RIC-8 Stand-Alone


General

The Remote Instrument Console (RIC) is designed to control the instruments in your favorite flight simulation software.

As of July, 2010 we started shipping a version with new metal that reverses the CRS/DG and HDG controls, and adds indicators to the CRS/DG control. Otherwise both versions are functionally identical. The latest firmware works with either version and at most only requires a configuration change.
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RIC-8 Old Metal

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RIC-8 New Metal


At this time this page also covers the MFD RIC-8. The metal is different from the Stand-Alone RIC and the MFD RIC doesn't include the Landing Gear Lights but they use the same firmware.
RIC-8 Old Metal

RIC-8 New Metal


Configurable Options

OptionDefaultAvailable SettingsDescription
RIC LayoutNew MetalNew Metal, Old MetalSet this to match your RIC's physical layout.
Device SelectJumper J4Pilot, Copilot, Jumper J4Select Jumper J4 to use the internal jumper (absent=pilot, present=copilot). Or you can bypass the jumper by choosing Pilot or Copilot.


Firmware

Right-click and select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (FireFox) to download either of these files. Otherwise your browser will probably just display the raw contents. Your browser may try to save it as a text file, if so you'll have to rename it.
Bonus links:




Updating the RIC-8

Get the Required Files

The Cypress Loader allows you to update certain Cypress-based PFC USB devices.

Get the Loader

Get the Driver

  • Download both these files and put them in the same directory together (may be the same directory as above):

Get the RIC Firmware

Now select the illustration (above) that most closely matches your RIC. Download the DLD file and save to a convenient location.

Put the RIC into bootloader mode

As of mid-June, 2010 we've started shipping the RICs with firmware that will let you put the RIC into bootloader (firmware upgrade) mode without having to take it apart. The good news is that if you have older firmware, upgrading to the latest will give you this feature; you'll have to use a jumper this time, but not in the future.

How to tell which version you have

  • You can use PFC Test GUI to give you the version number. Version 1.09 (old metal) or version 2.02 (new metal) or newer will have the new feature.
  • It might be simpler just to try it. Try the new way, and if it doesn't work, do it the old way.

The New Way

It's simple.
  1. Plug the RIC into the computer with the USB cable (the power cable is optional for this procedure).
  2. Press and hold both the A/S and Artificial Horizon Adjustment (third knob from the right) buttons simultaneously for about 6 seconds.

If the firmware has this feature it will turn off ALL the lights (backlighting, indicators, landing gear) and exit normal running mode. If you have sound you should hear the USB "disconnect" sound followed quickly by the USB "connect" sound, though sometimes the computer falls behind and you'll only hear one sound or the other. At that time when you run the Cypress loader you'll see the device available for downloading.

If this works, the rest of these instructions are on the Cypress Loader page. Click here to continue.

The Old Way

If you have older firmware you will need to apply a jumper to two pins inside the RIC case. This method also works for newer firmware.
Remove the Back
  1. Unplug power and USB cables from the back of your RIC-8.
  2. Use a #2 Phillips screwdriver to remove the four screws at the four corners of the RIC's back panel. (This is an ordinary screwdriver you can get at any hardware store. #2 refers to the size of the tip. You may get away with using a #1 but it fits loosely and is more likely to strip the screw heads.)
  3. Remove the back. You may detach the power cable or leave it; it’s OK to leave the back hanging from the wire for this exercise as long as you don’t apply any undue force.
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Short the Programming Pins
The following photos are of the Slave RIC-8. The Stand-alone RIC has different metal and does not have the same wiring harness, however, the upload instructions are identical.
You need to short out two of the five programming pins on the programming header, J2. This is located just to the right of the USB connector as you view the back of the RIC (center of photo). Pin 1, at the top, is marked on the circuit board. You need to short the two bottom pins together, pins 4 and 5, without shorting them to anything else.
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The simplest way is to use a jumper cap like in the picture below. However, jumper caps are not always available.
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You can use a piece of sticky-tape and a metal paperclip, items which are usually easy to find. Almost any kind of non-metallic tape will do as long as it’s thin enough.
  1. Put a piece of tape over the top three pins (left, below).
  2. Slide the paperclip so that it touches both the two bottom pins (right, below).
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By shorting these two pins together you are telling the RIC that it should go into programming mode and not try to run normally. Once the programming pins are shorted you can connect a USB cable.

Connecting to USB
Simply plug the RIC's USB cable back in.

The rest of these instructions are on the Cypress Loader page. Click here to continue.


MFD and Panels