Paul Alessie started building his generic GA cockpit a few years ago for the training of his private pilot license. The pictures shown below are from the 5th version of his cockpit, which is mostly based on the BeechCraft Duke but can also be used for several other aircraft.
He says he attends the FSweekend at Lelystad every year to show other people what is possible with this (quite expensive) hobby.
Builder: Paul Alessie
ICAO: EHAM, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
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.
Builder: Rune Koppen
ICAO: ENRK, Rakkestad Airport
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
Ken was much involved in flight simulation during the ’90s with FS 5.1 until the early 2000s; and then got back into flight simulation again (in a big way) after he retired at the end of 2011.
Besides the photos, Ken also attached a schematic layout, showing how he achieved a self-contained cockpit system that doesn’t need of a mouse or keyboard for any inflight functions.
Location: Huntington, New York, USA
ICAO: KFRG, Farmingdale Republic 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
All roads lead to Rome. Followings are the pictures from Mirtec1971 in Italy for his PMDG 737 cockpit built with touch screens and Flight Instrument Panels.
Location: Milan, Italy
ICAO: LIMC – Milan Malpensa Airport