BACKLIT INFORMATION PANEL
The BIP is the only panel that doesn’t work without configuration. There’s no default so you have to setup which “tiles” are installed on your BIP. Press the Setup button and you will enter the BIP Panel Configuration page.
First you have to select which “tile” you want to edit by clicking on it.
Currently selected tile is highlighted with a thicker border –> When a “tile” is selected the lower part ot the window shows detail about the currently selected tile.
Let’s explore in what happens selecting the FUEL LOW tile in the first tile.
“Tiles” functions are grouped by sections like: Engines, Fuel, Gear and so on.
When a function is clicked the description frame shows a brief description of what that function does.
If description starts with “Custom tile” means the selected tile is not included in the standard set. Meaning you have to build it by yourself.
“Standard mode supported “ means the function is read through FSUIPC so it should be available to standard aircrafts, this mode is used when no “Special mode” is active.
“NGX mode supported” means the function is read through the PMDG NGX SDK so it’s available when NGX “Special mode” is active in current profile.
If a function has a tunable threshold the range is described here.
The threshold slider is shown only if the selected function is threshold based.
The “Tile Color” buttons are shown only for standard (not combined ) tiles.
Combined tiles use more color for the same function: for example see: LEFT GEAR
In previous example we have set the first tile to turn on yellow light if the total fuel level drops below 15%.
Some annunciator panel lights are related to discrete events like DOOR WARNING or PITOT HEAT. Other are related to changing values. Let’s take ENG OIL TEMP by example.
ENG OIL TEMP turns on if the engine oil is hot. But what does “hot” mean ? It depends on the aircraft specs, “hot” may have different values on a Cessna 172 or on a Boeing 737.
This is the reason for thresholds.
In this example we can see the ENG OIL TEMP case.
Description tells us than the threshold scales from 0°C to 200°C.
We set a 65% threshold, this means that the light is switched on (yellow) when oil temperature exceeds 130°C (65% of 200°C) which is correct for a Cessna C172.
Using a Boeing 737 the correct value would be 82% (164°C).