save button or Enter. An
existing profile can be deleted by first selecting it as the Current
then pressing the Delete button. Profiles are saved as files under
the LWA working directory in a folder named after the user's login name.
A small number of settings in LWA are not stored in profiles. These are
called global settings. Global settings are user-specific but there is only
one set of global settings per user, unlike profiles. They are stored in
the user's software section of the registry. Global settings will be indicated
in this documentation
with a [GLOBAL] tag.
Profiles can also be attached to flights and aircraft. Depending on certain
global settings, these profiles will be automatically loaded when the corresponding
flight or aircraft is selected. Or, it can be set so that they are only
loaded when a customized flight or aircraft for which they are attach is
launched. If Lock Profile is enabled, which it is by default, the
attached profiles will be ignored. Attached flight profiles always take precedence
over attached aircraft profiles. Attached profiles is an advanced
feature and should only be explored by experienced LWA users.
FS2004 Interface Control
Some feature of FS2004 cannot be preset in the flight, aircraft, panel,
etc. files. Furthermore, some cannot be modified through FSUIPC. For these
features, it is necessary to force FS2004 to perform the function itself.
FS2004 Interface Control allows LWA to perform several simple operations
to the FS2004 user interface without needing the user to act. Such operations
include simulating the clicking of menu items or dialogs buttons. Several
LWA features use this feature and are noted to do so.
Audio Checklist *NEW*
This is an experimental feature based on Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) 5.0.
Therefore, in order to use this feature, SAPI 5.0 or greater must be installed
on the system. Windows XP comes with SAPI 5.0 and a single voice named "Sam".
Voices vary greatly in their quality. The three free voices available from
Microsoft are all of very poor quality, but are functional. Information regarding
this feature, voices and resources related to voices can be found at the
Assistant Speech Features webpage.
As this feature is experimental, it does not yet have a sophisticated user-interface
and is not configurable. The checklist is loaded from the LWA menus. Once
loaded, certain preset keystrokes operate the playback functions. LWA will
understand the keypresses either when its own window is active, or if the
FS2004 window is active. The playback keys are as follows:
|Flight Simulator 2004
|Repeat Last Entry
|Shift + ~
|Shift + <TAB>
|Ctrl + ~
|LCtrl + <TAB>
|Goto Previous Section
|Shift + Ctrl + ~
|Shift + LCtrl + <TAB>
|Skip to Next Section
|Alt + ~
|RCtrl + <TAB>
|Ctrl + Alt + ~
|LCtrl + RCtrl + <TAB>
The + character indicates holding down of previous keys;
LCtrl and RCtrl are the left and right control keys, respectively; if
is mapped to another key in FS2004, the mapped key will still work, however,
if a checklist is loaded, it will also perform the appropriate checklist
playback function; The ~ (tilde) key may not be available on all keyboards,
however, the same functions are available in the menu for testing from
the LWA user-interface
Because this feature uses text-to-speech instead of sampled audio, it has
both advantages and disadvantages. The significant advantage is that the
voice engine can say anything at all in the language that the voice is designed
for and is not limited to what is available with voice samples. The disadvantage
of text-to-speech is that the best voices, that sound nearest to natural
speech, cost money. However poor the quality of the free voices, however,
they are servicable.
The format of the audio checklist uses the standard Window .ini file format.
It is a plain text file and should use the extension ".checklist". Any text
editor, including notepad.exe, is adequate for creating a checklist. The
checklist itself is broken into sections. Each section has a single title
and any number of lines:
1=External Power On
2=Primary Inverter On
An example checklist is available from the Livewire
Assistant Speech Features webpage. More checklists will be made available
in the future.
For operating systems prior to Windows XP, SAPI 5.0 will need to be installed
to use LWA speech features. Some software may have already done this. If
SAPI is installed, a Speech entry will be available in the Control
Panel. Once in the Speech Properties Dialog, the default voice can
be set in the Text to Speech tab. All available voices will be listed
on this page of the dialog. If SAPI is not installed, the easiest way to
install it is to download and install the Speech SDK 5.1 from Microsoft.
