tiistai 24. maaliskuuta 2009

Velocity EP first flight

I flew the Velocity EP first time on the weekend. Weather was good but windy.



lauantai 14. maaliskuuta 2009

New headwear

It's a US Navy helicopter pilots helmet. The seller told me it was used in Vietnam war on USS Saratoga in an anti-submarine helicopter. I still don't have a clue what i'm going to do with it, but i don't care because it is so cool.

Simpit "Ready"!

Finally i got the simpit "ready" - meaning i reached the current goals i've set for it.

It's now fully functional and ready for flying. I haven't had too much time to fly yet, but i'm happy with the results so far.
I have made fullscreen cockpits for ASK-21 glider and 747. More to come later.

Here's a nice panoramic image made using wonderful "hugin" software. Click to get high resolution version. Panel is ASK-21:
This has been taken with lights on to show the hardware. Normally i'd fly with dark room.

747 (image is a bit discolored):

There's a bug with latest X-Plane beta that causes the F/A 18 Canada add-on aircraft to have maybe 10-100 times normal thrust. It's pretty fun but also fuel runs out in couple of minutes..

My next plans for the pit are:
- Add a customized USB keypad as autopilot panel. Already ordered from dealextreme.
- Start planning how to implement force feedback. I've already got the electronics, but mechanics are the difficult part.
- Remember to FLY!