SimVimCockpit Interface

SimVimCockpit© is a powerful but easy to use control interface for home cockpit simulators that intended to become a convenient input/output control tool for every home cockpit builder. It will drastically ease the building process for everyone, because you don't need any programming/scripting, it's just an "assign-connect-and fly" system.

Cockpit Controls:

For very simple control panel with several switches and LEDs you can use them directly connected to the master controller board. But for more complex cockpit it is better to use the address bus and multiplexer extension boards (16-or 8-channel) that allows you to have up to 500 inputs for toggle switches, push-buttons, encoders, multi-position switches, this will cover all your needs in creating controls for a cockpit of any complexity ( number of inputs can be extended further). Analog inputs can be allocated for axis controls, or rotary switches, all of them can be calibrated from menu in the plugin.

Cockpit Outputs:

Using LED drivers (or shift registers) you may have hundreds of digital outputs (for LEDs, lamps, relays, etc). You can connect any number of 7-segment LED displays with specific configuration parameters, such as display type, more than one value indicated on one display, and the way data is displayed. For pointer instruments you can use either stepper motors, moving-coil meters or servo. Nonlinear scale mapping is supported for all gauges.

Other options:

Any input/output is configurable "by condition" (can be activated/deactivated based on other parameters conditions). Any parameter state can be stored in memory stack with a button and recalled at any time.

One main configuration file is used with additional "correction" file for specific airplane, if necessary. This allows you to configure your system once (for one aircraft model), and it will work with any airplane of this type (for example - all B200 plane models, free and payware) without changing the data file ever!

More detailed feature list and development status page.

Note: SimVim plugin is also used as a core part of our SimVimPanel that displays instruments on separate computer.

What you need to start:

  • Any controller board based on Atmega2560 (Arduino or others)
  • Download SimVim Plugin and install it to X-Plane
  • Upload and test firmware following the "Getting Started" steps below
Then you can connect all input controls, extensions and Output devices to your controller board and configure every input and output in our SimVim Configuration tool.

Supported systems: Linux, OS X, Windows

Getting started / Download

SimVimCockpit© is available for download on our Patreon blog:

First start and Input/Output test

If you have "fresh" board, that has no previously uploaded SimVim firmware, follow the steps below. If you plan to use LAN version, attach an Ethernet module to you controller board before and connect it to your router.
  • Open the "Upload Firmware" window from SimVim plugin menu.
  • Follow the steps displayed in that window
  • When USB port is detected select correct controller type from the list
  • and set the "Ethernet" checkbox if you will use Ethernet module.
  • Click "UPLOAD". Wait until firmware upload is completed (5..10 s)
  • When the upload is completed, the plugin will connect to this controller.
  • The connected board will appear in SimVim Status window.
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  • Connect a toggle switch to pin #5, GND and throw it on/off
  • The Pitot switch state will changing accordingly with your switch position
  • The on-board LED on the controller board will change its state (Pitot Heat is on/off).
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After successfull first test you can be sure that SimVim plugin communicates with your controller, and you can start configuring it in the Configurator.

Firmware Update

If your master board already has SimVimCockpit© firmware and a new version of the firmware becomes available, the plugin will inform you of this and present you the Upload window with the options already filled in.

  • For USB connection, just be sure that all options are correct and click "Upload".
  • For LAN connection, connect your master board to USB (or disconnect and connect it again) and click "Connect". After that, check the options and click "Upload".

SimVim Connection, notes

- You never need to upload the firmware again to change input/output configuration, all you need to do is create new data configuration file and connect all input/output devices to your master board correctly.

- If you changed the data.cfg file while X-Plane is running, just click the "Reconnect" button in the Status window or select "Reconnect" from the SimVim plugin menu.

- With firmware uploaded you no longer need to unplug your controller board USB cable before X-Plane launch. If you use Ethernet firmware you don't need USB cable to be connected until you will need to upload new version of firmware.

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