While this is technically a tool for developers, it is also installable on
any Microsoft OS since and including Windows 98. The Speech SDK is available
directly from Microsoft: http://download.microsoft.com/download/speechSDK/SDK/5.1/WXP/EN-US/speechsdk51.exe
LWA maintains several information caches. The three primary universal caches
are the flight cache, the aircraft cache and the panel
There are four operations you can perform on the caches:
- Refresh - Once a cache is in place, Refresh searches
the relevant files for new and updated elements. It will not detect deleted
elements, but is much faster than Reload.
- Save - After Refreshing or Reloading
a cache, this will save the cache to file.
- Reload - Reload first performs a Delete on
the cache, and then a Refresh. This longer operation is necessary
for detecting deleted elements, but is slower than Refresh on existing
- Delete - This operation deletes the cache file and empties
Refresh and Reload both create the cache if one is not already
present. There is no difference between the operations when no cache already
exists. All four aircraft cache operations also affect the panel
cache, however, the panel cache operations do not affect the aircraft
- Launch Customized Flight - All options selected in the
LWA user-interface are applied and the selected flight is launched in FS2004.
- Launch Flight - All options selected in the LWA user-interface
are ignored and the selected flight is launched with no
- Create Customized Flight - All options selected in the
LWA user-interface are applied and all files needed for the customized flight
are created, however, the flight is not launched.
- Flight Launch is Enabled/Disabled - When flight launch
is disabled, Create Customized Flight replaces Launch Customized
Flight, and Launch Flight is disabled.
- Enable Real-World Weather (Updating) - When enabled, the
customized flight is set to download and use FS2004's Real-World Weather
with 15 minutes updates.
- Enable Real-World Weather (Static) - *UPDATED* (Requires
FSUIPC >= v3.12) When
enabled, the customized flight is set to download and use FS2004's Real-World
with no further updating. Because FS2004 will not automatically download the
weather, LWA uses its FS2004 Interface Control functionality to
force the weather update immediately after the flight is loaded. This requires
- Enable Pre-Selected Weather - Selecting this entry brings
up the Pre-Selected Weather dialog. Weather Themes and existing weather files
(*.wx) can be selected for use with the customized flight.
- Adjust Flight Date to Current - This changes the flight
date to that of the computer system. It does not modify the time of the flight.
This prevents saved flights from being flown on the same saved day every
time, and instead is flown on the actual day the flight is being flown. This
ideal for virtual airline flights.
- Start in Cold Cockpit - When enabled, LWA will start the
flight with the cockpit in a cold state (everything turned off). This allows
the pilot to perform full startup procedures. The specific controls that
are turned off can be configured in the Options View. This feature
may not work properly with complex add-on panels as it can only modify those
that are built into FS2004.
- Start Paused - When enabled, the customized flight will
- Start in Slew Mode - When enabled, the customized flight
will start in slew mode.
- Reset Panels to Aircraft Defaults - Flight files can contain
customizations to the panel layout that override those found in the aircraft
panel settings. When this is enabled, panels are repositioned back to their
original locations as set by the aircraft panel file. This feature is forced
on when panel modifications have been selected in LWA.
- Set Flight Profile - This
opens a drop list right above the flight from which a profile can be selected.
If a profile is selected
it will be attached to the flight and will also be set as the Current
Profile. A profile can be detached from a flight by pressing the Clear button.
To cancel attaching a profile, press the Cancel button.
- Flight List Sorting - LWA sorts the flight list according
to these options. Most are designed for Livewire mode.
- Use Selected Aircraft - When enabled, the aircraft selected
in the Aircraft List is substituted for the default aircraft in
the customized flights.
- Adjust Flight Number - When
enabled, the flight number for the aircraft is adjusted to that expected
for the customized flight.
- Force Airline Name - When
enabled, the airline name is adjusted to that expected for the customized
- Force Aircraft ID - When
enabled, the aircraft ID (tail number) is adjusted to that expected for the
- Improve AFCAD2 Support -
Not currently documented, Livewire pilots should turn this on, Universal
pilots should turn this off.
- Enable Yaw Damper Switch - When enabled, yaw damper is
"repaired" on the aircraft used in the customized flight. Many FS2004 aircraft,
without this "repair", will not allow the yaw damper to be engaged. It is
safe to always leave this on.
- Auto-Select Flight Default Aircraft -
When enabled and a flight is selected,
that flight's default aircraft will be selected in
the aircraft view and scrolled into view.
