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AOA Setup

Angle of Attack indexers are typically mounted on the left side of heads up displays.

Follow the simple steps below to attach your AOA indexer.

1. Peel the backing off one side of the included double-sided adhesive foam square.

AOA peel off backing

2. Affix the foam square to the right side of the AOA indexer.

AOA apply adhesive patch

3. Remove the backing from the unused side of the double-sided adhesive foam square and affix to the left HUD bracket.

Affix AOA to HUD

4. Proceed to the software configuration directions outlined below for DCS World and other supported simulators.

AOA Setup: DCS

DCS World logo

Both the Naval and Air Force AOA indexers utilize Arduino Nano microcontrollers. Thanks to the freeware DCS-BIOS and Arduino IDE software, your AOA indexer can be configured for use with the DCS World F-16C, F/A-18C and F-14B.

Follow the 5 steps to install and configure DCS-BIOS as outlined in the Documentation (links below):

1. Installation

2. Installing Plugins

3. Connecting to DCS

4. Status Indicators

5. Managing Serial Port Connections

6. Download and install Arduino IDE. CLOSE DCS BIOS BEFORE PROCEEDING!

7. Download the Arduino AOA indexer file you plan to use. For the F-16C click the 'AOA-AF' button and for the F/A-18C or F-14B click 'AOA-Naval'. Unzip the downloaded file to your preferred location.

8. Open either Arduino file and click 'Select Board'. Choose your new COM# from Step 5. ('Unknown COM8' in the example below).

Arduino IDE- select board

9. A new window will appear 'Select Other Board and Port'. On the left side, select 'Arduino Nano' under 'BOARDS' and your new COM# should be selected on the right side under 'PORTS'. Click 'OK'.

Arduino IDE- select board and port

10. Press 'Ctrl + S' to save your changes.

11. Load the AOA script to your AOA indexer by clicking the 'Upload' (Right Arrow) button on the top left (Make sure DCS Bios is closed. If DCS-BIOS is running, it will prevent Arduino IDE from loading the AOA script).

Arduino IDE- Upload sketch

12. Launch DCS-BIOS. You are now ready to fly in DCS World!

AOA Setup: P3D FSX FS9

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FSX logo
FS2004 FS9 logo
MSFS2020 logo

For MSFS2020, Prepar3D, FSX & FS9, we recommend Air Manager by Sim Innovations (payware). Air Manager provides the communication link to your AOA indexer and will automatically recognize all of the simulators above.

1. Download, install and activate Air Manager by Sim Innovations. Refer to the User Manual for installation guidance and directions.

2. Download the AOA instrument files for Air Manager. Unzip the file to your preferred location.

3. Open your Device Manager, expand the 'Ports' line and plug in your AOA Indexer using the provided USB A - USB Mini B cable.

Plug in AOA indexer

4. A new 'COM#' will appear under 'Ports (COM & LPT)'. Make a note of the new COM#.

Device Manger- Ports and COMs

5. Open Air Manager and from the 'Home' tab, click the 'Flash' icon on the top right of the ribbon menu.

Air Manager Flash Device

6. The 'Select your board' menu will appear. Select 'Arduino Nano' from the list of board options and click 'Next'.

Air Manager select Arduino Nano board

7. From the 'Board Settings' menu under 'Com port', select the newly found COM# from Step 4 (COM8 in the example below) and click 'Flash' at the bottom of the menu.

Air Manager- board settings

The 'Flashing board' window will display the status of Air Manager's firmware installation.

8. When complete, click 'Close' at the bottom of the window.

Air Manager- flashing board

 9. 'Arduino Nano (A)' will appear under 'Air Manager'. Click the 'Panel' icon above to add an instrument panel.

Air Manager- Add Panel

 10. Click on 'Blank Panel' and click 'Add' at the bottom of the window.

Air Manager- add blank panel

 11. When the window below appears, click 'Add' again at the bottom.

Air Manager- blank panel

 12. The new panel will appear below 'Air Manager'. Under 'General Settings', rename as desired. In this example we will rename it to 'T-45C' and import the T-45 AOA indexer. Check 'Start the panel automatically...' and 'Do not show panel' under Windows preferences.

Air Manager- blank panel settings

 13. With your new panel selected, click 'Air Manager' on the top left next to 'Help' and select 'Import' from the drop-down menu.

Air Manager- Import instruments

 14. Point to the 'AM_AOAs_Grp1.siff' you downloaded and extracted in Step 2 and click 'Open'.

Air Manager- import AOAs siff file

 15. Check the box next to the aircraft's AOA indexer for the panel you created and click 'Import'.

Air Manager- Select aircraft instrument

 16. Click the 'Instrument' icon to add an instrument to your T-45C panel.

Air Manager- add instrument to aircraft

 17. Click on the newly imported T-45 AOA Indexer on the right side of the window and click 'Add'. If it's not visible in the list, simply restart Air Manager and start from Step 16.

Air Manager- select aircraft AOA indexer

 18. Click the light bulb on your T-45C panel while flying to turn on and off your T-45's AOA indexer.

Air Manager- turn on and off aircraft instrument

 Happy Flying!

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