When I was a child, all I wanted to be was a pilot. My parents said: “Not going to happen!” Why? Because I wore spectacles.
It was only many years later that I discovered that they were wrong. So I promptly started flying lessons.
Strike 1: Flying is forbidden by economics
It didn’t take long to find out that acquiring a PPL (Private pilot’s licence) requires MONEY. Lots of it. I wound up with empty pockets, and my PPL on hold for better financial days.
I started simulating flight on a personal computer.
Strike 2: Flying is forbidden by time
As a normal (hopefully balanced ) member of society, there are many time pressures. Family, career, sociability…
I continued simulating flight on a personal computer…
Strike 3: Flying is forbidden by health
A little later in life I was diagnosed with glaucoma. Now my sight was officially unacceptable and all hopes of being able to fly for real are now irrevocably forbidden. Strike 3 means “OUT”.
Err… but I wanted to fly. And I refuse to be thwarted by money, time or health.
Do you feel the same way?
So, what’s the next best thing? Do some serious simulation.
That means going a few steps further than two monitors on the table top with a yoke attached to the edge and always getting in the way. Flight simulation has now become so realistic that the limiting factor is your simulation environment, not software or hardware.
You want to simulate flight at the “next level”? You actually need to build a cockpit. A shell that encompasses your monitors, yokes, pedals and levers. And of course the shell should look reasonable from the outside as well as within.
Ok, but how do I make such a cockpit?
In the next month or so, the step-by-step plans for building a decent realistic affordable cockpit will at last be available… watch this space… I’ve nearly got it ready.
And it’s a beauty!