Class Echo

Class Echo is a versatile and affordable flight simulator interface.

The Class Echo simulator panel is a controller made specifically for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. It takes many of the most common controls and puts them at your finger tips. No longer do you have to pan around the cockpit and zoom into autopilot, radio, COM and NAV panels. Autopilot values are selected easily using the touch screen and physical rotary encoder. COM and NAV frequencies are swapped with a touch, and input is done with a responsive touch screen number pad. Essential information about your flight, fuel and engines are displayed onscreen in an easy to read layout.

Purchase Class Echo

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Download Firmware

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Questions?

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Class Echo is a kit, and requires extra parts to complete the device

The class echo is very easy to build, comes with a full build guide, and is a great first electronics project. We’re always here to support you along the way!

What you get with the Class Echo Kit:
– Class Echo Frame and Screw Hardware (3D printed Frame, 12xM3 screws, allen key, zip ties)
– Rotary Encoder + All wiring required for the build
– Free lifetime firmware updates as the platform evolves
– 25% discount off of Spad Next FSX/P3D edition (required for interfacing with MSFS2020)

What you need to purchase separately:

1) One Nextion NX4827T043 4.3 Inch HMI Display (Get the basic – not the enhanced)
2) One Arduino Mega ATMega2560 R3 microcontroller
3) One 8 to 32 GB capacity micro SD card, class 10 (only used for uploading screen firmware – not required for daily operation) – You will also need a method of writing files to this card from your computer (USB dongle, SD card adapter, etc)

Class Echo Full Feature Set

General Flight Information:

  • Aircraft Callsign (e.g. AS-XGS)
  • Aircraft Type
  • Local Time
  • Universal Time
  • Simulation Time (Time user has been in sim)
  • Magnetic Heading
  • Indicated Airspeed
  • GPS Track
  • GPS Groundspeed
  • Altitude (Indicated)
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Next GPS Waypoint
  • Last GPS Waypoint
  • Distance To Next Waypoint
  • Estimated Time Enroute (ETE)
  • Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)

Select And Change The Following Autopilot Values (Rotary Encoder):

  • Heading Bug (degrees)
  • CDI Course 1 and 2 (degrees)
  • Altitude Selection (feet)
  • Vertical Speed (feet / min)
  • Barometric Pressure Setting (Inches of Mercury)

Essential Autopilot Toggles:

  • Autopilot On / Off
  • Heading Mode / Roll Mode / Level Mode
  • Approach Mode
  • NAV Mode
  • Flight Director
  • Yaw Damper
  • Altitude Hold / Pitch Hold
  • Vertical Speed Mode
  • Vertical Nav (Currently INOP)
  • Flight Level Change (Currently INOP)

COM and NAV Radio Control With Numerical Touchpad:

  • Com 1 / 2 (Frequencies and swap)
  • NAV 1 / 2 (Frequencies and swap)
  • Transponder Code (Set code, and switch On / Off / Alt / Stby)
  • Autopilot navigation source (NAV1, NAV2, FMS magenta line)
  • ADF (Frequencies and swap)

Toggle Buttons Controls:

  • Pitot Heat
  • Airframe Anti Ice
  • Windshield Anti Ice
  • Propeller Anti Ice
  • Engine 1 / Engine 2 Anti Ice or Intertial Separator
  • Autopilot/Trim – Off / Trim on / Autopilot and Trim on (TBM950 specific)
  • Air Bleed Control (Off / On Auto / On Max)
  • Landing Gear Up/Down (with indicator lights + transition blinking)

Engine and Fuel Systems Information: ** NOTE: MAXIMUM TWO ENGINES

  • Engine information priority re-arranges dynamically:
    – Piston Engines (RPM, GPH, Manifold Pressure)
    – Jets (N1%, N2%, ITT)
    – Turbines (Torq, N1%, ITT)
  • Displays the above attributes plus oil temperature and pressure per engine.
  • Ignition and Starter toggles for both engines.
  • Main fuel tank and aux fuel tank quantity for Left and Right
  • Total Fuel Quantity (Displayed on a moving fuel gauge)
  • Fuel tank selector (TankL, TankR, Both)
  • Fuel pump 1/2 Toggle Switches
  • Electrical System Voltage And Amperage

Settings tab:

  • Device Brightness Slider
  • Simulation Frame Rate Display