The pedestal comprises numerous FSX control elements, which are chaotically distributed within FSX in numerous individual windows. The first step was to sort them and to arrange them in a way, that they fit into the lower mid part of the cockpit, still having enough space for the feet and the pedals for two pilots. The pedestal consists of the following FSX control elements:
- the engine controls for throttle, propeller pitch and mixture, two levers for the left and right engine
- two small control panels for calibrating the flight controls and the engine controls and to set the flight director and the auto-rudder function
- the elevator, rudder and aileron trim device
- the cowl flaps levers, one for the left and the right engine
- and last not least the fuel selector
All these controls are equipped with small warm white LEDs to allow for dawn-dusk and night flights. The brightness of the lighting can be adjusted. The elements are integrated in a wooden case, which was sanded and sprayed with dull black paint. Special attention was paid to the fact that all elements can easily be disassembled in case of maintenance, because I am pretty sure, that the one or the other screw will come off after some time.
With the exception of the wooden case, most of the parts are 3D printed or exist of rigid FOREX foam. Also the levers of the engine controls are 3D printed, because manufacturing these levers out of aluminium with the correct bending angle, without having a precise sheet metal bender is a real nightmare.
The control elements of the pedestal are driven by dedicated electronics boards, which are placed within the Flight Control Unit box. It comprises five boards and numerous connectors to attach all the cables, which are coming out of the pedestal. The electronics within this box also drives the two yokes (aileron and elevator) and the two pedals (rudder and brakes). The Flight Control Unit is connected to the PC via a single RS-232 serial cable.