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  Well, here I am again so let you all in whats really going on. I need a dual Throttle Quadrant. As I have said before I have 2 of them.   So here is the PLAN: Now I distrust USB as when it fails you cant trust the configurations anymore.  So I will communicate via RS-485 between Arduinos, with the master node, using NASA's EADIN Lite Protocol. having an Ethernet interface, to talk to the simulator. So far I have 3 nodes: Master: runs joystick and talks to the simulator vi ...
set up a new workstation in my living room dinning table. I am getting frustrated with Mint-Cinnamon So I loaded Ubuntu  but I did not there shell so Installed Cinnamon on top of it. And that just was never meant to be. So after a few months, I to try Debian 9.1 with Cinnamon (distro). Installer Grief You can not install from the Live-CD (DVD) Shell/GUI You can not run fsck as it's not there!! If you don't have a DHCP network you have problems. (It can't download the libraries.) And you ...
Well here I am again so let you all in whats really going on. Part 1, consider it a preamble.   Goal: requirements ie Start of the Plan.   Requirements Control Command_Name (variable) Channel Number Digital Ports Header 5 Header 6 Arduino mega for hardware (this gives me 16 analog inputs) Use CAN bus for communications Use big joystick for the software. and modify it to work with more analog inputs, communication via CAN bus versus USB which has its share of problems ...
What have I done? It seems that I have created a monster. Originally, when I started with this undertaking, I made first of several statements, and they are worth repeating.http://www.phoenixcomm.net/~phnx2000/sim/software.shtml No KeyBoard encoders. Must use standard equipment protocols. AIRINC-410, ARINC-429, MIL-1553, etc. Must be able to support x-number of crew stations. ie. P51, 747, L1011, B-52, Starship Enterprise, or naval craft's: CICS bridge, etc. If you wish to read my diatrib ...
NexGen: Hacking a Sitek X-35 Joystick.Converting the Game Port to USB - Part 1    THE ANALYSIS:   - Disassemble the unit, and give them a bath, but if your handles turned gummy, I used "Brake Clean" in the Red Can. You will need some elbow grease as well. The GamePort cable has these 15 wires: black, white, red, purple, pink, green, light green, yellow, brown-white, black-white, black (dull, thick), orange, gray, red-white, blue. - Identify the wires. You should ring them out ...
The ID-453/ARN-30 is a Vietnam era CDI. The connector on the rear is an ARC 19 pin. Well, here I'm going to do this from memory as this indicator has been already been taken apart. So let begin.   Analysis: As you can see there are 2 pointers (Vertical and Horizontal pointers) and 2 flags (Vertical and Horizontal pointers) as well as the FROM-TO motor and a resolver, but let's just talk about the first five. They really are the same, just a D’Arsonval Meter Movements, and they ca ...
The Analysis: The Processor Select Panel, 7-F511F00121-1, is from an Apache Longbow AH-64D. The Panel is rather simple but it will work for my Navigation Computer Select and Fault Panel Parts List Part Number Description 7-F511F00121-1 1290-01-438-6575 Assembly, Panel, Processor Select D38999/20JB35PN Connector, Bulkhead: Male, MIL-DTL-38999 III, 13 pins (11-35 Arrangement) D38599/26JB35SN Connector, Mate: Female LTX6839 6240-00-143-6558 Lamp, T-1 Sub-Midget Flanged; 28 V, 0.024 A HS5932-04 593 ...
This may sound harsh, but coming from the Linux world, to put it bluntly, they are just a pain in my tush! So every time I open a ppt slideshow with LibreOffice, and then it is in an editable mode, and that is no good. But then I can "Export" it as a pdf file. (PIMA) but by rooting around on the Internet today I found I can run LibreOffice in a headless mode.   libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf  .pdf   So I can now put it together in a little shell script and ...
If you look up Angle in the Wikipedia , it claims that there are four (4) methods of  measuring angles: Degrees, Radians, Turns, and Gons. But they are really five (5) and that is BAM or Binary Angular Measurement. If we get rid of Turns, and Gons. That leaves three (3): Degrees, Radians, BAM. Only Radians and Degrees units of measurement  do well with Floating Point math.  But when we use BAMs its BAM32 or BAM16 and they are Fixed Point Math. So I will show you Degrees to Radia ...
Why did I say: "The Earth and its mathematics", because all of the math used in flight, or navigational simulators or SPS(games), are based on the Earth and it's dimensions ~ though the NAV simulation represents but a small fraction of the math used in flight simulators. figure 1 ➀ Having nothing to do with the definition of Nautical Miles (“nMile”), from ???, we know that at the Earth's equatorial circumference is 21,604.2 [or 21,639 or ???] nMile. From High School Math and Geogr ...
You should know by know that I have a pension for things that well blow up or end badly. You can alway go to the German Safty Test video for your giggles.  He now (1:52 - 2:39) draws and explains a schematic of the power supply of this silly thing. For some strange reason, he puts a transformer after a bridge rectifier. Now when I went to grade school (a long, long time ago, when we did "duck and cover")  and you found out that DC will not make a magnet. You just don't create the magne ...
Ok, Hold on buckle in. This post will not be pretty.  THE PROBLEM: Is the Arduino's instance on their IDE and a crippled ANSI C/C++ language called Sketch.  By the time, you have written a couple of what they call a Sketchs. They have really messed with you. As the two functions that basically you use are setup() and loop(). My aim here is not to teach you how to write a nice program in ASNI C/C++.   harrison@Whirlwind ~ $ ls Tools 2wgs eclipse-avr QnewB 3wgs FileZilla3 Renesas ...
MPCD Prototype Figure 1 Well, here we are back at the MPCD, I have blogged twice before about this unit. First, where I got the pin-out for  MPCD and got it working. Then I had to rewire the cable. Well, now it's the third time.. The Interface ( switches ) are arranged in 5 x 4 matrix, so I could just build a matrix, add diodes, and write a scan module. Nah, that's too much work! If you remember my CP-1252/ASN-128 CDU (Figure 2).  I interfaced the CDU  with an Arduino and t ...
My Lab Figure 1 Ok, Not quite everything I do makes some form of loose flying and then landing crud, dust, FOD or whatever you want to call it. I'm going to refer to it as FOD or Foreign Object Debris. In your shop, FOD is something that you want to manage and or mitigate. Personally I live small 2 bedroom apartment, and I don't have a lot of room. My lab is about 11 x 13 feet one wall is just storage. Sometimes you can't even walk around,  and I alway  have too much going on at onc ...
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NexGen: Rudder Pedals

Posted by phoenixcomm Top Member Jul 31, 2015
Well, you know you need rudder pedals to perform coordinated turns, and differential braking. I used to have this solved with a  Thrustmaster  RCS (Figure 1), But in moving etc they got strayed, misplaced or stolen. Sometime in 2011 I came across this hot mess (Figure 2) using two (2) air cylinders cross plumbed, ensures device centered. Thrustmaster RCS Figure 1 A good idea, bad implementation. Figure 2 CH pedals Figure 3 CH pedal internal Figure 4 Athough the pedals ...