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  1. What are your preferences for size and aspect ratio? I think these are the first parameters to consider. Myself I bought recently a 35" 21:9 3440x1440 monitor. I found this combination, or also a 34" with the same aspect ratio, especially beneficial for flight simulation, as the shape of a plane (e.g. wing tip to tip, or fuselage length fits in nicely in the aspect ratio. I find the vertical height and resolution also very pleasing for non gaming work.
  2. Hello Ray Did you go to Lelystad and could you see the Honeycomb yoke? Pictures? I know, I am a bit fast asking.
  3. Hallo w6kd Could you explain a bit more about the "Hall Effect IC packages (typically about $2 each) with a rare earth magnet"? Are they separate components put together in some way? Thanks for the help
  4. I forgot to link the video. Sorry about that. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg2-zL5-XBI
  5. Nice info Ray! Have a look at the pdf brochure. In a small picture, it shows the internal of the yoke. The bearing is a radial bearing, but it is different from the PFC bearing. The Honeycomb Alpha bearing is like the bearing used in the Yoke yoke. See following video (PFC Beech starting at 4:00 and Yoko at &:35). The Yoko yoke bearing, and therefore also the Honeycomb I think, are radial bearings reducing the friction for the roll motion. In addition, Yoko uses a linear slide bearing to reduce friction for the pitch motion. The Honeycomb brochure does not show enough detail about the mechanism for the pitch motion, if any. The Yoko slide mechanism has a disadvantage. The total roll torque has to be counteracted by the pitch bearing with a very small bearing arm (the slide bearing is only 10 to 15 mm wide). The roll torque leads to high forces in the pitch slide bearing. When you are going to Lelystad, can you test the following? Hold the yoke handle with one hand, give max roll input, then give pitch motion backwards and forwards. Compare with pitch backwards and forwards with both hands without roll. Sense the difference in pitch force.
  6. hallo Tony, Thanks for the feedback. You are right, I forgot to mention the target. My interest is GA and light aircraft. Now using Twin Otter, Kodiak, DHC-3, PC-6 etc. I bought all the material to make the yoke, including the yoke handle, but not yet the switches. I am flexible, and can add controls at a later stage. But I would like to get it right from the beginning. Push buttons and toggle switches are flexible, and only need a mounting hole around 6mm diameter. For the trimmers, I am thinking of rotary encoders, requiring a special mounting. POV hat switches also require a special mounting. Hence my question what functions are necessary, and what functions are desirable. Because I have only one yoke handle. And once I make a cutout, then there is no going back.
  7. Hallo I am building my own yoke. At the moment, I am considering what control functions to build in the yoke handle: To start, I can think of: - POV hat switch - pitch trim - roll trim - yaw trim - ... What control functions would you consider necessary and desirable to build in? Looking forward to hear your view.
  8. @Ray: I agree with that enormous hole. That is why I am going to make my own yoke. It will be fully balled with bearings, halled with sensors and oiled with dampers. And plenty of switches sprinkled on top. That will be the first yoke with dampers, I think. Design is almost ready.
  9. Hall position sensors would be nice. However, there are some "normal" potentiometers with a high rotational life of around 1'000'000 rotational cycles. Highest priority is to reduce friction in the moving mechanism of a yoke. Saitek, CH Products, VRinsight and other yokes (GoFlight?) use sleeve bearings (if you can call it a bearing what they use), and the stickiness of them is well reported. Especially when there is a side force on the bearing such as with pitch movement with one hand on the yoke handle. PFC uses linear ball bearings for pitch and abuses them for rotational roll motion. Virtual-Fly (Yoko) has a single ball slider track for linear pitch motion, and abuses it to take the torque from the rotation. Interesting therefore will be to see what bearing system Honeycomb will use for the alpha yoke. A quadrant does not experience a lot of rotational cycles. So a standard good quality potentiometer is quite OK.
  10. hey Ray, Have a look at this video as well: Being a yoke butcher, I was particularly interested in the access at the back of the yoke handle: video at 1:00. The back has a cover plate on part of the back. There are screws for the top plate. I would think I could install some more switches. And add a Leo Bodnar controller that is frequently mentioned to solve the Saitek dead zone problem. Might not be your cup of tea though.
  11. Here is an excellent video by Michael Brown with the internals of the PFC, Yoko and Saitek yoke. From a mechanical point of view, Yoko seems to be the best. It seems to have ball bearings for the linear and rotation motion. Also the bungee spring force is independent for the linear and the rotation movement. The PFC yoke has linear ball bearings for the pitch axis, but this is "abused" for the rotary roll motion. Might work reasonably but engineering wise not a beauty. The bungee is combined for both motions. Presently I am planning to make a yoke myself along the same principle as the Yoko yoke. Main difficulty is to get a yoke handle and for that purpose, I bought a Saitek second hand that will be butchered in due time. Makes me realize that these high end yokes are horrendously overpriced. E.g. I will buy a linear ball bearing track for 25$, rotary ball bearings for 5$.
  12. Hallo I saw this new yoke: http://www.vrinsightshop.com/shop/step1.php?number=80 This is the newer version of the previous Flight Master Yoke I and II. I have a question regarding dimensions: on the website, the width is given as 66cm or 26inch. This looks very wide. I wonder if it is misstated and this dimension is the depth. I plan to add some switches to the yoke handle. Is the handle open at the back? Or does it have a removable cover? Can someone post a detailed picture of the back of the handle (version I or II)? What is the width of the yoke handle, when viewed from the front (version I or II)? Any help and info is much appreciated!