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The CFO Operations gauges are now being distributed in "package" format, the same way that the default CFS version 1, FS2K and CFS version 2 default gauges are provided. At this time, the Cfo_Gauges package contains the following gauges:

Refuel_Dump - This version of the Refuel/Dump gauge contains it's own background bitmap, making it suitable for inclusion as a separate panel, without the need for a background bitmap file. The image to the right shows this version of the gauge, installed as a stand-alone panel. The gauge is used by specifying:

Cfo_Gauges!Refuel_Dump,x,y

in your PANELS.CFG file.

Refuel_Dump_NB - This version of the Refuel/Dump gauge is essentially identical to the original, stand-alone, Cfo_Refuel_Dump gauge. This version does not make use of a background bitmap, (the "_NB" stands for "No Background"), making it suitable for inclusion on an existing panel, without consuming a lot of precious panel space. The gauge face is transparent with the exception of several test strings. The image to the left shows this version installed on an existing panel. This version may also be used on a separate, dedicated panel, but requires a background bitmap file. The gauge is used by specifying:

Cfo_Gauges!Refuel_Dump_NB,x,y

in your PANELS.CFG file.

The Refueling/Dump Gauge

The Refuel/Dump gauge allows you to quickly and easily add or remove fuel from your plane, allowing you to specify the percentage level to which your fuel tanks should be refilled or dumped. Just below the toggle switch is a "Fill Percentage" value that you can set with your mouse. Clicking on the left side of the display will increment the value, while clicking on the right side of the display will decrement the value. The gauge supports the following increments:

5%, 10%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 75%, 80%, 90% and 100%

To the right of the Refueling toggle switch is the Dump switch.

The simulator defines a total of eleven fuel tanks:

  • Center

  • Left Main

  • Right Main

  • Left Aux

  • Right Aux

  • Left Tip

  • Right Tip

  • Center #2 - (FS 6.5 and above)

  • Center #3 - (FS 6.5and above)

  • External #1 - (FS 6.5 and above)

  • External #2 - (FS 6.5 and above)

The first seven tanks were available in FS98, and the last four were added with Cfs version 1. The names used above are derived from the names used by panel tokens and in .FLT files; the names appearing in various .AIR file editors may, or may not, agree with these.

The Refuel/Dump gauge operates on all eleven tanks. Previous versions of the gauge operated only on the first nine; the last two were not updated for consistency with the way the SIM1.SIM module performs "refuel box" operations.

Installing the CFS Operations Gauge Package

The Cfo_Gauges package is designed to be used under CFS version 1, (FS 6.5), FS2K, (FS 7.0), or CFS version 2 (FS 7.5).

Installation is simple: The "self-installation program does it for it, placing the Cfo_Gauges in the own sub-directory in the CFS/CFS2 "gauges" folder.

Installing A Refueling Panel

There are several ways that you can use the Refuel_Dump gauge. One way is to include it as a small "pop-up" panel, similar to the way the Throttle-quadrant works with the default panels.

Adding a definition to an existing panel is simple, but before you do: Make a copy of the PANEL.CFG file you intend to modify. Then, make a copy of the PANEL.CFG file you intend to modify. Finally, in case you didn't get that: make a copy of the PANEL.CFG file you intend to modify.

1. Open the PANEL.CFG file using Notepad.exe for the plane that you want to add the pop-up to. For example, "Aircraft\P47D\Panel\PANEL.CFG".

2. At the beginning of the "Aircraft\P47D\Panel\PANEL.CFG" file, you will find the following lines:

[Window Titles]
Window00=P47d -- Main Panel
Window01=P47d -- Engine Controls

Just below the "Window01=" line, you must add the following:

Window02=P47d -- Refuel-Dump Panel

When you are finished, you should have the following at the beginning of the "Aircraft\P47D\Panel\PANEL.CFG" file:

[Window Titles]
Window00=P47d -- Main Panel
Window01=P47d -- Engine Controls
Window02=P47d -- Refuel-Dump Panel

You MUST remember the number you entered here, in this case "Window02". Note that some panels might have more than just two existing windows; in general, you are going to add a new window and give it the next higher number value.

3. Still in the "Aircraft\P47D\Panel\PANEL.CFG" file, you must next scroll down until you find the definition for "Window01". That definition looks like this:

[Window01]
file=Thrust_Lever_Background.BMP
position=6
size_mm=99,130
window_pos=0.0,0.731
window_size=0.156,0.272
sizeable=1
visible=0
ident=THROTTLE_PANEL

gauge00=P47d!thrust_controls,0,0

Add the following just below the "gauge00=P47d!thrust_controls,0,0":

[WindowXX]
size_mm=133,90
window_size_ratio=1.0
position=8
visible=0
ident=100

gauge00=Cfo_Gauges!Refuel_Dump,0,0

You MUST change the "[WindowXX]" to the same window value as you added at the top of the file, in this case "Window02". When you are finished, you should have:

[Window02]
size_mm=133,90
window_size_ratio=1.0
position=8
visible=0
ident=100

gauge00=Cfo_Gauges!Refuel_Dump,0,0

4. Close the file, making sure to save your work when prompted. That's it.

Start Cfs, go to Free Flight, select the aircraft you just modified and start the flight. After the Sim loads, pull down the [View] menu and then select the "Instrument Panel" sub-menu. On that list, using the example above, you should see an entry which says:

P47d -- Refuel-Dump Panel

Select that menu option and you should see the panel pop up on the lower right corner of your screen.

As an alternative, you may install the gauge onto an existing panel. You may use either version of the gauge, but you will more than likely want to use the Refuel_Dump_NB version as it's a bit smaller in size and has a transparent background.

5. You can also use CfgEdit v1.4, a FREE panel editor. This is by far the easiest way to include the refueling gauge.

 

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