- Set Aircraft Profile -
This opens a drop list right above the
flight from which a profile can be selected. If a profile is selected
it will be attached to the aircraft and will also be set as the Current
Profile. A profile can be detached from an aircraft by pressing the Clear button.
To cancel attaching a profile, press the Cancel button.
- Aircraft List
Sorting - LWA sorts the aircraft list according
to these options. Most are designed for Livewire mode.
- Use Selected Panel - When enabled, the panel selected
in the Panel Selection List is substituted for the default panel
for the aircraft in the customized flight. Use Selected Panel and Use
Panel Attachments are mutually exclusive.
- Use Panel Attachments - *RECENT* When
enabled, if a panel is attached to the aircraft used in the customized flight,
that panel will be used. Use
Selected Panel and Use Panel Attachments are mutually exclusive.
- Use Custom Panel Windows - When
enabled, the Custom
Panel Windows settings will be applied to the customized panel.
- Adjust Window Positions - When enabled, the position and
size of the indicated window will be adjusted according to the settings in
the Options View. Additional windows to those in the menu are available
for this form of adjustment from the Options View as well.
- Panel Attachments - [GLOBAL] Sub-menu
that contains Panel Attachment options:
- Attach Panel to Aircraft Type - The
currently selected panel is attached to all aircraft that match the
manufacturer and type of the currently selected aircraft. This attachment
type has the lowest priority. All other attachment types will override
this form of panel attachment.
- Attach Panel to Aircraft Model -
The currently selected panel is attached to all aircraft that use the
same simulator model of the currently selected aircraft. This attachment
type has a higher priority than the aircraft type attachment type and
will override those forms of panel attachment.
- Attach Panel to Individual Aircraft -
The currently selected panel is attached to only the aircraft that
is currently selected. This attachment type has the highest priority
and will override aircraft model and aircraft type attachment types.
- Detach Panel Attachment - If a panel
is attached to the currently selected aircraft, it's highest priority
attachment type is cleared.
- Detach All Panel Attachments -
Clears all panel attachments for all aircraft.
- Show Options - When enabled, the Options View is
displayed. Select this menu item again to hide the Options View.
- Options Views - When an item in this list is selected,
the Options View is displayed, if it is not already, and the indicated
options sub-section is scrolled into view.
- View - Sub-menu that contains LWA User-Interface options:
- Status Bar - When enabled, the status bar is displayed at the bottom of
the screen. When disabled, the status bar is hidden to reveal additional
screen real estate.
- Appearance - *NEW* Sub-menu
that contains multiple user-interface options, which primarily modify the
look of the menus and dialog controls.
- Profiles - Sub-menu
that contains LWA profile management options:
- Lock Profile - [GLOBAL] When enabled,
profiles attached to flights and aircraft are ignored. The profile
change except if changed manually. Lock Profile and Auto-Load
Flight/Aircraft Profile are mutually exclusive.
- Auto-Load Flight/Aircraft Profile -
[GLOBAL] When enabled, if a flight or aircraft that has a profile attached
is selected, the profile is changed immediately to that profile. Flight
profiles always take priority over aircraft profiles. Lock Profile and Auto-Load
Flight/Aircraft Profile are mutually exclusive.
- Auto-Select Flight/Aircraft on Profile Load -
[GLOBAL] The currently selected flight and
aircraft are saved in the Current Profile. When enabled and a
profile is changed, the flight and aircraft that are saved with the profile
are automatically selected in the Flight and Aircraft Lists.
- Auto-Save Current Profile on Exit - [GLOBAL]
When enabled, the current profile is automatically saved when LWA is
- Auto-Save Profile on Profile Change - [GLOBAL]
When enabled, the current profile is automatically saved when a new
profile is selected.
- Show Event Log - When enabled, the Aircraft List is
replaced with the Event Log. This view shows events, errors and
the progress of certain operations such as downloads and .zip extractions.
This view is automatically displayed whenever an error occurs.
- Event Log - Sub-menu
that contains LWA event logging options:
- Log to File - [GLOBAL]
When enabled, all events that are logged in the event log are also
written to a tab-delimited text file named "EventLog.txt" in the LWA
working directory. This is primarily for debugging and does not need
to be enabled during normal operation.
- Empty Log File - [GLOBAL]
When executed, the "EventLog.txt" file is cleared of all entries.
