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G1000 Setup Guide for X-Plane 11 and 12
G1000 Setup Guide for X-Plane 11 and 12

This article covers the setup process for current version of the RealSimGear 1000 Suite or individual G1000 XFD

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Last Updated: December 20, 2023


There have been several versions of the G1000 hardware, this article covers the current Gen4 version. The Gen4 version has all ports on the back surface of the unit and does not have a ribbon cable connector. There is no difference between a PFD and MFD, they are universally known as an XFD and can be configured as a PFD or MFD later within the RealSimGear plugin.

If you have a previous version (Legacy), please refer to the article below for setup assistance.

Note: A large portion of this setup article utilizes the instructional videos publish by Chance from RealSimGear. These instructional videos were recorded using X-Plane 11, however, the exact same procedures shown in the instructional videos can be used to set up your G1000 XFD or G1000 Suite in X-Plane 12

Package Inclusions

The G1000 Suite includes the following components.

Two G1000XFD display units, each box containing the following:

  • One: RealSimGear G1000XFD

  • One: USB Type A to Type B cable

  • One: 12V 2.0 Amp DC Power Adapter with a 5.5mm x 2.1mm barrel connector. (North America socket pattern)

  • Four: M3 x 8mm Mounting Screws

  • One: Quick Start Guide reference card.

One G1000 GMA Audio Panel

  • One: G1000 GMA Audio Panel

  • One: USB Type A to Type B cable

  • Two: GMA Mounting Brackets, Pre-installed with mounting screws.

G1000 Suite Unboxing

Mounting Instructions

The RealSimGear G1000 XFD's and G1000 Suite can be mounted in a number of ways:

  • Using the RealSimGear G1000 Suite Desktop Stand (Sold Separately)

  • Mounting in a custom panel or enclosure. RealSimGear provides .DXF drawing files for use in creating custom panel faces. You can download those from our Panel Cutouts and Dimensions page.

  • The individual G1000XFD's can also be mounted to the top of a Honeycomb Alpha/Bravo flight control unit, or Logitech yoke. The hole pattern in the base of the XFD stand will align perfectly for this application.

Assembling the G1000 Suite into the Desktop Stand

Connecting the G1000 Suite to your PC

Connect the cables in the following order:

USB A to USB B: Connect the square Type B connector to the back of the G1000 XFD and GMA Audio Panel (if included) Plug the rectangular Type A connector to an available USB port on your PC or powered USB hub.

Note: Please do not plug the USB cables into an unpowered USB hub as this will cause connection issues between the device and the PC.

HDMI: You will need to supply two HDMI cables (not included with the G1000 XFD displays) to connect from the G1000XFD's to your PC's graphics card or RealSimGear USB3 to Dual HDMI Adapter.

If you are connecting directly to the graphics card, it is acceptable to use a good quality DisplayPort to HDMI cable.

12 Volt DC Power: Plug the barrel connector into the G1000 XFD unit, then plug the adapter into an available wall outlet.

​​For international customers: you can use an outlet adapter to adapt the North American plug style to your local plug style. Additionally you can also purchase a dedicated DC adapter to your plug style from a local electronics retailer.

Note: The text/button backlighting on the G1000 XFD is powered by the USB connection. If plugged into a powered external hub, or depending on the USB port you have plugged the cable into on your PC, the backlighting may remain on when you shut down your PC. This is normal behavior and it is acceptable to leave the backlighting on. You can unplug the USB connections for longevity.

Setting up the G1000 Suite for X-Plane

Setting up the G1000 suite for X-Plane 11 and X-Plane 12 are identical. The procedures covered in the instructional video below will guide you through setting up in X-Plane 11 however the same methods apply to X-Plane 12.

Install the plugin:

The plugin installation procedure for X-Plane 11 and X-Plane 12 are virtually identical, the only difference will be the destination folder for your version of X-Plane.

Download and install the RealSimGear plugin for your flight simulation software. The X-Plane plugin will always be the first link on the downloads page.

Configure the Display:

Display configuration for the G1000 XFD units is covered in the Setup video below. Skip forward to the 2:20 mark in the video for an overview of the best methods to set your display configuration with Windows.

G1000 Popup Plugin for X-Plane 12 and X-Plane 11

With the advancements of X-Plane 12, RealSimGear has been able to provide an additional plugin for the default G1000 equipped aircraft in X-Plane 12. This plugin removes the tedious process of having to move your popups to your G1000 screens and trying to hide the white Windows bar.

For X-Plane 12 and X-Plane 11, the plugin is available for select third party G1000 equipped aircraft.

With the RealSimGear G1000 Popup Plugin, the process is completely automated. All you need to do is install the plugin into the default aircraft of your choice. Please use the button below to navigate to the G1000 Popup Plugin Article. Download link and installation instructions are provided in the article.

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