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Combat Cockpit – Customer Example

Combat Cockpit – Customer Example

One of our customers, Charles, set us a current built of his ever-evolving cockpit.

Charles writes, “My VolairSim is still going strong, thinking about evolving my rig a bit more with a motion platform.

Current config here if you’re curious: https://flightsimguy.com/nimitz/

Thanks again for making such a great product.”

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Mounting Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant


Josh has provided an update on his cockpit build. As you can see, Josh has relocated the keyboard to the left and mounted Honeycomb Bravo to the Avionics Table so that he can use both the Thrustmaster HOTAS and the traditional yoke/throttle configuration. 

Josh writes,  

“I used 1” x 1” x 1/8” Aluminum Angle, 1” flat Aluminum for bracing on the backside,

M5 Bolts, nuts and spacers, and the factory screws on top of the Bravo.

(And a splash of black paint ^^)” 

We thank Josh for providing the photos and write-up of this very clever installation.


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Excellent Cable Management, iPad, and Avionics Panel – Customer Example

Excellent Cable Management, iPad, and Avionics Panel – Customer Example

Josh, one of our customers sent us this photo of his set-up. Note excellent cable management and overall very clean implementation. Cable management can be accomplished via black zip-ties and self-adhesive mounting pads that allow you to route cables along the metal brackets. The iPad is running FltPlanGo which is an excellent and free EFB.

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Volair Sim at Massey University – School of Aviation in New Zealand

Volair Sim cockpits have made it all the way to New Zealand!

Check out the photo of work in progress sent to us by Glenn Ross from School of Aviation at Massey University which is located in Palmerson North. 

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Honeycomb Alpha Yoke and Bravo Throttle Quadrant with Triple Curved 32″ Monitors

Honeycomb Alpha Yoke and Bravo Throttle Quadrant with Triple Curved 32″ Monitors

John, one of your customers writes,

“Thought you might like to see the latest updates to my volairsim cockpit.  Photos attached.

After my grandson discovered a nice 3 -monitor configuration on your website, I (or should I say, he…) decided it was time to ditch the 43″ TV I was using – even though it worked well overall – and go for the 3 monitor configuration.  I also purchased the 32″ curved ViewSonic monitors and they work very well.  I won’t go into the installation since that was more than adequately covered by the other person.  While side distortion is unavoidable, it’s something we can tolerate until such time, if ever, FS2020 supports multiple viewports.

I originally had my Bravo throttle quadrant mounted next to its sibling yoke but it never felt very comfortable there – always felt too high.  I had some pre-cut 3/4″ aluminum angle that was almost the exact lengths I needed – when does that ever happen?  I built a small platform under the right side and mounted the throttle about 6″ lower than it would otherwise sit.  Feels much better now.”

Great job John. We also think that the three 32″ curved monitors look especially cool. Given the small angle of the two side monitors the distortion caused by the nVidia Surround is quite manageable while having a benefit of small impact on frame-rates (the three independent views as implemented in X-Plane are a lot more demanding on the GPU causing much larger frame-rate drop).
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Triple Curved 32″ Monitors – Customer Example

Triple Curved 32″ Monitors – Customer Example
Ever wondered about mounting 3 curved monitors. See post from Bryan S. who writes, 
 
“I used (3) curved 32” Viewsonic HD monitors with thin bezel line.  In the back center monitor VESA mounting plate, I used (4) 22mm wall spacers to push the monitor forward a bit. Hardware kit bought from Amazon.  
 
With this, when the left and right monitors marry up to the center monitor, there is no Z distance depth discrepancy.  All 3 monitors mate up in perfect symmetrical alignment!  The 3 curved monitors then produce a complete 90” semi-circle.  
 
For all the USB connections, I bought (2) USB hubs. The 1st one goes directly under (hidden) the foot pedals plate area.  It connects the usb to my monitors, Keyboard, TrackIR, sound volume control. Then it runs and connects directly to another USB hub, hidden directly under the seat.  It connects my Thrustmaster HOTAS, and recharge for my headset. With this set up this way, I only have (1) usb wire that runs along the left side frame and is zip tied to the frame for concealment.  
 
The monitors have (3) 15’ HDMI cables that run over to the computer, so the computer is not on the floor and is out of the way.  I have a 15’ multi outlet surge protector that also runs over to the computer area.  
 
So in all, I have only 3 HDMI cables and 1 power cable running from the computer Cpu and wall area, over to the Volair seat.  I used some floor tracking cable management tubes to hide those along the floor.  Everything else is connected to usb hubs, and power strip hidden under the rudder pedals plate.  It’s quite nice.  I have Nvidia RTX 2070 and it supports the 3 monitors being seen as one large one using “surround span displays” feature they use.  The resolution turns out being a massive 7680 x 1440.
 
