Jan 01

GNS 430/530 Sim Journey

In real-world flight training, it’s easy to get overloaded. It’s easy to get distracted by cockpit electronics and the Garmin 430/530 can be challenging if you aren’t familiar with it. Although I read instructions for it and watched many Youtube videos about them, I had limited hands-on experience as my time in the aircraft is …

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Jan 01

Spaghetti Wiring = Problems

I’ve taken the last couple days of down-time to study up on using the wonderful app, Fritzing, to help me design custom interface circuit boards for better back panel connections. Although the front of the sim looks pretty great right now, the back is a spaghetti mess of wires and dodgy soldered connections. Here’s a …

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Dec 18

3 Screen Recording

Finally figured out how to record all three of my screens into one video recently, using Open Broadcaster Software. Here’s a good test of it below, it not only records all three screens, but records the audio, which X-Plane doesn’t. There are still some issues as my screens are curved around the cockpit, so there’s …

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Dec 17

Handles and Knobs

After too much coffee this morning, I took some time to add some more needed details to the sim. I’ve been wanting to replace the ugly knobs and switches for awhile so I designed a few new items. Fusion 360 is my go-to for this type of design as it’s really great for use with …

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Dec 13

Air Manager 3.0 Released

I’ve been testing the Sim Innovations Air Manager 3 beta version for awhile now, but the official version was just released. I thought version 2.1 was fantastic, but Sim Innovations made version 3 even better, with easier layout options for custom panels, like mine. They even launched this with a Diamond DA-20 Katana left/right panel, …

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Dec 09

Hotas Warthog Joystick

While training in the Diamond DA-20, I’ve become very accustomed to using the control stick over a yoke. Since I built my home sim, I have been using a Saitek AV8R joystick rigged to the seat to act as the control stick, but it’s a very weak representation of the real thing. At the I/ITSEC …

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Dec 07

Fun at I/ITSEC

Besides being a bit under the weather in Orlando at I/ITSEC, I had an awesome time. I attended the show a few years ago and there was much of the same, but this time with much more VR using Oculus or Vive headsets.  I virtually flew a Blackhawk helicopter at the Wittenstein booth, shot machine …

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Nov 25

Better Lights in X-Plane

I always thought X-Plane looked pretty good for night flying, but in my research for even more realistic looks, I came across a number of blogs mentioning an updated lights.txt file used by X-Plane to set the light/shader configuration. The difference is amazing, especially in VR! Here’s a link to the file, enjoy! The lens …

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Nov 25

Foreflight in X-Plane

Since I began my flight training, my goal was to build a sim at home and work with it as I would in a real plane. This means, using the appropriate checklists for various times in the flight and using Foreflight for navigation and flight planning, plus finding appropriate runways and frequencies during the flight. …

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Nov 25

I/ITSEC 2017

In 2 days, my girlfriend and I will be attending the I/ITSEC 2017 event in Orlando, FL.  It’s billed as the largest modeling, simulation and training event in the world. This is where the pros come together to demo their professional products to military, police and commercial training facilities.  Besides CES, it’s the best new …

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