The user was able to use both the RC controller and a joystick connected through mission planner. He did this to be able to change WP speed without the RC controller being connected. This may work for the joystick with a switch but I don’t know.
I will caution you as you are trying to use the software in a way that was not intended for tradheli. It was always expected that an RC transmitter would be used to arm and spool up the heli. I’m not saying that we won’t attempt to move to being able to do this from the ground station but currently that is not how it is designed to work.
You have the joystick connected to a computer that is running mission planner or QGC correct? Or does this joystick have its own transmitter that talks to an RC receiver like the Futaba transmitter did?
When I run the SITL I use a realflight interlink Controller. It is connected to the GCS and I use the joystick setup to assign one of the switches to my motor interlock channel. This works fine for the simulation but I don’t know if it would work for a real flight controller without an RC receiver. You might try post on a diffeeent thread to see if anyone else has done this.
I don’t know. I guess my recommendation is to find another controller that you can program switches on it with mission planner or QGC. I still don’t know whether it is possible even if you have a controller with a switch. Sorry that I can’t be of more assistance.