Below, is an example of creative adaptation of Volair Sim Avionics Panel by Sean, one of our customers. Sean used a 13.3″ TouchScreen monitor (right side on the panel) as an additional display while having enough room for one Logitech modules above. The center display on the panel is an iPad and to the left you see two Logitech modules.
“I use that screen (connected as a fourth display) to fullscreen Pilot2ATC. If I can figure out how to get a fifth display running on my machine, I’ll likely add another one on the left side and move the two control panels to the middle getting rid of the iPad that’s there. The bezels holding the ipad on are ones I designed and printed on my 3D printer.
Love the sim chassis. It’s very comfortable.”
A heartfelt review from Adam, one of our recent customers, that made us realize that Volair Sim can help people cope with the isolation caused by the pandemic and provide an escape from the bleak world situation.
“I might have a setup that is a bit different than most. I have recently migrated to VR flight for training purposes which is the reason for the one display. There are aspects I do miss about the triple monitor setup.
It’s my simulation room, the cockpit and my VR goggles. Once I load everything up I am in another world. Without the volair cockpit experience it definitely wouldn’t be as realistic as I would want it to be. The reason I say all this is because I want you and the team, even the CEO to know not only does the volairsim setup enhance my experience for training purposes but its literally been medicine for me to have this setup and configuration in my life. I am beyond thankful that I chose your company when I was on the market to make an investment into my simulation experience. The entire cockpit is modular and I have lost count on how many times I have been able to reconfigure and test new ideas out on this. We have a very short life on this planet and I’m glad there is a team of people out there producing cockpits like these. It’s changed my life and i’m almost certain that I’m not the only one.
Just wanted you and your team to know that. Thanks for all you do!”
We are pleased to announce the availability of the GTN-750 adapter for the RealSimGear GPS unit to mount to our Avionics Panel. The adapter works the same way as our GNS-530 adapter; the GPS will occupy two rectangular slots on the Avionics Panel normally reserved for the Logitech (Saitek) rectangular components. You will have to cut/remove the thin bar separating the two rectangular openings on the Avionics Panel.
You can purchase this adapter at our web-store here.
Since many of our customer examples focus on flight sim configurations, it is nice to see that racing enthusiasts are also using the Volair Sim to increase their driving proficiency. Below is a review from David who has built a racing sim centered around the Volair Sim chassis. David’s review follows:
“This is an amazing simulator Rig and built really well that I use it for Sim Racing and some VR stuff mainly racing. After three years of using the Volair Sim I have had zero problems and am glad I chose this rig. Their may be better certainly less expensive, but it is an impressive piece of equipment. The first 2 years I owned this rig I helped me improve my driving skills 100%.
With an adjustable seat that reclines and moves forward and backward makes it real comfortable to race in. With a bad back that means I can make adjustments to my seating so I can race in longer races during a race.
Volair gives you enough accessories to do a lot with your gear. I took some of them and moved them around to hold my VR head set and gloves.
The triple screen monitor stand can wiggle a little when things get exciting but not much of a distraction and not too often. Volair fixed that after my purchase with a new stand alone monitor stand.
I have 3 27” Viewsonic high end monitors that are a little beefy. One thing to look for is the monitor you choose and where the cable hook ups are for the. The vesa mount can be in the way and a cable may not fit or plug in. I had 3 beautiful no border 28” Acer monitors I had to substitute for the Viewsonic Monitors. It may not be the case with the new stand alone stand.
I had no problem with assembly or parts missing or left over and only took one short evening to assemble.
I have read reviews that people complain about what to do with wires dangling all over. Use your imagination because there’s a lot out there to take care of that.
I could ramble all day but I get lost with reviews. You won’t be disappointed with this choice so If its in you price range the pick Volair you won’t regret it.”
It’s cold and rainy here in Indy, but nothing perks us up like a beautiful Volair Sim setup by one of our favorite Canadian customers.
Jean-Oliver said, “I wanted to take the time to thank you for having invented this wonderful product which for 2 years makes me experience beautiful moments of flight. I send you photos of my installations. I add a fourth screen that serves as a dashboard.”
This fourth screen installation is really creative. We had to know more about size, installation, usage, etc. and figured everyone else would like to know too. Jean-Oliver was kind enough to send us the details:
“I only install with screw the support of my screen to your table. I can change the angle of my screen with my support. The screen does not block the field of view, but you must adjust the mount of the 3 screens to its highest. The advantage of this fourth screen allows me to play other games that do not require 3 screens. This screen is closer to play other games. The fourth screen has 24 inch, but it is possible to install a 27 inch. The other 3 screens have 27 inches.”
The other interesting modification is the modification to the center mount in order to extend the reach of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick:
Jean-Olivier writes, “You can see on another picture that I have the joystick holder flipped to install an extension for this one . Here is the link for extensions (good quality):”
Great job Jean-Olivier and we think your photos and instructions will help a lot of fellow flight simmers. Thank you!
