Michael has been flying as a private pilot for 6 years, and he is now working on his multi-engine and commercial pilot rating. His goal is to find a job in aviation.
Michael says that in his experience as a pilot, he realized that a home simulator is a great means to improving his knowledge and practice muscle skills for the devices he is using on board a real plane. Although his home cockpit for now is nothing special, he says, he is modifying it a lot with new gears to make it as realistic as possible very soon.
ICAO: EPMO, Warsaw Modlin Airport
Rune Koppen, working with light aircraft at Norronafly Rakkestad A/S in Norway, is one of the earliest supporters of FSX Times. He just sent me two additional photos of his cockpit with my Baron B58 FIP gauges newly installed.
David Marsden said that his flight simulator is installed in his wife’s sewing room and therefore could not build a dedicated enclosure. Recently he solved the problem by putting a piece of cloth onto some frames, which he could put up a temporary cockpit space in about 2 minutes and take it down just as quickly.
David said the idea was got from Ben Weaver in Cockpits section who had done the same. Followings are the pictures of his “interpretation”, which he thought might be of help to anyone who also has limited space for their cockpit build.
Builder: David Marsden
Location: Sheffield, UK
ICAO: EGCN, Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Dean Carlton in Australia has just sent me updated photos of his desk-based simulation setup from concept to completion, in which a number of techniques and methods I never thought of using before.
The photos posted below are only a few from 50 something images Dean sent over, including some very old Private Pilot’s License Course materials and copies of the early 80’s The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft magazine he collected.
To see them all, one could click on the Dropbox link Dean shares with us at the end of the post. Via the link, one can even download the drawings of his Main Instrument Panel (MIP) in pdf, skp and step formats, if interested.
Builder: Dean Carlton
Location: Merimbula, Australia
ICAO: YMER, Merimbula Airport
Followings are the cockpit pictures from Ken Terry who is the first person in my Cockpit section using three curved monitors in his set up. They certainly provide a more realistic scenery impact than the regular display. (Edit: Imagine what it would look like if the three curved monitors are replaced by three latest 49-inches.)
Builder: Ken Terry
Location: Sydney, Australia
ICAO: YSSY, Sydney Airport
48RE has been private pilot for 24 years. Due to long working hours, he is sometimes difficult to find time to go flying the real thing and practice to keep sharp flying skills. So more than three years ago, he built his own virtual cockpit to help keep current on his flying skills, especially IFR.
He says that building the cockpit and programming everything to work as it should was as fun as flying it. Moreover, practicing IFR flights and instruments approaches on it is priceless.
Location: Cambridge, Ohio, USA
ICAO: KCDI – Cambridge Municipal Airport