Message from Erik BENDER (Rikoooo): After five months of production I am pleased to present a new virtual cockpit. This is the Boeing 787. This cockpit is the most advanced of all (in the Freeware category) and is based on MagKnight's 3D assets (see permissions section). But not only, it's also a complete package. Indeed, I have merged the 3D models of the Boeing 787-8 / -9 / -10 GEnx from TDS hence the name "Family".
In a few words, I present the Boeing 787 "all inclusive version" ready for immediate departure.
Everything is pre-programmed for you, the VC is 100% integrated with the TDS B787s. I have rewrote all the XML gauges to make them compatible, I have created all the animations of the virtual cockpit, every switch, every lever, every button, every function. I have tested and modified the FDEs of each aircraft to match the B787 flight model. I have added 54 high quality liveries that I have configured one by one. And, much more!
Enhanced FDE for better stability and balance (no more pitch nose)
AES, Intelliscene and GSX configuration files
TDS 787 public painter kit
Virtual cockpit user manual and B787 manual (the files are in the Documents folder)
Note that there is no 2D panel. But, you can fly without any problem in virtual cockpit mode because I integrated pop-up windows for the fundamental avionics.
Be careful, there are two versions to choose from during the installation:
- Either a version optimized for FPS i.e. without aeronautical charts on MFD and PFD screens (no navigation information), so everything will be displayed on the GPS.
- Or a normal version, but can have a considerable impact on FPS, depending on the power of your computer. FPS = Frame rate per second
A new gauge for the GPS
This new gauge carries out pretty much all the functions of the GPS 500 with many additional features added. Some of the new features are:
Tuning of ILS frequencies (no more map lookups)
Auto Tuning to VORs and NDBs
Selectable tuning to VORs and NDBs
Nearest Airports, VORs, NDBs, and Intersections can be searched to any number
High resolution terrain Maps with terrain shadowing
Other aircraft display (TCAS)
Flight Plan Map
Uncluttered Maps with selectable overlays
Detailed Flight Plan
Easy navigation between pages
Approach selected and activated with two mouse clicks
Localiser and Glideslope Nav aids
Approach Transition selection
Although this gauge is not based on any real gauge it is meant to have a similar look and feel to the interactive synoptic displays on the Boeing 787.
Permissions received for this project
With permission from Hiroshi Igami (TDS) creator of the exterior models
With permission to use assets from Mariano Gonzalez (MagKnight) from X-plane (freeware version 05.2)
With permission to rewrite all 787 2d gauges from Gavin Munro (b787v21.zip)
With permission to use all repaints from Carlos Eduardo Salas
The project contributors
This project would never have been possible without these contributors. Many thanks to :
Gavin MUNRO for his wonderful 2D panel and for helping me to program XML gauges.
Hiroshi IGAMI for helping me with the 3D virtual cockpit, textures and many explanations
Ken WEBBER for high definition VC textures and Rikoooo liveries
Oniel BLACK for helping me with 3DS Max and the creation of some animations
Mariano GONZALEZ for giving me the permission to use his FREEWARE assets from B787 for X-Plane.
Carlos Eduardo SALAS for allowing me to use his liveries in my package, thanks also to the other creators for the liveries I didn't include.
Hiroaki Itoh for helping me debug errors and for testing the aircraft flight model and virtual cockpit systems.
List of the present liveries
=== Boeing 787-8 ===
Rikoooo Livery 1 United Airlines Thomson Airways Royal Air Maroc Kenya Airways Jetstar Airways Japan Airlines "Ghibli Jet" Hainan Airlines Ethiopian Airlines Jetairfly China Southern Airlines Air India Aeromexico Oman Air United Arab Emirates Xiamen Air Royal Jordanian Qatar Airways Japan Airlines China Southern B-2725 Arke Air India star Alliance Air Canada Azerbaijan Airlines American Airlines Air Austral
=== Boeing 787-9 ===
Rikoooo Livery 2 Air France United Airlines Saudi Arabian Airlines KLM PH-BHC Hainan Airlines Vietnam Airlines Japan Airlines American Airlines Etihad Airways Air Canada
=== Boeing 787-10 ===
Rikoooo Livery 3 KLM United Airlines Fly Emirates Etihad Airways Eastern Airlines American Airlines
Updated on 14/03/2021: Version Stable 1.1 - Fixed SPD text always displayed on PFD. - The GPS goes from version 1.6 to version 1.8:
The major workaround in Version 1.6 for the 180 degrees longitude problem has now been modified so that the Latitude and Longitude of the faulty waypoints now do display on the Nearest Intersections screen.
A new feature has been added to display the distance to destination on the MAP screen.
Another new feature is to display the active frequencies on the Nearest VORs and Nearest NDBs screens.
Other cosmetic changes have been made to make the screen neater and to take out some old unnecessary syntax. These changes are barely noticeable.
Updated on 18/12/2020: The Boeing 787 Family + Virtual Cockpit package is now updated from version Beta 0.93 to version Stable 1.0. Many bugs have been fixed, flying with this 787 is a real delight!
Here are the changes I made:
787-8-9-10 are now compiled and textured with PBR (Physically Based Rendering) support only for Prepar3D v4 and v5, FSX does not support PBR. Note: Under P3D v4 textures may look greyish when viewed from certain angles, to correct this you must disable (Off) "Dynamic reflection" in P3D settings. On the other hand, no problem of this kind with P3D v5:
Addition and configuration of the missing gauge for the Autoland ILS CAT II / III specific for TDS 787 created by Dimitrios Moschos (see the file AUTOLAND_Readme.txt in your Documents). The 787 is now able to land on its own with the ILS!
Fixed TERRAIN MODE not showing on the large MFD screen:
Fixed TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems) mode now displaying the map:
Fixed RANGE value not working normally.
Fixed MASTER ALARMS flickering continuously.
Fixed some minor programming errors in TDS787 gauges.
Widening of the GPS screen.
GPS gauge is now at version 1.8, ILS identical frequency issues have been fixed. (Special thanks to Gavin Munro for his help)
Modification of the "lift_scalar" value for each model in the "Aircraft.cfg" file in order to make landings smoother with Autoland.
How to perform an ILS landing with the Rikoooo GPS B787
VC assets by Magknight and conversion by Rikoooo. XML Gauges based on Gavin Munro. Exterior model by Hiroshi Igami (TDS). 787 GEnx Soundset by Kairi Akai. Rikoooo Liveries by Ken WEBBER. Others liveries by Carlos Eduardo Salas
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