The Aeroscope – an upgraded version controlled by virtual joystick

This is an upgraded version of the aeroscope. Besides improving of certain aspects of the old version, this version has both the main wing and the horizontal stabilizer controlled by a virtual joystick (presented on this blog before and used extensively). The horizontal movement of the joystick controlls the angle of attack of the main wing and the vertical movement controlls the angle of attack of the horizontal stabilizer. I…

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Introduction to Anaglyph Stereoscopy in Excel – part #5: adding a joystick to control the yaw and pitch rates of the 3D cube

In this section, a joystick is added to the model which controlls the  yaw rate and the pitch rate (not the angles!) of the stereoscopic cube. This joystick was used before in a dedicated tutorial and in the flight simulator tutorial. Its importance in future models can not be underestimated, hence I decided to cover this virtual device again. Use your 3D glasses while running the mkodel.

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Flight Simulator Tutorial #7 – upgrading the joystick chart, adding a reset button and a throttle scroll bar

This section displays the landscape on a 2D scatter chart and also upgrades the joystick chart by adding a dial behind the joystick image. This technique of using a stack of a back chart to display dial sprites and a front chart with transparent background to display various control devices, indicator needles and text will extensivly be used in this and future models.

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Flight Simulator Tutorial #6 – macro review, scene derivation and integration, mapping of the 2D u-v data into a chartable 1D array, rejecting image artifacts

This section finishes the macro analysis and continues with the conversion of the u-v 2D formula array into a chartable 1D array. It also adds two columns to the chartable array, a masking condition for each triangle and masked u-coordinate which will throw out of the visible portion of the chart any shape which has a minimum of one vertex behind the virtual pilot. The section also explains the phenomenon…

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Flight Simulator Tutorial #5 – the worksheet implementation of the perspective handling formulas and VBA the macros

This section explains the spreadsheet  implementation of the perspective rotation and translation formulas within the Present array and also the implementation of the 3D-2D conversion formulas within the Past array, then it goes on to presenting the VBA macros used (the Reset and JoyStick macros). The PDF and XLF files were updated -04/22/2011, 5:20 pm MST.

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A First Flight Simulator Model in Excel

This is the first version of a 3D flight simulator in Excel. Start by adjusting the zoom on your file to fit the screen, so you can see the whole chart and the buttons underneath, then click “Reset” and then click the red dot in the center of the joystick. After that, the joystick handle will “stick” to your mouse pointer so your mouse becomes the airplane control. Back and forth mouse…

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Flight Simulator Tutorial #1 – the joystick and a ground mesh

This is the first section of a tutorial explaining how to build a 3D flight simulator in Excel. This part deals with creating a joystick and a triangular ground mesh. The joystick model was explained in a previous post from January 2011 and the ground mesh was already used in the 3D roller-coaster. Please be aware that both the PDF and Excel files for this section have been updated on 4/13/2011 at 7:15 pm. 

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A Virtual Joystick – How Can You Make That ? – tutorial

Hello everybody, this is a tutorial in which a virtual  Excel joystick controlled by mouse movements on a scatter chart has been demonstrated . While in operation, a macro updates the coordinates of the pointer in two spreadsheet cells. The two coordinates are then incorporated in formulas which limit the range of motion of the joystick. Just like a real device the stick head movement is confined within a square (with a side…

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