Update: new pics made at local hobby fair
And hence the name Aero Soaring Simulator
One of my instructors tested it and was pleasantly surprised
Update:Project is as good as finished. Some features will be added in the future but I probably won't post about it. I hope this design is clearly enough explained to be able to build it yourself. If you have specific questions about the construction feel free to contact me.
Story: Me and a friend from my gliding club started a simpit building project. At first the idea was to build a glider like rudder system. Together with a normal joystick this would provide a good flying experience we thought. We started drawing ideas and soon we came up with an over the top design. I made a google sketchup rendering of it (sketchup is free and easy to learn, a must for all you builders, one can easily spot problems early in the project and one can estimate material use very accurate).
rendering of our project
sketchup 3D model
(you need sketchup
to see this)
After creating the 3D model we decided to build the whole thing. We ordered the materials at a local hardware store (they pre cut most of it for us), we got a car seat and the usb controller by leo bodnar
. We started welding the frame, we build the rudder pedals and part of the stick contruction using ball-bearings. After that the work laid still for some months. Yesterday we started on the project again. We got much needed help from some of the guys of our gliding club. One of them made a remark on the brand of the car seat (ASS) and soon the name Aero Soaring System was born
Here are some photos:
The controls work incredably well. They feel solid and operate very light. We got some extra features that were not in the design like adjustable rudder pedals and lockable airbrakes.
We were also busy to incorporate a monitor for the instruments using Free Condor Instruments
, this program totally rocks! Besides that we have been testing with Free Track
All we needed to do now was to place potmeters and the controller, use the correct springloads to center the controls and paint the thing. This work was done last week. I used standard network cable to solder the potmers to the controller. Cables were secured using tie-ribs. Some bolts were secured using locktight. The sim is now operational and it works like it should after calibrating in the windows control panel and reversing the rudder potmeter with Leo Bodnars config tool. Thumbs up for his controller and to the Free Condor Instruments software!!! We tested with head tracking but found it to be more of an hassle than usefull.
- Condor projected with beamer
- Instruments on external 15'' TFT using Free Condor Instruments
- Compact easy to transport (and idiot proof) frame
- Dismountable and fully adjustable car seat
controller, whole sim is connected with 1 usb cable.
- Smooth and self-centering Rudder, Aileron and Elevator controls
- Airbrake controls with lock and wheel brake switch
- release switch
- Elevator max travel stops.
- Potmeter protection (they are quite vulnerable)
- Trim using sliding potmeter
- Gear lever
- Panel cover over 15'' monitor with all freq. used buttons mounted on it
Estimated Costs: 165 euros
metal rods: 50 euros
ball bearings: 15 euros
car seat: 15 euros
controller: 25 euros
potmeters: 20 euros
rod stops (?): 20 euros
other expenditures: 20 euros
Flying in condor will never be the same, priceless
Photos of details
The clamp below the stick is temporarily used to limit stick movement.
Release system using switch that was laying around and kitchen door knob painted yellow
rudder system from top
rudder system from bottom, shows the lever to the potmer. we had to glue this one to the pot to get steady movement
Aileron potmeter. A knop on top connected with thick wire to the side.
Using std network cable connection the rudder system is dismountable
Housing for the controller