CBS Podcast Episode 2
- Student Pilot
- Interested in Airplanes
- Interested in Simulators/mechanics
- Building for someone else (Better than cutting off your ear)
How are you going to build it:
- 100% from scratch
- Mix of from scratch and OEM (original equipment manufacturer)
- Using other hardware
- Light GA airplanes helpful for student pilots and make great first sim because low amount of parts
- Larger GA airplanes (Twin engine) fun and challenging especially less documented ones. Some a/c lots of documentation, some very little
- Combat Jet
- Combat Prop/Historic
- Airliner Lots of parts, many take long time, years to decades, good for aviation enthusiasts, more dreamy.
- Novelty (Star wars, Balloon, Etc) Low documentation
How much time do you have?
- Time dictates realism
- Time dictates completion time
- Look for areas of waste to create time for simulation
Do you prefer building or flying?
- Build = More realistic simulator, more time, more system knowledge
- Fly = Optimized for flying, good controls but not as much detail to cockpit
- Happy middle = Both, have a very simple setup for flying while you build.
- Single Monitor
- Multi Monitor
- Multi TV
- Multi Projector
- Money isn’t always the most important thing in sim building.
- Simbuilding is expensive unless you try to make it otherwise
- Tons of insanely smart simulators made from cardboard, foam, and scrap wood
- Bell curve of creativity vs money
- It’s only as cheap as you make it
“Flying is expensive, flight simulation shouldn’t be”-FlightSimMaker
- Enough space?
- Try your garage, basement, room
- If no space, make a smaller sim
- May have to be creative in having it modular/fold up/small
- Single pilot
- If you have 6’ by 6’ or 2m by 2m you can make an excellent sim.
Are you willing to learn?
- If not buy premade things
- Simbuilding is a journey!
- You can learn so much on YouTube!
- Are you a perfectionist?
- Try not to be if possible 🙂