To supply easy to use, ultra-realistic simulation products that are attainable to the average flight sim hobbyist yet suitable for the most demanding professional application. These tools shall provide pilots and instructors with true-to-scale form and function with precise tactile feedback when used for teaching and practicing aeronautical skills.
Noble Flight Simulation, LLC (NFS) was started with altruistic motives to provide a solution for the rusty pilot at home. Flight proficiency is a topic that is often discussed in the aviation industry and that’s because flying is a skill that requires practice; especially instrument flying. Noble Flight Simulation endeavors to provide the most realistic one-to-one simulation experience so that the workflow matches the actual aircraft.
It is our vision that flight proficiency can be maintained by regularly practicing at home with our products. It will be used to build confidence, try out new scenarios, and be a practical trainer that will be used. To that end, our design philosophy centers around ease-of-use. We understand that the pilot doesn’t necessarily want to spend time with configurations, computer specifications, and adjustments; the majority just want things to work and to get the time in.
Tyler Noble, D.O. - Tyler, the founder of Noble Flight Simulation, LLC, has always been fascinated with aviation. He obtained his private certificate in 2003 followed by his instrument rating the following year. After earning his Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, he attended medical school where he calls upon his engineering background as a joint replacement surgeon. Tyler believes that great customer service is the most important quality a business can possess.
Austin Fang, Ph.D. - Austin’s background is in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also a pilot and obtained his private certificate in 2003 with and an instrument rating in 2020. Austin earned his Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He worked at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for 10 years where he was responsible for vibration and acoustic reduction. He was a recipient of a full scholarship in Sikorsky’s continuing education program which resulted in a second Masters of Science degree and a Doctorate, both in Aerospace Engineering. His experience traveling the world and fixing rotorcraft issues shaped his attitude towards customer service. Customer requests are treated like an aircraft on ground (AOG) situation deserving the time and resources required to fix it quickly and efficiently.
NFS provides hardware solutions to simulate the G1000 and the Cirrus Perspective avionics suites. The hardware is designed to be a one-to-one replica of the actual Garmin system. The separate components are as follows:
The PFD contains multiple encoders and buttons. There are twelve (12) softkey buttons aligned on the bottom of the display. The PFD contains the encoders for the COM portion of the NAV/COM radios.
The MFD also contains multiple encoders and buttons. There are twelve (12) softkey buttons aligned on the bottom of the display. The MFD contains the encoders for the NAV portion of the NAV/COM radios.
The CCU also known as GCU houses the keyboard, keypad, autopilot, and audio panel buttons and encoders. It is the central interfacing unit for the Cirrus Perspective avionics system. The pilot can use the CCU to complete most tasks in an efficient and safe manner.
The auxiliary switch panel contains 8 of the most commonly used switches.
For Prepar3D flight simulator, they are (from left to right):
The NFS Simulation Software strives to behave exactly like the real avionics. The goal is to be able to work through the procedural steps at home on the simulator as one would in the cockpit of a Cirrus aircraft. To that end, we built our software from the ground up in a modular fashion to simulate all Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) that exist in the Cirrus aircraft. We have also split out our code into different logical coding layers. For example, the code to interface to a flight simulation software like Prepar3D or XPlane 11 is not integrated into the code to display the components on the PFD or MFD. This separation allows for flexible code architecture and allows us to support future changes in flight simulation.
The requirements for NFS hardware and software are listed below:
NFS recommends a computer with the following specifications:
Note: NFS has partnered with Jetline Systems and can help recommend a custom built PC. Please contact us for details.
Your panel mounted NFS G1000 CP unit comes 95% assembled in a custom foam mailer. To complete assembly, the dropdown GCU panel needs to be secured in place. To do this, please follow the steps below.
Note: If you did not purchase the optional panel mount or if you elected to have the unit shipped disassembled to save on shipping, you can find a detailed video showing how to assemble the unit here: this video shows our older style of cable clip. The preferred method of assembly is to complete PFD and MFD assembly and install the GCU mount last.
If you are installing the unit in a custom panel and would like to control the backlight brightness directly, you can connect a 50k linear taper potentiometer to the green 3 pin terminal on the top right corner of the interfacing board mounted within the MFD. Should you choose to do this, the potentiometer “wiper” goes to the center terminal and your hardware will require a firmware re-flash.
Please see the Section: Flashing Your Firmware.
The NFS G1000 CP panel mount has a bolt pattern on both the left and right ends to accept the RAM® diamond ball base iPad mount (Figure 8). The holes are tapped for #10-32 bolts.
Each monitor panel (MFD and PFD) has its own video cable and 12V power supply with a 5.5mm plug. The microcontroller mounted in the MFD uses a micro USB cable and a 5V power supply with a 3.5mm plug.
Two right angle video adapters are provided to allow clearance for the video cables. When plugging in the video cables, ensure that the cables are fully seated and secure the thumb screw to hold everything together.
Note: The USB cable should be plugged in LAST. If you plug in your USB before the video and power cables, the hardware may become unresponsive requiring a reset by unplugging the USB.
