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
Followings are a picture chronology of how Shawn Carrier who turned pieces of wood into his home cockpit. Actually he submitted the pictures to me back in April. But due to my forgetfulness, the images were not posted until now.
Below is the de Havilland Beaver simulator by Beaverpilot in Canada. He believes it is the first DHC-2 model to scale as far as he knows. What we see below is about 8 years of his work with some time off. No doubt, it’s amazing.
Followings are the Cessna cockpit by Cor Radmaker in The Netherlands, who designed the panel himself. The panel is made of metal, with flexible plywood and foam and imitation leather put together as the glare shield.
Edit: Cor has submitted additional pictures for the building of his panel, plus drawing files to share with those who are interested.