Generation 2 with selfbuilt G1000
In the beginning I wanted to buy a prebuilt device for simulating a G1000. TRC was way to pricey, Emuteq was just partly backlit and did not really look too realistic – so still too expensive for such downsides. As there was no other solution available I decided later on to build it myself.
It was really taking months to design this G1000, get the right screens from China and find the right buttons with a click. It was not cheap and did really take a lot of planning since it was made out of 5 layers laser cut acrylic sheets.
The result was my generation 2 Baron G58 (the „G“ stands for the G1000 avionics compared to the B58 version). It was quite loaded with cables and input cards since I connected every button of the G1000. It looked really good and had a pretty good backlighting, with APEM buttons that give „click“-feedback and really expensive but great dual encoders from Leo Bodnar.
But all in all it took too much space of my limited area behind the panel that I wanted to free up for a linked yoke solution or a force feedback yoke. Further more the Flight1Tech G1000 Trainer software – actually not that cheap – did not perform stable. It really was disappointing to struggle with the software too much and I can not recommend it at all – also the support was not really helpful to solve the problems. Today I would use different G1000 software gauges, but then it turned out that I would go a complete different route for my new generation panel…