- Verbose Mode -
[GLOBAL] When enabled, many additional
events, including informational, warning and error events, will be written
to the Event Log. This is primarily for debugging and does not need
to be enabled during normal operation.
- Show Panel Selection View - When enabled, the Aircraft
List is replaced with the Panel Selection View.
- Thin Mode is Enabled/Disabled - This allows one to manually
engage or disengaged Thin Mode.
- Engage Thin Mode on Flight Launch - When enabled, Thin
Mode is automatically entered after a flight is launched by LWA.
- Exit on Flight Launch - When enabled, LWA is automatically
closed after a flight is launched.
- Allow Assumptions - When enabled,
LWA determines certain flight and aircraft information by parsing the Livewire
- Change Operating Mode - Opens the Operating Mode Dialog
box which allows selection between Livewire and Universal Modes. When set
to Livewire Mode, all Livewire features become available. When set to
features are disabled. It is recommended that all caches are Reloaded
after changing this option.
- FSUIPC Features are Enabled/Disabled - [GLOBAL] When
enabled, FSUIPC features will be available. Alternately, if disabled, FSUIPC
not be available.
- Watch Clipboard for Supported URLs -
When enabled, LWA watches the clipboard for Livewire URLs for flight and
aircraft packages. This is part of the experimental Download and Install
.zip Package system which will eventually be replaced during Phase II.
If an appropriate URL appears in the clipboard, such as occurs when the user
right-clicks on a download link in Internet Explorer and selects "Copy Shortcut",
the URL Input Dialog is automatically shown and filled with the
- Show Hidden Flight Folders - When enabled, all folders,
whether hidden or not, in the Flight
Directory List on the left-hand
side of LWA are shown. Once a flight folder is hidden, it is necessary
to enable this mode to un-hide it. Hidden flight folders is simply to reduce
the clutter of flight folders that occur with a default installation of
FS2004 and subsequent add-ons. It is safe to hide the LWA created "LivewireAssistant"
flight folder, and it is recommended that this be done.
These features have been added to test the downloading, extraction and installation
features of LWA. During Phase II, this system will go into place within the
user-interface Flight and Aircraft Lists.
- Download and Install .zip Package -
Opens the URL Input Dialog. One may paste a valid Livewire .zip
package URL, primarily for flights and aircraft, into this dialog to initiate
the download and install procedure. Use this feature only with packages designed
to be extracted into the root directory of the FS2004 installation.
- Install Local .zip Package -
Opens an File Open Dialog. Selecting a Livewire .zip package file
from this dialog will initiate the extraction and install procedure. Use
this feature only with packages designed to be extracted into the root directory
of the FS2004 installation.
- Audio Checklist - Sub-menu
that contains Audio Checklist functions:
- Open Checklist... - Launches an open
file dialog box for selecting a specially formatted text checklist.
Once opened, the remaining operations are available.
- Read Entry - Reads the current checklist
- Repeat Last Entry - Repeats the last checklist line
- Restart Section - Resets the current line to the beginning
of the section
- Goto Previous Section - Returns to the first line of
the section preceeding the current section
- Skip to Next Section - Skips to the first line of the
section following the current section
- Restart Checklist - Resets to the first line of the
LWA, in order to operate, has to hold in memory a great deal of information.
Because this information is generally not needed when flying in FS2004, but
also because it might not be practical to close LWA and launch it again for
each flight, the Thin Mode was implemented. When Thin Mode is
engaged, LWA disconnects from its caches. Also, all superfluous images are
released from memory.
Currently, as LWA is at an early level of development, Thin Mode only
saves between 500k and 3M of memory when engaged. However, while the amount
of memory used by LWA when not in Thin Mode will increase as features
are added, Thin Mode operation should not increase very much at all.
Therefore, by the end of LWA's development, the difference should be quite
large and Thin Mode will be very practical to use.
Panel Attachments [GLOBAL]
Any panel that is listed in the Panel Selection List may be attached
to an aircraft. Once attached to an aircraft, if Use Attached Panels is
enabled and a customized flight is loaded with that aircraft, the attached
panel is used instead of the default panel for that aircraft. To avoid having
to select a panel attachment for each aircraft individually, three attachment
types are available. These three types are explained in the Panel Menu section
of this documentation. The highest priority panel attachment is always displayed
in the Aircraft List.
