The electronic flight instrument system powered by X-Plane

EFIS-App is a program from Laminar Research used to simulate an electronic flight instrument system (EFIS). It connects to a copy of X-Plane to very accurately simulate the current Cirrus and Eclipse primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD). This lets our users build a pretty accurate Cirrus or Eclipse Avidyne cockpit simulator driven by X-Plane!

EFIS-App runs on its own computer and monitor. Its system requirements are very low; a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM and a cheap video card are just fine. Its interface represents an Avidyne (typically Cirrus or Eclipse) PFD or MFD when connected with an Ethernet cable to another computer running a copy of X-Plane.

In X-Plane, simply enter the IP address of the computer running EFIS-App in the X-Plane Net Connections screen and X-Plane will drive the high-accuracy Avidyne PFD or MFD in EFIS-App! Users can even get two monitors for the computer running EFIS-App, enter a wide screen resolution into EFIS-App, and have one monitor show the PFD and the other the MFD! As well, X-Plane has no problem driving two, three, or even four copies of EFIS-App at once.

Using EFIS-App, you can finally have a very high-fidelity, high-resolution, stand-alone monitor for the Avidyne PFD and MFD running with X-Plane!

Simply hook up any USB human interface device (any joystick at all!) and assign any button to any function in EFIS-App. You can easily build a custom input device that looks just like the real plane that interfaces via USB to drive EFIS-App!

Download EFIS-App

Click here to download EFIS-App version 9.70 for both Mac OS and Windows. You must use X-Plane 9.70 or later with this copy of EFIS-App.

To unlock the demo, order a Level 2 USB key from the X-Plane store.

Below are screenshots from a copy of EFIS-App driven by X-Plane.

Click an image to view it at full size, then click again to close it.

Here are images of the Cirrus PFD and MFD.

Cirrus Cirrus
Cirrus Cirrus

Here are images of the Eclipse Jet PFD and MFD.

Eclipse Eclipse

Here is a screenshot of the EFIS-App connection being turned on in the Net Connections window of X-Plane.

Net Connections window

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System requirements

  • A 2 GHz CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • DirectX 9 video card or newer

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