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.
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):”
We are getting an increasing number of inquiries about using curved monitors with Volair Sim. In short, they will work but if you are planning to use three of them, we recommend you get our Triple Display Stand as it … Continue reading →
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.”
Racing pedals swap
Buttkicker installation and excellent cable management
Buttkicker installation and excellent cable management
Quick review from Don H., our customer who uses the sim for BOTH flight and driving proficiency. Hope this can be of value for some of you that are contemplating building a dual-purpose flight and racing sim.
The Volair Sim as configured is very easy to switch between flying and driving. The flying pedals simply sit on the plate. Control pressures do not require any attachments. Four pins have attached to the driving pedals, and that unit sits on the footplate with the pins slipping into preexisting slots/holes. Loosening one knurled knob allows the plate with the attached stick to be removed, and set aside. No cables need to be connected or disconnected. The steering wheel does not need to be removed. The changeover is quite simple.
The primary use of the flight simulator is for instrument proficiency. Xplane 11 is very sophisticated, and I would be lost without the tutorial from Pilot Workshop. It has guided me every step of the way, which includes the selection of Xplane 11 and the hardware. The tutorial is Sim Essentials.
The driving simulator is for fun and for whatever cognitive benefit it provides. A single study purports to show that 60 year olds who play a racing car video game are better at multitasking than untrained 20-year-olds. One can always hope. Forza 7 brings a level of sophistication to the driving simulator that Xplane 11 does to the flight simulator. The learning curve is a little steep.
Here is an interesting example from Danny, one of our customers. Danny has not only equipped his Avionics Panel with dual iPads but also he has added 4th display attached to separate computer that is “talking” over the local network with the computer running the triple displays.
Here is the picture of my sim set up!! The wall mounted Samsung TV is driven by my iMac running xplane 11 and is scenery only locked to my windows flight computer. I am at the gate a Indianapolis international.
Hope you enjoy my VolAir sim I know I certainly do!!!”
On behalf of the Volar Sim team, we wanted to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving and a relaxing, perhaps sim-filled, holiday. In keeping with our Thanksgiving tradition, our office will be closed Thursday and Friday and we will be back on Monday 11/27.