OpusMSFS Flight Simulator Interface for
20 Feb 2021
the Flight Simulator Interface for MSFS includes,
· Live View for synchronized views, aircraft status, weather and cloud formations on multi-screen networks allowing one or more client MSFS systems with a P3D/MSFS server. Ultra high performance IPC communications between networked systems.
· Flight Planning can be performed with or without the sim running. You can automatically import the current sim flight plan or manually import/create your flight plan with the addition of automatic/manual SID and STAR selection and custom user waypoints. Flight plan points that are suspected to be erroneous are highlighted in red and the Auto Correct Errors option simplifies the removal of all suspect points from the flight plan.
· In-flight moving map in satellite, terrain, or street map format superimposed with Live Traffic.
· Landing analysis with Popup window, Spy messages and user logging.
· Shortcut Controls enable you to assign joystick button and keyboard keys to common actions or controls within the SERVER program.
· GPS Simulator interface for navigation packages such as SkyDemon® and ForeFlight® GDL90 WIFI (iPad) interface.
· ButtKicker® Gamer 2 (or similar audio controlled) vibration device interface for added vibrational feedback.
· FSC 737-TQ Throttle Quadrant (motorised and unmotorised) driver.
· CPFlight MCP and EFIS (X2) panel support.
On standalone systems OpusMSFS incorporates the moving map with traffic, landing analysis, GPS output, ButtKicker, FSC 737-TQ and CPFlight interface options.
On networked systems irrespective of the size and complexity of your system, whether your system consists of a main 'flying' PC with a single networked laptop client, or a more elaborate multi-computer networked system; the Live View interface, with its ultra high-performance IPC communications, unique Client Side Smoothing software, and perfect synchronization of aircraft status and weather, will provide you with the highest possible networking performance. Whether you simply want an additional display to provide further scenic or external view options, or wish to create a multi-screened panorama for your simulator experience, Live View offers you the ideal hassle free user-friendly solution.
You can have a mixture of MSFS, P3D and FSX based
server and clients, for MSFS run OpusMSFS; for P3D/FSX you will have to
purchase and run OpusFSI_v6 (P3D only) or OpusFSI_v5 (for P3D/FSX). Your
main 'flying' MSFS (or P3D/FSX) server is the machine through which you
control the aircraft. The networked client MSFS (or P3D/FSX using
OpusFSI_v6/5) systems are synchronised to the server through multiple
ultra high-performance IPC links, the client systems are used primarily
as view controllers. The networked systems allow you to create a
multi-screened simulator system without placing the full workload and
burden on your main system.
From this set up it therefore follows that all in-cockpit or instrument panel views used to control the aircraft must be displayed on the main server. All other views (scenic or external) can be offloaded onto the client systems. You can create wide panoramic vistas this way, or additional external aircraft views, without draining the resources on your main system or degrading its performance.
N.B. In order to see the full synchronized effects of
Live View users must save a default flight with all engines running on
each client system to ensure the aircraft is powered up correctly and
ready to fly.
systems, you must install OpusMSFS
on each of your client computer systems (laptops or
PCs), along with any scenery and airport addon packages you wish to use.
If you wish to display external aircraft views on the client computers
you will need to install the sim and all relevant aircraft addons. The OpusMSFS
software does not need to be licensed on the client systems,
the purchased license is only required on your main 'flying' server
system. Therefore, you may either copy or install the OpusMSFS
software on any number of client systems, the CLIENT
program that you will run on the client computers does not check for any
licensing information. It simply connects to and receives all necessary
data from your main 'flying' server system.
OpusMSFS Server for Standalone or Networked Systems
View, Opus Software have used their 33 year experience of developing
high-performance real-time networked telemetry and data acquisition
systems, to provide the networking software you need to create your
multi-screened experience for your flight simulator. No matter what complexity of system
you intend to create, Live View
will provide the optimum and smoothest solution.
OpusMSFS Server Configuration
The configuration of the Live View system is simple to the extreme, just tell the main
'flying' server how many Live
View clients you wish to support, and configure the server's
computer name or IP address into each of the client systems, and away
you go. You can sit back and watch your client systems connect and start
communicating with the server.
Spy buttons help you
monitor the activity over all the networked links, or monitor the
overall activity and operation of the SERVER
and CLIENT programs.
Live View synchronizes the
aircraft's current position, attitude, landing gear, wheel movement,
lighting, ailerons, elevator, rudder, flaps, spoilers (speed brakes),
engine throttles and reversers.
the simulator's date and time, with either weather themes or real time weather updates for the aircraft's surrounding area.
Live View employs and
optimizes multiple dedicated ultra high-performance network IPC
communication links to provide the highest level of performance and the
smoothest possible operation.
Live View requires minimal
set up and configuration to get up and running.
Live View Multi-Screen Networked Displays
View you can easily create that multi-screened display experience
for your MSFS (or
P3D/FSX using OpusFSI_v6/5) server and MSFS (or
P3D/FSX using OpusFSI_v6/5) client system or manage
your multi-screened cockpit. The system can be as simple or complex as
you desire. The multiple screens can be used to display any variety of
cockpit 'out of the window' or external views, including the creation of
can be activated before running the simulator so that the flight plan
can be defined ready for use. Alternatively, define and load the
OpusMSFS flight plan at any time before flight, for example, whilst in
'World Map' mode.
will automatically import the current sim flight plan if you select the
Auto Import Current MSFS PLN Flight Plan checkbox option or you can
import it manually via the Import Current MSFS PLN Flight Plan button.
