Frequently asked questions about the CPFlight Plugin
What devices are supported?
The CPFlight plugin supports the following CPFlight MCPs:
- CPFlight MCP737EL
- CPFlight MCP737PRO
- CPFlight MCP737PRO2 and PRO3
These MCPs are connected either through USB or Ethernet. Older CPFlight MCPs that use a serial connection are reported to work by using a Prolific or FTDI USB-to-serial converter, but, due to the variety of different models, no guarantee can be given.
Also, note that the USB devices MCP737EL and MCP737PRO work "plug and play", while the Ethernet model MCP737PRO2 requires manual configuration of the MCP's IP address.
At this point, the following external devices are supported with all MCP models:
- Two EFIS panels
- MIP (ICS, ICS2, SE and SIDE)
- All radios (Multi, NAV, COM, ATC and ADF)
- Two CDUs
- Two ASPs
- CARGO FIRE
How do I install or reinstall the plugin? How do I upgrade or retrieve my license key? My MCP is not recognized!
What are the licensing terms?
Every MCP is entitled for a free 14 day demo license. After that period, running the plugin requires a valid purchased license. The license is tied to the MCP and can be transferred to another user without cost. In order for the new user to be able to request copies of the license, he or she should get in touch with us and require a license transfer in the web store.
Furthermore, a license for the same MCP can be used on up to five computers. If you reinstalled you computer from scratch, please rerun the installer and it will be included in the list of authorized computers. If you require a license to work on more than five different computer ids, please get in touch with us.
What planes are supported in X-Plane?
At this time, three planes are fully supported:
- Zibo B737-800X
- IXEG 737-300
- x737-700 and -800
- Standard X-Plane 737 (due to the lack of important features, we recommend using Zibo)
We constantly work on improving this list and suggestions are welcome. Actually, any plane can be supported just by creating respective .ini files.
Where can I report a problem, bug or feature request?
On our Gitlab site. Please use the "issue_template" template to make handling easier.
For more specific issues, please contact us on email@example.com.
How do I turn on MCP backlight?
As documented by CPFlight, the MCP has three options to turn on backlight:
The standard option is to turn on MCP backlight with the navigation light switch in X-Plane. However, if you have an MIP kit, you should configure MCP backlight with the "ICS" option. Please check the original CPFlight documentation on how to enter and set configuration options.
How do I start up my plane in cold & dark mode?
Cold and dark mode currently started to work in plugin version 1.1.14 on Zibo 737-800X, other planes will follow soon. In order to enable cold & dark mode, you must configure the MCP's "bAt" setting to "On":
Please follow the original CPFlight MCP documentation on how to enter and set configuration options.
My COM and NAV standby frequencies don't match the virtual cockpit
You may have noticed that the standby frequencies for NAV and COM radios are not updated when you change them on your CPFlight panel. As soon as you switch between standby frequency and active frequency, the latter actually matches your display, but standby may still be off and will not be updated as you turn the frequency selector.
We'd be more than happy to make standby and active frequency always match the virtual cockpit, but, unfortunately, that's out of our control. The issue is that CPFlight NAV and COM radio panels only transmit the ACTIVE frequency. The panel does simply not send out what the user is currently dialing as standby frequency.
So, whenever the active frequency changes (and, honestly, this is the more important one), it will be updated correctly. Standby frequencies, unfortunately, are out of our control.
Now, there's a notable exception: The CPFlight MULTI_VHF modules actually do send standby frequencies, however only for the COM radios.
I have an XYZ hardware. Can you support it?
Well, we're professional software developers and available for hiring. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.