USB Brake Pedals Installation


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Microsoft's Flight Simulator FS98, FS2000,
FS2002 & FS2004


Installation Instructions for:


* USB 004 Braking Pedals

with Parking Brake Feature

Below is 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 Panels.

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 Cockpit.

TESTING the 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

This indicates all is working FINE.

The Braking Pedals will also work with Win95, Win98 & Laptop computers
with a USB Port connection.

Programming the 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 Too.

Programming the USB Braking Pedals

When 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 'OK'.

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 brakes'.

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 RIGHT!

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 Programmed.

Figure 10B - Find and Highlight - 'Apply right brakes'.

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 programmed.

Programming the Parking Brake for FS2004

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 software.

Locate "Parking Brake Set" in the Assignment Window of your FS2004 and Highlight with a mouse click.

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 Brake.


Your Assignment List for FS2004 should Look like this. Then 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 release.



 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 skies.

 Programming the Parking Brake for FS2002

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 Braking Pedals

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.

Happy Flying!

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Braking Pedals MODEL #USB 004+

Microsoft Flight Simulator FS2000, FS2002, FS2004

Will work with ALL Aircraft Configurations
(from the Piper Cub to the Boeing 777 & MORE!)

NOTE: Not for Rudder Use!