I can send photos of my cable management underneath layer on. Everything is still dry-hung right now until I get the seat adjusted to the optimal setting for me (still moving seat around to fit).
 
You CANT go any bigger than 3-32” curved with the model I purchased.  It’s at the very limit. This is the model: https://www.viewsonic.com/us/vx3268-2kpc-mhd.htm
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Cessna 172 with XPlane 11 Cockpit​

Cessna 172 with XPlane 11 Cockpit​

Rich S., one of our customers, just sent us an e-mail with his newly constructed cockpit based around the Volair Sim chassis and the Volair Sim Avionics Panel.

Rich writes, “I just completed the latest (but never last!) touches to my sim.  I started it in July with the Volair chassis and seat, avionics panel and triple monitor stand.  They’re awesome and form the basis for my system. I have the Logitech yoke, rudder pedals, radio, multi and switch panels.  The TPM (throttle, propeller and mixture) controls, as well as the compass and carb heat controls are from SimMax.It.

I modified the lower right blank panel cover to provide a mount for the TPM and carb heat.  The flight instruments are displayed on a Neewer 11.6 in. touchscreen running Air Manager with a Knobster to control the rotary knobs, such as the heading bug.  I cut out the steel slats from the center of the avionics panel to fit the touchscreen in.  The lower left screen is an iPad running ForeFlight in simulator mode, which provides a moving map for situational awareness.

The large monitors are 27 in. P2719H Dells.  The computer is a Dell 8960 desktop with an i9 9900 chip and NVIDIA 2080 graphics card.  I’m running X-Plane 11 with the Cessna 172SP Skyhawk, as it is the plane I have been flying as a private pilot (at least until COVID-19 hit!).

I installed two Arduino Mega 2560 boards, one for the compass running MobiFlight, and the second using SimVim for the carb heat, primer and Avionics Master 2 switch, which is missing from the Logitech switch panel.  The display shows a flight over Philadelphia with the custom scenery I downloaded from X-Plane.org.  I’ve also been shooting ILS and GPS approaches with the X-Plane G530 GPS.”

We think that Rich’s build represent an excellent example of customer creativity and clever customization based on the foundation that is provided by the Volair Sim components. Well done!

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Creative Use of Volair Sim Avionics Panel with Touch Displays

Creative Use of Volair Sim Avionics Panel with Touch Displays

Here is an example of creative adaptation of Volair Sim Avionics Panel by Sean, one of our customers. Sean used a 13.3″ TouchScreen monitor (right side on the panel) as an additional display while having enough room for one Logitech modules above. The center display on the panel is an iPad and to the left you see two Logitech modules.

Sean writes:

“I use that screen (connected as a fourth display) to fullscreen Pilot2ATC.  If I can figure out how to get a fifth display running on my machine, I’ll likely add another one on the left side and move the two control panels to the middle getting rid of the iPad that’s there.  The bezels holding the ipad on are ones I designed and printed on my 3D printer.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RV9FYVG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Love the sim chassis. It’s very comfortable.”

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Coping With The Pandemic-Induced Isolation

Coping With The Pandemic-Induced Isolation

A heartfelt review from Adam, one of our recent customers, that made us realize that Volair Sim can help people cope with the isolation caused by the pandemic and provide an escape from the bleak world situation.

Adam writes:

“I might have a setup that is a bit different than most. I have recently migrated to VR flight for training purposes which is the reason for the one display. There are aspects I do miss about the triple monitor setup.

It’s my simulation room, the cockpit and my VR goggles. Once I load everything up I am in another world. Without the volair cockpit experience it definitely wouldn’t be as realistic as I would want it to be. The reason I say all this is because I want you and the team, even the CEO to know not only does the volairsim setup enhance my experience for training purposes but its literally been medicine for me to have this setup and configuration in my life. I am beyond thankful that I chose your company when I was on the market to make an investment into my simulation experience. The entire cockpit is modular and I have lost count on how many times I have been able to reconfigure and test new ideas out on this. We have a very short life on this planet and I’m glad there is a team of people out there producing cockpits like these. It’s changed my life and i’m almost certain that I’m not the only one.

Just wanted you and your team to know that. Thanks for all you do!”

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Volair Sim Racing Set-Up

Volair Sim Racing Set-Up

Since many of our customer examples focus on flight sim configurations, it is nice to see that racing enthusiasts are also using the Volair Sim to increase their driving proficiency. Below is a review from David who has built a racing sim centered around the Volair Sim chassis. David’s review:

“This is an amazing simulator Rig and built really well that I use it for Sim Racing and some VR stuff mainly racing. After three years of using the Volair Sim I have had zero problems and am glad I chose this rig. Their may be better certainly less expensive, but it is an impressive piece of equipment. The first 2 years I owned this rig I helped me improve my driving skills 100%.

