The Ultimate Home Flight Simulator
by Shawn Hill
I purchased a G-force yoke which made my flying a lot more realistic than with a mouse, however the throttle on the yoke was faulty. I decided to repair it and in doing so thought of creating my own external throttle. I did this by placing the same size potentiometer in a home made casing and lever. This can be seen in the picture to the right of the G-force yoke.
After mastering the yoke I wanted more. Browsing the Internet I found an advertisement for Pro Pedals, which I tried to order from the UK but being in Africa it was a little difficult. I eventually found them in South Africa and purchased them. Wow, what a combination the yoke and the pedals. I thought this was the ultimate, but I had one problem, when wanting to use the keyboard I had to lean forward over the yoke (boy am I lazy) and it became irritating. Then while looking around the workshop I found some switches, this made me think. I decided to build a control panel.
First of all I had to find out how the panel was to communicate with FS5. I came up with the idea of a Y-cable for the keyboard. The problem is that if you plug in two keyboards into one computer the computer gets confused with two clock signals. I then removed the keybaord chip from an old keyboard and traced the keys needed for FS5 and created a circuit which worked.
Please feel free to mail me if you have any questions:
Shawn Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org