Custom Panel Windows (CPWs) [GLOBAL]
This is an advanced feature and is targeted primarily at those who
frequently edit panel configuration files manually. However, it is quite
usable by people who have never done so.
FS2004 panels are composed of a number of panel windows. For example, a panel
is often broken up into individually visible panels for the primary panel,
the overhead panel, the radio stack, the GPS unit, etc. Many flight simmers
have particular CPWs that they like to attach to all of their
aircraft. This feature allows one to do this without manually editing each
panel configuration file
The Custom Panel Windows List contains a list of all available CPWs.
By default, LWA contains one or more pre-configured CPWs. The Garmin GPS500
is one example of a pre-configured CPW. When enabled, all enabled CPWs will
be inserted into a panel when that panel is launched with a customized flight.
Panel windows in the panel configuration file are numbered in in ascending
order starting at 0 (zero). When inserting CPWs into the panel, LWA locates
the lowest available panel window number and inserts the CPWs according to
their order in the Custom Panel Windows List. It will insert all enabled
CPWs into the panel but will not overwrite or move any panel windows already
in the panel configuration file. Therefore, it may be necessary to "make room"
in the panel configuration file for a number of these CPWs. Due to the Panel
Reservoir feature of LWA, this should only need to be done once per panel
as that panel can then be left in the reservoir to be attached to any number
of aircraft using the Panel Attachment feature.
As mentioned, LWA will not disturb existing panel windows. However, there
is one exception to this. A single CPW may be flagged as the Primary GPS
Unit. If a standard FS2002/FS2004 GPS unit is found in the panel, it will
be overwritten by this CPW. By default, the pre-configured Garmin GPS500 is
set as the Primary GPS Unit. Therefore, if any launched panel contains,
for example, a Garmin GPS295, it will be automatically replaced with the Primary
GPS Unit, in this example the GPS500. The Primary GPS Unit can
be recognized by being listed in blue text.
A number of enabled CPWs will have a green background. This designates them
as Primary Panel Windows. Windows numbered between and including 0
and 8 are considered Primary Panel Windows. These are the only panel
windows that can be accessed by keystroke (by default, Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+9). Panel
windows that are not Primary Panel Windows will still be added to
the panel, but will not currently be accessible.
An additional pre-configured panel window will be added to LWA sometime in
the future to allow access to non-Primary Panel Windows. Until then,
it will be necessary to "make room" for any CPWs that need to be accessed.
Currently, the Flight List is very straightforward. There are currently
no filters, and it is lacking many planned columns. The columns for which the
meaning is not easily evident are as follows:
- WT - Weather Type
- (Blank) - No weather type. If a WX
file is available for the flight, it is used.
- Thm -
- U-D - User-Defined
- Sta - Real-World Weather (Static)
- Dyn - Real-World Weather (15-minute updates)
- PLN - Flight Plan File is Present
- WX - Flight Weather File is Present
- Orig - Origin Airport ICAO Designation
- Dest - Destination Airport ICAO Designation
- FR - Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) or Visual Flight Rules
- AL - Assumed Airline Name
- Flt # - Assumed Flight Number
- ID - Assumed Aircraft ID (Tail Number)
The Aircraft List is a list of all aircraft elements. There is one
element for each aircraft title found in all of the aircraft.cfg files under
the FS2004 Aircraft directory. Atop the list are two toolbars. The first has
two buttons. The first button cycles between display of the Aircraft List and
the Event Log. The second button cycles between display of the Aircraft
List and the Panel Selection List.
The second toolbar contains three controls. The first is a list of all aircraft
manufacturers. An aircraft manufacturer may be selected from the list to filter
only aircraft with that value in their "Manufacturer" field. The second is
a list of all aircraft models. It is also filtered by the aircraft manufacturer
may be selected from the list to filter only aircraft with that value in their
The third control displays the currently selected panel, if any.
an aircraft is double-clicked, the appropriate panel for that aircraft is
set as the current
panel. If Use Panel Attachments is enabled, then the highest-priority
attached panel is assigned. Otherwise, the default panel for that aircraft
Panel Selection List
The Panel Selection List is broken up into two windows. The first
window is an abbreviated version of the Aircraft List. This list shows
only a single entry for each aircraft folder, as opposed to one for each aircraft
element. The second list shows the panels available for the aircraft folder
selected on the left.
