Suspen From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7225 times:
That seriously rocks. It looks like all the glass displays are showing the correct information from the simulator too! Throw that cockpit on a trailer and take it to the fairgrounds and it'll even pay for itself when you charge kids $2 to drive it.
Tower: "Cessna xxxx, state your intentions", Cessna: "To become airline pilot"
AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7021 times:
I've been flying MS Flight Simulator since the early 90's, and am just now getting my personal cockpit up to the level of realism that I want. I use Precision Flight Controls hardware - it's without a doubt the very finest available, and the most realistic. Visit them at http://www.flypfc.com/.
This realism does not come cheap. As you'll see in the site, a Jetliner yoke (modeled in the Saab 340 yoke castings) will cost you almost $700, and the rudders are another $500. A good throttle quadrant is around another $500 or so.
My system is rather humble. I'm using the Cirrus yoke and rudder pedals, and for now I use the throttle on the yoke cabinet. I plan to add the throttle quadrant and several sets of throttles for different configurations (737, 747, turboprop, etc) by the end of the year (pending spousal approval, of course!!). I have a great video card that supports dual monitors so I'll likely make the jump to a pair of 19" tubes as well.
It's a great hobby - and there are some amazingly accurate aircraft available for Flight Simulator. My hard drive currently has about 12 gigs (yes, gigabytes) of addons and utilities for my simulator. One aircraft that may show you the realism that MSFS is capable of is the new A-320 from Wilco Publishing. Check this review out - http://www.flightsim.com/cgi/kds?$=main/review/a320pic.htm .
Hope this stokes up some interest in this great hobby!
I bet it doesn't but how much would this cost realistically. I'm shocked how cheap the technology is! $650 for all the software??? So does that leave just the cost of hardware and installation? If so how much would that cost?
The reason I ask is I run a gift experience company in the UK and we're always getting inquiries for flight sim experiences which aren't £1000 / hour in a commercial simulator, but I am not going to plonk someone down in front of MS flight sim either as it wouldn't be good value for money!