Warning: The Micro USB jack can be damaged if the cable gets pulled. To avoid this damage, the USB cable must be tethered to the panel mount as described in the hardware setup section. Damage as a result of not tethering the USB cable properly is not covered under warranty.
After making your final connections to a running PC, your unit backlighting will illuminate. Plugging in the USB cable will also automatically send a “power on/off” signal to the LCD displays.
The LCD power button is the flush button at the bottom left of the bezel. To turn the LCD displays on or off, press and hold the power button for 2 seconds.
A quick press and release of the LCD power button triggers the LCD picture auto adjust feature described below.
Note: The LCD display power is controlled by the unit’s microprocessor. In order for the power buttons to function, the USB cable must be connected to a running PC.
The PFD and MFD monitors need to be configured within the windows environment to ensure the software is able to send the images to the correct LCD. There are several places to do this, however it is best to do within your graphics card settings. The same setup video referenced earlier (provided again below) walks you through the process of how to configure and position multiple monitors within the windows environment. Please watch starting at 14:30.
The MFD and PFD displays need to be set to a resolution of 1024x768 with a refresh rate of 70Hz. If the screen refresh rate is not set properly, you may notice a progressively widening halo around the outside of the screen viewing area (Figure 9). If this occurs, please recheck your monitor settings and the problem will resolve once the resolution and refresh rate have been corrected.
Occasionally when NFS G1000 software launches, some of the image can be just outside of the viewing angle. This is most noticeable for the NAV and COM frequencies. If this occurs, simply press and release the flush LCD power button to trigger the screen auto adjust feature and re-center the image.
From time to time, there will be upgrades to the hardware that require users to re-flash the firmware on the unit. A firmware reflash should not be needed on a routine basis and should only be done if instructed to do so by NFS support. The process is easy as described below:
The panel mounted NFS G1000 CP unit has two displays; the PFD and the MFD. There are two flush mounted power buttons on the bottom left portion of each display. Please refer to Figure 13 below where the red circles show the location of the power buttons.
A long press of the flush mounted power buttons will toggle the displays on and off. Once powered on, a short press will invoke the auto calibration feature for the displays. It will center and adjust the display to fit within the bezel.
Warning: If the flush mounted power button doesn’t pop back up fully after pressing, it will continuously send a signal and block several other buttons (but not all) from registering. Please ensure that the flush button pops back flush after each press.
Thank you for choosing Noble Flight Simulation’s Cirrus Perspective unit! Our NFS CP Pro software comes with the hardware you purchased. This chapter will provide instructions for how to download and install the software. Additionally, the process to obtain and install future updates will be explained.
You will need to register on our software website located here:
Once your account is registered, you can select the software product listed on the main page.
Note: Please be careful in selecting the correct flight simulation software (i.e. P3D and/or XPlane 11).
Note: If a coupon code was sent to you, please enter it by selecting the “+ Add coupon” symbol. If the total is 0 dollars, a credit card is not required to check out.
That’s it! Our program is designed to be simple and easy to use. When starting the software each time, it will automatically sync with P3D or XPlane 11 upon startup.
Note: Some computers do not automatically install the correct USB drivers. If WinUSB drivers are not installed correctly, the program will crash to desktop when buttons associated with LED lights are pressed. To ensure that WinUSB drivers are installed a one-time check is required. Please see the section labeled “WinUSB Driver Installation”.
WinUSB drivers is required for full compatibility with LED lights and dimmable backlighting. Please ensure WinUSB drivers are downloaded and installed for the hardware. The WinUSB utility can be found here:
The driver installation is complete.
Our program was designed for simplicity for the end user. Upon double-clicking the NFS software program icons (Figure 17 and Figure 18), the PFD and MFD displays will be found and the program will automatically load in full-screen mode. The next step is to start the flight simulation software. Our NFS software program will automatically connect with Prepar3D and XPlane behind the scenes and the flight data should begin to show on the PFD and MFD screens.
The NFS Cirrus Perspective Simulation software will display the bezels when in windowed mode (Figure 19, Figure 20, Figure 21, Figure 22). A GCU (either G5 style or G6 style) rendering also pops up upon launching the software. These renderings allow the user to use a mouse or a touch screen to interface with our software.
When using in conjunction with our NFS hardware, a simple double-click on the display area or selecting “Full Screen” under “Options” will maximize the program into fullscreen mode and remove the bezel borders.
The user can set certain options by double-clicking the display to enter windowed mode and select Options in the windows menu above (Please refer to Figure 23).
Any window can be set to either the PFD, MFD, or Reversionary display.
This section allows the showing of the G5 GCU or the G6 GCU
This allows the user to select 1200 or 7700 as the default VFR transponder code when one pushes “VFR” in the softkey menu.
This option allows the user to set the backlight on the hardware units.
The user can select to Reload, Force Reload, or Toggle Full Screen. The Reload and Force Reload options shouldn’t be necessary for most scenarios.
The software will simulate the following:
The PFD contains:
Note: Please refer to the Garmin Pilot’s User’s Guide for more detailed information
The PFD functions simulated include:
Note: Please refer to the Garmin Pilot’s User’s Guide for more detailed information