My medium-term plan for the Arrow is to get it online on VATSIM. To do this I need to add a few IO items:
– Transponder Mode Switch (STDBY and ‘C’).
– Transponder IDENT button.
– Radio Push-To-Talk
– Working Headset interface.
First part to arrive was this awesome headset interface from Flight Sounds which acts as a separate sound device, and connects to my aviation headsets, or to my helmet/mask setups. It works so well that I am pretty sure I’ll be buying them for the Skyhawk and 737 projects!
Since the IO requirements for the Arrow don’t warrant the use of one of the Leo Bodnar boards, I bought a cheap joystick controller off Aliexpress.
This is a simple enough board, with 12 digital inputs, which all share a single ground, making them capable of operating with rotary switches.
It also has 2 sets of “joystick” inputs, for use with microswitch style joysticks, but show in windows as axes which move to full travel when clicked. Could be useful….