Advanced Solutions for Flight Simulation



Hidden Features in the Mindstar Aviation G1000

Hidden features inside software are often called "Easter Eggs".   The G1000 software has a set of these kinds of hidden features, but they are not hidden because they are as secret, but rather, to avoid having them distract a pilot who is flying and using the various normal functions of the avionics.

The hidden features are activated by pressing softkey #2 on the MFD.  This is the unlabeled softkey position between the ENGINE and MAP softkeys.


Disabling Hidden Features Softkeys

These hidden features can be disabled using a setting in the G1000.INI.  By setting the following value in the [G1000] section of the G1000.INI, you can disable this softkey from activating the hidden features:

    SHOW_EASTER_EGGS=FALSE      Click here for more information on the G1000.INI.

But even if the hidden features (easter eggs) softkey has been disabled using the G1000.INI setting shown above, you can still activate the hidden features by tuning your COM-2 radio to 121.5 (the emergency frequency), then press the COM frequency flip-flop button 6-times within 2 seconds.  This is a fairly fast pressing of the flip-flop button, but we wanted to make it unlikely that this action would be triggered by accident.  Once you flip-flop the COM2 radio 6-times, the hidden features will become available for the remainder of the flight.

Hidden Features Details

Accessing the hidden features is accomplished by pressing the associated softkey.  All the hidden feautures are grouped under the following top-level menu items.  The top level menu is first displayed when you press the blank softkey indicated above.

Note: If you are using FS2004 (FS9), then some features will not be available and displayed in a "grayed out" state.

Top Level Hidden-Features Menu


FAIL Simulate various G1000 system failures and LRU failures.
WX Change weather conditions to predefined settings.
TIME Change time of day.
APPR Relocate the aircraft to positions along an approach loaded into the G1000 flight plan.
AI Artificial intelligence options.   Creates traffic, populates airports.
AERO Aerodynamic settings.  Simulate stall/spin behavior in extreme CG loading configurations.
POS Save aircraft positions and relocate aircraft to saved positions.
CTRL Activate controls that typically require hardware interface.
BACK Go back to the previous menu

FAIL - Failure Options

The failures menu has multiple pages.  The softkey titled MORE will go to the next page of options.


AHRS Fails the primary AHRS.  In aircraft with multiple AHRS units, you can only fail the other AHRS (AHRS #2) using the failure events in the G1000.INI
HDG Fails the magnetometer, causing the magnetic headings on the HSI to go blank.
ADC Fails the air data computer LRU.
IAU Fails the integrated avioincs LRU unit.
EAU Fails the engine and airframe LRU unit.
XPDR Fails the transponder.
PFD Fails the PFD display, the MFD will auto-switch into reversionary mode.
MFD Fails the MFD, the PFD will auto-switch into reversionary mode.   Note that this failure will cause you to lose access to the meu that can clear the failure.  In this case, cycle the master swtich off, then on again.  This action will clear all failures.
GS Fails the glideslope display on the PFD.  No effect if there is no glideslope being received on the active NAV frequency.
MORE View the second failures menu (below)
BACK Go back to the previous menu

GPS TAWS RAIM               BACK  

GPS Fails the GPS system.  Maps will go blank, and GPS-related fields will either be inop, or colored yellow to denote that dead-reckoning mode is in effect.
TAWS Fails the terrain awareness and warning system.  This is only an audible warning and in some cases, an annuncaitor on the PFD, since there is no TAWS system available in the simulation.
RAIM Causes failure of the satellite redundancy check.
BACK Go back to the previous menu

WX - Weather Options


MIN-X Minimums - extreme.   This setting attempts to detect the elevation of the runway for the currently loaded approach, and attempts to set the cloud celing such that you will not break out of the clouds in time to make the landing, forcing a missed approach.
MIN-N Minimums - normal.  This setting attempts to detect the elevation of the runway for the currently loaded approach, and attempts to set the cloud ceiling such that you will break out in time to make a landing.
CEIL-X Low Celing - extreme.  
CEIL-N Low Ceiling - normal.
RAIN Activates rain showers in the region.
FOG-X Activates extreme fog in the region.  The fog layer is not very thick, so you can climb on top into VFR-on-top conditions.  But on the ground and during approach, you may or may not be able to see enough of the runway to make a successful landing.
FOG-N Activates normal fog in the region.  The fog layer is not very thick, so you can climb on top into VFR-on-top coditions.  You should be able to make a landing during an instrument approach.
VFR Return to VFR conditions.  This is not a "clear all weather" setting, it leaves some number of cumulus clouds in the weather system.
BACK Go back to the previous menu

TIME - Time-of-Day Options



APPR - Instrument Approach Options

The approach options will display all the waypoints of the instrument approach currently loaded into the G1000 flight plan.  Pressing the softkey associated with a waypoint will immediately relocate the aircraft to that waypoint, at the altitude specified by the navigation data for that waypoint. 

