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Please Note:

The real Dakota's (N8086N's) )instrument panel and glare shield is a custom installation that bears little resemblance to the original panel that came with the plane in 1980. The work was performed by an avionics shop in 2000, and with additional instrument upgrades added over the years it represents an investment of close to $50,000. Quite a few Dakotas have had such panels installed over the years.

In addition, the real N8086N does not have an ADF, there is a Strike Finder in its place. Out of respect for those FS users who live in countries that depend on ADF navigation we have installed an ADF indicator where the Strike Finder is located. However, the ADF receiver is located only in the pop-up Avionics Window, and is not shown in the 2D panels as there is no room for it in the compact avionics stack that is installed.

Example of a mostly original Piper Dakota Instrument Panel
 
Now available in 3 different resolutions / aspect ratios to suit the type of monitor you use! Change the size from within FS, no need to use a special aircraft model!
     
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1024x768 (4:3 Ratio)
1280x1024 (5:4 Ratio)
1680x1050 (wide screen 16:10 Ratio)

2D instrument panels and windows shown below can be used to supplement or replace the VC.

 

See additional notes where indicated with a number next to the thumbnail at the bottom of this page.


The Dakota's 2D Instrument Panel
2D Panel composite screen shot*: Dakota with Reality XP Garmin GNS430, GMA340 Audio Panel and GTX327 Transponder. Reality XP Flight Line T and Flight Line N gauges. Additional avionics and gauges by DreamFleet.
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2D Instrument Panel Views (1024 x 768 version Shown)*
*1280 & 1680 Panels contain similar views
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Left Main Panel
Right Main Panel
Left Landing Panel
Right Landing Panel
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Pop-up Windows 1
Each window individually controlled
Pop-up Windows 2
Each window individually controlled
Engine Zoom Gauges
Zoom Gauges
Each individually zoom-able
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Gauge Covers
Only 2 of the 9 covers shown
Configuration Control
At Night 3
At Night
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At Night
At Night
At Night with Reality XP gauges dimmed
At Night
The various panel windows shown above can be accessed with intuitively placed click spots (example: click on the fuel quantity gauge to reveal the Fuel Selector, and click on almost any gauge to zoom in on it.. They can also be selected using the Reality XP DropStack gauge. Certain panel windows can also be selected via the keyboard, and all via the FS Views / Instrument Panel menu.

NOTES

1. The avionics stack features a second KX155 NAV/COM 1 radio for those who wish to use this in place of the GNS430. Otherwise, as on the real Dakota, NAV/COM 1 is the GNS430, and NAV/COM 2 is a SL30 unit.

2. The Reality XP DropStack gauge contains icons for the panel windows, and it is also contained in its own panel window, which can be removed from view when desired. The DropStack gauge expands by placing your mouse over it. Then, make your selection, and after removing your cursor the DropStack gauge will collapse. It can also be locked open, with a right mouse click at the top of the gauge.

3. Night lighting for the 2D instrument panels is being kept simple for performance sake. There is one style of lighting, which includes a soft glow on the panel's surface and back lighted instruments. The virtual cockpit contains more advanced lighting effects and options.

* The 2D panel composite screen shot is not available in the product as 2D panel views. This was created only to show the entire panel in one photo.

 

 

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