June 2013 Issue
Flight Training Cockpit: Roll Your Own Sim
PilotMalls add-as-you-go tabletop flight simulator lets you create a custom training panel. The only thing missing is FAA approval.
You can retrofit instruments and avionics in your aircraft panel, so why not custom retrofit your own simulator to match the layout? Thats the concept behind the new Flight Training Cockpit Advanced Panel, which is sold by PilotMall.com. The tabletop simulatorwhich uses Saitek ProFlite electronic instruments, avionics and controlsallows for a custom layout, thanks to a modular and interchangeable design. The simulators instrument panel is made of 14-gauge steel and mimics a real panel, which even includes a glare shield.
Weve been selling the Saitek flight training instruments and avionics panels for years, but customers have recently been asking for an easy way to mount the instruments to make the suite look and function like an actual aircraft panel, said PilotMalls Neil Glazer. The Advanced Training Cockpit is appealing to owners who might rearrange the instrument and avionics panel in their own aircraft and want to practice flying the new layout.
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