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Started by blueskydriver, January 14, 2018, 04:01:20 AM

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RayS

It begins... The conversion from X-Plane to FS2020. Found a great middleware app that interfaces any microcontroller to 2020. The micro-controller code is a bit complex but has proven to be rock-solid.

I made a daughterboard for the Arduino 256 that increases pin density with some modularity. The Teensy card on the daughterboard will let me still use X-Plane if I need to. However the last few flights I did with 2020 really has me sold on it.

There's a lot of critical middleware for X-Plane that doesn't appear to be getting any love, and since most, if not all, 3rd-party developers have abandoned X-Plane in favor of 2020, the writing is on the wall.

I will even lose my beloved B1900-D flight model because Carenado won't update it for XP-12.

Ray Sotkiewicz

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sagrada737

Hello Jason,

Great video!  Nice to see how well organized your Overhead project is, and how well you have documented things.  That will pay off when you integrate the various systems in your Sim.  Also, your new computer system is a reminder that we should consider from time-to-time upgrading our Sim computers.  Thanks for sharing, and deep up the good work!

Mike
Full-scale 737-800 Sim; P3d v4.5x with Sim-Avionics (two computers), FDS MIP,  FlightIllusion hardware.  3-Optoma ZH406ST Laser HD projectors, with 4K inputs from a single Nvidia RTX-3090 GPU, resulting in a 210 deg wrap-around display.  6dof Motion Platform using BFF 6dof motion software, driven by a Thanos Servo Controller to 6.2 KW Servos, Lever type actuators.

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bernard S

the light cart that is what o am taling about

RayS

January 15, 2023, 01:03:02 AM #1706 Last Edit: January 15, 2023, 01:04:05 AM by RayS
More work on the FS2020 conversion from X-Plane....

Wasn't really happy with the default King Air 350 in FS2020, so did a bit of research and found a Mod from a company called Black Square.
(https://contrail.shop/products/steam-gauge-overhaul-analog-king-air-msfs)

They don't create aircraft, but heavily modify the default FS2020 aircraft, essentially replacing all the internal systems and flight modeling, leaving only the exterior model alone.

I think I'm in love. This thing flies smoothly and doesn't have "a mind of it's own" like the AirFoil Labs KA350. My biggest concern (Other than modeling all the switchology correctly) was how she behaves on the ground. Turns out she's very docile, and will only creep up in groundspeed slowly. (Unlike the Airfoil Labs version which taxied like a bat out of hell)

She also has a service ceiling of 35,000ft and a top speed of 290kts indicated. (Almost as fast as you big boys out there...)

There's a few issues with the BATT and EXT PWR switches but I think I can work past it.

It can also run full-screen without a cockpit interior by commenting out 1 line in the model.cfg file.
Ray Sotkiewicz

bernard S

doing stuff

navymustang

wow - envy just doesn't seem a strong enough word !   :)
My 737-800 full-scale cockpit has been sold. Now onto my full-size military helicopter project. An AOPA member and LifeTime member of National Association of Flight Instructors. Please note that I am a self-employed professional cockpit builder that provides consulting to defense contractors and civilian schools and airlines.

RayS

January 18, 2023, 10:34:20 PM #1709 Last Edit: January 18, 2023, 10:35:34 PM by RayS
A short jaunt in the FS2020 KingAir 350i with the Black Square Mod....

She is a dream to fly. And the best part is that they've exposed everything via XML. I'll be able to get/set every variable in the aircraft using Arduino.

The center console has been ripped out... again... to reprogram the sim for FS2020.

(Now if I could just get rid of the windshield wipers!)

Ray Sotkiewicz

RayS

The conversion to FS2020 continues.... Pulled out the entire center console tonight to rework/rewire a few things. (Bob would be proud! :-) )
Ray Sotkiewicz

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sagrada737

Hello Ray,   
Fantastic job on your Sim!  I greatly enjoy your videos.
Mike
Full-scale 737-800 Sim; P3d v4.5x with Sim-Avionics (two computers), FDS MIP,  FlightIllusion hardware.  3-Optoma ZH406ST Laser HD projectors, with 4K inputs from a single Nvidia RTX-3090 GPU, resulting in a 210 deg wrap-around display.  6dof Motion Platform using BFF 6dof motion software, driven by a Thanos Servo Controller to 6.2 KW Servos, Lever type actuators.

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