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Renovo C172 Simulator tour

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Published on Mar 21, 2010

The Renovo C172 simulator is a faithful reproduction of a Cessna 172 aircraft cockpit right down to every switch and aircraft function. Much of the software behind the cockpit functionality was design and coded inhouse. This also includes a custom plugin (Renovo XConnect) for XPlane that allows the Simkits instruments to operate correctly.

Most of the engineering assemblies are inhouse designed and produced which include:
Rudder pedals assembly
Control column assembly
Shell and supporting structure
Centre console and trim assembly
Avionics stack. Each unit is fully seperate and USB driven. All face panels are etched and cut on our own laser cutter.

Electronics used are
Phidgets for much of the cockpuit I/O and Avionics displays
Beta Innovations Plasma for primary flight controls
Simkits CCU for instruments

The visual system gives approximately 160 degrees FOV (horizontal). Each screen is 1500mm wide. Each projector sits in front of the screen facing backwards and bounces to a single folding mirror behind each screen. Total projection distance is 900mm (450x2).

The simulator is available for hire. Contact chris@renovo.co.nz

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