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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SimVimCockpit© is available for download on our Patreon blog:
After successfull first test you can be sure that SimVim plugin communicates with your controller, and you can start configuring it in the Configurator.
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.
- 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.