Dad of the Year Builds Functional 737 Cockpit in Kids’ Bedroom

Your father may have taken you camping, or driven you to cello practice, or taught you all the lyrics to Jefferson Starship songs. But chances are he didn't go the lengths Laurent Aigon. Over the last five years, at great expensive and after much effort, he built a 737 cockpit so life-like, it's been used as a… » 7/27/13 4:30pm 7/27/13 4:30pm

12 Mechanical Flight Sims from Aerospace's Analog Era

And you thought testing the F-117 was a feat? In the days before building a full-scale 737 mock-up in your garage was possible, flight schools and even NASA relied on mechanical simulators to train pilots. Our friends at Oobject have collected 12 of the most advanced simulators of the day. » 4/27/12 9:00pm 4/27/12 9:00pm

Of Course Santa Trains Like a Top Gun Pilot

By some estimates, Santa has to travel 3,000 times faster than the speed of sound to deliver billions of gifts in one night. So it's not surprising that even he needs to log some time in a sleigh simulator. » 12/22/11 12:40pm 12/22/11 12:40pm

The Aussies Have Built One Bad Ass Flight Simulator

Your typical fake cockpit simulator has limited maneuverability, but this high speed robot arm can move in multiple axis at the same time, accurately recreating the feeling of flying including the extreme g-forces that come with it. » 11/22/11 6:40pm 11/22/11 6:40pm

MatCatz, Saitek Fly In Meaty New Flight Sim Controllers

Saitek and Mad Catz seem determined to literally recreate the flying experience with their line of flight simulator accessories, and who am I to argue? All that's missing from this latest crop is the armored flight deck door. » 7/25/10 3:00pm 7/25/10 3:00pm

Acadalus Self-Leveling Tripod Head

Four years in the making, the Acadalus tripod head uses motors and an inclinometer to relieve you of fiddling and make sure your shots are absolutely, positively straight. Of course, that perspectival perfection comes at a price: $5000. » 4/30/10 9:20am 4/30/10 9:20am

Saitek X65F 'stick Requires Only the Subtlest of Touches for a Smooth…

Much like the multi-million dollar jet systems that inspired it, the Saitek Pro Flight X65F joystick/throttle system for PCs doesn't move at all. That's right, not an inch, and yet the controls were compared to mind control. [ars technica] » 1/10/10 12:00pm 1/10/10 12:00pm

Ultra-HD Military F-16 Flight Simulator Runs on 120 PC Graphic Cards

This is the HD World, an amazing ultra-high definition military F-16 simulator that runs on 120 Intel Dual Core PCs with $400 graphic cards inside a special industrial casing. Looking at this video, I want one in my living room. » 6/10/09 8:55am 6/10/09 8:55am

Logitech's Force Feedback Flight System May Also Simulate Airsickness

If you've really got to have that authentic panicky feeling you get due to extreme turbulence and testy wind conditions, Logitech's new Force Feedback Flight System is probably just the controller for you. Make no mistake, this is one hardcore setup.
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Flight Simulation of the Hudson River Waterlanding

The BBC commissioned a flight-sim reproduction of the last week's near-miraculous US Airways incident. So, in case you were wondering, this is what it looks like to pilot a commercial jet onto a river. » 1/19/09 8:08am 1/19/09 8:08am

iBird Avian Flight Simulator Makes You Feel Like Icarus

The iBird Flight Simulator was easily the most creative demo at Microsoft's Research Summit yesterday. Also developed in conjunction with NYU (like the UnMouse Pad), it uses a USB controller with dual retractable, pulley-style cords, the iBird tracks your movement in 3D space. The iBird then relays that information… » 7/30/08 10:00pm 7/30/08 10:00pm