SimVimCockpit© is an easy to use control interface for your cockpit simulator.
If you are going to start building your cockpit for the first time you should remember that it could be a very complex and long process. You need to know much about many aviation-related things, and preferably you should have various technical skills, at least some craftmanship ability and basic experience in wiring and soldering.
This interface should become a convenient input/output tool for you, that can ease the implementation of all panel controls and provide all data output while you build your home cockpit simulator.
Unlike our previous interfaces, SimVimCockpit uses the system bus architecture that provides excellent extension and modularity potential.
With bus architecture you can gradually build your cockpit and easily expand it by connecting extension modules to the bus at any time into the working system.
For very simple control panel with several switches and LEDs you can use them directly connected to the controller board.
For more or less complex cockpit it is better to use the system bus and multiplexer extension boards (16-or 8-channel) for toggle switches, push-buttons, encoders, multi-position switches, this will cover all your needs in creating controls for a cockpit of any complexity.
Analog inputs can be allocated for axis controls, or rotary switches that all can be calibrated from menu in the plugin that allows you to set the axis zero-position and movement range.
Using the register-based extensions in combination with the same multiplexed extensions you may have hundreds of digital outputs (for LEDs, lamps, relays, etc).
You can use any number of 7-segment LED displays with specific configuration parameters, such as the 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 or moving-coil meters (servo will be added later). Nonlinear scale mapping is supported for all gauges.
One main configuration file is used with additional "correction" file for specific airplane, if necessary. This allows you to configure your system once, 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!
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.
Note: SimVim plugin is also a core part of our SimVimPanel that displays instruments on separate computer and receives data from the plugin independently from controller board I/O.
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.