Package content includes two connection cables, one for the Veronte Autopilot in the control station (1) and other to be connected to the Veronte Autopilot in the unmanned platform (2). Extension cable (3) is also available in custom lengths.
Provided cable is an extension to the regular cable used on the standard aircraft configuration. It permits to continue using all devices connected to the aircraft besides of the adding simulation features. The following connections must be performed to use the HIL simulator.
|A||To Veronte Autopilot in the control station|
|B||To Veronte Autopilot aerial connector in the control station|
|D||To Veronte Autopilot aerial connector on the unmanned platform|
|E||To Veronte Autopilot in the aerial platform|
|C & F||C & F connectors must be joined together; an extension cable can be used|
Cables connected to B and D connectors can include all devices connected in the platform and the control station. They will work normally as before connecting the simulator. The simulator can be also used by itself without connecting Veronte Autopilot to the platform; it is just needed to connect power to B & D connectors.
Veronte Pipe Configuration
There are 2 configuration items on Veronte Pipe, one relating communications between the application and the X-Plane simulator and another one refereeing the autopilot configuration.
HIL simulation tab is available within Veronte Autopilot setup toolbar. The user can link the variables on Veronte Autopilot with the corresponding ones in X-Plane simulator.
In this panel, X-Plane variables are available on the left side (Disables). In addition, it can be seen two section more To XPlane and To Veronte.
In order to configure the simulation variables, users have to:
- Enable the ones that have been configured in the aircraft model (Plane Marker). Just drag and drop them into To Xplane section.
To avoid mistakes is possible to set a positive fixed deflection (Control Tab) in Standby phase for all surfaces and control surface deflections in the X-Plane model.
Surface control variables are of two types:
- Radians measure (variables with numbers)
- Degrees measure (variables with no numbers)
- Once X-Plane variables have been enabled, select the actuator variable (Control Output) that matches with the ones in Veronte autopilot. A new window will be displayed for each variable.
- Set a Conversion Factor or Offset, if it is necessary. Conversion factor multiplies the Veronte output signal and can be used in case units on Veronte and the X-Plane simulator do not match (Surfaces in X-Plane move normally in a [0,1] range). The following operation allows to converting an angle [deg] measure to the X-Plane form:
(Angle + Offset) Conv.Factor = …
When Angle and Offset are measured in [rad] and the Conversion factor is a constant (normally it can be calculated as 1/(deflection angle in [rad]).
In the case of [rad] measures, the Conversion factor must be set in 57,29578 ([deg]-[rad] conv. factor).
Finally, it is necessary to configure the communication between Veronte Pipe and X-Plane, see section below.
Veronte Pipe Communications
In order to start the simulation, select the HIL option (1) on the Veronte Unit, this is available on the side menu . Popup screen will be displayed (2)for selecting the kind of simulation and configuring the parameters.
Veronte Pipe – HIL Communications
Changing the default values is only recommended for advanced users. Press start in order to start the data transfer between X-Plane and Veronte Autopilot.