You can Do-It-Yourself
A home-built flight simulation cockpit is a dream for many flight enthusiasts. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. It can be as expensive or as cheap as you want. Essentially, a home-built cockpit, is all about what you want in a cockpit. In this article, we will give you some ideas to consider as you plan out your cockpit build.
You can build the cockpit to whatever size you want and can accommodate. You can turn an entire spare bedroom into a life size cockpit if you wanted. That would be impressive. From the moment you open the door, you are immersed into the airplane cockpit, ready to fire up the engines and go on a long flight.
Of course, you could build a small cockpit, something that will sit on your desk, and fill most of your peripheral vision. This is a much cheaper option, and much more viable for most people. Depending on your desk, you may be able to really get into flight mode with something as simple as this.
You should be able to find all the materials you need at your local hardware store. You could build the walls out of almost any material, good cheap options would include: plywood, fiberboard, or styrofoam. You can frame it with PVC to give it some structural integrity and connection points.
If you have come this far, you probably already have a computer and a monitor. Do you have multiple monitors? Look online at examples for 3 monitor setups. You may already have the flight controls you need as well. On the list should be: rudder pedals, a yoke, and a throttle quadrant. There are many more accessories you can get, but these are the essentials to have a really great time. If you feel so inclined, you could even build a virtual reality helmet!
Get in that cockpit and start training!
That is all that is left to it. You need to put some time in the seat. All the fancy gadgets and gizmos in the world won’t make you a better pilot until you put in your seat time! It may take time getting used to a new cockpit, but it is well worth it. The better ergonomics can help a great deal, as well as having a specific area that will help you focus. Good luck out there!