How-To: Real Controls For R/C Flight Simulation

r/c controls

I’m sure many of you remember me recruiting a new writer to work with me on how-tos for Engadget. Will O’Brien was one of the many who answered the call and has been cranking out quality projects. Today’s is modifying a standard R/C transmitter for use as a computer joystick. This “trainer” can be used with flight simulation software so you can practice flying without risking your plane. This is the first step in a future project.

Check out Will’s previous posts: Surface mount soldering iron, Popcorn popper coffee roaster, and Scaling video for better HDTV viewing.

7 thoughts on “How-To: Real Controls For R/C Flight Simulation

  1. I know for a fact they have commerical products that can do this. All you need is a compatiable RC controller and a standerd cable for your remote. Look on the back of most professional remotes, there is something that can be plugged in to be used with a free program called FMS.

  2. This is to be able to use FMS with xp. xp does not allow the direct access to the serial port like win98 did, so before this software came out you had to either hard wire the sticks to the joystick port or build an external converter to change the pwm signal to a normal serial signal that fms could interpret.

    I was using fms for a year, but then upgraded to xp and lost it, now it is back :) go hackaday!

Leave a Reply

Please be kind and respectful to help make the comments section excellent. (Comment Policy)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.