V1 Avionics is a startup in the US in partnership with a team of avionics engineers in Spain. Our company is rooted in real world avionics development and building and designing of safety critical hardware. Building simulators is our passion and V1 Avionics is based on our desire to bring the high standards of aerospace engineering to the serious amateur simulator builder community at a pro-sumer budget.
The SIM42911 interface will open up a low-cost avenue for the serious simulator builder to connect the Laminar Research X-Plane or Microsoft FSX simulator directly to real surplus flight hardware that uses the ARINC 429 protocol. Real flight hardware is hardware that was removed from actual aircraft such as a Boeing 737, 747 or Airbus and has recently found its way to e-Bay and other online auction places specializing in surplus analog avionics. Or, perhaps your already own a complete surplus simulator and just want to make it work again!
The SIM42911 interface will provide one high or low speed ARINC 429 compatible transmit channel and one receive channel. SIM42911 simply plugs into the same Ethernet port the flight simulator is connected to, and, if used with a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch, does not require an additional external power supply.
This real avionics bus provides the capability of tapping into real surplus equipment available on eBay and other places to the consumer and pro-sumer sim-pit builder on a reasonable budget. The interface comes with all the necessary software integration pieces to connect directly to the two most popular consumer flight simulator platforms as well as the ability to program the interface directly in C/C++ via a SDK.
The alpha devices are assembled in Europe and Firmware development happens by a joint team in the US and Europe. Initial volume production is planned to be executed in the US and includes board making, assembly and testing. Enclosure manufacturing is planned to be executed in Asia with final assembly in the US. Further volume production of the complete interface may be in North America, Europe and/or Asia depending on demand.
Risks and challenges
The main risk to the project and the delivery timelines are complications in the volume manufacturing of the interface boards. However, all of the hardware components chosen are supplied by current and major manufacturers in the US and Asia, which have large quantities of the components on hand. Therefore, volume production of several hundred units should be no problem, however, component availability is always a degree of uncertainty in the hardware business.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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