Saitek PRO Flight BIP Backlit Information Panel
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- Backlit annunciate Panel
- 24 Individually controlled segments
- 3 user defined colours - Red, Orange and Green
- Over 70 different legends included in box
- Works with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and 2004
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This has grown on me so I changed my ratting from 4 to 5 stars.
Although I'll fly a jet every now and then I really prefer some of the older prop planes, big or small. And most of them used the "O M I" airport guidance system.
This usually consisted of 3 lights and loud tones as you passed over each radio marker near the airport. The "lights" on screen in FSX are pitiful. This is a very big improvement.
The Outer marker was a blue light, the Middle Marker was amber/yellow, and the Inner Marker was white.
Thanks to SPAD I can get pretty much the same setup for more realism. But in the real aircraft you just have 3 round lights in a row (vertically or horizontally). I had thought of making 3 round transparencies, one in each position, but decided on text instead as the rest of the BIP is text.
The Saitek BIP comes with one tile labeled "MARKER". I don't know if the Saitek software lets you use all 3 lights, as needed, or just one light color.
If you look at the 2 pictures on the main page you can see how I did it.
First get some printer transparencies for your printer (inkjet or laser). Colored paper or film underneath the homemade tile can enhance the displayed color.
You can check out my pictures at the top of the main page, but basically you print out the transparencies and tape them in place with black electrical tape. Then you assign the color that you want to the position that you want.
The BIP has 3 light colors available for each tile place - red, green, and yellow. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a good blue color for the Outer Marker. If you put a blue colored transparency between the yellow LED light and the transparency you get green.Read more ›
The BIP is the same dimensions as Saitek's other panels, so it fits perfectly within any existing configuration. The only aesthetic difference is the shiny front translucent panel, which would otherwise conceal the annunciators it illuminates. It supports 3 rows of 8 backlit panels each, so you can have up to 24 annunciators operational at any time. The BIP also comes with many additional panels so you can choose which ones best suit your preferences from a total of over 50. Each panel can then be programmed to illuminate with your choice of Amber, Red or Green when certain conditions are met; for example, a stall warning would ideally remain unlit for an entire flight, but you want to see it when it happens. It's also reassuring to see an annunciator confirm that the landing gear is lowered and locked, or to remind you that the cabin door is open.
Could it be improved? Overall, I'm very happy with the product and have no regrets. Some minor things I'd like to see would be a greater range of panels as there are some fundamental functions not included such as flap position, transponder status etc. Also, it would be great to have the same panel illuminate in different colours depending on the situation; for example, Autopilot could illuminate in green when engaged, but in red when disengaged. To be fair, I'm running it on a Mac with X-Plane via a custom plug-in, so I can't comment on whether the limitation is unique to my configuration, or the same for all users.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not tested yet. Hope it works fine since its used, but for sure will look great next to my saitek auto pilot switch panelPublished 21 days ago by Christiam Mantilla
My entire flight sim setup consists of saitek products, so there wasn't much to consider when deciding to purchase the BIP. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R.S. Wolf