I started my flight simulator adventures in the late 1980’s, on the original IBM Personal Computer. I can’t quite remember if that was with Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 or 4.0 as I haven’t kept those disks. However, I still have the “tin box” Flight Simulator 2004 “A Century of Flight” came in. A lot of aspects of this hobby have evolved since then, but one thing hasn’t changed: virtual pilots are always looking for that “one more thing” to make their experience even more immersive. 

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My first cockpit project was designed to replicate the left seat of a Cirrus SR22 (a modern 4-seater general aviation aircraft). The main goal was to reproduce almost all controls and instruments (the parachute handle is missing, sorry) so that it could be fully operated without a mouse or a keyboard. Except for the displays, pretty much everything had to be built from scratch.

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As it is hard to commit to flying just one plane, my cockpit then evolved to support other aircrafts: multi-engine general aviation planes first, then commuters, and finally airliners. I invested in some new hardware and this is the cockpit I currently fly, from VFR group flights, to long-haul flights over the oceans. It still supports the SR22, but is now much more modular, allowing me to fly airplanes such as the Dash-8, Boeing 737 and 787.

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So, what is next? Well, the title kinda gives it away… A long term dream of mine is to build a full-scale airliner cockpit. Now that I’m retired, this is my new full-time job. I’m still in the very early stages of the design, but have a pretty good idea of what it will look like in the end. One of the primary motivations for starting this website is to document this project. Please sit down, relax, and enjoy the flight…

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