Been a while since my last update, I’ll try and recap everything that’s been on.
I left with the ordering of a custom PCB board for my OpenCockpits FMC Kit. They board arrived in a couple days and looked great…. at first.
At first I noticed I goofed on the pin spacing for the resistors, then I next noticed I had the pin spacing wrong on the header pins for the LEDs and backlight inputs. I though no problem, I cna work with that still. So i went and soldered all the SMDS and switches in place. And that’s when I when I found the big error. I completely missed including some switches into the traces. So many of the switches didn’t. Doh!
So it was back to the drawing board. I updated the design to move all the resistors to the back of the board in a single spot, redid the wire diagram for all the switches and also redid the diagram for the backlight to make sure they were correct too. And fixed the header pin spacing. The 2nd boards came in and this time, everything worked. 🙂
So with the PCB project now complete, the assembly of the FMC is slowly underway.
My original plan for a throttle was still up in the air. With Jetmax no longer selling their throttle unit, I was looking into building a housing to use a Saitek throttle in. And the 1 day my phone dinged. It was for a Jetmax 737 Throttle that showed up on Ebay. After a quick look over the pictures, everything seemed to be in good condition so I jumped on it. A few days later, I had my throttle problem solved.
I plan on building a small CDU bay to go in front to probably hold a few custom panels with some buttons and switches on it.
I’ve pretty got my MIP layout finalized. I’ll have to put together mock up but basic plan is to put the FMC on the left side, 3 displays and then MIP switches like landing gear, flaps guage, etc.. The top portion of the panel with have the MCP unit, sixpack indicators, master/fire switches and the COMM and NAV radio panels. this way I keep the bulk of the wiring and I/O cards contained into a single unit.
Speaking of MPC, I recently picked up a OpenCockpits MCP from them last week. I’m trying to get most of the panels I need in order to finalize where cutouts need to be in the MIP panel as I plan on getting a metal frame fabricated for it.
Ended up with the Honeywell version as that’s all they seem to sell now, but I do like the custom knobs on and was delighted to find the unit comes with backlighting installed already. I haven’t tested that out yet though.
I’m also working on some PCB’s for my Comm and Nav panels for the 7-segment displays, so I’ll show those off whenever I get them done and fabricated.
That’s about it for now.