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Convert SPST Switches and Pushbuttons to SPDT

This video shows you a very neat trick: How to convert Single Pole Single Throw Switches and Pushbuttons to Single Pole Double Throw configuration, adding more inputs and flexibility to your Simulator or Cockpit. SPST switches can only send one action to the Simulator, while SPDT can send two, which is usually needed to modify different actions such as Gear Up and Gear Down. Although it is very easy to purchase SPDT switches, you may have a special switch or pushbutton you cannot find in SPDT configuration, or you have a finished project and do not wish to replace any electrical components. Also, you can accomplish dual actions in a SPST switch with applications such as SV Mapper and FSUIPC, but this usually requires more software to purchase an extra configurations. A variation of the SPDT switch has an off option in the middle which produces ON-OFF-ON, here is a sample SPDT Switch with 3 positions.

To accomplish this task, we can use a 12V Relay, although a 5V Relay can be used as well. 12V DC is recommended as it is a commonly used voltage in many electronics, including LED Switches which can also be added to Cockpits as shown in this video. The wiring is simple and the final product prevents the 12V from actually being passed to the USB Interface Card, avoiding potential damage.

Useful Videos/Links
Adding LED Pushbuttons and Switches to your Cockpit:
Basic Components of Cockpit Building:
USB Interface Cards:
Useful Tips for a Better Flight Sim Experience:
Using Tablets and Touchscreens with your Flight Sim:
How to Build a Simple Landing Gear:
Creating Garmin G5 and G1000 Instruments with Logitech FIPS:

Items Needed
Please make sure to purchase high quality components and always confirm product specifications and even read reviews related to your project.

Leo Bodnar BBI-32 Card:
12V DC Relay, SPDT used in Video:
Single Relay Module Kit:
Four Relay Module Kit:
Eight Relay Module Kit:
Wires with Spade Quick Connectors:
12V Power Supply with Terminal Block:
Optional: ELEGOO Arduino Mega 2560:
Optional: KEYESTUDIO Arduino Mega 2560:
Optional: Mega 2560 Terminal Block:
Optional: Green DC Voltmeter:
Optional: Blue DC Voltmeter:

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