However if you wish to manually import, edit, or enter and process a
flight plan then you can do it via the Flight Planning and Navdata
The In-Flight Map can be displayed without the sim active and used to aid flight planning.
SIDs and STARs may be selected from the Flight Planning and Navdata dialog or Station Monitor window and reviewed on the Map. Once selected the relevant portion of the SID or STAR can be cut and pasted into the current flight plan using the Open Flight Plan Form button.
User Specified LatLon Fixes are ideal for including 'points of interest' or geographic landmarks to a flight plan. Double-clicking with the right mouse button anywhere on the OpusMSFS Map will copy the generated fix to the Windows Clipboard ready to be pasted into a flight plan.
All User LatLon Fix names are exported within the OPUSMSFS.PLN file so they will appear within the simulator's G1000/G3000 flight plan.
Any flight plan points that are suspected to be erroneous are highlighted in red and the Auto Correct Errors option simplifies the removal of all suspect points from the flight plan.
The OpusMSFS In-Flight Moving Map
can be positioned and resized in the usual manner and is used to follow
the flight across the terrain with the aircraft superimposed over the
user selected satellite, terrain, or street map, 8 different map formats
overlayed on the In-Flight Map is depicted using an appropriate Jet,
Piston, Rotorcraft or your own custom symbol. The symbol also reflects the current
heading of the traffic and is colour coded. Traffic depicted in Grey
refers to traffic currently parked up on the ground and White depicts
taxiing aircraft. Traffic
depicted in Green are airborne. Traffic depicted in Red are airborne and
within 2000 feet of your current altitude, hence, may pose a threat.
Select the options you wish to be superimposed on the map; traffic, flight plan, met stations, airway, aerodromes, navaids and waypoints.
Hovering the mouse cursor over an
aircraft symbol on the map will display information about the traffic.
For example, aircraft ID, type, model, airline, flight number, current
altitude in feet and airspeed in knots.
Hovering over an aerodrome marker
will display the airport's key information, including its ICAO code,
Name, Elevation in feet, all available Runways, and all relevant COM
Hovering over a MET station marker
will display the airport's key METAR information, including its ICAO
code, Name, Elevation in feet, and METAR weather data.
Map display options are provided to
Keep Aircraft Centred, Keep Aircraft on Map, set Grey Scale Map, and set
the Map Opacity. Additional button controls to display traffic, flight
plan, airway, aerodromes, navaids and waypoints may be shown on the map.
The Station Monitor window aids flying the FS2020 sim by allowing the Destination (or Departure) to be monitored, showing all known details about the airport, including available runways and all communication frequencies, along with any nearby Met Station data (METAR) if one exists. The data associated with the closest Met Station within 64 km (40 miles) will be displayed.
The Station Monitor's SIDs and STARs buttons simplifies the selection of departures and arrivals prior to programming the G1000/G3000 units. The SID and STAR selection is aided graphically by reviewing the departure/arrival route on the OpusMSFS Map. A selected SID or STAR can also be copied into the OpusMSFS Flight Planning form.
The touchdown and landing evaluation data
is displayed in the main Spy window which will also display the
previously captured landing data. The current evaluation is graded
purely on the touchdown vertical speed in feet per minute (including any
bounces). On landing the vertical speed is logged in both FPM and FPS
An example Spy landing report is shown
below. The evaluation is also given as a percentage value (100% for
perfect landings). The touchdown airspeed, ground speed, vertical speed
and lateral speed are shown. The lateral speed is always displayed in
feet per second (FPS) for greater relevance.
Previous Touchdown at 09:49:20 Hrs
LND BUTTER LANDING, Evaluation 74 percent
LND Airspeed 52 knots, Ground Speed 46 knots
LND Vertical Speed 79 FPM, Lateral Speed 1.2 FPS
Analysis Popup window along with Config options are also included.
All landings are also logged in a User
Landings Log file (LANDINGS.log)
within the OpusMSFS install folder.
Shortcut Controls enable you to assign joystick button and keyboard keys to common actions or controls within the SERVER program. At present, you can assign buttons and keys to,
; In-Flight Map Zoom Out
· Toggle the Spy window On/Off
· Toggle the In-Flight Map On/Off ; In-Flight Map Zoom In
;Toggle In-Flight Map Traffic ; Toggle In-Flight Map Flight Plan ; Toggle In-Flight Map Airway ; Toggle In-Flight Map Aerodromes ; Toggle In-Flight Map Navaids ; Toggle In-Flight Map Waypoints
Select Cockpit View
mode ; Select External View
mode ; Select Showcase View
The OpusMSFS GPS Simulator interface can be used to feed data into an Aviation Planning and Navigation package running on an external device such as SkyDemon® and ForeFlight® with either Basic GPS Data, GDL90 via network, or NMEA GPS Data via VSP protocol.
The external device can
be either a PC connected via Wi-Fi or LAN, or a mobile device connected
via Wi-Fi (e.g. iPad, iPhone, or Android device).
software also includes device drivers for,
Gamer 2 (or similar audio controlled) vibration device interface for
added vibrational feedback.
· FSC 737-TQ
Throttle Quadrant (motorised and unmotorised) driver.
CPFlight MCP and EFIS (X2) panel support.
OpusMSFS customers can
download the OpusMSFS Beta software from our website.
Please read the OpusMSFS_Getting_Started_Single_PC.pdf document for details of how to set up
your system and network.
Microsoft MSFS simulator.
Windows 10/8/7 operating systems.
Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.8.