Once you’ve opened the panel design you wish to work on, click on the search box in the bottom left corner of the Panel Designer window. You can search for manufacturer, part number, model, or keyword to find the instrument you would like to add. Available instruments will appear in the window below the search box. Use the scroll bar below the search bar to see all available instruments and equipment that meet your search criteria.
To add an instrument to your design simply click and hold on an instrument as you drag it to the panel template. When you have it where you want it simple unclick.
To view the details of an instrument just click on it to display it in the info box on the right side of the Panel Designer. You can also see these same details when clicking on instruments in the search results.
Clicking on your panel template will display it’s details in the same way.
Panel Designer mouse clicks and results:
Single left mouse click – Displays the details of the instrument to the right of your panel template (when you click on your panel template, the aircraft manufacturer will be displayed)
Left mouse click and hold – Drag and drop instruments on your panel template.
Double mouse click – From the search results opens the Add Multiple Instruments tool. This tool is very useful for adding multiple switches or circuit breakers to your panel.
Using the Add Multiple Instruments tool
Double left mouse click on an instrument in the search results. A popup dialog will appear allowing you to specify the number of rows, instruments per row, vertical spacing, and horizontal spacing (in inches) of the selected instrument. For example; if you wish to add 3 rows of 5 circuit breakers:
Search for circuit breaker
Double click on the circuit breaker in the search results
Number of Rows = 3
Instruments per Row = 5
Vertical Spacing = .25
Horizontal Spacing = .25
Click the Add button
15 circuit breakers will be added to the designer window, grouped together by default, which you can now drag and drop on your panel.