FlightSimBuilder G1000 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 G1000 PFD" joystick. 

If you have two units (PFD and MFD) you need to change one of them to MFD. Please hold right <-> button and the unit will change it's name to "FlightSimBuilder G1000 MFD" in Windows Joystick controller. Once you start the launcher, both PFD and MFD should show connected.

Here are some additional functionality:

1. Power On / Off - Left <->
2. Switch from PFD to MFD - Right <->
3. LED brightness - Right Vol

4. LCD Menu Mode. Hold Click Left "Nav" for 3 seconds. 
4a (once in LCD Menu Mode). "NAV" press to Enter
4b (once in LCD Menu Mode). "NAV" small knob to +/- 
4c (once in LCD Menu Mode). "Baro" press to cycle through different video inputs (VGA->HDMI) "
4d (once in LCD Menu Mode). Right "COM" press to Exit LCD Menu Mode 

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


Here is a quick video on the mounting options

MSFS Mapping 

YouTube video:

Option 1: Using FlighSimBuilder Launcher

1. Download FlightSimBuilder Launcher

2. Run Setup, this will install the launcher and create a link on desktop

3. Run Launcher from Desktop

2. Select your Installation Type 

4. Click "Launch MSFS 2020"

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

6. If you have PFD and MFD, once you pop the units out they will be in one box. Please cleck on "+" sign inside the box to split them to two boxes

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

NOTE: If the PFD or MFD did not fill full screen, this is a weird MSFS bug. I found that it fill the screen differently when you resize it. Try not resizing the screen but just pop out, move, press ALT+ENT. If it doesn't work you can try to resize first and then ALT+ENT. 

Optional: You can also use the below addon to make MSFS remember your popout location

Optional: Mapping Adjustments 

It's possible to adjust mapping if needed. You can open "\Community\flightsimbuilder-wasm\modules\pfd.cfg" (or mfd.cfg) and adjust the mapping command. 

For example, currently Heading Bug is updated by 3 degrees for one indent to enable appropriate response. However it might be desired to change it to one degree change, so the line below can be updated

3 degrees per one indent


1 degree per one indent


Save Position of G1000

To save position of the G1000 (so you don't have to pop them out every time), you can try this great utility

X-Plane Mapping 

There are two options to get the mapping to X-Plane. 


1. Assign buttons in X-Plane control panel (one time). 





2. To remove the bezel around GPS:

a. If you are using with default X-Plane G1000, you need to download the following file G1000PFD_2d.png or G1000MFD_2d.png  (right click and select "Save Link As") and place it "X-Plane 11\Resources\bitmaps\cockpit\EFIS\G1000" folder. It will ask to replace the default file, say OK.

 3. Launch X-Plane

3. Left click on G1000 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

Firmware Update
If you need to update G1000 firmware, please follow the steps below. 
G1000 Firmware Update