I've been involved in Flight
Simulators and Aviation for sometime, so when Microsoft came out with
their realistic Programs, I wanted to give them a try. Below in Figure 1
is my Home Cockpit. It looks clittered, but it serves the purpose of
getting me safely "Off-the-Ground"
Using the old reliable CH Products
Yoke and 2 monitors, I'm off into the wild-blue yonder. I like the idea
of making use of the two monitors; one to display the Avionics Panel and
senery and the second to display the Radio Stack, GPS and other vital
instrumentation for a safe flight. But I was lacking one important piece
or gear; the "Elevator Trim Wheel".
While surfing the net, I came across
Aviator; clicked a few links and there it was; An article explaining
how to incorporate a Trim Wheel into my CH Yoke by just adding 4 wires
(This Article can be found HERE).
OK; they caught my attention; so I
The Article was well written and very
easy to follow. With my confidence overflowing; I decided to take the
plunge and try my hand on building my own Elevator Trim Wheel.
And so I did, and here is the results
of my efforts.
The plastic Elevator Trim offered
by Desktop Aviator for $27.00 was a nice piece of work
but I wanted to design and build my own. You can see in Figure 2, I made
the bracket out of a block of aluminum. Aluminum is a relatively soft
material so it was easy to cut into the desired shape.
Mounting the 1/4 inch shaft of the
potentiometer directly to the larger shaft of my Trim Wheel was
impossible because of the difference in diameter of the two. To
compensate for this difference, I decided to mount toothed gears on both
The potentiometer I used was a volume
control for radios, so what I did was to mount a 100K Ohm (Use a
Linear Taper - Audio
Taper will not work right) Potentiometer on an aluminum
bracket with a toothed gear mounted to the shaft. A slightly
larger gear was mounted on the shaft of My Trim Wheel. With my Homemade
Elevator Trim Wheel and Desktop Aviator's wiring help, my flights will
never be the same. It was a GREAT addition to my flightdeck and with the
help of Desktop Aviator, REALISM is now the "Name-of-the-Game".