The first entry in the left frame of the Panel Selection List is
always the Panel Reservoir. This is a representation of the <FS2004>\Aircraft\fsfsconv directory
which has a long-standing tradition for being the place to put additional panels
that aircraft will alias to. Any panel folder, up to three levels deep in the
folder hierarchy underneath fsfsconv, will be listed in the right pane
and be available for use and attachment to aircraft.
When a panel is selected, its name will show in the edit box in the Aircraft
List/Panel Selection List toolbar.
The Event Log shows several important pieces of information. First
it displays events. Events can include errors (in red), warnings (in orange),
notes (in yellow) and general info (in white). When an error is added to the Event
Log it is automatically switched into view.
Additionally, the Event Log shows the progress of downloads and extractions.
The Options View contains several sub-sections that need to be discussed
individually. Currently there are multiple Apply Changes buttons in
this view. All perform the same function. Eventually, it is planned that LWA
will detect changes to the settings in the view and automatically apply them.
But this functionality is intentionally omitted at this time to simplify development.
While present, it is recommended that the user press one of the Apply Changes buttons
after making any changes to this view.
- Flightbase 2000 Username/Password -
Currently disabled as there is currently no need to authenticate with the
Flightbase 2000 server.
- Archive Downloads - When enabled, any packages downloaded
by LWA will be copied to the selected path.
- User-Interface - These adjust the appearance of LWA.
- Show Background Images - When enabled, background images show in the main
display lists, such as the flight and aircraft lists.
- Sound drop list -
This setting determines which user-interface sounds will be played by LWA.
four values are 'No Sounds', 'Few Sounds',
'Many Sounds', 'All Sounds'.
'Many Sounds' is the default setting.
- Cold Cockpit Start Controls - This section shows a large
number of three-way checkboxes for many of the controls related to the aircraft
state. When Start in Cold Cockpit is enabled, these settings specify
the exact modifications made to the flight controls. Each checkbox can be
set to one of three settings:
- Unchecked - This control will be forced off
- Checked - This control will be forced on
- Grayed - This control will be left unchanged and, therefore, the setting
in the flight file will remain as-is.
- View Axis Indicator - Sets the value of the axis indicator
as found in FS2004's View Options dialog.
- Spot View Gradual Transition - This checkbox can be set
to one of three settings:
- Unchecked - Panning in spot view will instantaneous and
- Checked - Panning in spot view will be smooth.
- Grayed - Panning will be left as found in the original flight
- Spot Transition Type - Set the value of the spot transition
type as found in FS2004's View Options dialog.
- Flight Starting Situation - These three-way checkboxes
follow the same rules as the Cold Cockpit
However, these are applied regardless of Cold Cockpit on Start being
enabled or not.
- Sim Run-up - (Requires
FSUIPC >= v3.12) This
cluster of options work together to allow a flight to allow the traffic situation
to stabilize after the initial loading of a flight. It does this by loading
the flight early according to the value in the Minutes field. It
then runs the simulation with time compression at rate assigned by the Accel field.
Once the time originally given by the flight is reached, the simulation is
paused and time compression is turned off. To abort this process before completion,
press the Abort button. Due to the way FS2004 loads AI traffic,
there tends to be either too little or too much AI traffic on the ground
just after loading a flight. By allowing the simulator to run for a while
under acceleration, the airport traffic will take on a more normal consistency.
- Garmin GPS500 - These options are related to the FS2004
Garmin GPS500 unit, which may or may not be present in any given aircraft:
- Adjust GPS Window Position - When enabled
the Position and Size settings will be forced on the GPS500 unit if available.
- Position - Each possible value represents
a possible position on the screen for the GPS500 to be placed. (e.g. 5
represents full right horizontally and dead-center vertically)
- Size - The GPS500 can be scaled to various
sizes. The default size found in FS2004 aircraft is 0.5.
- ATC, Message and Flying Tip Windows - These three option
groups all have the same type of settings which will be applied to the appropriate
- Adjust Window Position - When enabled,
LWA will apply the remaining settings in the window position settings group.
- Paste .FLT Data - As an alternative to
pasting the position values for all windows from a .FLT file using the Window
Position from .FLT... function, the user may copy just the data for
the relevant window to the clipboard from a .FLT file and press this button
to apply the appropriate settings to a window settings group.