As an example, this is what you would see if you loaded the KJYO ILS 17 approach into the G1000, and then activated the APPR hidden features menu:


AI - Artificial Intelligence Options

TRAF RWINC                 BACK  
TRAF Toggles the Mindstar Aviation traffic system on and off.  The traffic system will populate the nearest airport with airplanes in most, if not all, the parking spaces.  It will also release two aircraft at a time into the traffic pattern.  The aircraft will take off, circle in the pattern, land, park, and shut down.  Then two more aircraft will release.  There is also an airliner that will orbit overhead above the traffic pattern altitude. 

In addition to aircrft, two fuel trucks will move around the parking ramp, moving from aircraft to aircraft, to simulate fueling operations.

Furthermore, if you are located in the Washington DC area, and you take off from an airport inside the SFRA while still squawking 1200, a small civil-air patrol aircraft will intercept you on the left side, and direct you to follow him, and exit the airspace.   In the simulator, you will not be faced with criminal charges, though!

The aircraft and vehicles used for this feature come from the aircraft containers loaded on the sim.   We attempt to use the ones that are always present on all versions of flight simulator, but if any of these aircraft are not present in these exact names, the airport population may not function properly.

These are the aircraft and vehicles we expect to be present in order for the AI Traffic system to work. These are all default FSX aircraft.  The names used here are the names as specified in the aircraft.cfg file for each variation in the associated aircraft container.

Only loaded at airports that have "gates" defined:
Boeing 747-400 Paint1
Boeing 737-800 Paint1
Boeing 737-800 Paint2
Boeing 737-800 Paint4
Airbus A321 Paint2
McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing MD-83
Boeing 737-800
Boeing 747-400 Paint1
Bombardier CRJ 700 Paint1

Only loaded as "ramp" items in parking spaces, and released to the traffic pattern:
Cessna Skyhawk 172SP Paint1
Cessna Skyhawk 172SP Paint2
Cessna Skyhawk 172SP Paint3
Cessna Skyhawk 172SP Paint4
Mooney Bravo
Piper Cherokee 180
Beech King Air 350 Paint1
Beech Baron 58 Paint1
Piper Cub

Loaded as ramp traffic, and also serves as the Washington DC SFRA Interceptor:
Maule M7 260C paint3

Only loaded in spaces designated for "cargo" aircraft:
Cessna Grand Caravan Paint1

Other Vehicles:

RWINC This function is only available if the TRAF option is activated., as described in the previous row of this table.  This function activates "runway incursion" mode.  It only works after the airport is populated by the TRAF option, and the fuel trucks are visible and roaming around the airport.   Pressing this button will cause the trucks to leave their refueling activities and both drive directly to the active runway.  Each will take a position in the center of the runway, and drive to opposite ends.  They will continue to occupy the runway until the RWINC option is turned off.   Once the option is turned off, the trucks will resume their refueling activities on the ramp.
BACK Go back to the previous menu

AERO - Aerodynamic Options
CG F CG R                 BACK  
CG F Simulates stall behavior if the center-of-gravity was too far forward.  This option will cause the aircraft to roll uncontrollably in the direction of the slip-skid indicator and/or direction of bank if the aircraft approaches the critical angle of attack.
CG R Simulates stall behavior if the center-of-gravity was too far back.  This option will cause the aircraft to roll uncontrollably opposite the direction of the slip-skid indicator and/or direction of bank if the aircraft approaches the critical angle of attack.
BACK Go back to the previous menu

POS - Positioning Options

SAVE GOTO                 BACK  
SAVE Displays a list of "slots" into which the G1000 will save the aircraft's current position, speed, altitude, heading, and bank angle.   The slots are numbered SAVE1, SAVE2,etc.  There is no text description available for the save slots, only the numeric identifier.  You must remember what the slot means when you use the GOTO option.  When saving, a confirmation message is displayed on the MFD.
GOTO Displays a list of "slots" into which the G1000 has previously saved the aircraft's position, speed, altitude, heading, and bank angle.  The slots are disabled unless something has been saved into that position.   Pressing the associated GOT button, like GOTO 1, GOTO 2, etc, will display a confirmation message on the MFD, and then relocate the aircraft to the postion previously saved into the selected slot.
BACK Go back to the previous menu

CTRL - Control Options

These options are miscellaneous options that didn't fit into the other categories.  Usually, this is where you can activate functions that would normally require a piece of hardware to utilize.

CWS NOEVT                 BACK  
CWS Simulates the pressing of the control wheel steering button on the yoke.
NOEVT Blocks the G1000 from receiving any events programmed into the G1000.INI.
BACK Go back to the previous menu