Today (August 18, 2020) marks a historic moment for the flight simulation community. After 14(!) years, Microsoft finally releases a worthy successor to FSX, which originally released on October 13, 2006. Yes, dear readers, it has been that long. Since then, we have seen more and less significant updates to FSX, rather significant XPlane 11 release, and the rise of Prepar3D as the “stop-gap” measure to FSX. Nothing, however, has elevated the bar as much as FS 2020. Truly exiting times for flight simulator enthusiasts await.
We, at Volair Sim, have been fortunate to be able to use the Beta version of the sim for a while and we must say that the visuals, immersion, and overall fun factor is unparalleled. As of this writing, we are in process of downloading the nearly 100GB (yes Gigabytes) of installation files on our R&D sim and many sleepless nights are ahead.
Many of you are also eager to hear about the backorder situation for the sim chassis and arm rests. We have, finally, good news to report. After delay, caused by a tragic accident at one of our supplier’s seat production facilities, we are completed with the seat production and just awaiting of shipment of the finished seats. Barring any wether-delays which could impact shipping, we are still estimating to have the back-order caught up around the end of September or first week of October.
Until then, get your sim gear in order and get your FS2020 configured so you are ready to go when your Volair Sim arrives.
Quick update about the triple monitor stands. We have decided to make a small design improvement to the stand so that we currently do not have the ETA on when it will ship. Please watch the BUY page for updates.
Volair Sim Avionics Panel V2 ships with trim pieces allowing to cover up yoke gaps depending on yoke used, 6 blanking plates allowing the user to cover-up the unused openings or to mount iPads, and 2 Flight Instrument Panel adapter panels allowing user to mount up-to 12 Logitech FIPs as shown below:
Using adapter plates (sold separately), the Volair Sim Avionics Panel will allow the user to mount the following GPS systems sold by RealSimGear:
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.
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 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.