The GWS Dream Starter is a basic flight simulator controller, designed to accurately simulate a four channel model airplane or helicopter transmitter. It works exactly like a regular computer joystick, and has a standard USB interface. This lets it work right out of the box, without installing any drivers.
Confusing Packaging – An Explanation
The box containing the flight simulator controller can be slightly misleading. The picture on the back of the package shows several chargers, cables, and a battery pack. The only thing the box contains is the actual controller. It would seem that the company who builds the simulator controller uses the same box to package several different products. Please note that this is not a problem, because the USB cable lets the simulator controller draw power from the computer. No battery packs or chargers are needed. The picture also shows a blue transmitter. Each simulator controller is black, so that it looks like actual RC transmitters. Don’t be alarmed when you only find the transmitter in the package. You don’t need anything else to fly using the simulator.
FMS Set Up Instructions
The GWS Flight Simulator Controller requires some configuration in order to work properly with the Flying Model Simulator. Here is a step by step procedure showing how to configure and calibrate your controller.
- Install FMS. An installation CD-ROM is included with your controller. Just insert it into your disk drive and follow the on screen instructions. If you don’t have a CD-ROM, you can download FMS here. If you are using Windows Vista, some additional installation steps are required.
- Before you run the program, plug your controller into your computers USB port.
- You should see a message pop up. Windows is informing you that it has found a new USB controller.
- Start FMS by double clicking the icon on your desktop.
- Click “Controls” at the upper part of the simulator window.
- This will open a drop down menu. Click the “Analog Control” entry to proceed to configuration.
- A small window titled “Control” will open. Click the “Joystick Interface” entry.
- Press the calibrate button, on the right side of the window.
- Centre all of the trim tabs on the controller (except the throttle, which should be at idle), and move the sticks in full circles several times.
- Click the next button, and centre all of the sticks. (This includes the throttle.)
- Click Finish.
- Click the checkboxes found on the left side of the screen, and change the numbers in the channel fields as needed to create the configuration shown in this picture. This will reverse some channels on the controller, which operate in the wrong direction by default.
- When done, click the OK button at the bottom of the configuration window, then close the smaller “Control” window.
- You should be able to adjust the simulated models trim by using the tabs on the controller. Please be aware that the engine of your simulated model will turn off, if the throttle trim is set to idle. You will need to move this trim tab upwards slightly, to achieve a good idle speed.
Congratulations, you have successfully configured the flying model simulator to work with your new simulator controller.