FlightSimBuilder 530 Instructions

General Setup

The great news is that this is a Plug and Play solution so once you plug your unit to your PC or Mac, it will recognize it as "FlightSimBuilder 530" joystick.

Once in flight simulator, you would just undock the GPS unit and move it to the unit screen.

X-Plane Mapping (

1. Once you are in X-Plane, you need to map each button and knob to appropriate events. Please see below screenshots of appropriate mapping.

2. To remove the bezel around GPS:

a. If you are using with default X-Plane 530, you need to download the following file Garmin_530_2d.png  (right click and select "Save Link As") and place it "\X-Plane 11\Resources\bitmaps\cockpit\radios\GPS FMS" folder. It will ask to replace the default file, say OK.

b. If you are using Reality-XP GNS 530, you just need to change in the settings to have "no bezel". 

3. Launch X-Plane

3. Left click on GNS 530 in the sim

4. Click on top right corner to Undock it. The button on the top right corner is somewhat hidden but you can see it in the video.

5. Move the GPS to the unit screen


Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Mapping 

MFS2020 does not have an SimConnect events available for GPS yet. However we have a beta WASM module developed which uses a workaround to control the GNS 530. 

1. Find what Joystick id you FlightSimBuilder was assigned opening joystick control. Press Windows button and start typing "joystick". Open Joystick control and see where on the list your new FlightSimBuilder. 

2. Download the FlightSimBuilder WASM module appropriate for what Joystick ID you have
  1. Joystick 1 (first on the list)
  2. Joystick 2
  3. Joystick 3
  4. Joystick 4
  5. Joystick 5
  6. Joystick 6
  7. Joystick 7
3. Unzip the file and run "Install Flight SimBuilder GNS 530.cmd" or manually place "FlightSimBuilder GNS 530" folder in your Community folder and restart the sim.
If you run an install command, it will open your Community folder so you can verify the FlightSimBuilder GNS 530 module was copied there.
Here is where you can find your Community folder

For the Windows Store install:

C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\

For the Steam install:

C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightDashboard_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\

Important: Windows 10 by default hides the “AppData” folder, so you will have to go to “View” in the menu of File Explorer, and select “Hidden items” so as to see it.

For Custom Install:


4. Launch MSFS 2020
5. Start your flight and then press and hold Right ATL so the cursor changes to magnifying glass. Then move the screen to your unit.

Once it's moved hold Left Alt and press Enter to get rid of header on top.

6. Optional but recommended after verifying everything works. Download GNS 530 Mod:  (GitHub details on the mod:

If you have any issues, please complete Troubleshooting Steps

P3D v4 Mapping (not officially supported and requires FSUIPC)
P3D requires FSUIPC. Once you have it setup, please place these two files in FSUIPC folder
Reality XP for P3D Setup
1. Go to Add-ons -> Reality XP GNS -> Setup Aircraft
2. a) Configuration -> One Window
    b) Reality XP GNS -> GNS 530
    c) Click on "advanced options"
     d) Click on "No Bezel"
3. Click Review
4. Click Accept
5. Once popup screen opened hold "Shift" and right click on the Reality XP logo on top bar. This will open Setting screen
6. Scroll Down to Advanced Settings and click on it to expend
7. Check "Use Simulator GPS Commands"
8. Right Click on GPS screen and select "Undock"
9. Move the screen to the unit