A little background:
This hobby project arose out of the need for an easy to use yet powerful flight simulator control interface. I started it by seeing all the problems a home cockpit builder could face using existing solutions at the time.
Like many other aviation enthusiasts, I became a fan of flight sims since they just came out on PC (late 80s), particularly MSFS, and it was natural to want to fly with more realistic controls, not only having a homemade yoke with few buttons. When home internet became available, I started searching I/O inteface for FS and trying few solutions available.
When, in 2010 I bought X-Plane 9, which had a built-in I/O protocol that provides communication with the X_Plane over UDP. Since at the same time the few available interface options were either too limited or too complex, I decided it was time to create my own X-Plane interface, given my pro background in electronics and coding.
DIY B58 Panel and first I/O interface
At the same time I started building a full-size Baron 58 panel simulator and I used Arduino as a convenient platform to write input/output program for this panel that used UDP network protocol built into X-Plane. It was just standalone code (not library).
Goals and Plans
The main goal of this project is to popularize the exciting hobby of making home cockpits for flight simulation. Being experienced professionals in the fields of electronics and programming, we (me and my son) tried to make the system easy to get into for all newcomers and explain all aspects of the technologies for cockpit building on this blog and website and help people who don’t have much electronics and programming skills, who can’t or don’t want to spend much money, but ready to work by hand and very eager to built their cockpit.
I want to inspire people don’t spend a thousands of dollars to build a home cockpit. As example, for my Baron I spent about 100 hours and maybe $50-100.
For years I have seen online shops sites, where you need to spend so much money for “toy instruments” that would be enough to buy real plane ☺. Never understood, why a simple servo gauge can cost $200 when you may spend a few hours and just $5 to make it yourself.
That’s why I also wanted to make website where I could encourage people to make cheap and very “real-looking” cockpit modules by hand in a few hours. No need to use a metal, or expensive material for your home cockpit, mainly a real looking panel with right sizes and controls positioning has matter. Even “cardboard-made” panel can be looking very much like real one (as example is my plastic/wood Baron 58 above).
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We gladly provide information to help home cockpit simulator builders since 2012. All HCSCI Software is intended to always be non-commercial and should be used for non-commercial purposes.
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