Falcon BMS 4.33.1 - Air Condition
I’m building a homepit at the moment. Have implemented most of the functions that BMS offers. Now I’m building the right panel. I’ve seen that BMS even supports the knobs of the air condition.
To my shame I have to admit, that cause of my job and other stressfull things in my life, it was never really possible to fly a single mission with bms. Allways tested it a bit, but nothing more. Now I have the time for it, but I wanted to build the dream for about the last 20 years, my cockpit, first.
So my question is, is this function (air condition) relevant in any case? For example in missions or for the rest of a ramp start. Or is it just a nice but not really necessary gadget. I have about 300 working switches in the whole pit (incl. Hotas) and little by little its enough. So if the air condition is not a necessary part of the sim I will leave it.
P.S: By necessary I mean, that for example the canopy is steaming up or something like that, or that you couldn’t get further with the ramp start. I know that I could switch those knobs alternatively with the mouse in the 3D pit, but that’s not the way I would. If they have a necessary function I will implement them.
In the current heatwave I seem to be stuck in Air conditioning would be my priority
Docs subfolder in your BMS install: file TO-BMS1F-16CM-1.pdf
Page 59, section 22.214.171.124 AIR COND panel: The AIR COND panel is made of two large knobs. The first one for TEMP is not implemented, but the second labelled AIR SOURCE is.
So no, the air conditioning is NOT working in BMS. I expect you mean the air source knob.
Airco is not in BMS, so entirely up to you if you want to have that functioning on a real fan in your simpit.
The air source knob is vital for every flight. Ref same section on that page for more information on the functionality, and same document section 2 ramp start, page 148: 7. The final item in this sweep is to make sure that the AIR SOURCE knob is set to NORM. Failure to do so will induce an EQUIP HOT caution light as soon as the systems are powered by the main generator because they will not be cooled correctly.
As other guys mentioned air conditioning itself is not really necessary, apart from air source which is needed for avionics cooling. BTW, can you share some photos of your pit - even when it’s work in progress still?
Many thank’s for all your advice! Specially to Focaldesign for the very detailed information.
I will model the air source and leave the air condition.
There are some pics of the pit at the forum in the thread “free discussion/homemade cockpits”. It’s not the latest stand. At the moment I’m building the side panels. Left side is complete. Next is the right side. It’s not an exact copy of a real aircraft, cause I want to fly all kind of aircraft incl. helicopter. The layout is a hybrid of the F-16 (side panels) and the F-18 (center panel & aux panels) combined with special HOTAS for different aircraft respectively helicopter.
Will post more pics if I’ve finished the side panels. The next step after this are the aux panels. The UFC is built but not soldered. All needs painting and lettering, after that the soldering work has to be done. I’m close to 24/7 at the pit at the moment , but still a lot of work! Have to finish a lot of it the next three month, cause after this I don’t know if I could spent so much time again in the project, but my girlfriend gradually get’s a bit angry too, cause of the time I spent with her “rival”
Yes, you are right, the simulated cooling is a real benefit, these days .
Joking aside, I really have to integrate a fan or something else, cause I’ve seen at the test seating, that its gone really hot in the pit these days.
Tip: use Air Cond knob to control a real A/C machine for the pit [emoji6]
Yes, that would be really cool, but the electricity bill will go “hot” too . Have a kilowatt meter here, but never dared to connect it to the frame connector while all of the computers in the pit are running. Better not to know how much energy it does devour, otherwise I will decide to stay grounded
I know I’m a pain in the neck, but as I said, I never had the time to really fly bms. I have seen that the hornet has the volume knops for comm 1 and comm 2 at the ufc (icp). Are these the same that the viper has on the left side in the audio panel. I ask, cause I’ve built them in the audio panel with poties and a second pair makes no sense, specially in case of syncronizing. If its the same I will use the volume modulator of the ufc for something other.
Was a bit fast with the building of the ufc and so much functions to get under one hood is a real disaster. When I’m finished with the pit, I will know the keystrokes list of bms by rote :rolleyes: