Volair Sim Triple with Triple Display Stand Set-Up

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 2019 PROMO

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.  

 

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Redbird alloy yoke and Volair Sim

Some of you have inquired about using a Redbird alloy yoke with the Volair Sim cockpit. One of our customers, Steve, just completed a build where he installed this yoke on the Volair Sim chassis.

Steve writes, “I just wanted to forward a picture showing a Redbird Alloy yoke mounted on my Volair cockpit.  The fit is fine and the table is large and sturdy enough to support the yoke (albeit with a bit of overhang). I did have to add some wood shims beneath the table to accommodate the yoke’s mounting clamps but other than that no modifications were needed. ”

 

Redbird Alloy Yoke and Volair Sim

Happy Thanksgiving!

The entire Volair Sim team would like to wish our current and future customers a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. Keeping with our company tradition, we will be closed on Thanksgiving day and Friday to give our staff a well-deserved break and allow for time with family and loved ones.

Flight | Racing Sim w/ articulating monitor and Buttkicker

Every once and then, we get asked about using a single curved monitor with the chassis and also mounting a Buttkicker so we thought it would be helpful to share with you an example of a very versatile set-up built by Jeremy, one of our customers. Jeremy has made an interesting modification as he is using an articulating arm to bring a single screen closer to him and using the side arms as mounts for the left and right speakers. As you can see from the photos below, Jeremy switches between racing and flying so he made his set-up flexible to quickly convert a racing sim into flight and vice-versa.

Jeremy writes, “By the way, I’ve been meaning to send you some pictures of my setup. I don’t have multiple monitors but I do have a 34” 21:9 screen that I wanted to move closer to the chair for more immersion using an articulating arm. I also have 5.1 speakers, so I use the left and right monitor mounts for the left and right speakers. Other than drilling holes for the new mounts to fit, I have made no other modifications and the cockpit is very stable even with the monitor hanging forward. It does wobble a tiny bit, especially if you bump the monitor itself, but even with a force feedback wheel it barely moves (admittedly I have a low-end wheel).

To keep the pedals removable but stable I got some 3M hook fasteners at Lowe’s. They’re so strong I have to use an automotive trim removal tool to pry off the pedals! I use normal Velcro to swap out different joysticks depending on what I’m playing. I found a nice headset hanger online that attaches perfectly to the arm rest.

Really loving the cockpit after 3 years now.”

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Buttkicker installation and excellent cable management

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Headset hanger

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Racing pedals swap

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Joystick mount