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    Helicopter Collective

    As a RL pilot I can't fly a helicopter in a simulator with some make-do joystick. It kills the immersion. So for the 40th anniversary release of MS Flight Simulator, finally providing native helicopter support, I made this USB collective controller.


    It is modeled after the one in the Bell JetRanger.

    I printed it in black PLA but did extensive post-prep. Seemed like weeks of sanding and puttying before painting it.

    Internally it has an aluminum shaft, 608 bearings, hall effect sensor for lift axis and a digital encoder for the twist throttle. Two Arduino Pro Micro controllers manage the buttons and axes for Windows.
    Last edited by jssamp; 12-11-2022 at 09:09 AM. Reason: Image issue

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    Nice piece of work!
    What sim setup will you use it with?
    Not being a heli pilot - is that the engine starter button? Why would that be on the collective rather than the instrument panel?
    Last edited by JohnTee; 12-16-2022 at 05:04 PM.



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