- Docked - Selects Docked or Undocked windows.
This should usually be left checked.
- Screen Coordinates - The screen coordinates
of the window. These should be set from an existing .FLT file using the Paste
.FLT Data or Window Positions from .FLT... functions.
- Screen Coordinates (Undocked) - The undocked
screen coordinates of the window. These should usually all be set to zero.
- ATC Window Visible at Start -
FSUIPC >= v3.12) This
one option is available only to the ATC window. This is another
the ATC window will be displayed. When unchecked, the ATC window
will not be displayed. When grayed, the setting in the
original .FLT file is retained. Because FS2004 does not read this setting
from files, LWA must use its FS2004 Interface Control functionality
to open the window immediately after the flight is started. If the simulation
paused, the window will not appear until the simultaion is unpaused.
- Read All Window Positions from .FLT... - This function
is the primary method of filling in all of the position values for all three
groups. When pressed, an Open File Dialog will appear. When a .FLT
file is selected, all values in that .FLT file will be applied to the position
values. To make best use of this features, while in a flight, adjust all
windows as preferred. Then save the flight to a .FLT file. This function
can then load those values into LWA.
Panel Window Options
- Custom Panel Windows - [GLOBAL] These
options are related to the Custom Panel Windows feature:
- Custom Panel Windows List - Lists all
available custom panel windows, whether they are enabled, whether they
are flagged as a GPS Primary Unit, whether they are going to be loaded
as a primary panel for the currently selected aircraft, and other information.
Existing entries may be double-clicked to edit the custom panel window.
- Add New... -
Opens a blank Panel Window Dialog.
- Edit - Opens
a Panel Window Dialog for the currently selected custom panel
- Delete - Deletes
the currently selected custom panel window.
- Set/Clear Primary GPS Unit -
This toggles the Primary GPS Unit flag of the currently selected custom
panel window. Only one panel may be designated as the Primary GPS Unit.
- Set Files Folder... -
(Feature Disabled) Opens a 'Browse for Directory' dialog for selecting
an Additional Files Folder for the currently selected custom
- Reset All - This resets the Custom
Panel Windows List to the default LWA custom panel windows and
clears all user-defined custom panel windows.
- Mini-Panel Generation- *RECENT* [GLOBAL] These
options are related to the Mini-Panel Generation feature:
- Enable - When enabled, a very small
panel window will be created that contains buttons for making visible
and hiding other panel windows. The remaining settings in this section
determine the appearance and content of this mini-panel.
- Include - This drop-box contains three
options that determine the content of the mini-panel:
- Include CPWs -
When selected, only buttons connected to LWA Custom Panel Windows (CPWs) are
included in the mini-panel. Every enabled LWA CPW will be associated
to a single button. They will be numbered in the order that they
the CPW list.
- Include Recognized - When selected,
only buttons connected to panels recognized by LWA to have an appropriate
simicon are included. Currently, LWA is only able to recognize
a very limited number of panel window/simicon associations. It
is planned that future LWA releases will be able to recognize more
- Include Both - When selected,
both buttons for recognized panel-windows and button for CPWs will
- Layout - These
options determine how the mini-panel will appear. This includes the
orientation (horizontal/vertical) and the number of rows. If set to
a single row, the recognized buttons will be listed first, followed
by CPW buttons, all on a single row. If set to two rows, recognized
buttons will be listed in the first row and CPW buttons in the second.
only selectable in Include Both content mode.
- Position - The mini-panel can be set
to appear in any of the four corners of the screen using this setting.
- Visible - If enabled, the mini-panel
will be initially displayed on flight start.
- Max - This
numerical value limits the number of buttons that can appear on a single
row of the mini-panel.
- Process Priority - These
drop lists specific task-specific priority classes. When LWA is performing
the specified task, it will assign
itself the selected priority for that task.
These should generally be left at their default positions.
- Standard - [GLOBAL] Used
for all the time LWA is operating outside of the other tasks. This
is set to 'Normal'
- During Flight -
[GLOBAL] Used for all the time FS2004
is running concurrently with LWA. This is set to 'Normal' by default.
- During Sim Run-up -
[GLOBAL] Used from the time a Sim
Run-up enabled flight is launched
until that process is complete. This is set to 'Above Normal'