With an adjustable seat that reclines and moves forward and backward makes it real comfortable to race in. With a bad back that means I can make adjustments to my seating so I can race in longer races during a race.

Volair gives you enough accessories to do a lot with your gear. I took some of them and moved them around to hold my VR head set and gloves.

The triple screen monitor stand can wiggle a little when things get exciting but not much of a distraction and not too often. Volair fixed that after my purchase with a new stand alone monitor stand.

I have 3 27” Viewsonic high end monitors that are a little beefy. One thing to look for is the monitor you choose and where the cable hook ups are for the. The vesa mount can be in the way and a cable may not fit or plug in. I had 3 beautiful no border 28” Acer monitors I had to substitute for the Viewsonic Monitors. It may not be the case with the new stand alone stand.

I had no problem with assembly or parts missing or left over and only took one short evening to assemble.

I have read reviews that people complain about what to do with wires dangling all over. Use your imagination because there’s a lot out there to take care of that.

I could ramble all day but I get lost with reviews. You won’t be disappointed with this choice so If its in you price range the pick Volair you won’t regret it.”

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Example of Volair Sim With 4th Display

Example of Volair Sim With 4th Display

It’s cold and rainy here in Indy, but nothing perks us up like a beautiful Volair Sim setup by one of our favorite Canadian customers.

Jean-Oliver said, “I wanted to take the time to thank you for having invented this wonderful product which for 2 years makes me experience beautiful moments of flight. I send you photos of my installations. I add a fourth screen that serves as a dashboard.”

This fourth screen installation is really creative. We had to know more about size, installation, usage, etc. and figured everyone else would like to know too. Jean-Oliver was kind enough to send us the details:

“I only install with screw the support of my screen to your table. I can change the angle of my screen with my support. The screen does not block the field of view, but you must adjust the mount of the 3 screens to its highest.  The advantage of this fourth screen allows me to play other games that do not require 3 screens. This screen is closer to play other games. The fourth screen has 24 inch, but it is possible to install a 27 inch. The other 3 screens have 27 inches.”

The other interesting modification is the modification to the center mount in order to extend the reach of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick:

Jean-Olivier writes, “You can see on another picture that I have the joystick holder flipped to install an extension for this one. Here is the link for extensions (good quality).”

Great job Jean-Olivier and we think your photos and instructions will help a lot of fellow flight simmers. Thank you!

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Volair Sim Triple Display Stand Set-Up

Volair Sim Triple Display Stand Set-Up

Here is a quick note from Andrew who just finished assembling the Volair Sim chassis with our independent triple display stand. Andrew picked up the cockpit and the stand from our Indianapolis warehouse. He writes, “The warehouse staff was very friendly in helping and simply used a forklift to gently set it in the bed of my truck. The quality and thickness of all the parts surpasses my expectations and should last a very long time. Installation didn’t take long at all, the longest task was unwrapping all the bubble wrap from all the parts. Overall, I know that Volair Sim didn’t take any shortcuts when developing this. I am very happy with how everything turned out. I however do regret not buying the armrests while I was there.”

There were couple of areas of install Andrew commented on. We feel this may be beneficial for others to read.

Andrew states, ”You may be interested to hear how my setup went. When installing the seat, the instructions state to put the bolt in from the bottom and place the nut inside the rail of the seat. However the nut is too large to fit within the rail. I got by this by installing the bolt from the top down, and the nut on the bottom. My 43 inch TVs have a 200 by 300 bolt pattern on the back. Therefore the bracket is only being held on the tv by 2 bolts. Also the bolts included to mount the bracket on the tv were the wrong size and length. I went to the hardware store to buy some, but turns out that luckily my tv already included them. The two bolts holding the bracket on my TV do feel strong and I don’t think it is going anywhere.”

Note that it is completely acceptable to run the seat bolts from top vs bottom as the default fit is tight (helps to use channel pliers to push the nut into the seat slider). Also note that some TVs come with (a bit unusual) 200mmx300mm bolt pattern so you will only use 2 of the 4 holes to mount it as Andrew did. Given that the modern LCD TVs are pretty light (the VESA standard was developed when Plasma was still the dominant technology which weighted a ton), this should not be an issue from safety perspective. Lastly, while we include the TV mounting bolts that should fit most installations, be prepared that your displays may feature unique bolt length/size configuration.

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Curved Monitors & Combat Configuration

Curved Monitors & Combat Configuration

We are getting an increasing number of inquiries about using curved monitors with Volair Sim. In short, they will work but if you are planning to use three of them, we recommend you get our Triple Display Stand as it will allow you to precisely align the three curved displays in order to form a uniform section of a cylinder.

One of our customers, Todd, has built a really nice set-up using single curved display and repurposed the side monitor arms as mounting locations for the VR sensors.

Todd writes, “I am using one mount already for my second monitor that supports two Cougar MFDs (picture below).  Your simpit is an exceptional product!”

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Volair Sim and Redbird Alloy Yoke

Volair Sim and Redbird Alloy Yoke

Some of you have inquired about using a Redbird alloy yoke with the Volair Sim cockpit. One of our customers, Steve, just completed a build where he installed this yoke on the Volair Sim chassis.

Steve writes, “I just wanted to forward a picture showing a Redbird Alloy yoke mounted on my Volair cockpit. The fit is fine and the table is large and sturdy enough to support the yoke (albeit with a bit of overhang). I did have to add some wood shims beneath the table to accommodate the yoke’s mounting clamps but other than that no modifications were needed. ”

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Racing Setup With Articulating Monitor & Buttkicker

Racing Setup With Articulating Monitor and Buttkicker

Every once and then, we get asked about using a single curved monitor with the chassis and also mounting a Buttkicker so we thought it would be helpful to share with you an example of a very versatile set-up built by Jeremy, one of our customers. Jeremy has made an interesting modification as he is using an articulating arm to bring a single screen closer to him and using the side arms as mounts for the left and right speakers. As you can see from the photos below, Jeremy switches between racing and flying so he made his set-up flexible to quickly convert a racing sim into flight and vice-versa.

Jeremy writes, “By the way, I’ve been meaning to send you some pictures of my setup. I don’t have multiple monitors but I do have a 34” 21:9 screen that I wanted to move closer to the chair for more immersion using an articulating arm. I also have 5.1 speakers, so I use the left and right monitor mounts for the left and right speakers. Other than drilling holes for the new mounts to fit, I have made no other modifications and the cockpit is very stable even with the monitor hanging forward. It does wobble a tiny bit, especially if you bump the monitor itself, but even with a force feedback wheel it barely moves (admittedly I have a low-end wheel).

To keep the pedals removable but stable I got some 3M hook fasteners at Lowe’s. They’re so strong I have to use an automotive trim removal tool to pry off the pedals! I use normal Velcro to swap out different joysticks depending on what I’m playing. I found a nice headset hanger online that attaches perfectly to the arm rest.

Really loving the cockpit after 3 years now.”

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Thrustmaster TPR: Pendular Rudder Pedals

Thrustmaster TPR: Pendular Rudder Pedals

We have seen several inquires about the Thrustmaster’s TPR Pedals. Specifically, inquiring minds want to know whether they will fit on the Volair Sim chassis. Unfortunately, because these pedals are very wide (contrasted to narrowly spaced pedals for GA aircraft), they will not fit without modifications. For those that are into modding and are handy, I wanted to present a solution from Jeffrey, one of our customers.

Jeffry writes, “I have attached pictures of my completed TPR rudders to your volair simulator. I think the pics are self explanatory. I used a 26 gauge sheet metal for my base and glued on a thin rubber matting I got from Homdepot and trimmed with some grooved rubber edging I had on hand just to complete the look. Works great and looks great.”

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Flight & Racing Sim

Flight & Racing Sim

Quick review from Don H., our customer who uses the sim for BOTH flight and driving proficiency. Hope this can be of value for some of you that are contemplating building a dual-purpose flight and racing sim.

Don writes:

“The Volair Sim as configured is very easy to switch between flying and driving. The flying pedals simply sit on the plate. Control pressures do not require any attachments. Four pins have attached to the driving pedals, and that unit sits on the footplate with the pins slipping into preexisting slots/holes. Loosening one knurled knob allows the plate with the attached stick to be removed, and set aside. No cables need to be connected or disconnected. The steering wheel does not need to be removed. The changeover is quite simple.

The primary use of the flight simulator is for instrument proficiency. Xplane 11 is very sophisticated, and I would be lost without the tutorial from Pilot Workshop. It has guided me every step of the way, which includes the selection of Xplane 11 and the hardware. The tutorial is Sim Essentials.

The driving simulator is for fun and for whatever cognitive benefit it provides. A single study purports to show that 60 year olds who play a racing car video game are better at multitasking than untrained 20-year-olds. One can always hope. Forza 7 brings a level of sophistication to the driving simulator that Xplane 11 does to the flight simulator. The learning curve is a little steep.”

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Customer Example

Customer Example

Here is an interesting example from Danny, one of our customers. Danny has not only equipped his Avionics Panel with dual iPads but also he has added 4th display attached to separate computer that is “talking” over the local network with the computer running the triple displays.

Danny writes:

“Here is the picture of my sim set up!! The wall mounted  Samsung TV is driven by my iMac running xplane 11 and is scenery only locked to my windows flight computer. I am at the gate a Indianapolis international.

Hope you enjoy my Volair Sim I know I certainly do!!!””