A bit of Spring Cleaning

Once again, a ManCave visit lead to a bit of a cleanup! With the ongoing re-configuring of the sims, and the ManCave itself, the place has become a little messy… So, after a busy couple of hours the space looks much better. With the room much tidier you can see the increase in usable space, […]

New 737 Radios

Long long ago, a friend built an incredible B200 Kingair simulator. He eventually sold it, and through a series of events I ended up helping maintain it for the new owner. The simulator has had a series of upgrades in the intervening 10 or so years, and now sports a flash new Garmin G1000 cockpit […]

Extension Impressions

3D printed, cleaned up and test fitted… my stick extension looks pretty good, and places the stick about where I wanted it. Next up is creating a solid mount, then extending the wiring up through the extension, so that the switches all work.

HOTAS Repair and replacement

After deciding that I would fit the ‘Cougar’ HOTAS to the Skyhawk it was time to actually do it… *and* to repair the broken gimbal arm. First up was making sure the mounting concept was going to actually work. I borrowed Richards Warthog, with 150mm extension, and confirmed that it would all work where I […]

Skyhawk Renovations

After much soul searching, wringing of hands and generally procrastinating I have finally become comfortable with my plan to integrate my Thrustmaster Cougar HOTAS (yes, the one I recently broke) into the Skyhawk. It makes plenty of sense from an operations perspective, but the dilemma I had was that it is now drifting away from […]

Aerofly Scenery Design

I said there would be more Aerofly screenshots…. Well, here we go 🙂Over the weekend I did some further experiments with some of the development tools for Aerofly. I have not yet gone so far as to look at the 3DStudio part of the SDK, I’m sticking to established end-user tools for now. Once I […]

ManCave re-shuffle Part 1

This weekend I spent a bit of time tidying (read: chucking out) in the ManCave in preparation for shifting things around. After a bit of organizing, sorting, moving, stacking and generally making a huge mess, I was able to turn the Skyhawk sim around 90º and into it’s new location. Then, after much cable tidying […]

Aerofly FS2

I have experienced Aerofly FS2 before and was impressed especially as a VR experience, what I wasn’t prepared for was the open architecture and the ease of adding scenery. The tools available for AFS2 are outstanding, allowing for easy development of vast, detailed photo sceneries and even airport design from your web browser. AFS2 is […]

It wasn’t to be

Tonight was going to be my ‘Back in the Saddle’ flight in DCS:World, after a lengthy absence. The launch, in a Harrier went well, dropping 2 Mk82 low-drag bombs accurately onto an enemy frigate, delivering the coup de grâce after my fellow aviators had damaged it earlier in the day.And that is where it all […]

Sim Tech Support

Tonight I got all of Nikolai’s sim parts together for a final run-through to make sure everything was running properly before he takes it all home… After getting everything setup again, and a couple of test flights by my trusted co-pilot it was all ready to ship off, with Nick’s F/A-18 cockpit, to it’s new […]