Who would have dreamed that a humble civvie would have access to anything _like_ a military simulator?
Well in 2020, it's amazing what we can do. My original cockpit dreams started in the imagination of a kid building Airfix models of WWII fighters, then in the 1990's I built this:
Very low tech, but what a lot of fun!
And now, nearly 30 years later, I am in flight-sim nirvana (or rather Virtual Valhalla!)
The top of the screen is about 2.14 metres high, width about 2 metres.
The view from behind the pilot seat, not including the entire screen.
Five touch screens and one keypad.
Lenovo M10 | Elgato Stream Deck.
This is what I see in focus, looking straight ahead. It is pretty close to what a pilot sees in real life, that was the aim of this setup.
If I move my eyes or head slightly up. I can see up about 30 degrees.
I can turn my head left...
... or right.
Note that all this is visible on the screen with no panning.
The fact that the visual field is larger than our focal point adds immensely to the immersion.
From left to right...
HOTAS Warthog joystick and kneepad.
This would be a maintenance view! It just looks so cool.
Moving on, left and up.
These are panels from Air Manager, my setup is very much WIP.
Primary flight instruments from Air Manager.
Programmable keyboard from Elgato. Note that each key has a screen behind it. And you can nest menus. Amazing.
Engine readouts from Air Manager.
GPS from Air Manager.
HOTAS Warthog joystick.
Same layout as the HOTAS Cougar F-16, but a much more robust feel on the paddle and incomparably great tracking and centring. Mind you, my Cougar was 20 years old, the build may be different now.
My Ancient Track IR.
Since my Track IR Camera is mounted below eye level, on the top of the instrument panel, I needed to tilt the reflectors forward slightly for optimal tracking. Doesn't look Top Gun in flouro green - but