Cable Connection

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.

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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.

ConnectorConnection
ATo Veronte Autopilot in the control station
BTo Veronte Autopilot aerial connector in the control station
DTo Veronte Autopilot aerial connector on the unmanned platform
ETo Veronte Autopilot in the aerial platform
C & FC & F connectors must be joined together; an extension cable can be used

Connection Diagram

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.

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.

X-plane variables are available on the left side of the tab; user must enable the ones that have been configured in the aircraft model, on the “Plane Maker”.

 

  • !! Always make sure that surfaces are moving in the right direction and with the correct deflection angle.

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.

Once X-Plane variables have been enabled, select the servo that matches this actuator within Veronte autopilot.

Conversion factor is multiplied to Veronte output signal and can be used in case units on Veronte and the X-Plane simulator do not match.

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Veronte Pipe – HIL Setup

Surface control variables are of two types:

  • Radians measure (variables with numbers)
  • Degrees measure (variables with no numbers)

On the right is possible to define the associated Actuator variable (or Output variable) of the surface, the Conversion factor and the Offset. The following operation allows to converting an angle [deg] measure to the X-Plane form (Surfaces in X-Plane move normally in a (-1,1) range).

(Angle + Offset) Conv.Factor = …

Where 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).

Veronte Pipe Communications

In order to start the simulation, press on the HIL button, available on the setup toolbar. Popup screen will be displayed for selecting which aircraft, from the ones connected, will be used for the simulation.

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Select the communications frequency, 50 Hz must be used as default, changing this value is only recommended for advanced users. Pres start in order to start the data transfer between X-Plane and Veronte Autopilot.

hil-communicationsVeronte Pipe – HIL Communications

Caution!! The simulation must be started when the aircraft is in the Initial phase (the one that gets in once is powered). In this phase the X-Plane will simulate the GPS signal to locate the autopilot in the place indicated by the airport on X-Plane.