Home | Contact Me | Helpful Links  

Current Project 
  RMU Unit

Site Nav 
List of Projects  
  Backup Instrument
  Flight Guidance Cntl
  Display Cntl Panel
  Glare Lightg Panel
  Throttle Control
  Flap Actuator
  Airbrake Actuator
  Clock/Timer Panel
  FSBus IO Cards
  Overhead Panels
  Yoke System
  Rudder Pedals

The Arduino -I/O Microcontroller Board
While pull down and pull up resisters, in conjuntion with software delay and debounce code works great, the use of interrups precludes the code option. This very simple logic inverter IC will solve the debouce problem for a little over a dollar..
IC Link , article.
RBBB is an acronim for Really Bear Bones Board. This small board is breadboard ready with essentially the same number and layout of pins as the UNO and equivalent boards. However, it is only one third the size.
The Maple Mini by Leaflabs. 32 bit ARM microprocessor compatible with the Arduino environment... Link to his tech data
34 DIO pins, 12 PWM, 2 SPI/I2C peripherals
Next step with the Arduino

1) Send and receive signals through multiple Arduino boards, a daisy chain
2) Investigate board level logic, decision making..

(May 30, 2011) Have started trying to get an Arduino network, or daisy chain, working. Each Arduino is assigned a node address similar to xxx:yyy:zzzz.. See this post at from 2008.

In the process, I found the FeeNode. Have not yet put my hands on one, but this might be a fun and effective way to communicate to remove panels and eliminate some wires.

(May 9, 2011) The Arduino Uno is a USB based micro controller board. a micro controller has a built in CMU, boot program and memory. You can write custom scripts and copy them to the flash based memory on the chip. In otherwords, you can program the board to perform whatever functions you want, in line with the board capabilities.

The board has a number of input and output ports. Controlling LED's, switches, rotaries and even servo motors is not a difficult task.

The interesting thing about micro controllers, such as the Arduino is that they can be programmed. The ability to handle stand alone functions beyond simple switch and LED function processing gives them an almost unlimited list of potential uses.

One complexity with the Arduino, is that it is based on USB to serial... in other words, it is not a true USB device. The Arduio's have add-ons that are called shields... there are shields that will get the Arduino to act like a USB device... but... another layer of issues of work through. Going to play with the bluetooth shield... it would be very cool to have wireless communications between my main controller board and the overhead panels...

Jims Flight Sim Page Jim is in New Zealand and is working with Adruino boards for his pit..

Jul 4, 2018 
- Soldering again 07/04/18
- New MFD PDF Doc. 03/27/17
- 1st Frame Test Cut 05/19/16
- New PFD Material List 05/2/16
- New PFD Drawings 04/18/16
- esp8266 Modules 03/23/16
- Keyboard Emulator 03/07


Sim Objectives
(Revised June 2016)

1. Immersive. To be fully immersive, the sim will need to be enclosed and provide multiple environment views.

2. Portable. The ability to move the sim with components fitting through standard doors. The enclosure will have to be modular with a maximum width of 32 inches per module.

3. Samll Footprint. I don't want the sim to take up an entire room. Will make every effort to have the entire sim enclosure fit on a sheet for 4 ft x 8 ft plywood. This will necessitate a single seat, half cockpit sim.

4. Functional, in substantial conformance with the processes and procedures of the real aircraft.

5. Accuracy. While some sim builders hold to a very high standard of accuracy and scale, my goal will be the appearance of accuracy is sufficient. Where deviations from scale are necessary, they are acceptable.

Home | Contact Me | Helpful Links  

Large Visitor Map

Copyright 2005-2018 all rights reserved