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KDLaun
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Hello all,

My name is Karl (with a K). I'm a recently retired corporate pilot with an interest in pretty much everything related to technology and a passion for making all sorts of things.

I built some Heathkits back in the 70's but didn't really get back into electronics until Arduinos became popular about 10 years ago. I have no formal training in modern coding, so everything I now know has been self-learned through my own experiences and from those that others have shared online. I would classify my experience level as "advanced beginner". My primary interests are in micro controllers, although I do have a few SBCs.

My shop includes a LARGE, ever expanding collection of electronic components, some modest test equipment, 3D printer, K40 laser cutter and a small CNC router. I also have a table saw, Atlas metal lathe, band saw, drill press and lots of small power and hand tools. Did I mention I like to make stuff?

Aside from electronics/making, I also enjoy computers, photography, hiking, biking, bird watching, gardening, R/C aircraft, Genealogy, HAM radio and visiting with my family, (2) daughters and (3) grand kids whenever possible.

I'm looking forward to learning and sharing with other members here on the DroneBot Workshop Forums.

Lets get started.....

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Welcome aboard, Karl with a 'K'

 


   
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WhitneyDesignLabs
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Hi Karl,

Welcome. I am a newbie here, too. As a retired pilot, have you considered build a flight sim cockpit?  That is one of my current projects, building a Cessna 172.  You might find that plane boring... , but I figure if someday I can afford PPL lessons, I might as well get some hours in on a 172.  My cockpit will have/has a flatscreen behind a physical bezel, running Air Manager for gauges, home built yoke with Hall effect sensors and potentiometers connected to an Arduino Pro Micro emulating a joystick. 3 big screens running MS FS2020. Rudder pedals are a converted exercise step climbing gizmo, outfitted with Hall effect sensors to give rudder position.  More items like magneto switch, trim wheel, throttle, mixture etc will be added with Air Manager firmware running on an Arduino Mega.

Imagine by thought, create, don't wait, Scott.


   
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KDLaun
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@whitneydesignlabs  That sounds like an ambitious project, I'd love to see how it comes out.

I do have Xplane 11 and MSFS 2020. I have some Saitek rudder pedals and the single throttle Saitek Flight Yoke controllers. For the most part, I'm satisfied with that. For a quick flight, I'll even break out my MS Precision Pro joystick (with a serial connector).

Happy making!


   
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