SmartCopilot 2017-06-10T14:52:19+00:00

SmartCopilot

Shared Cockpit plugin for X-Plane

  • X-Plane 11 Windows, Mac and Linux support

  • Easy to configurate
  • Master-Slave concept
  • Main cockpit controls governed by a Request – Release logic

Try SmartCopilot for free

Plugin in Demo mode gives the possibility to check connection and aircraft compatibility.  It could be connected to the Pro or even another Demo user – however only one user will be able to send manipulators and commands. The Demo user will fly like an observer only. Please, try the plugin with friends and if happy buy it.

Try SmartCopilot for free

What is SmartCopilot?

In fact, SmartCopilot is a plugin that, as people say, “just synchronizes the datarefs”. But even this short sentence is not really simple in practice. The following points try to briefly explain what “Dataref Synchronization” is, as implemented in SmartCopilot:

  • Compatibility – by installing SmartCopilot you can fly with all installed add-ons.
  • Easy configuration – author or an experienced user can configure SmartCopilot to work with his preferred aircraft. On this Wiki you can find all information how to write your own configuration file.
  • Master-Slave – aircraft position is calculated only by Master computer. Slave just copies it. However, Slave’s systems remain fully functional.
  • Main cockpit controls governed by a Request – Release logic.

Buy SmartCopilot plugin

SmartCopilot

$2295
  • single license

SmartCopilot

$3795
  • double license

SmartCopilot

$50
  • 3 licenses

SmartCopilot

$75
  • 5 licenses

SmartCopilot

$100
  • 10 licenses

What is SmartCopilot not?

  • First and most important – please don’t forget that SmartCopilot works over Network and requires good and stable internet connection. If this is not your case plugin probably will not work (or will be unstable). Also the plugin doesn’t establish any point-to-point internet connections – you need to care about it.
  • If X-Plane performance is already low it might be lower with SmartCopilot. However, real tests show that on a system limited by GPU (most of users) there is no performance limitation by SmartCopilot. Using an An-24 with more than 500 DR’s we could not observe any FPS drop when switching SmartCopilot on. However, on a system limited by CPU there can be some FPS reduction.
  • For now we don’t see any possibility how to synchronize C++ written FMS or systems (B777 etc.) But the authors can reach me and together we can think about it. All serialization possibilities are already implemented by me.
  • There are still many small and big problems to synchronize ALL systems in every aircraft (default GPS, FMS etc.). We still need to find what dataref governs them. Also, we have a big hope that aircraft developers will join us and design aircraft’s in a more uniform way.
  • Plugin doesn’t provide any visual, voice or text connection between the pilots. You need to use Skype, Team Speak etc.

About the project

In the aviation simulation forums one can often see that some of the discussion is about operating an aircraft as an aircrew. That is, to share a cockpit so the two pilots can operate the aircraft systems together. However, as everybody might guess, addressing such a need in X-Plane is quite a difficult task and serious hard work, especially for a non-professional coder. That stirred up my interest and several months ago I started development of SmartCopilot – a plugin for crew flying. The main part of development time we spent on writing robust and OS-independent network interface which would allow transferring the data between X-Plane over internet. The desired end-state is that the plugin works out of the box with default planes and third party add-on planes. This would be very nice, but also very difficult given the differences in approach different authors have to manage the same events through X-Plane’s datarefs manipulation. We could surely say that we designed a series of API that, if implemented in future aircraft models (that is if the acf systems were designed to work with the API) would have made the plugin magically work. But we like no shortcuts. At the current stage of development all major problems we had and all the default datarefs and systems can be managed by SmartCopilot in a very stable manner. The present hurdle is with SASL-governed planes and trying to synchronize complex, custom systems like the JAR A320. Time will tell how we are going to get this done, in the meanwhile, welcome to a world of over-the-net interaction!

Documentation