© C.Scott Hendry 2016
SCOTT’S  Website
Flight Sim 

Flight Sim Construction

 Before I started learning to fly a real airplane, I started a project to build a flight simulator. The sim was based on the Beechcraft Baron using Microsoft FSX as the sim engine. I was inspired by Mike Powell’s book on building simulated aircraft instruments. I wanted to build a practical sim with real gauges rather than simulated gauges presented on a computer monitor. To do this, I bought a lathe and milling machine and learned to cut custom gears. I made circuit boards with PIC microcontrollers, to drive and interface my instruments to the FSX program. I built a shell and furnished it with a pair of car seats liberated from the wrecking yard and a pair of real Beechcraft rudder pedals obtained from Kenny Faeth in California (see Mythbusters episodes on airplanes) . I obtained a couple of yoke handles from a company that produces flight sim components. They are cast aluminium and quite high quality. Everything else, I manufactured at home. The sim was reasonably successful, but never fully completed. When I started flying real aircraft, I didn’t have time to build or fly the sim and so it sat for a while before I dismantled it.

Sim Photos

The buttons above will take you to our Flickr albums for the Flight Sim.
Flight Sim Photos Home Legend Nynja Flightsim Videos The shell Gauges Avionics Controls Flightsim
© C.Scott Hendry 2016
SCOTT’S  Website
Flight Sim 

Flight Sim Construction

 Before I started learning to fly a real airplane, I started a project to build a flight simulator. The sim was based on the Beechcraft Baron using Microsoft FSX as the sim engine. I was inspired by Mike Powell’s book on building simulated aircraft instruments. I wanted to build a practical sim with real gauges rather than simulated gauges presented on a computer monitor. To do this, I bought a lathe and milling machine and learned to cut custom gears. I made circuit boards with PIC microcontrollers, to drive and interface my instruments to the FSX program. I built a shell and furnished it with a pair of car seats liberated from the wrecking yard and a pair of real Beechcraft rudder pedals obtained from Kenny Faeth in California (see Mythbusters episodes on airplanes) . I obtained a couple of yoke handles from a company that produces flight sim components. They are cast aluminium and quite high quality. Everything else, I manufactured at home. The sim was reasonably successful, but never fully completed. When I started flying real aircraft, I didn’t have time to build or fly the sim and so it sat for a while before I dismantled it.

Sim Photos

The buttons above will take you to our Flickr albums for the Flight Sim.
Flight Sim Photos Home Legend Nynja Flightsim Videos The shell Gauges Avionics Controls Flightsim