• Project Throttle-Console

    Project Throttle-Console

    By Rays Aviation


    My name is Raymond Andersen and some of you might know me better as Rays Aviation. I have been on a quest through various flightsim add-ons, hardware setups, complete cockpit environments and the home build cockpit modules, etc.

    During my quest I recently decided to do another build of my own. This time I wanted to build a low-cost console that could increase my flightsim experience without being a complete replica home-cockpit simulator.

    Project Throttle-Console

    The challenge was to build a center console that would fit my needs as an enthusiastic flightsimmer, meaning that I enjoy flying various aircraft with various configurations, and the console should be able to support all types of aircraft - all from GA aviation to airliner simulation, helicopter simulation and even new age jet fighter aircraft. This meant that the console had to be versatile and also able to be moved without problems - so how to do that... well, it's all about getting ideas and have the drive to try out something new.

    My professional background is within logistics but I have been a fan of aviation as far back as I can remember. So even though I have no professional skills of building electronic modules or home cockpits, etc., I decided to try out my skills once again.

    Previously I had built a test-rig (console), a modules set consisting of toggle switches and rotator switches, a single seat home cockpit and a twin seat home cockpit, but now I set my focus on a center console that should support specific throttles and a shared toggle switch modules set.

    I am writing this article to show how easily it can actually be to increase the flightsim experience, and that it does not have to cost a million dollars. Much of the materials used for this console are materials that I have used for some of my previous projects, so indeed the total cost of this project was low.

    However, I have also calculated the costs of the project without hardware (since that is up to the simmer to select which and how pricy that should be) and the total cost was only Dkk. 685,- or about $100.00 US.

    The hardware included in my throttle console was hardware that I already had in my private inventory but that could just as well be hardware from other manufacturers - I just decided to use the hardware that I had already purchased, so that my investment would be limited.

    Project Throttle-Console

    The Build

    Before I could start the build I had to do a little research to get an overview - I had to decide exactly what I wanted to build, what should be included, what kinds of materials should be used and estimate a budget for the complete build.

    I decided that the project had to be a low-cost project with a very limited budget. I wanted to use the hardware that I already had, together with re-using some of the materials from previous projects.

    The console should be a console supporting various throttles and a shared toggle switch panel. It should be movable and only use one USB cable for connecting to my computer.

    From my previous twin-seat project I had a frame for a console built out of wood and that I thought could be just okay for this project as well. I stripped the old console so there were only the wooden frames left. Then I cut off the 45 degree angle piece in the front end of the console since that would be irrelevant for this project. I also changed the width of the console to be smaller because it was not necessary that it was that big.

    Project Throttle-Console

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