Recently we discussed using civil aviation in our community. At the first, I am considering X-Plane because we can install photo scenery of any place for VFR flights. Another attractive thing is flying by a crew in X-Plane 11. Frankly speaking, I didn’t believe that it can be realized and started to search how to do it…
I found an addon for X-Plane which called SmartCopilot. Then Andy and I decided to try it and we downloaded a demo version of this program. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand well describing on the addon’s site about settings. At the first we found that we need to put a configuration file into an aircraft folder, then we took different aircraft, then the addon “told” that we placed our aircraft in different places, then something about time, and then it said we have different versions of X-Plane. I updated my sim and we tried again without success because I wrongly detected my IP… However, after 2 days we forced it to work! 🙂
The addon connects two players and placed them in one cockpit. Both pilots see the same parameters of tools (speed, alt etc). The demo differs from full version that in the demo you cannot give control to another player without reconnection. In full version one pilot controls aircraft but he can give control to another player on the way just by pressing “control”.
For testing, we choose two engine default X-plane aircraft – Baron 58. We tested the addon in an area where Andy lives. In the first flight I had control. Then I landed and we reconnected – Andy took the control and he tried to show me his home…. It was really great! Watch a video below.