Flight Simulation Project
Generic Cockpit
Phase One

This page contains a pictural guide of the progress of my Generic Single Seat Jet Fighter Cockpit based on Aker Barnes Cockpit Mark 1.

January 2008
Instead of three 19" CRT I installed three DLP-Projector.

30. June 2007
Tests with Matrox TrippelHead2Go box and a USB-VGA adapter.

December 2004, January 2005
I purchased a new DLP-projector to show the ouside view. I configured the flight simulator for two screens (See also Neovember 2004). A special constuction must be made to put the projector to the top. Unfortunately the picture is still small. Next I will place the projector more behind to get more distance (that's the problem with cheap DLP-projectors. They have not enough zoom). 

November 2004
Some GoFlight modules where installed to make further tests for the next version of my flight simulator. A second monitor is installed to for displaying the instrument panel. The monitors runs on a dual head graphic card. In the near future the CRT monitor is replaced by a video projector.

January 2004
The simulator moved to a new location inside the house. Now it got its own room. At the moment the simulator reside in one corner of the 3m x 4.5m sized room. The idea is to use this room for further simulation projects. The walls are whitened to use them as screen for beamers.

28. December 2002
New base plate made of 9mm thick plywood and the fixation made from 15x15 mm wood.

7. September 2002
After moving to a new location. I build up my flight simulator temporarly (the new room for simulation is not finished yet). As you can see on the picture, there are new two computers involved. One for the instruments (master) and one for the outside view on a projector (slave). At the moment the instrumentation screen is a little bit to big, so I am looking for a smaller one in TFT LCD technology.

1. May 2002
After painting and drying the paint, the cockpit is build up again. It is now finished so far. One thing I have to do is build a better covering for the seat. Now it is not very comfortable and accurate. During several flights I noticed that the key layout of the Stick and the panels is not very handy. But for the moment it is enough and first I have to earn more practice of flying.

I my mind there is already another idea for building  a two seater cockpit. This is what I have learned very fast. Flying exactly like big birds needs more than two hands. 

30. March 2002
My girlfriend painting a part of the cockpit. The weather is not the best, but good enough to paint it. After 3.5 hours all parts are painted twice on each side.

5. March 2002
The MasterPilots and Saitek X-45 are now programmed. I've had several problems programming the cartridges of the MasterPilot and my self build cartridges never worked. It seems I've bought the wrong EEPROMs. I've also made my own Panels for the MasterPilots the left one for communication and the right one for autopilot and engine. I have programmed both panel configuration on one cartridge and copied it on a programmer. Game #1 is for the left panel and game#2 is for the right panel.
You can get the bitmaps and configuration file from the download section.

So in the next few weeks I check in "real" conditions if the programming is useful this way. 

 

31. January 2002
The PC-Keyboard is placed with two wooden frames between the MasterPilots. The angels of the keyboard is about 30 degrees.
Parts of the MasterPilot keys and joystick buttons are programmed, but I have to reorganize it. The goal is to use one key/button layout for all type of airplanes. The layout will be optimized for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 (this is what I am mainly use).

Inspired by an Article of Rob Barendregt seen on FlightSim.com, I reused my old CH Pro Pedals. I made a special game port cable and can now use my pedals together with the Saitek Throttle and Stick. The pedals itself can be used as rudder pedals or as racing car pedals, so I reconfigured it and can now use it as rudder pedals with differential toe brakes (same as described by the article of Rob Barendregt). As parking brake switch there is a small push button at the moment, but this will be changed later with a foot switch.

9. December 2001
The MasterPilots are mounted a little bit above Throttle and Stick for better reach.
You can also see the placement of the rear speakers and the mouse.
The keyboard will be placed between the Masterpilots, but for this I have to design a corresponding keyboard holder.
The Joystick and the Throttle are fixed with four Dowels from below, so they cannot get out of place.

22. November 2001
Not the best shot at the moment, but this is my actual working configuration. The cable between Throttle and Stick is to short to move it around the wooden frame, so it crosses the middle of where my legs normally are. I have to look if I can lengthen the cable or carry it under the seat.
The picture on the monitor shows FS2002 with the Cessna starting from Bern/Belp in Switzerland.
On the right side you can see the computers specially for the flight simulation. one will run the outside view and the second one the instrument panel. At the moment only one computer is running. The other is waiting for a monitor, which will be placed underneath the current one (best fits a slim TFT). 

After rebuilding it in my study, I try to get the best position for all components.

22. September 2001
The result of 3.5 hours of work.
Now lets dismantle the cockpit and clean up the garage!

Next step then is to build it up in my study and try the best places for the joystick, throttle & Co.

22. September 2001
Back part and seat.

22. September 2001
My working place and the front part.

15. September 2001
Transfer of the plan from paper to 9mm thick plywood sheets.

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