Easily Add the Realism of Aircraft Footpedal Braking
to . . . .
Simulator FS98, FS2000,
FS2002 & FS2004
Installation Instructions for:
* USB 004 Braking Pedals
with Parking Brake Feature
the step-by-step Instructions to Install your USB Braking Pedals from
Desktop Aviator. Before proceeding, you should make sure that your
computer is equipped with a USB Port. This is a rectangular cutout
usually located on the back of most modern computers. Although some
manufactures include USB Ports on both the back and Front
If your computer has 1 or 2 USB Ports you can easily add
MORE with the addition of a device called a USB Expander. By installing
this computer card, you can provide 4 additional Ports. By connecting
other USB Expander cards, you can connect hundreds of USB Devices to One
Computer. This is the versility of using USB for your Flight Simulator
Cockpit. With a USB connection, you can plug-in a CH Flight Yoke,
Cessna Avionics Panel and the
Braking Pedals all at the same time. And with the addition of future
Desktop Aviator Panels, in time you will have one Heck of a
USB Brake Pedals
The Breaking Pedals were designed to be connected
to your computer using a vacant USB Port. For multiple Flight Simulator
Add-ons, a USB Expander card is recommended.
When the Brake Pedal is connected the the USB
Port, your computer will detect the Brakes as 'USB Joystick' Then Click
'Properties' as seen above.
Then with the above Window showing, press the
Left Pedal; the #1 circle will light in RED
Press the Right Pedal;
the #2 circle will light in RED
indicates all is working FINE.
The Braking Pedals will also work with Win95,
Win98 & Laptop computers
with a USB Port
USB Braking Pedals for MS Flight Simulator
Below are the Instructions on
Programming your USB Brake Pedals for use with the Microsoft Flight
Simulator. Here I will be showing example Windows taken from MS Flight
Sim 2002. The Pedals will work on other MS products, just that the
Window appearance or wording may be different.
It is assumed that
you already know how to enter the 'SETTINGS' Window of your Flight
Simulator. When in the 'Settings' Window, click on 'ASSIGNMENTS' (See
Figure 1B). When clicked a second Window will open called 'Control -
Assignments'. Then click on 'Joystick Type'. Then find and Highlight and
click 'USB Joystick' (Figure 2B). Before programming the USB Brakes, you
need to delete and default assignments that Flight Simulator might have
created. So click on there default settings then click 'Detete Joystick
Assignment'. There might be 4 or 5 default assignments. All MUST be
DELETED at this time. On the Main Assignment Window, locate (on top of
Window) and click on 'Joystick Axis'. Here you might find aditional
Default Settings. Delete these as well (Figure 3B).
Figure 1B - Click on
'ASSIGNMENTS' to get the ball rolling
Figure 2B - Select Joystick Type - USB JOYSTICK
Figure 3B - Delete ALL Default Assignments
created by Flight Simulator
Figure 4B - Remember to Delete Default
Assignments in 'JOYSTICK AXES' also.
Figure 5B - Delete ALL Default Values HERE
Programming the USB Braking
all Default Assignments have been deleted, it's now time to program the
Flight Simulator to detect the Brake Pedals. Go back to 'Settings -
Assignments' window. Click 'USB Joystick' from Joystick Type. Find and
highlight 'Apply left brakes' (Event Catagory - ALL Commands). See
Figure 6B. When Highlighted, goto the bottom of the Window and Click on
'Change Assignment...' (Figure 7B). When Clicked, a third Window appears
('Change Assignment'). Press the LEFT FOOT PEDEL on the Brake. 'Button
01' will appear on the smaller window (See Figure 8B). Then Click
To the RIGHT of the 'Apply left brakes' text, you will find
the 'REPEAT' BAR. It is VERY Important that you click
the SLIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT as shown in Figure 9B. If not,
the Breaks will NOT operate correctly.
Figure 6B - Find and Highlight - 'Apply left
Figure 7B - Then Click on 'Change
Assignments' to program the Brake Pedals.
