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HS121 Trident VC
I never thought the day would come when one of my models had a Virtual Cockpit!

The standard method of relying solely on the hat button to slowly scroll around was not acceptable to me.  It's especially poor for an airliner where widely spread instruments need to be accessed quickly.   Obviously certain payware & hardware options can improve upon the situation, but there are some useful tricks hidden away in the SDK that can help.

The viewing options I've used with this VC have already been discovered and used by others, but they don't seem to be in common use.
For me, the simple addition of mouse panning & pre-set views, along with some careful design, has transformed the VC into a workable proposition for an airliner model.

Something else useful for those who don't know.  The standard setting for scrolling around with the hat switch can be speeded up.
You can change the setting in the FS9.cfg file, by manually increasing the PAN_RATE parameter in the [CONTROLS] section.
It would have been nice to have this on the FS Menu, but there you go.

Mouse panning

For those without expensive hardware such as TrackIR, mouse scrolling is a great thing to have in a VC.
It enables you to look around in a much more natural way, giving very quick & easy to control movement.

On the Trident there is an area at the top of the pilot's panel (and co-pilot) that allows you to pan around using the mouse rather than the 'hat' on your joystick or yoke.
The area to click for mouse panning is shown in yellow.  Click in this area & hold the mouse button down.

The way it is implemented in FS is not perfect and the view will likely jump at first.  But moving the mouse around will settle it down & give a very quick natural method of looking around.  While you can't click any of the gauges in this mode, you can still use the full array of keyboard & yoke/joystick controls.
When you release the mouse button the panning stops wherever you are currently looking.

Preset Views & View Adjustments

In the corner of each pilot's panel there is a small toggle button marked 'VC'.
The position of this toggle button is shown in yellow.

Clicking the 'VC' button will open a small popup window in the bottom left corner of the screen showing a number of buttons.

1. Move the view Up, Down, Left, Right, with the centre button being reset view.  All of these are available on the keyboard, but they are usually multi key presses and difficult to remember.
Move across left or right eg. to view from the co-pilot seat.
As well as clicking, the mouse wheel can be used to alter these view settings.

2. Level of zoom. It alters the zoom in 25% chunks for quick changes.  The optimum zoom setting for this VC appears to be 0.75, but that is down to personal preference.

3. Move forward & backward. The default view in the Trident VC is set slightly further back than it should be to give a better & more realistic field of view.

4. Click any of these buttons to instantly snap to these pre-set views without having to pan. Main Forward, Centre panel, Overhead panel, Autopilot (& pedestal), Fuel (engineer).
Note, the pre-set views are set to work from the Captain's side only.
The 'X' button closes the VC views popup window.

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