Cloudy's Rational Panels for FS2004

When I started using FS2004, arguably the most successful PC flight simulator ever, I was annoyed by the insufficiencies of the aircraft panels:

VC panels may seem realisticat first, with their immersive 3D virtual reality, but once you start to fly the aircraft you have to continuously spend time to move around the panel searching for switch to click of for a gauge to read: in many cases you have to zoom-in just to properly read the gauge.

2D may be too static, but with present day large monitor resolutions, except for large jets, a single panel, both photographic and complete, can be designed including all the gauges and switches needed, with top resolution.

I also noticed that most FS2004 2D panels, whether original or downloaded, have the following serious deficiencies:

Gauges are spread over different "windows", forcing you to continuously click icons (or press Shift-2, Shift 3 and so on) just to get things you need at all times like throttles and switches.

And then you see how those additional windows cover parts of your main panel or else the external scenery view.

They offer sometimes an "IFR panel" including all the gauges in a single view, but leaving no external view at all!

Their design and layout is often unlike any real-life panel.

Often many gauges are seriously unhistorical.

Most panels miss quite a few essential gauges (which are both simulated by FS2004 and needed for the flight).

Indeed, a few years ago I scrutinised 39 Cessna panels I downloaded from the web, and found that every single one of them showed one or more of the above inconveniences. I eventually produced here a list of "Cloudy's Rational Panels for FS2004", but a decade later many of them applied to payware aircraft and used some of their copyrighted gauges, so I can no longer post them here for download. For the time being, please find below just screenshots of my present aircraft panels. Some are minor-scale reworkings of available (payware or freeware) panels by other authors. Most, however, are full redesigns of mine. I apologise for the unrealistic addition of digital Mixture and Elevator-Trim gauges, which however I find a necessity in a PC simulation, as well as a gauge that states which livery one is flying. If you would like more information, please feel welcome to email me: see the main Cloudy webpage for the address.

115 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny

126 Lockheed Vega 5B and 5C

133 Boeing Stearman 75 Kaydet

134 de Havilland DH-88 Comet

136 Supermarine Spitfire MK1A

138 Piper J-3C-65 Cub

140 Piper J-3C Cub Clipped Wing

217 Vickers F.B.27A Vimy

226 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor

231 Lockheed L10A-E Electra

232 Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero

233 de Havilland DH-89 Dragon Rapide

234 Douglas DC-3 Dakota

235 Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina

235 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

236 Short S.30-33 Empire C class

237 Beechcraft Beech D18S

318 Cessna C152 II

321 Extra 300S

322 Zenith CH801 STOL

323 Cessna C172SP Skyhawk

328 Piper PA-28 201 Arrow IV

331 Cessna C182RG II Skylane

333 Mooney M-20M - TLS Bravo

336 Cessna U206G Stationair 6 II

336 Cessna U206G Stationair 6 II with floats

444 de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

445 Piper PA-44 180 Seminole

446 Piper PA-34 200T Seneca II

455 Beechcraft Baron 58

480 Cessna C208 Caravan Amphibian

490 Cessna C208B Grand Caravan

499 Pilatus PC-12

512 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

514 Beechcraft King Air 300

516 Beechcraft 1900C

517 Beechcraft 1900D

523 Shorts Sherpa 330

549 ATR 72-500

601 Fiat G91 R1

601 Fiat G91 R3

602 Gates Learjet 25D

603 Bombardier Learjet 45

711 Schweizer SGS 2-32

712 Schleicher ASW28

714 Robinson R22 Beta II

726 Enstrom 280 FX Shark

770 Maverick Trike Ultralight

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         This page last updated: 21-Aug-2016