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    I volunteer as the Aircraft Ramp Director at the Kansas Aviation Museum and as the Exhibitor Coordinator for Cockpit-Fest USA.
  1. COCKPIT-FEST USA 2016 September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Featuring aircraft cockpits and simulators from across the USA Held in conjunction with... The Dallas/Ft. Worth Commemorative Air Force "Warbirds on Parade" and carshow. Featuring Banquet Special Speaker Dick Atkins Archive Director at the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation Announcing, Cockpit-Fest USA is to become a biannual event, In recognition of the logistics involved with transporting cockpits thousands of miles Cockpit-Fest USA is to be held every even numbered year. Justin Messenger, the Cockpit-Fest USA Event Coordinator, says this will ensure the highest possible attendance during each event. "By giving the collectors a break every other year we expect the event to continue to grow in size, including 2016." So don’t miss this year or you will have wait until 2018! Registration and info at the Cockpit-Fest USA 2016 Homepage Facebookwww.facebook.com/cockpitfestusa EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS Use these discount codes on the Tickets page - discount offers end 8/12/2016 1. General Admission .00 off code: GA2016 2. Exhibitor Registration .00 off code: ER2016 3. Banquet Dinner .00 off code: BD2016 So who are the people who participate and attend this event? They are both collectors who trailer in their cockpits from coast to coast and aviation enthusiasts who attend to see the collection. The collectors have made projects of both restoring these pieces of heritage and also scratch building replicas at home. Cockpit-Fest gives you the chance to show your cockpits off to the public and to meet with others who share their passion which includes aircraft, electronic interfacing, and software development. Collectors often rescue neglected cockpits from being scrapped. Gutted and damaged, the cockpits are often beyond many museums financial ability to restore them. Some people want a particular type of aircraft cockpit and when they cannot find one they painstakingly build a full sized replica from scratch! The simulators use a variety of software platforms including FSX, Prepar3D, X-Plane, and Falcon. They include real cockpits interfaced as sims, industrial sims that are restored, scratch built sims, and custom made mobile-sims that are used for LAN meets. One quickly realizes that this group of people have an amazing array of skill-sets. It is common to see a simulator owner suddenly switch between tasks such as popping aircraft rivets to writing software script. There are also categories for artifact and technology table exhibits. A formal dinner is served during the Saturday evening awards banquet and various projects receive awards in recognition of the owner’s hard work. However, Justin Messenger says while awards are presented the event is not intended to be a competition. “We are here to have fun, learn, and to inspire. Most of the cockpits are not considered finished showroom projects. We encourage everyone to bring their works in progress. It is a fantastic opportunity to see progress made each year on various projects, that is when you can truly appreciate the hard work that goes into each of these exhibits and is my favorite feature of the event.” Cockpit-Fest USA is hosted by the Cold War Air Museum who fly North America's only pair of Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters in addition to other Soviet helicopters and aircraft. Justin says the Cold War Air Museum staff has been incredibly supportive of Cockpit-Fest USA. “Phil Davis, the CWAM Executive Director, opened the hanger doors and made this event possible. These people love aviation and it shows. Their enthusiasm is contagious and we are privileged to have Cockpit-Fest USA at their outstanding flying museum.” The Cold War Aviation Museum facility is located at the Lancaster airport near the Dallas/Ft. Worth Commemorative Air Force facility. ITINERARY Friday Sept 2nd · 12 PM – Exhibitor Registration Opens. · 7 AM to 3 PM – Food available at Taxiway Café. · 6 Pm to 9 PM - BBQ Sandwich Dinner and evening social in the hanger. Hang out and help set up cockpits and simulators! · 8 PM to 9 PM - Judging for best Illuminated Cockpit and voting for Spirit of Cockpit-Fest. · 9 PM - Announcement of evening award winners. · 11 PM - Museum closes Saturday Sept 3rd · 9 AM – Museum Opens · 7 AM to 3 PM – Food available at Taxiway Café. · 9:30AM to 11:30AM - Exhibitor judging. · 10 AM – Warbirds on Parade opens / Food available at CAF hanger until 3PM. · 12 PM – Lunch at the Commemorative Air Force hanger. · 2 PM to 5 PM- Viperpits.org cockpit interface workshop. · 6 PM – Group Photo. · 6:30 PM- Banquet Dinner and guest speaker Dick Atkins · 7PM Awards Presentation. · 9 PM - Simulator flying and hang out time. · 11 PM - Museum closes Sunday Sept 4th · 7 AM to 3 PM – Food available at Taxiway Café. · 9 AM – Museum Opens. · 9 AM - CJ-6A award flights. · 1 PM – Group lunch at Taxiway Café. · 3 PM – End of Event. 2016 SPONSORS o The Cold War Air Museum o American Lawnmaster o The C&A Messenger Foundation o Viperpits.org o PilotEdge.com
  2. The 2013 Cockpit-Fest awards went to..... 1. Stearman Bar&Grill – Best Aircraft Cockpit; Dewey Larson A-7 2. FlightSafety Beech– Best Simulator: Steve Cannaby F-4D 3. Spirit AeroSystems - Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award: Matt Bailey 4. Kansas Pilot’s Association - Most Dramatic Restoration Award: Larson A-7 5. C&A Messenger - People’s Choice Award: Steve Cannaby B-52 6. F.H. Kaysing - Exhibition Award: Larson A-7 7. Viperpits-Best non-functional simulator: Larry Schurr General Aviation 8. Pilot Edge -Best functional Simulator: Matt Bailey King Air
