Time passes....we get older....things change.... and thanks God, developements in the electronics do also match these
As thechnics are improved, things become easier for the user, and in the simulation sector this has happened also....USB
is taking over the powering of simulators.
In my Sim. Ver.2.0 I used about 3000 meters of cable to power the panels and controls. It also meant lots of welding,
checking circuits, headaches, frustration and many hours of work. With the USB technique (better known as "Plug & Play")
panels can be powered with much less efforts than before. Of course USB does not necessarily mean "Plug & PLay" but it
is a nice edge to use in a simulator. Some programming might become necessary if you want to achieve a perfect
simulation, but also this can be learned.
CCD (Cockpit Control Device) is just a little magic box, which allows you to connect up to one ACES II, 2 MFDs, 1 ICP,
1 MISC.Panel, 1 TWP, 1 DED, Lights (Eyebrow Warning lights, Master Cution Light, AOA Indexer Lights, Refueling Lights and
NWS lights) plus the Flight Controls (FLCS, TQS and RCS), just using a simple plug!!!
This "magic" was developed in Spain, and I have to admit that it really works! - The CCD once fully used, powers about
80% of the front section of an F-16 Blck 50 Simulator. This means that just this one little box allows you allready to get
the real feeling you and I have been looking for.
USB CCD Device & Connections
One of the biggest problems I had when building and powering my Sim.Ver.2.0 was that I could not understand the
documentation that was delivered with the EPIC. The manual looked neat, but after about three pages I realized, that
the knowledges of the "Guru" that wrote it were superb, but...he assumed that everyone of us have also this level
of programming knowledges. - Sorry Ralph, but I do not, as my profession goes in an other direction ;)
Because of this fact, there were different things to be done:
- either I learn programming (!!!!)
- I forget about using the interface (????)
- or I look for somebody that has the required knowledges and that is willing to help me :) :)
Well I was lucky to find a very good friend (Martin) that was patient enough to get me out of trouble. But... do you
also have a friend that is a programmer??
The USB CCD allows the "Plug & Play" feature, and even further...you can also program your devices to fit into your
own concept. The magic box (CCD) is delivered with the required software, so just install it and there you go.
Installation is achieved without problems, as a programm called FCenter takes trough the installation-routine. The
procedure itself takes 2 minutes ;)
For those of us who want even more, a brand new language called MBM Language is included. A tutorial took me step by
step through the programming, and it was easy to understand. The complete manual is "on board" in English and in
German and the "Help" F1 function resolves all problems you might find. But...(there is allways a but...) I would
recommend, that you take the time to read the tutorial as well as the manual. This way you will be able to work faster
and better. ;)
Now I am really proud to be able to say that I can programm my stuff !!!! By the way: If I could learn it, you can
also do it!