Customer Examples

Volair Sim Cockpit with FlightSimBuilder GNS 530

Volair Sim Cockpit with FlightSimBuilder GNS 530

Here is an unedited review by our customer, Randy. He writes,

“The Volair sim cockpit has functioned extremely well for me for flight simulation (both MSFS and X-Plane). 

The cockpit assembled relative easily; I’ve also added Volair arm rests (sold separately).  The seat is comfortable and allows for adjustment both forward and back as well as tilt.  The former is particularly helpful, as it eases getting in and out, and with grandchildren as young as five also wanting to try simming, easily moving the seat far forward to help them reach the yoke. 

The setup includes an Alpha yoke and Bravo throttle quadrant along with the three iPad panels for primary flight instruments, engine and power management, flap and gear settings, etc. (via Air Manager, on two panels), a moving map (via Navigraph), as well as Logitech Radio Panel for com and nav and multi-panel for autopilot. 

I list these here as they are all contained within the basic Volair cockpit and provide all the instrumentation needed to fly realistic flights across a broad range of scenarios. 

It is important to note that the sizes of the iPads vary to fit the cockpit panels; has information and videos discussing those sizes.  In addition to what mounts within the cockpit, the Bravo quadrant attaches to the base frame via an arm that can be adjusted inward or outward.  To the top of the Bravo, I’ve mounted a FlightSimBuilder GNS 530 that enables more direct manual rather than mouse control of that system. 

Rudder pedals fit directly under the cockpit; positions as well as the tilt of the rudder platform can be adjusted as needed. 

All in all, it takes a bit of fiddling to decide what works best for you, but once that’s done it works great. 

In addition, I recently discovered one missing part needed to properly assemble one side of the arm rest.  I contacted Volair and their customer service was outstanding.  They told me that in their experience this had never happened before, and while they did not have a spare part on hand, to avoid a delay they would take one from a complete set they had in stock and send it out that same day – that’s great service!”

Volair Sim Updates

Volair Sim FlightSim Expo (FSExpo)

Volair Sim FlightSim Expo (FSExpo)
We are very excited to participate in the FlightSimExpo 2023 at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, TX that is taking place in just few week on June 23-25, 2023.
FSExpo is the premier North American flight simulation conference.
We will be showcasing all of our products including the brand-new Volair Sim Avionics Panel for the RealSimGear G1000 Suite, our Triple Display Stand (V2), and of course our Volair Sim Chassis.
Please stop by our booth H18 and check us out!
Volair Sim Updates

Volair Sim Receives FAA Approval

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.