Just a quick reminder that we are going to be exhibiting at the 2019 FlightSimExpo in Orlando on June 7-9. Please stop by our booth and get a chance to win some exciting prizes.
EASTER SPECIAL – PURCHASE THE VOLAIR SIM CHASSIS AND RECEIVE ARM REST KIT FREE ($79 VALUE).
NO COUPON NEEDED – ARM REST KIT (LEFT AND RIGHT) WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY SHIPPED SEPARATELY BUT SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED SO ACT NOW!
WE RECEIVED THE INVENTORY AND IN PROCESS OF GETTING ORGANIZED AND SHIP OUT ALL THE BACKORDERS STARTING WITH THE OLDEST TO NEWEST! PLEASE BE PATIENT AND IF YOU DO NOT GET THE TRACKING WITHIN COUPLE OF DAYS PLEASE DO NOT PANIC. WE ARE JUST BUSY GETTING EVERYONE CAUGHT-UP AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. ALSO CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER FOR TRACKING. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO UPDATE TRACKING NUMBERS EVERY NIGHT. NOTE: IF YOU ORDERED A COCKPIT, IT WILL COME IN TWO (2) BOXES AND YOU WILL GET 2 TRACKING NUMBERS FOR THE COCKPIT!
SHIPMENT ARRIVED IN CHICAGO AND WE ARE IN PROCESS OF GETTING IN TRANSFERRED TO INDY. WE HOPE TO SHIP ALL BACK ORDERS NEXT WEEK!
SHIPMENT IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE TO CHICAGO TODAY, WE WILL TRUCK IT DOWN TO INDY ASAP AND GET THE ORDERS OUT OF THE DOOR AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE, CHECK AND INVENTORY EVERYTHING.
SHIPMENT HAS LEFT VANCOUVER EN-ROUTE TO INDY. ETA CHICAGO 3.20. INDY FEW DAYS LATER.
I am afraid that we have some bad news to communicate. The shipment which was en-route to us was severely delayed due to fact that the ship had to make an unscheduled port call in Seattle and they could not offload our inventory there. It has finally arrived in Vancouver, Canada (original destination) and the inventory has been offloaded but the goods still needs to reach us in Indianapolis so we can ship the completed cockpits to you. This is a first time of such significant delay has happened and even with our advance inventory planning we did not foresee a delay of over a month.
Right now, we should get the shipment inbound any day from Canada but we do not want to just give you arbitrary dates and keep pushing the ship dates until we have a firm arrival date to Indy. We do appreciate your patience and frustration but we want to be clear and transparent about the situation.
We will update this post as we learn more information which should be in the next couple of days.
Here is a quick note from Andrew who just finished assembling the Volair Sim chassis with our independent triple display stand. Andrew picked up the cockpit and the stand from our Indianapolis warehouse. He writes, “The warehouse staff was very friendly in helping and simply used a forklift to gently set it in the bed of my truck. The quality and thickness of all the parts surpasses my expectations and should last a very long time. Installation didn’t take long at all, the longest task was unwrapping all the bubble wrap from all the parts. Overall, I know that Volair Sim didn’t take any shortcuts when developing this. I am very happy with how everything turned out. I however do regret not buying the armrests while I was there.”
There were couple of areas of install Andrew commented on. We feel this may be beneficial for others to read.
Andrew states, ” You may be interested to hear how my setup went. When installing the seat, the instructions state to put the bolt in from the bottom and place the nut inside the rail of the seat. However the nut is too large to fit within the rail. I got by this by installing the bolt from the top down, and the nut on the bottom. My 43 inch TVs have a 200 by 300 bolt pattern on the back. Therefore the bracket is only being held on the tv by 2 bolts. Also the bolts included to mount the bracket on the tv were the wrong size and length. I went to the hardware store to buy some, but turns out that luckily my tv already included them. The two bolts holding the bracket on my TV do feel strong and I don’t think it is going anywhere. ”
Note that it is completely acceptable to run the seat bolts from top vs bottom as the default fit is tight (helps to use channel pliers to push the nut into the seat slider). Also note that some TVs come with (a bit unusual) 200mmx300mm bolt pattern so you will only use 2 of the 4 holes to mount it as Andrew did. Given that the modern LCD TVs are pretty light (the VESA standard was developed when Plasma was still the dominant technology which weighted a ton), this should not be an issue from safety perspective. Lastly, while we include the TV mounting bolts that should fit most installations, be prepared that your displays may feature unique bolt length/size configuration.
WINTER PROMOTION: BUY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING THREE ITEMS: VOLAIR SIM CHASSIS, AVIONICS PANEL, OR TRIPLE DISPLAY STAND AND GET $75 OFF* THE ENTIRE ORDER.
USE COUPON CODE VSMSAP AT CHECKOUT.
*NOTE: MUST PURCHASE AT LEAST TWO OF THE ITEMS ABOVE TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT.