This site gives an impression of my ongoing F16 pitbuilding activities.
and is the homebase for info about the AIC project (Aircore and Indicator Controller)
and Force Controller Cougar modification (FCC3).
In close collaboration with Uri_ba I have designed a controller pcb for a DED for BMS.
It also has the possibility to connect a 1.3" OLED display as a FuelFlow indicator.
Right now it connects to a serial port but porting to a USB HID device will follow.
More news soon.
TQS adapter (15th april 2017)
I have made a pcb for Uri_ba's great TQS adapter.
This will turn your Cougar throttle into a DX compatible, fully standalone functioning USB device.
Together with the Warthog controller you can make your Cougar DX compatible, without the need for using Foxy.
Warthog Update 29 march:
The controller has been updated with a 12 bit A/D convertor and 2 leds two indicate center settings.
This makes it very easy to calibrate the FCC3 once connected to the controller.
It is also possible now to use the old Warthog USB cable instead of the micro-USB connector.
Firmware is almost finished and Uriba did a very good job here.
It is very easy to change the configuration in the stick by entering firmware config mode.
There are a few options:
- setting force for full output (4.5, 6, 9 and user defined kg/f) You can choose the setting which you like best i.e. lighter on your desktop and heavier in your pit
- sensor rotation (12.5 degrees rotation for block 30 and above pits)
- centering (recentering if you want to sample a new center point)
- force mapping
All settings can also be controlled by the FCC configurator program.
The FCC configurator also makes it possible to upload future firmware releases.
FCC3 Warthog update (march 2017)
I decided to write my own joystick controller software for the FCC3 Warthog modification.
First test are completed and everything looks ok. More testing has to be done.
New lightboard manual available
Lightboard Common Ground manual v3.0 (board version 2.6)
The Ultimate Lightboard (jan 2017)
I have designed a new lightboard.
It is a common ground version so will also work with metal, grounded pit constructions.
The board has 32 outputs that can supply loads up to 40 volts, 1.5 Amps each.
However the board is limited to 2 Amps total as this will be sufficient in almost all cases and will prevent disastrous things happening inside your pit.
Every output has:
• Short-circuit protection
• Input protection
• Overtemperature protection with hysteresis
• Overload protection
• Overvoltage protection
• Switching inductive load
• Clamp of negative output voltage with inductive loads
• Undervoltage shutdown
• Maximum current internally limited short circuit proof.
The ports can be powered with a LOW (6 - 12 volt) or a HIGH (12 - 40 volt) voltage. The voltage is jumper selectable.
It is also possible to dim the connected loads to the LOW output with a dim switch, for which an input connector is available.
Per 8 ports this function can be disabled.
The board can drive every possible output in the pit, from leds, light bulbs, to speedbrakes and magswitches.
Engine instruments update (dec 2016)
In close collaboration with Willy I developed a new engine instruments pcb. It will fit Kabar's and Pegasus' design.
The pcb will be shipped TOGETHER with the engine instruments dial plate and mounting hardware for the pcb and plate.
FCC3 Warthog version
FCC3 Warthog update
The last time I got some requests if there was a FCC3 version for the Warthog.
Up till now I had to say "No". The Warthog uses totally different electronics then the Cougar and I never had the time to interface the FCC3 to the Warthog.
Until now!! I came across some very good open source joystick software called Mmjoy2. With this you can build your own directX and windows compatible joysticks.
That gave me the idea to develop a new interface board that would fit the Warthog base and completely replace the Thrustmaster board. I am in the final testfase and it looks very promising.
Since Mjoy2 is open source you can adjust it to your own liking. I will pre-install it on the interface board, which I will sell for the production costs. No profits here to keep the "open source spirits" high.
The FCC3 is connected to your computer with a standard micro USB cable.
Of course you can use the stick on the FCC3.
Here are some pictures of the final proto, final mounting plate will be made from stainless steel:
Instruments update (april 2016)
I am working on an update of the tube instruments. They now have two pcbs with a flatcable connector to make it easier to mount them in tubes.
Here is a sample:
I have updated the ICP and Caution panel pcbs. They now have a white solder mask to make the backlighting more diffused.
FCC3 update 9 march 2015
The future of FCC3 production is secured.
After a long search I have been able to source 1000 pcs of the Cougar centre connector, so I have enough connectors for the coming 50 years or so :)
Right console adaptor update 5 februari 2015
After request of some people I have developed an adaptor pcb that plugs into the Right console USB controller.
With this adaptor it is possible to connect the tube aircore pcb's to the right console controller.
The pcb is available in the webshop.
AIC lightboard update june 2014
I have developed a new Common Ground (High side driven) lightboard.
The new board has 32 short circuit proof outputs that can drive loads up to 40 volt, with a current of up to 1.5 Amps. Total load on all ports at the same time may not exceed 2.5 Amps.
The board also has separate outputs to drive 20 - 30mA leds, without current limiting resistor. Supply voltage for the leds can be in the range from 5.5 to 12 volt. Led outputs and normal outputs can be used at the same time.
Inertial Head Tracking
Update 11th november 2013
The IHT project has been stopped.
The main reason is callibration. In practice it seems nearly impossible to get the IHT operating for longer periodes, without drift.
No units will be sold until this isuue has been solved.
Update 17th november 2012
New pcb's are ready. First new proto assembled and tested.
It works :)
Using state of the art electronics, like solid state magnetometer, accelerometer and gyroscopes it is possible to make a 3 DOF headtracker that can work independantly. No camera or InfraRed needed!
On the picture you see a preliminary beta prototype of my inertial headtracker, bases on open source hard- and software.
Software used is FaceTrackNoIR by Wim Vriend. Hardware is based on the freeIMU project from Fabio Varesano and Arduino.
Second prototype is in the making and will be shown here when ready.
The pcb will become available in the near future.
As of now tracking is limited to 3DOF. 6DOF will be possible using a webcam, but we are working on 6DOF with the same sensor board.
Here are some pictures of my homebrew F16 pit:
As such the products shown here are all "home made" and developed in close collaboration with:
Cars "Falcas" Burgers
Mike "Kabar" Williams
Olivier "Red Dog" Beaumont
Beau "Willy" Williamson
Wouter "Ripley" van Raavens
If you are interested in the products or want more information, please feel free to contact me. A pricelist is available.