I want to start off by saying thanks to everyone who has contributed to HGJ. I've been simming using FS2004 since, 2004, and I've always had HJG aircraft in my hangar since then starting with the CV880. I'm glad HJG is still around and still supports FS2004 with a huge range of quality panels, sounds, and models.
Since 2004, and discovering people who build home cockpits, I've wanted to build one. I've decided to build a home sim, and am stuck on a 747-1/2/300/SP or a DC-10. I'm not so worried about analogue gauges and finding them/making them, or wiring up the sim. My biggest concern right now is interfacing the sim with the software. I can figure out how to get the Felis 747 to interface with X-Plane, but, the HJG DC-10 with FS2004? The DC-10 panel is all encompassing, thorough, exact, and highly interactive. I lightly prefer the DC-10 sim idea over the 747.
So the question I am stuck on here is: how do we get FS2004 to talk to the DC-10 sim and action gauges and lights, and get the sim to manipulate FS2004 using the HJG DC-10?
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on May 3, 2023 0:41:13 GMT
Since 2004, and discovering people who build home cockpits, I've wanted to build one.
I've decided to build a home sim, and am stuck on a 747-1/2/300/SP or a DC-10. My biggest concern right now is interfacing the sim with the software. I can figure out how to get the Felis 747 to interface with X-Plane, but, the HJG DC-10 with FS2004?
.... how do we get FS2004 to talk to the DC-10 sim and action gauges and lights, and get the sim to manipulate FS2004 using the HJG DC-10?
I've seen this done (though not in regard to the DC-10 .... a colleague of mine built his own B747-400 cockpit) using SHIRATTI marketed data, but, we've got absolutely no experience in regard to the development of "Home cockpits" .... at least not beyond the FS panels we develop for everyone's use with our own projects.
I regret not being able to further advise I'm sorry .... since such requires specialist knowledge and skills we simply can't provide
There are many Flightsimmers who have built home cockpits. I am certain some HJG members will be able to come up with suggestions.
Several months ago I read an article in a local news media where a retired ex Air Canada pilot built a full size 737 simulator in his garage. I will check to see if I can still locate this article and perhaps find out his name and location.
Also I have frequently used a full sized 737NG simulator at a Pilot Hobby Shop (Threshold Aviation) near Toronto International Airport. They use the PMDG 737NG software in this simulator. They may be able to give you some information. You can Google to get more information ie phone number.
One has to travel sometimes the half world to find a real instrument. On the cited homepage a real airline pilot counts a lot and gives time schedules he had to invest to make a real Caravelle III cockpit to "fly" again. Besides he used X-plane as software because it is much more realistic to drive the real gauges.
Maybe the best approach to try it out first would be buying a powerful beamer and a big screen and see how it looks using the DC-10 HJG simulation, and using a good joystick and throttles.
The question is also, if for the investment in a real pleasing home cockpit you will get a good real flight training. If for some reason (e.g., medical restriction) you cannot pass a real exam to be a real pilot that would be another question. I trained for and was a real PPL pilot and came to FS later. As I gave up real piloting FS is a nice parttime but: Tried both but there is no comparison.