First Officer Seat

First Officer Seat

The Airbus FO seat has now been received. They are heavy in nature, weighing approximately 80 kg; the bulk of the weight is from the electronic actuators at the base of the seats. 115 VAC 3 phase is required to operate the electrical functions of the seat – fortunately, there are also manual controls allowing … Continue reading

Rudder RVDT Interface

Rudder RVDT Interface

The rudder axis has now been successfully interfaced using with the Simulator using a custom made RVDT board. The board requires 28 VDC to operate and connects to the rudder pedal transducer and a joystick board (e.g Leo Bodnar). The RVDT requires grounding to the Computer mainframe for consistent accuracy. Continue reading

RVDT Interface board

RVDT Interface board

Captain Andre has now developed an RVDT interface board which can directly interface with the Airbus rudder transducer. An RVDT (Rotary Variable Transducer) is an electromechanical transducer which provides a variable AC output that is linearly proportional to the angular displace of it’s input shaft. RVDT are brushless technology and this ensures reliability and accurate … Continue reading

FSL Hardware Interface v1.0

FSL Hardware Interface v1.0

After several years of development, Flight Sim Labs has finally released 1.0 version of their Hardware Interface. Only one manufacturer (Skalarki) is supported at this time and only the MCDU and Glareshield can be interfaced. Surprisingly each module will require a license use by itself. FSL intends to subsequently release Skalarki driver support for the … Continue reading

Glareshield Lighting Pinouts

Glareshield Lighting Pinouts

Flight Control Unit (13VU)Pot control – Integral Lighting: 1, 2 (wiper), 3 Pot control – Vizor Light: 4, 5 (wiper), 6Lighting controlled by Normal Bus Center Flood Lighting (13VU)Right Center Flood: 7 (28 VDC), 9 (GND)Left Center Flood: 8 (28 VDC), 10 (GND) Left Center flood lighting is controlled by Essential Bus Right Center flood … Continue reading

FSL A320-X Hardware Support

FSL A320-X Hardware Support

Looks like FSL isn’t out of the game; some surprise news today – Leftaris has announced Hardware support starting with Skarlari will be releasing in a few days (!!). https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/topic/13836-mcdu-for-a320/ Lefteris Kalamaras Our “FSLabs Hardware Interface” is undergoing final beta testing at the moment. Version 1.0 of the software will allow full compatibility with Skalarki … Continue reading

Standby Altitude Indicator

Standby Altitude Indicator

Mick recently completed the hardware interfacing for the Standby Altitude Indicator (thank you!) – we have been having fun starting up the gyroscope and listening to it whirl. Ted, an Airbus flightdeck builder from Canada pointed out this video for reference — AI startup occurs at 52 seconds (after battery on) Continue reading

ASUS Bezel Free Kit

ASUS Bezel Free Kit

ASUS has now launched their “Bezel Free Kit” for multi-monitors under 27″. Flight Simulators using multi-monitors for their visuals will be able to utilise the Bezel Free Kit and blend in the bezels by refracting the light between the edges. The product should be useful for triple monitor setups and help with the immersion of … Continue reading