Category: Fun

Finally Finished

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but I keep tidying up wires and stuff when I can. In the past few months, I finished rewiring the Garmin 530s, transponder and audio panel from Customsims. The board they sent was absolute garbage.  I also completed the landing gear switch with LEDs, got all the …

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[OT] Flightradar24 App is Really Cool!

This is a bit off-topic, but if you haven’t checked out the Flightradar24 app, it’s worth it.  I use it on my iPhone to track flights around the world (for fun). My favorite feature is the AR mode. You can aim your phone at a plane flying overhead. If it has ADS-B Out, the app …

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ArdsimX Tutorial #2: Elevator Trim LED Bar

The goal of this tutorial is to teach you how to modify your ArdsimX Arduino code for 3rd party libraries and utilize somewhat more external electronics in your sim. Our task here is to add an LED bar graph trim tab to work with X-Plane 11 to show us where the trim elevator is currently …

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ArdSimX Tutorial #1: X-Plane Time Machine

Having the ability to control time of day in X-Plane is a fun and helpful feature. It took a lot of research to figure this out, so I thought it would be a great first step in using ArdsimX in a fun way. In my sim, I find it more fun to fly at sunrise …

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Flight Test

Although the panel is 100% yet, I am working on rigging a camera to record some of my virtual  flights. Using my phone was definitely easier to get the framing right than using a GoPro, and easier to upload directly to Youtube. This was a rough test just to get the angle right, wasn’t concerned …

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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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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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AirZoo Visit

Amy, Skyler and I spent a Sunday at the Kalamazoo Airport AirZoo museum, KAZO. There’s nothing like going to something like this with a five year old. This place is fantastic.

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EAA Airventure 2017

I took the opportunity this year to head to Osh Kosh with my future son-in-law, Aaron, and two good friends, Buckley and Dave, who happen to have an encyclopedic knowledge of everything aviation. Buckley was my inspiration to fly in the first place and Dave has trainee as an acrobatic pilot! We made a great …

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