737 Ground Handling Equipment is a FREE visual feature plugin for X-Plane 11 tailored specifically for models of aircraft from the Boeing 737 family. It started as a test plaform for ground support equipment models for the ZiboMod, but it eventually became a plugin supporting multiple B737 models. Currently most of the B737 models are supported, including the Laminar Research default B737-800 model, FlyJSim B737-200, or the ZiboMod B737-800X – the most used 3rd party aircraft for X-Plane. The plugin also already supports all the yet to be released LevelUp B737NG models.
The plugin is in continuous development and currently offers mobile stairs, line maintenance van with maintenance technicians and integrated airstairs (for default X-Plane 11 B737-800 model), with additional models being in preparation. Depending on the aircraft model, the plugin also offers automated function.
737GHE is a native X-Plane plugin for all three platforms (NO other plugin or scripting tool like FlyWithLua required).
X-Plane 11+ (64bit) for
Version 0.8.1 - current version
Installation of the plugin is simple. Unzip the content of the downloaded file 737GHE.zip and place the folder 737GHE and all its content into your X-Plane's resources/plugins folder. Do not place the plugin into any aircraft's plugin subfolder, otherwise it won't work.
You can verify that the installation was successful by running the X-Plane and checking the content of the Plugins menu. If the menu contains the "737 Ground Handling Equipment" submenu, the plugin was installed successfully.
All of the plugin's functionality is controlled from the plugin's menu. The structure of the menu is shown in the picture below.
|Enable/Disable front stairs||Enables/disables front stair. When used while in automatic mode, overrides the automatic settings until reset.|
|Enable/Disable aft stairs||Enables/disables aft stair. When used while in automatic mode, overrides the automatic settings until reset.|
|Enable/Disable line maintenance van||Enables/disables line maintenance van and workers. When used while in automatic mode, overrides the automatic settings until reset.|
|Enable/Disable integrated airstairs||Enables/disables integrated airstairs. This function is available for the X-Plane's default B737-800.|
|Auto-enable ground equipment||Toggles automatic functions. When turned on, the equipment selected in the settings submenu is automatically activated. Activation conditions are described in the next tab.|
|Auto-enable settings||Submenu for configuring automated mode. Not every option is available with every aircraft.|
|Auto-enable status:||Show the status of the automatic system. When no overrides are active, this menu item is disabled and only notifies that
the system works OK. If any of the overrides is active, this menu item becomes enabled and the status changes to Manual override (press to reset).
In such case the menu item can be used to reset the automated system to the state
defined by the settings from the Auto-enable settings submenu (for override notification see the picture below).
|Reposition on aircraft position change||When this option is turned on, all the equipment repositions with the aircraft when moved, eg. using the map view. If turned off, all the enabled equipment is disabled when the aicraft is moved and must be enabled again.|
Basic condition for the plugin to work is that the aircraft is standing on the ground, not moving, with either parking brakes or chocks set and engines off. Some of the equipment may have additional requirements in the automatic mode. For example the mobile stairs will only appear if the particular port side exit is open and integrated airstairs (if equipped) are retracted. Automatic enabling of the mobile stairs is only available with the models that allow exit door operation, such as the ZiboMod, LevelUp NG family or FlyJSim 737-200 (see the table below).
|Model||Front stairs||Aft stairs||Maintenance van|
|LR B737-800 (default)|
|Auto operation conditions||Front stairs||Aft stairs||Maintenance van|
|Parking brake/Chocks set|
|Anti-collision lights off|
|Front port exit open|
|Aft port exit open|
|Front airstairs retracted|
|Aft airstairs retracted|
All the models and programming © 2019-2021 Jiří Brožek.
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This addon is FREE for non-commercial usage. None of the assets used in this addon can be used in another product without explicit permission of the author.
DISCLAIMER: This addon is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Use at your own risk.