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  4. Due to its length, I had to split the video into two parts for Youtube. Also below is a nice article, despite some of its factual errors. Enjoy! Justin Messenger Video 1: Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1AvWyTGgY100%" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1AvWyTGgY100%">]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1AvWyTGgY100%] Cockpit-Fest opens simulated flight to all * By Fred Mann * The Wichita Eagle Gabe Messenger appeared to be in total control of his airplane right up to the moment he crashed trying to land on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean . But the 12-year-old from Arkansas climbed out of the flight simulator Saturday morning feeling pretty good about it. “I meant to do it. It’s just fun to sometimes crash,” he said. The King Air simulator he flew was built by Matt Bailey, of Moore, Okla. It was among the simulators and cockpits on display during the second annual Cockpit-Fest USA underway this weekend at the Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd. The event includes the debut of a President Kennedy Air Force One replica cockpit and stateroom, and simulators of a 1967 Link-4J Phantom II, a plane flown by the Blue Angels in the 1960s, as well as a B-52 Stratofortress, A-7 Corsair, F-84F Thunderstreak and F-15A Eagle. About 80 exhibitors of simulator hardware and software from around the U.S. and the world, some from as far away as Poland and South Africa, are attending the event. It is being held in association with the Newark Air Museum, UK. Cockpit-Fest USA continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 1 p.m., it will feature a fly-by of three historic Stearman biplanes. Bailey, who is attending with his wife, Ruth, and three-month-old son, Jonathan, keeps his simulator in his garage. It took a year for him to build the hardware and 21/2 to write the software. And he’s still working on it, he said. It uses three computers and has radios from real airplanes. Bailey said he loves to fly and has been flying since he can remember because his dad is a pilot. Justin Messenger, Gabe’s uncle and co-founder of the event who works for Nu-Tek Simulations, based in Augusta, said Cockpit-Fest USA appeals to fans of general aviation and computer technology, giving them a chance to combine two hobbies at once. “Some people spend more time developing software and hardware for flight simulators than they actually do flying them,” he said. “I’m one of them.” Three exhibitors from Poland staffed a booth at the event. Wojciech Krzywda, head of VFRPoland, which offers photographic scenery of Poland for flight simulators, said he learned about Wichita’s aviation history before coming. “Looking at the map of Wichita and seeing 11 airfields around the city .. wow. It’s amazing, it’s just amazing,” he said. Read the original here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/04/2789709/cockpit-fest-opens-simulated-flight.html" href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/04/2789709/cockpit-fest-opens-simulated-flight.html">http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/04/2789709/cockpit-fest-opens-simulated-flight.html Somehow the post above deleted the video link for video one, so here it is again: Justin
  5. Hello, Just a reminder, if you are unable to pre-register with AVSIM but decide to attend at the last second you can still attend the Sat and Sunday events at the museum 10am to 5pm as a walk in. The regular museum admission will get you in each day. Justin Welcome to Kansas! B) Its not parked at the museum but yesterday the first out of town cockpit arrived, the A-7 Corsair from Denver Colorado. Justin
  6. I am excited about Cockpit-Fest USA and AVSIM Fancon 2013!

  7. The Kansas Aviation Museum in association with the Newark Air Museum is hosting the first ever Cockpit-Fest USA this September 29th/30th in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capitol of the world. All private individuals and museums are invited to bring your cockpits and simulators for outdoor display during this 2 day event that coincides with the McConnell AFB air show featuring the USAF Thunderbirds. An indoor exhibit area will also be provided for instrument panel displays. Aircraft simulators will be available to the public for flight. * Free exhibitor registration * Private Friday night Cockpit-Fest USA exhibitor party with tour of museum aircraft * Exhibitor prizes * Exhibitors allowed to charge the public to sit in their cockpit * Hosted at the Kansas Aviation Museum situated adjacent to McConnell AFB * See the 707 cockpit interior used in the ABC TV show “Pan Am”. * Located next to Spirit AeroSystems where all 737 fuselages and Dreamliner cockpits are manufactured * Watch the air show aerial performances Photos of the previous Newark Air Museum Cockpit-Fests are here; http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/gallery.php The cockpits attending include a 737-200 cockpit, AH-1 Cobra simulator, DC-8 simulator, F-4 Phantom simulators, B-52 Stratofortress cockpit, F-16 Fighting Falcon simulator, F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit, F-8 Crusader cockpit, F-5 Freedom Fighter Cockpit, F-84F Thunderstreak Cockpit, F-111 Cockpit, F-15A Eagle cockpit, and more. Visit http://www.kansasaviationmuseum.org/cockpitfest.php for museum and event info. Email HeritageAviation@yahoo.com to register. The official Cockpit-Fest forum is at http://cockpitfest.21.forumer.com/ Here is a morning TV show talking about Cockpit-Fest USA. Regular admission prices apply for the general public. The Kansas Aviation Museum 3350 South George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS 67210 Below are some of the cockpits confirmed to attend. News update, the 707 cockpit interior used for the ABC TV Series "Pan Am" will be on display at Cockpit-Fest USA.
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