The update before the update

A super-quick update before a much longer post – or series of posts – that will follow in the lead-up to Christmas.

It’s been a few months since I last posted, but I haven’t been idle in the meantime. I’ve completed the console and screen, mounted all the electronics and components, assembled all the PCs, wired the whole thing up, and I’m now installing and testing all the software that’s needed for the simulator. I should have first flight – in a very early version of the sim – before Christmas. Probably this coming week, in fact.

I’ll do a post bringing things up to date, and then I’ll document the running up of the sim up to the point of first flight. I’ll probably do several of these updates in the form of video blogs which will be posted on YouTube but available from this site.

This is a major milestone for me. It’s not the full, enclosed-cockpit sim that I was aiming for and still want to do, and it’s certainly only the start of a much longer project that will run for as long as I care about this hobby, but it will be the first time since I started this project back in 2009 (yes, it’s been that long!) that I’ll have something complete that I can fly without compromises. And that’s a very nice Christmas present for me, and my intrepid readers. All three of you.

A couple of photos to whet your appetite: