Volair Sim Receives FAA Approval
Volair Sim is pleased to announce obtaining FAA Approval for our model ATD-100 BATD (Basic Aviation Training Device). We are approved for the following aircraft: PA-28 (Piper Archer), PA-28R (Piper Arrow), and BE36 (Beechcraft A36 Bonanza). The log-able items are as follows:
•§ 61.51(b)(3) – Logbook entries;
•§ 61.51(h) – Logging training time;
•§ 61.57(c) – Instrument experience;
•§ 61.65(i) – Instrument rating: not more than 10 hours;
•§ 61.109(k)(1) – Private Pilot Certificate aeronautical experience: up to 2.5 hours; and
•§ 141.41(b) – Approved for use under the part 141 appendices as follows:Appendix B – Up to 15% towards the total Private Pilot training time requirements; and
Appendix C – Up to 25% toward the total Instrument training time requirements.
Our launch customer, Pilot Training Northwest, had the following comments about our system:
“Our flight school is using an FAA-Certified Volair Sim, AD-100 BATD and we all are impressed with it. Our CFIIs and CFIs all use the system for training private student pilots, instrument candidates and commercial candidates. We also have instrument pilots who are using the system to maintain IFR currency or just to practice approaches and log simulated instrument time. This trainer has become a revenue stream for us because student pilots and pilots alike are extremely impressed with it and they can log the simulated instrument time. As a flight school owner/operator I too am impressed and highly recommend the Volair Sim AD-100 over any others on the market.
The system itself is far superior to other “simulators’ we have used in the past, including the PFC 12 Pro Panel. Most BATDs and AATDs have the look and feel of a table-top computer system and they lack the feeling of being in a real airplane. As such, the training experience is not as effective. The Volair Sim system, however, with an actual instrument panel, an adjustable aircraft seat and the wide-angle monitors all built around a solid, heavy-duty mounting system provide realism not found in any other BATD or AATD I know of.
The professional construction of the mounting system, the instrument panel and the adjustable aircraft seat is solid, providing a stable platform with the feel of being in a real airplane. The instrument panel alone is impressive with its realistic look and instrument layout. The flight controls are far more realistic than other systems we have used. The Volair Sim AD-100 flies much more like the real airplane than others on the market.
Since we started using the Volair Sim AD-100 our CFIIs have noticed more rapid progress among our instrument students, especially when connected to a simulated Air Traffic Control program where the instrument candidates not only fly a very realistic platform, but are emerged in the realism of working with ATC.“
We are pleased to announce the availability of the GTN-750 adapter for the RealSimGear GPS unit to mount to our Avionics Panel. The adapter works the same way as our GNS-530 adapter; the GPS will occupy two rectangular slots on the Avionics Panel normally reserved for the Logitech (Saitek) rectangular components. You will have to cut/remove the thin bar separating the two rectangular openings on the Avionics Panel.
You can purchase this adapter at our web-store.
As we are nearing resuming shipments to our customers, few updates to keep everyone in the loop.
1. To all that have pre-ordered the cockpit or are going to preorder before the 15th of November, Thank You. You will all receive the center stick mount included with your cockpit. Note that it will be packaged INSIDE the master box so don’t panic if you only receive one giant box. We are still on track to start shipments around the 20th of November but note that we will be clearing a large backorder so you do not panic if you do not get your tracking number right away. Our goal is for everyone to get their cockpit before Thanksgiving so you all have something to work on to burn off that turkey and mashed potatoes!
2. To all that are going to pre-order, you MUST place the order before the end of day (15th) to take advantage of this promo. You do not need to do anything additional when you place the order – we will know that you are supposed to get the center mount free based on order date. After 15th, the price is going up slightly as the center mount is going to be included with ALL cockpits standard to keep up with our philosophy of ALL mounts included standard.
3. You will ALL be pleased that we have made some small improvements to the cockpit based on the user feedback. The version 1.2 that you all will soon receive includes 200mmx200mm VESA mounts for your center monitor standard. So, if you are one of the users that plans to use one giant monitor/TV, you will NOT have to buy any additional adapters/mounts.
4. The customers that have the Volair Sim cockpits prior to version 1.2, you will be able to order the center mount sticks after November 20th separately. Note that we will have a very limited amount of these made as going forward all Volairs will be sold with it standard so if you are thinking about getting one of these, you need to act fast!
5. Several of you asked us about ButtKicker compatibility. The answer is that it fits great and there are several options for mounting – one that is easiest and most “stealthy” is under seat – see photo below from one of our customers.
Note from our customer, “That’s the ButtKicker vibration unit. Namely, the Gamer II Edition, which features an easy-install bracing that fitted like a glove under the seat. In fact, the height of that frame bar was so perfect it even seems like it was designed for that very purpose… or maybe it’s just a really fortunate coincidence – Either way, this position gives it a pretty solid attachment and a huge bass feedback response on both the seat and the controls.”
6. Last but not least, a great example of an ingenious installation from William, one of our customers. This is an example of Volair Sim as a workstation/development studio/flight sim rig, etc. Hope that this shows you that the Volair Sim is a great platform for further customization. Here is the unedited review and you can follow his further progress here.
William Writes, “As promised, here are a couple of pictures of the setup I’ve assembled so far. it’s not entirely complete, and “complete” it may never be, as there’s always that “one last piece” of hardware that we can only stop ourselves from getting for a certain amount of time… then, the “kid in the candy store” factor takes over and well… this is the result of that process repeated countless times up until now. Feel free to post this in your reviews/news section – It goes to show how versatile this system really is, given a little bit of creative engineering.
This new setup was mainly based on the concept of using a 39″ main monitor (tv) with a secondary 27″ mounted in portrait mode. The gap between the screens you see there is not visible from eye position when seated upright. The tv is actually set in the work table, a couple of inches in front of the side monitor. From my seated PoV, the bezels on the TV and monitor will generally overlap, leaving a much reduced gap than if the screen surfaces were placed closer to flush with each other.”
“It’s quite a non-standard setup, with the massively over-sized G15 keyboard I had to do some creative rigging to get the mouse somewhere to sit. That “custom mouse pad” is just a piece of scrap wood that I (hastily) cut a while back for use in my previous assembly. While I had to leave most of the old rig behind upon moving to live in Canada, I did somehow happen to have the foresight of bringing that piece with me – Add a 3-buck C clamp to it, and we got ourselves a proper mouse surface!
Notice the added trackball assembly. This was mounted by re-purposing the unused third monitor fitting plate and a couple of more C-Clamps from the local hardware store… The Razer Nostromo and Saitek throttle are also mounted on a previously built piece of assorted household junk and fitted to the chassis supports using adhesive velcro tape, as was the stick.
William concludes with this, “True story: Just today I showed a picture of this setup to a buddy of mine, telling him all about how much more I feel I can get out of my work just by having a proper work space at hand. He asked me – Out of all this hardware, what piece do you find the most critical for productivity? – I replied – “The seat”.”
Have a GREAT Thanksgiving and enjoy your Volair Sim cockpits!
Example of Volair Sim Cockpit in action with the Logitech G27 wheel and paddle shifters. I really like the new Codemasters’ F1 2012 game. Awesome graphics and driving dynamics. The three monitor wrap-around really makes you feel like you are right there. I only wish the driver had more skillz 😉
BTW, I had my wife try to drive in 1st gear just to get her opinion and she said it felt so real, it made her nauseous. I guess this is what we were striving for (the realism that is, not getting people sick, lol).
We really believe that Volair Sim offers the best combination of features for the money. So, we took some time and did, hopefully, an unbiased comparison between Volair Sim and some of the most popular and respected flight or racing sim chassis systems out there. Here is a summary of features, benefits, and pricing:
I think you will agree that Volair Sim, simply stated, has the best bang-for-the-buck ratio. It is also the only sim chassis out there that has been developed from the ground-up with the VFR or IFR pilot in mind. There are no compromises – you get all of the mounts and accessories standard. This, combined with the fact that Volair Sim is the ONLY flight chassis out there that is factory pre-drilled for Satek Pro Flight line of accessories allows you to build a very complete and capable flight set-up.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Indianapolis, Indiana (October 15, 2012) –Volair Sim™, a leader in world’s most configurable and affordable flight and racing simulation products, announces product release of the VS-01 Volair Sim™ Flight and Racing Simulation Cockpit Chassis.
Volair Sim™ is the world’s first flight and racing simulation chassis that is factory pre-configured for most commonly used flight and racing simulation accessories such as Saitek, Logitech, CH Products, and more!
“We are pleased to announce the release of the Volair Sim™ Cockpit Sim Chassis – the cockpit chassis solution all serious flight and racing simmers have been waiting for. Volair Sim™ has been designed from the ground-up in order to provide customers with the world’s most complete and universal simming chassis at an ultra-affordable price point,” said Bart Waclawik – Volair Sim’s President.
For flight simulation Volair Sim has pre-drilled mounting locations for all Saitek Pro Flight accessories including the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke, the Radio Panel, the Multi Panel, the BIP, Switch Panel, and the Instrument Panel(s).
The left and right side stick mounts are also pre-configured to accept a single or dual Saitek Throttle Quadrant(s), the Trim Wheel, etc. The pedal base accepts a wide variety of rudder pedals such as: CH Products Pro Pedals, and Saitek.
“There are no holes to drill, no hassle with trying to get your accessories mounted; just take your Saitek or CH Products yoke, rudder pedals and all accessories and mount them directly to Volair Sim chassis,” stated Mr. Waclawik.
For racers, Volair Sim™ is factory pre-configured for the Logitech® G27 racing wheel. Both the work table and the side stick mounts are also pre-drilled for the Logitech® G27 shifter. The pedal base is also pre-drilled to accept the Logitech® G27 racing pedal set for permanent installation.
Volair Sim™ is the leader in world’s most configurable and affordable flight and racing simulation cockpits. We combine our passion for flight simulation with the real-world knowledge of flight training, exceptional industrial design, and an unparalleled affordability.