Firstly, I completely empathize with your frustration regarding the Garmin 530/1000 integration with Air Manager. The process can be quite intricate, especially when transitioning from X-Plane 11 to 12. Let's address this step-by-step:
- Plugin Check: Make sure you have the correct Air Manager plugin installed in the X-Plane 12 plugins folder. Without the right plugin, X-Plane and Air Manager won't communicate correctly.
- Garmin Files: Ensure the Garmin 530/1000 instruments are downloaded correctly. Sometimes corrupted files or incomplete downloads might be the culprits.
- Configuration Settings: Within Air Manager, navigate to the settings or preferences section. Here, double-check the path that's pointing towards your X-Plane installation. A misdirected path often leads to such issues.
- Firewall/Anti-Virus: Sometimes, security software can interfere with the data exchange between X-Plane and external tools. Consider temporarily disabling these to test if that resolves the issue.
- Log Check: X-Plane has a log.txt file that logs all operations when the sim runs. Take a glance at it after trying to load the Garmins. Any discrepancies or errors related to the integration would be flagged here.
- Version Compatibility: It's crucial to note that not all X-Plane 11 functionalities seamlessly transition into X-Plane 12. Ensure that the version of Air Manager you're using is compatible with X-Plane 12.
If you've tried all these steps and still face issues, please provide more detailed information about your setup. For instance:
- Your OS (Operating System) version.
- The specific versions of X-Plane and Air Manager you're running.
- Any specific error messages you've encountered.
With more specifics, the community and I can certainly assist further. Remember, the devil's often in the details with flight simulation configurations.
Lastly, you might consider checking out the official Air Manager Wiki for additional troubleshooting insights.
Best of luck, and blue skies ahead!