One of the more challenging aspects of building the simulator – designing the foundation to mount the dual link rudder pedals. The Airbus OEM pedal mechanisms are fixed on the cockpit sub-structure and 10 mm thickness floorboards slide on top of the pedestal itself.
The foundation frame engineering must be precise – it must be designed to ensure the floorboards are correctly levelled when mounted. Aluminium profiles were utilised to ensure the components of the flight deck could be modular.
Sixteen aluminium foot plates (designed by CockpitSOLID) were manufactured and clamped onto the ends of the rudder pedal mechanism. The rudder mechanism was raised up to the correct level and the floor boards and feet rest mounted onto the profiles. The linkage bars were bolted into the rudder and brake pedal arms.
With the rods connected the rudder pedals are now in synch – moving one rudder or the left/right brake will also move the other pedals appropriately.