• Interview With Michael De Feyter

    What software did you use for the port?

    I used a software library called "Marmalade" which allowed me to just re-use my C++ code rather than re-write the software in Objective-C, and more importantly, it also allowed me to deploy the software to various other platforms like Android without having to re-write a single letter of code, which I soon did as well.

    How has iFMS evolved since its initial development?

    Version 1 of iFMS only had the FMC and NAV displays available, and it had a built-in LNAV & VNAV engine which could control the aircraft to fly the programmed route.

    This was great by itself, given that there are many standard, free and payware wonderful aircraft available for Microsoft FS and X-Plane, but a lot of them lack a realistic NAV display and flight management computer (the two go hand-in-hand really).

       

    With my DHL cockpit building background I have always been interested in software (like Project Magenta) people use to make realistic home cockpits and I realised that with iFMS 1, I was actually not far away from having something similar that other people could use at home. Most people own at least one Android/iOS tablet and a phone these days. What needed to be added was a PFD (Primary Flight Display), EICAS (Engine Information) displays and the ability to have multiple devices connected to a single simulator. So I started developing again.

    It took me a few years to build this extension; I had started another aviation-related project that was taking up quite a bit of my time as well.

    Anyway, last month I finally released version 2.0 of the app and I have had great response so far.

    What are the standout features of iFMS?

    iFMS v2 really allows people to build a realistic home cockpit on a small budget, the app itself is available for less than $20 (depending on your region) and these days you can pick up a second hand tablet very cheaply, that will run iFMS.

    Typically such a home cockpit could consist of a 10" tablet in landscape mode, situated in front of you, displaying the PFD & NAV display, a second tablet next to that, in portrait mode, displaying the Primary & Secondary EICAS, and finally a smaller tablet/phone next to you displaying the FMC in portrait mode.

    Of course you could go further and do it with five devices or more so you can separate the PFD/NAV and two EICAS displays." (this guy has really gone one step further with eight tablets!)


    Photo by William Flint - www.alpha320.com


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