FGPanel is designed as a standalone lightweight panel rendering engine to draw 2D panels on a low-cost computer/graphic card without 3D acceleration at reasonable frame rates.
FGPanel was not part of the FlightGear 2.4.0 release for Windows. Windows users can get the executable from Jenkins.
FGPanel Live System
FGPanel is now available as a Live System, a complete, stand-alone software setup, including FGPanel, (partial) FGData, Linux operating system and necessary start-up scripts. The ISO image (350MB download) needs to be programmed on a CD/DVD, USB flash or hard disk drive. Just insert the CD/DVD or connect the USB/HDD drive to your (old) PC, add an (old) graphics card, and an (old) TFT or monitor - and you've made the first step to your own cockpit home setup! The PC boots the image, immediately starts FGPanel and displays C172p cockpit instruments. Run the FlightGear Simulator on your main PC and enable the C172 FGPanel Protocol to transmit data to your cockpit panel PC.
The live CD is a freely available SUSE Studio project. It can also be cloned/modified/adapted to personal needs via SUSE Studio (web interface). Operating system is based on OpenSuSE Linux 12.1. FlightGear binaries (fgpanel) are directly pulled from the OpenSuSE build service (OBS).
More information available at the SUSEStudio FGPanel project.
FGPanel on Raspberry Pi
FGPanel has been ported to run on a Raspberry Pi. All what you need is:
- a Raspberry Pi;
- a network to connect the Raspberry Pi with an instance of FlightGear Simulator;
- Raspbian installed on the Raspberry Pi;
- follow the procedure described in utils/fgpanel/README.RPi to build FGPanel.
This FGPanel on Raspberry Pi makes it easy and cheap to build a panel for your own procedure trainer.
- Howto: Build your own procedure trainer, describes how you can create a "cheap" procedure trainer, making use of FGPanel to draw the instruments.