Someone just made a Flight Simulator autopilot system using an Arduino board

A self-driving hot-wheels car is one thing, but an Arduino-based airplane autopilot system seems just preposterous. Before you freak out, this Arduino autopilot won’t be flying any real planes, instead Andrea Giudici created it to take the hassle out of flying a virtual aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Andrea built his Arduino autopilot as a way of easily accessing his flight controls in the real world rather than clicking around on the virtual keyboard. The device is actually a piece of custom hardware with one 2 by 16-character LCD display, a buzzer, one encoder, and some buttons.

The firmware—programed in C language—shows you the plane’s settings as a simple text display. Meanwhile, Andrea tweaks physical controls to set the autopilot’s altitude, speed, engagement, track, heading, direction, and you know, the rest of the stuff that keeps a plane flying right.

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[Andrea Giudici via Hack a Day]

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