• Interview With Michael De Feyter

    Is iFMS compatible with all aircraft?

    Yes, the great thing about iFMS is the fact that it can be configured for use with almost any aircraft.

    The app comes with eight standard aircraft configuration files, including all the popular Boeing aircraft, but it is very easy for the users to build their own aircraft configuration files. On the web site you can find a few example aircraft along with a tutorial on how to create your own.

    Some customers have shared with me their own creations, ranging from Airbus aircraft to Lear jets, to MD-80's etc. One customer even built an aircraft file for an AW139 helicopter. Of course I'm happy to share these with anybody interested, and to assist if anybody needs help creating their own aircraft configuration file.

    One question I often get asked is whether my app will work with PMDG add-on aircraft. By that people usually mean whether the FMC in iFMS will sync with the one present in PMDG aircraft.

    The answer to that is no.

    Generally it is not advised to use iFMS in combination with aircraft that already have a complex FMC system of their own, such as PMDG or Level-D aircraft. The FMC's won't sync and it tends to lead to conflicts with both trying to control the MCP to fly the aircraft.

    iFMS contains a complete FMC with LNAV/VNAV system on its own, and it is therefore much more useful in combination with standard/add-on aircraft that don't already have these systems included, like the default 737-800 in FSX for example.

    If you're after a way of programming the FMC already present in aircraft such as PMDG aircraft, you might want to have a look at apps like "VirtualCDU", "AirFMC" or "TabletFMC". These apps are not an FMC on their own, like the one iFMS contains, but they provide you with a "portal" to program the FMC of add-ons like PMDG, Level-D etc. from your tablet/phone. This is actually a very different thing altogether.


    What does the future hold for iFMS?

    I am already working on a minor upgrade to modernise the FMC. For example, the one currently present in iFMS is based on the older ones found on the 757-200. Newer versions of the FMC have a single VNAV button rather than a CLB/CRZ/DES button. This makes room for a "NAV RAD" and "ATC" button to allow setting the aircraft's communications and nav radios from the FMC.

    I'd also like to have a few different versions of the PFD. Currently I only have the "square style" found in the later Boeing aircraft, some people are interested in also having the older "rounded" version. This will be available in a later release.

    Many people ask me whether I will ever build an Airbus version. The answer to that question is maybe someday.

    Michael De Feyter

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