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Computer2cockpit evolving

Last six months we have dedicated to marketing and product design improvements. It was clear, from the moment we publicly presented computer2cockpit, that the market needs flight simulation solution that can satisfy needs of basic, as well as advanced flyers. Products beyond toys, priced for everyone. 
Listening to your advice and feedback, we've entered many changes and additions to the product line, some of which are presented via this newsletter.

Main topics:
  • Flight Yoke incorporating Digital Position Reading, and more
  • New Panels: FMS Control Panel and Navigation Display(ND) Control panel
  • Switch Panel for Turbine powered Aircraft and Heavy Jet Aircraft
  • Navigation Panel gets more functions
  • Throttle Quadrant improvements and Twin Jet TQ
  • New professional design for Rudder Pedals
  • What comes next in computer2cockpit project?
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The new Flight Yoke

Digital Position Reading
Battling with micro controller analogue input limitation, while trying to keep our interface affordable, we've decided to leave the analogue potentiometers out of our devices. We are testing digital position encoders for all the axis that computer2cockpit is designed connect. Encoders are more precise, noise and wear free, making devices that use them superior.
Incorporating encoders allows us to offer Yoke Elevator travel of 150, 200 and even more than 200 mm on user request.

The Gear handle
We've moved the gear handle from TQ to Yoke to group it with accompanying emergency gear extension control. That position is closest to a place in actual cockpit where the gear handle is usually located.

Mounting options
New yoke can be mounted in two different ways. Under the table and behind the panel. Behind the panel mounting allows the yoke to be used for cockpit building, as it can be easily integrated into custom made cockpits. Under the table mounting leaves the table space unoccupied for maps, charts or other panels.
 
FMS and ND Control Panel

Extending our product line to more complex aircraft required adding two more panels to completely satisfy our primary goal, to provide mouse-free cockpit manipulation. 

FMS Input Panel
Analyzing various FMS input panels we have designed universal panel for FMS computer. It has enough buttons for control of FMS computer found in Heavy Commercial Aircraft, as well as Light Jet Aircraft. Five additional buttons are left for custom assignment to accommodate for varying FMS computer panel design.

Navigation Display Control Panel
One that tried to fly any glass cockpit aircraft in a flight simulation, soon realized that Navigation Display Controls are essential. Therefore we have added ND Control Panel to our product line. It was mainly designed with respect to Heavy Jet cockpit, but it is perfectly usable for lighter Glass Cockpit equipped aircraft.
New Switch Panels

Decision to extend computer2cockpit usability for control of Twin Jet and Twin Turboprop Aircraft, as well as Heavy Jet Aircraft, lead us to development of two additional Switch Panels. 

Switch Panel for Turbine Aircraft
Single panel is designed for control of Twin-engine Light Jet Aircraft and Twin Engine Turbo-prop Aircraft including Heavy Commercial Turbo-prop Aircraft. It includes Electrical, Ignition, Fuel System, Ice protection and Lighting controls. It also includes two additional, three position switches for aircraft specific controls such as Auto-feather, Governor testing or APU control.

Heavy Jet Switch Panel
Commercial Heavy Jet Aircraft have different Switch Panels then Light Jets. Even though Switch Panel for Turbine Aircraft can be used efficiently for Heavy Jets, we have developed specific panel to cover many of the extended functions and systems these aircraft contain.
Fuel Jettison and Hydraulic System controls are included. Electrical Bus and Fuel system controls are implemented in detail, similarly to actual aircraft panel.
New functions of Navigation Panel
 
Computer2cockpit Navigation Panel has always been the most functional and detailed part of the system. It is probably the only flight simulation device that will ever merge this many cockpit controls into single device.

All in one device
Newest design of Navigation Panel houses switches for Intercom, Autopilot selection, Master Warning and Caution switches, GPS controls, Transponder controls, and Multi-functional Section consisting of Function selector, Frequency selector and Setting selector.
 
Multi-functional section allows complete control over NAV/COM devices, ADF radios, DME radios, Primary Flight Display, Navigational Display, Autopilot Altitude setting, Altimeter settings, Altitude Alert setting, Radar Altimeter Minimum setting, and Cabin Altitude setting. 

 
Throttle Quadrant

Redesign of Twin-engine Propeller Aircraft TQ was extensive. We have also added Twin-engine Jet Aircraft TQ to complete our product line.

Propeller Aircraft TQ
Existing Propeller Aircraft TQ was modified to allow for Thrust Reversing. Thrust Reversing is activated by pulling the handles backwards, beyond Idle position.
Flap Position Selector now allows for changeable front plates. Three front plates will be provided. Continuous flap, two position(0,1,2) and three position(0,1,2,3) flap plate will be provided alongside the device.
Cowl Flaps controls are added to this device as two large toggle switches. Rudder Trim is implemented trough horizontally mounted trim switch.

Jet Aircraft TQ
The new TQ, designed for Jet aircraft, also allows for Thrust Reversing in same manner as Propeller Aircraft TQ. It is equipped with two separate Condition Levers. Rudder Trim switch is placed above Condition Levers. Spoiler Extension Handle is provided, as well as Flap Selector handle.
The design of this device was mainly influenced by lighter Jet Aircraft. No complicated mechanism for thrust reversing was incorporated to avoid significant product complexity and target price increase.
Rudder Pedals

We are investing effort to make good Rudder Pedals, while keeping a reasonable production price. We have changed the design concept of pedals significantly.

About Design
While attempting to make quality budget pedals for small series production we've realized that this device allows for no compromises. This is the only computer2cockpit device still undergoing design changes and probably the only that will not meet the goal of being significantly cheaper than competitive products. However, it will be better.
Where to next?
 
With final design in place, everything is set for wrapping the prototyping and displaying the prototypes for public testing. Computer2cockpit design goals are unchanged, all products must be Fully Functional, Affordable, and Similar to actual aircraft class they were designed to simulate.

Display
On completion of devices they will be presented to a public and public device testing will be initiated. Yes, we plan to use anybody who comes to our offices to help test our devices. After extensive testing devices will be offered for ordering.

Keep supporting us!
We are thankful to all our supporters for the motivation to push this project to a higher level. We are hoping once we present finished devices, we will still have your interest, and your will to invest into the start of the production, by acquiring the first series of products.
We are dedicated to bring computer2cockpit product line to the market. Nevertheless, you can support us further by sharing about computer2cockpit with your friends, colleagues, buddies, social media network and anyone who might have interest in this project.
Finally, keep sending us your suggestions about improving the design. Five out of ten changes made to the design were direct contribution from the communities of many forums where we've presented products already. Tell us what you think about the new design and products.

Until next time..
 
Miroslav Šegvić
Head Of Project
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