Updates, updates!

Since the last entry a bit has happened in the man cave…

Just after the last post, the AFCS blew up. Well, more specifically the Arduino got so hot you could hardly touch it, and promptly stopped working 🙁 I got a new Arduino for my birthday (thanks Jenny!) and thanks to MobiFlight’s abilty to save backups of board configurations, the new board was in and running in no time. Interesting discovery; since I am only using 1×8 digit display, and driving one encoder, there is sufficient power coming from the USB to run it all, which saves me having to run power to the board itself.

On the night of the 8th I had a group of friends around for my birthday, and both sims got a fair bit of action. Air-Air Refuelling was the challenge of the evening, with most who flew the Skyhawk having a go at it. Most notable effort was Nigel, who ran out of fuel about 100ft short of the tanker…..
A lot of laughs were had by all, and another couple of hours in the sim logbook!

Nigel on the “second” attempt

Richard about to rendezvous

Latest news is that I scored a few bits and pieces being thrown out at work.
A 42″ TV, which is destined for the “737 Classic” sim, and 2 mannequins…
Yesterday I got to find out how difficult it is to dress a rigid, inanimate object in tight-fitting flight gear!
Say hello to Susan* the fighter pilot….

*Susan is the standard “name-placeholder” in our family, and will be replaced with a more suitable fighter-pilot name in the future…

The male mannequin is destined for Richards place, to become either a V8 supercar driver, or an A-10C pilot… not sure which yet 🙂

AFCS is Alive!

AFCS module, running with MobiFlight is in the sim!

MobiFlight is so easy to configure, despite leaving the settings file I’d been using on my laptop at work, I was able to get the AFCS up and running in no time at all from a fresh config.

I really can’t recommend MobiFlight enough!

Oh, and for the eagle-eyed among you… there is a new "Pull to Start" switch on the engine control panel 🙂 $8.95 from Super-Cheap Autos… can’t go wrong!

Arrow mods

For a while I have felt that the instrument panel on the Arrow was too low, and though I have the eye-point of the visuals set up right, it didn’t quite “feel” right. Tonight I added 65mm risers under each side of the panel structure, to effectively raise the panel without changing the eye-point. After a quick test flight I think it looks about right, but I’ll need to do some flying to be sure…

Sitting a little higher, the panel is more “in your face” like it should be

Spacers under the panel, makes a nice storage spot 🙂

Final check outs in the Queenair

After many delays and hold ups I got time over the past few days to finalise the initial configuration of the Queenair sim.

I flew some nice flights around NZ with no issues, and really enjoyed the experience.

The final configuration included switching the "primary" simulated aircraft to the Piper Tomahawk, the most likely aircraft type the cadets will fly

Finally met this guy

Mark and I go a long way back, working in FS about 20 years ago.. In fact Mark is most of the reason I can fly helicopters in the sim….(in fact the rest of the reason is another Mark, but that’s another story)..
It was great to finally meet up in Dallas, and have a flight in the 737 after all those years.

Final Texture tweaks

At least.. I hope they are “Final”…

Red Checkers heading off for Wanaka

An Andover departing on the seal while the Checkers use the grass

So I had to go and chase the Andover… distracted? Me? Yup.

More CT4b stuff

With huge thanks to John Young, I am learning more cool stuff…
Experimenting with XML Triggers… which means I can add chocks and RBF streamers, plus have the pilots appear as the aircraft starts up… exciting stuff!

This is just a learning exercise.. the real work starts when I try bringing the model up to current AI Aircraft standards……. and *that* will be a bunch of work!