Simulator Solutions have launched their Custom Connector and Wiring Loom Service. This service enables Simulator Solutions to provide surplus MIL-SPEC connectors with custom wiring looms from their large stock of surplus Boeing and Airbus standard connectors to simulator builders.
Having gone to the trouble of finding genuine parts for your simulator, it is a shame to have to hack them up because the connectors are too difficult to find. If you are lucky enough to acquire parts with connectors still attached, they are usually supplied with only a short stump of aviation grade wire that is difficult to work with and too short to be useful.
Simulator Solutions will work with you to design a custom wiring loom to suit your simulator. In many cases, the large multi-pin connectors only need a fraction of the original number of connectors to bring panels back to life.
Simulator Solutions offer a Connector Exchange Program and a Loom Only Service where we re-pin your connectors and create looms to meet your requirements.
Simulator Solutions looms use new PVC insulated, 20 AWG copper wire in a variety of colours to simplify wiring. Each connector and loom is labelled and a complete wiring summary is provided for your records.
The SimStack Ground Board is the same size as a SimStack Input board and is mounted in a standard SimStack. Each board can aggregate up to 40 individual ground connections and handle in excess of 30 Amps of current.
When wiring up a simulator, a large number of ground wires need to be correctly terminated. SimStack Ground was designed to offer an easy way to terminal these ground connections in a simple and effective way. Correct grounding of DC power circuits is important as floating ground potential problems cause strange behaviour in simulators and can often be hard to track down.
Simulator Solutions’s SimStack – shortlisted 2017 Aerospace Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards. The awards recognise and reward Australian companies at the forefront of aerospace innovation.
The Aerospace Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards are awarded every two years at the Australian International Airshow held at Avalon Airport in Victoria.
SimStack was nominated for this award for its ability to integrate original aircraft components, including ARINC429 parts, directly into flight simulators without the need for modification. SimStack was recognised for its ability to handle the voltage, current and logic requirements of aviation components in addition to the power and flexibility of its Ethernet connectivity that provides significant advantages over traditional Serial and USB based systems.
All of these points have allowed Simulator Solutions to provide a product that reduces development time and cost. SimStack also provides customers’ simulators the ability to utilise their pool of rotable spares which reduces downtime and provides increased realism during training.
The Awards will be presented by the Chairman of Aerospace Australia Limited, Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Shepherd, AO, at the Avalon 2017 Innovation Theatrette on 1 March.
Simulator Solutions are delighted to announce the long awaited release of their ARINC 429 interface, SimStack ARINC.
The SimStack ARINC 429 board allows you to interface directly with ARINC 429 instruments and panels with no modifications to the aircraft equipment.
SimStack ARINC 429 features:
2 independent ARINC 429 interfaces with one Tx bus and one Rx bus per interface (total of 2 Tx and 2 Rx ports)
Connects directly to ARINC 429 bus
Support for High or Low speed ARINC 429 operation
Receives and validates ARINC 429 words for manual processing
Automatically handles transmission inter-bit and inter-word timing
32 word FIFO Tx and 32 word FIFO Rx buffers
Automatic hardware calculation and insertion of parity bit
SimStack Libraries to assist in manipulating ARINC 429 Words
Aviation grade IC chipset
Standard SimStack Spring connectors providing an easy wiring solution
Integration with the SimStack range of products to provide discrete Input and Output connections to ARINC instruments.
Each SimStack can support one SimStack ARINC board on the top of the stack. SimStack ARINC has been tested with a range of Honeywell, Bendix and Collins units found in both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. SimStack ARINC allows you to send and receive data from complex ARINC instruments, however SimStack ARINC 429 is not a simple plug and play solution. In order to work with SimStack ARINC, you will need to be familiar with how to write SimStack code in C++ and you must have a good understanding of the ARINC 429 protocol. The ARINC standard is applied differently between manufacturers so information specific to your hardware is also highly recommended. Simulator Solutions will work with you to learn the basics of ARINC 429 to get your project up and running. More details about Simulator Solutions SimStack ARINC 429 board can be found by clicking here.
Simulator Solutions have launched SimSwitch which connects SimStack hardware with Prepar3D, ProSim737 and FSX.
SimSwitch is a software switch that allows a SimStack Foundation Board to establish 2 way communication with Prepar3D, ProSim 737 or FSX. This opens up a new opportunities for people modelling a wide variety of aircraft to integrate OEM parts with their simulator.
SimSwitch has the following features:
Inject commands directly into ProSim 737, or Prepar3D / FSX via FSUIPC
Hold client connections up should the main host go offline
Highlighting to indicate offline and unknown clients
Sorting by Connection ID, Name or IP address
Debug functions to facilitate troubleshooting
Automatic version checking to alert you when new versions of SimSwitch are released
SimStack is a modular, stackable and scalable hardware interface for simulators that is designed to integrate OEM parts into your simulator with little or no modification. For more information about SimStack, please visit our website: https://simulatorsolutions.com.au/
Simulator Solutions have released a DIN Rail mounting kit for SimStack which allows SimStack Foundation Boards to be clipped to a standard DIN Rail. The DIN Rail Mounting Kit provides a quick and easy way to mount your SimStack boards and can easily fitted to any existing SimStack Foundation Boards. This new kit will make it even easier to install SimStack. DIN Rail is available in a variety of different lengths and can be ordered from a range of suppliers. The SimStack DIN Rail mounting kit is in stock and available for US$10 per kit, plus shipping. Please follow this link to the SimStack DIN Rail Mounting Kit for further information.
Simulator Solutions is about to commence our first production run of SimStack ARINC 429 boards. We have been working in the background on interfacing more OEM. Below is a rough video showing testing with a real, unmodified 747-400 Mode Control Panel (MCP). The MCP is connected to a SimStack ARINC 429 board, which plugs directly into the riser of a SimStack Foundation board. Custom code on the Foundation board allows the ARINC 429 hardware to communicate over the Ethernet network.
SimStack ARINC 429 – MCP Demo
The flexibility and power of the SimStack solution delivers a single, integrated solution that allows SimStack to not only communicate with ARINC 429 hardware, but also take care of other I/O functions. This means that one SimStack Foundation Board, and one SimStack ARINC 429 board can control all aspects of the MCP.