I was going to use my Suncom F-18 Tallon Joystick but I had an F-18 Joystick from High Rev Simulations. They over-built stuff, now DOA, but Bugeye Technologies can help you. The switches are all Military quality made by Otto Controls. The Joystick base has a Hall Effect sensors for Roll and Pitch axises.
|22||AAS_PB||Auto Acquisition Switch: Pull Back|
|23||AAS_PF||Auto Acquisition Switch: Push Forward|
|24||ASS_sel||Auto Acquisition Switch: Push Down|
|25||WRB_sel||Weapon Release Button: Push Down|
Castle Switch: Push Down
|27||CS_TD||Castle Switch: Tip-Down|
|28||CS_TU||Castle Switch: Tip-Up|
|29||CS_TR||Castle Switch: Tip-Right|
|30||CS_TL||Castle Switch: Tip-Left|
|31||NWS_sel||Nosewheel Steering Button: Push|
|32||TRMS_PF||Trim Switch: Tip-Front|
|33||TRMS_PR||Trim Switch: Tip-Rear|
|34||TRMS_YR||Trim Switch: Tip-Right|
|35||TRMS_YL||Trim Switch: Tip-Left|
|36||TRMS_sel||Trim Switch: Push Down|
|RED||HES.3: Vdd (+5vdc)|
Well, the first thing I have to do is take it apart so I can determine the pin-outs. It's time to poke around with my DVM. First thing is to find Ground. I need a reference for the switch www.f-15e.info has all of the info and more. It seems that the joystick IDE interface has problems, So I'm going to do a rewire of sorts that is just replace the internal wiring and connectors with a round Floppy IDE cable that has a plastic cover over a shield and it has very tiny wires.
|The columns Pin and Pin Name refer to an Arduino Mega 256, the Pin Name is my Symbolic name used in my Program.|
Wiring should be straightforward I just need 2 male 34pin headers (Wire-Wrap). A small PCB. The pin is offset by 1 space so Pin #1 of the cable is P22 on the Arduino.
There is one other thing to deal with, its the Hall Effect Sensor Plate, for the X and Y Axises This requires a separate connector a MOLEX 7-Pin 2.54mm Female Locking Connector.
In the photo (lower left) you can see the plate with the Hall Effect Sensor plate and the tube which the stick is mounted to. I will peel off seven wires from the bundle.
|1||Changed F-15 to F-18||15JAN2018|
|2||Changed pin 39 Definition to RECCE Switch.||15JAN2018|
Stay Tuned More to Come