Figure 8B - Press the LEFT Brake Pedal - This
is USB Button #1. Then Click 'OK'.
Figure 9B - REMEMBER to Slide the Repeat Bar
ALL THE WAY TO THE
Now Find, Click and Highlight 'Apply right brakes'
(Figure 10B). As stated above, click 'Change Assignment' (Figure 11B).
Now, press the RIGHT Pedel of the Brake. 'Button 02' will appear in the
small window (Figure 12B). Then click 'OK'. Again, Here, you MUST set
the REPEAT BAR all the way to the right (Figure 13B). Then click 'OK',
located in the lower right hand corner of the Window.
Your USB Brake Pedal is NOW
Figure 10B - Find and Highlight - 'Apply
Figure 11B - Then Click on 'Change
Assignments' to program the RIGHT Brake Pedal.
Figure 12B - Press the RIGHT Brake Pedal -
This is USB Button #2. Then Click 'OK'.
Figure 13B - REMEMBER AGAIN to Slide the
Repeat Bar ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT!
Figure 14B - Click 'OK' to save your
settings. The Brake Pedal is now
Programming the Parking Brake for
Seeing that the 1070/2004 has two Reed
Switches, both switches MUST be OPEN before trying to program the
Parking Brake onto the Assignment List of FS2004. To do this, just pull
the lever OUT all the way, then push the lever IN about 1 inch. * At
this position, BOTH Reed Switches are OPEN. See TABLE 1
above. If you have an Ohm Meter handy, you can take the meter and
check for an open circuit on the RCA Cable from the Parking Brake. When
you are sure the Reed Switches are OPEN, proceed to program the Brake
into your FS2004
Locate "Parking Brake Set" in the
Assignment Window of your FS2004 and Highlight with a mouse
Then 'click' on "Change Assignemt" and pull
the Parking Brake Level all the way OUT. You will now see that Button 03
has been programmed for the Parking
Assignment List for FS2004 should Look like this.
when running Flight Simulator 2004, pull the Parking Brake OUT (Brake
SET) before loading an Aircraft Type. For example, say you loaded the
Cesna Skyhawk; in the lower left hand corner, you will see the wording:
"PARKING BRAKE - Press PERIOD (.) to
To release the
Brake, push the Parking Brake all the way IN. The "Parking Brake" label
will disappear. It's now time to apply Full power and take to the
Programming the Parking Brake for
Assigning the Parking Brake within the FS2002
software is a lot easier then with FS2004. Before running FS2002, push
the Parking Brake Lever all the way IN. This will assure that the
internal magnet is not in contact with the forward Reed Switch. You can
load and run FS2002 at this time. Click "Settings" and
"Assign". Locate "Parking Brake Set" then click on "Change Assignment".
When the new window appears, pull the Parking Brake all the way OUT.
"BUTTON 03" will appear in the window. Click OK. When you are back into
the Assignment List, locate the "REPEAT BAR" and place the slide all the
way to the "RIGHT". This will assure that your FS2002 will sense the
Release of the Parking Brake before your flight.
Using Your NEW USB
Now with the Brake Pedals Programmed, lets taxi
down a runway.
Load and Create a Flight as you normally do. With
your aircraft on the runway; Release the Parking Brake; apply engine
power and start a slow roll. Apply pressure with your left foot to the
Brake Pedals; your aircraft will now roll to the left. Release left foot
pressure and apply right; the aircraft will now move to the right. To
STOP; retard the throttle and apply pressure to BOTH Brake Pedals. You
will come to a smooth stop.
With time; you will become familiar
with how and when to apply Brakes with different Throttle settings.
You'll be able to taxi all around the airport like a seasoned pro. Maybe
even better then me.
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Braking Pedals MODEL #USB
Microsoft Flight Simulator FS2000,
Will work with ALL Aircraft Configurations
(from the Piper Cub to the Boeing 777 &
NOTE: Not for Rudder