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.
(Updates added at End of Post – Aug-11, 2017)
Received a post comment from Ed Gilbert (aka Raceguy) about his P-51D cockpit that he has been working on for the last two years. He said that the project is about to complete sometime this week. I can’t help to say “wow!”
The photos are originally posted on the A2A Forum. I have sought his permission to re-post the photos here.
Frankly, whenever I look at the cockpit pictures from FSX Times friends who shared with us here, I always feel the excitement and am deeply touched by the time, the effort, and the sweat (probably blood as well) they put onto our common passions in flight simulation. Thank you Raceguy. Thank you all.
Builder: Ed Gilbert aka Raceguy
Location: New Port Richey, Fl, USA
ICAO: FA40 Hidden Lake Airport