Quadcopter flight practice using a PC simulator – How to use the trainer on your RC transmitter (Flysky FS i6 tutorial)
This is a DIY instructable for connecting a Flysky i6 (FS-i6) radio transmitter / controller to a PC to be used as a trainer.
A software is needed to receive the signals from the trainer port of the transmitter through the audio jack and process them to commands that the PC can recognize. A way to do this is to simulate a joystick device, which then enables the transmitter to send data as if it were connected like a joystick, and can be used in games and simulators or just about any software which can work with a standard USB joystick. To by present knowledge, the only software which does this is called Smartpropoplus. This works on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows PCs.
Download the software from here – Smartpropoplus download or from SourceForge
The transmitter needs to have a trainer port, used to communicate the positions of the all the controls (sticks, switches and knobs) through the trainer cable instead of through the radio link.
A trainer port is present on the rear side of the FS-i6 <image>
A simple cable can be made from a couple of components – a 3.5mm audio plug/connector, a two-pin male berg strip/header and couple of wires. Even simpler method would be to use a spare audio cable from a mic or earphones and just do the wire connections to the male header.
- Turn off the transmitter
- COnnect the trainer cable to the transmitter trainer port and a line-in or Mic input on the PC (pink jack)
- Open Smartpropoplus software
- Switch on the transmitter
- Open your simulator and play as if using a joystick