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jensenmarke

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Hello all,

 

My name is Mark and I've just recently joined the community.  I've been dabbling in flight sims since the the days of monochrome screens and boot disks.  Recently, life has led me to the purchase of a house which I plan never to leave.  The best part about it is that I've been given permission and space to build a true home cockpit set up.  I'm an instrument-rated private pilot with intentions of earning additional ratings.  The problem is that I don't get to fly nearly enough to keep me sharp.  Enter the sim.  I'm slowly acquiring components to put together a sim that is realistic, but not over-the-top expensive.  My goal is to be able to simulate single and multiengine GA aircraft for mainly doing instrument procedures practice.  Here's what I have so far as far as components:

 

X-Plane 10 and FSX 

Saitek Yoke and Throttle Quadrant

Saitek Cessna Pedals

Saitek Throttle Quadrant 

Saitek Switch Panel

 

3x Samsung 23.6" Monitors

1x Acer 23.6" Monitor

TripleHead2Go 

 

Computer is an HPE 570f

Processor 3.2 GHz Phenom II X6 RAM 8 GB DDR3-SDRAM Hard Drive 2000 GB Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 6770 Chipset Brand AMD Graphics Card Ram Size 4091 MB

 

The coolest component so far is my seat.  It's the captain's chair out of a Convair 240 that my dad and I rescued before the whole airplane went to the scrap yard.  I'm restoring it to full functionality

 

My plan is to get a 24" touchscreen monitor and run FlyThisSim software.  I would love to have physical knobs to turn and buttons to push, but I haven't found anything I like or are willing to pay for.  I also plan to build my own enclosure so that I can completely immerse myself.  I told my wife "If I can make myself sweat in the sim, I've built it right."

 

Does it seem like I have enough computing power to do what I want to do?

Has anyone had any experience with FTS or Desktop Aviator products?

Should I plan to use FSX or X-Plane? (I know FTS software only runs on X-Plane)

What am I missing?

 

Thanks for hanging in and reading this if you did.  I look forward to some responses!!

 

Mark

 

 

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So, not that anyone except me has even read this post, but I have received my touch screen monitor, bought the SimAvio software, and also bought supplies for a 10 or so rotary encoder switch panel. The supplies I got from DesktopAviator.com

 

Did I not do something correctly to not get a single response?

 

Was hoping to get some feedback and perhaps a little advice or encouragement on this project.

 

Still hopeful...

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Hi Mark,

 

Interesting post. Welcome to the AVSIM Forums. I am personally not familiar with PilotEdge and FlyThisSim but I do know that most members shy away from this type of flight simming.  Most members like to fly without being connected to anything and do not have the money for multi-monitors and these types of setups.  The setup offered by PilotEdge and FlyThisSim software is interesting though.  AVSIM has a review of PilotEdge - http://www.avsim.com/pages/1011a/Pilotedge/Pilotedge.html. We also have a review of FlyThisSim -  http://forum.avsim.net/page/index.html/_/reviews/flythissim-part-1-simavio-software-instrument-r1834 and http://forum.avsim.net/page/index.html/_/reviews/flythissim-part-2-touchtrainer™-r1946 .

 

Sounds like you are getting prepared for a lot of fun with a mini-flight simulator! You're putting together a setup like in the FlyThisSim videos - http://www.flythissim.com/. Enjoy!

 

Best regards,

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Thanks for the response.  I decided to go with the FTS software, as I liked the idea of versatility the touch screen offered.  When I stumbled upon the fact that they are based 5 miles from where I work, it was a done deal. 

 

I kinda screwed up and bought the DisplayPort version of the TripleHead2Go, which meant I had to get adapters to convert to DVI for my monitors.  Will I run into problems because of this?

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If you are asking me, I do not know.  You might want to ask a question to the experts in the Hardware Forum for Monitors.

 

Best regards,

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