A Man and His Dream to Fly

This is the man whom I met in North Sydney last year. He turned out to be an entrepreneur, a test pilot, an owner of an advertising agency on Miller Str. and God knows who else. I designed for him a a pilot display for his turbofan power jet: http://magictale.com/category/pilot-display-4-turbine/ and at that time was […]

Case for Pilot Display

It is time to put our Pilot Display into a case. A box of appropriate size and shape has been found at Blacktown’s Jaycar store. The dimensions were almost ideal with only one problem – a battery compartment that prevented PCBA from fitting inside. It tuned out not to be a problem for us, using […]

Firmware for Pilot Display

The firmware of Pilot Display unit comprises of two parts: bootloader and main application. Bootloader simplifies the process of main application upgrade – once the bootloader is programmed, there is no need in external programmers to do firmware upgrades. Source code of the main application is designed as a sketch for very popular Arduino platform […]

First Pilot Display PCB is Assembled

First Pilot Display PCB is finally assembled and tested. As it usually happens with revisions 1.0 there are several things that have been overlooked during design. Good news is that all issues are minor and don’t impact main functionality. Here are the discovered issues:

a) First of all, FT232 is not powered when USB cable […]

Pilot Display PCBs arrived

Pilot Display Rev.1.0 PCBs finally arrived. At a first glance nothing is terribly wrong, everything seems to be fine which is a good start. However, there is always something in rev1.0 boards or schematics so will see what the subsequent assembling process and preliminary test bring us. As always, Itead Studio PCB manufacturing service has […]

Pilot Display for… a Twin Turbine Engine!

Just recently by a pure accident we became involved into very unusual project. Willing to become known to some degree amongst the local Sydney electronics enthusiasts we decided to take part in one of the community projects and help to build something. It didn’t take much time to wait for someone who posted a request […]