Cockpit: Dean Carlton (YMER, Australia)

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

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Cockpit: Ken (KFRG, USA)

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.

Builder: Ken
Location: Huntington, New York, USA
ICAO: KFRG, Farmingdale Republic Airport

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Cockpit: Ken Terry (YSSY, Australia)

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

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Cockpit: 48RE (KCDI, USA)

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.

Builder: 48RE
Location: Cambridge, Ohio, USA
ICAO: KCDI – Cambridge Municipal Airport

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Cockpit: Thomas Campbell (KCAE, USA)

Followings are the cockpit pictures from Thomas Campbell who basically built his cockpit on the Volair Sim Avionics Panel.   It looks pretty nice.

Builder: Thomas Campbell
Location: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
ICAO: KCAE – Columbia Metropolitan Airport
KCUB – Jim Hamilton L B Owens Airport

2017-0608 Update: With 6 more FIPs added, it’s set up very nice.  All gauges are CT210M.

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Cockpit: Shawn Carrier (KMGY, USA)

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.

Builder: Shawn Carrier
Location: Miamisburg, Ohio, USA
ICAO: KMGY – Dayton Wright Brothers Airport

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Cockpit: Beaverpilot (CNN5, Canada)

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.

Builder: Beaverpilot
Location: Northeastern Ontario, Canada
ICAO: CYCN, CNN5 waterdrome

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Cockpit: Cor Radmaker (EHAM, Netherlands)

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.

Builder: Cor Rademaker
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
ICAO: EHAM – Amsterdam Schiphol

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