We have seen several inquires about the Thrustmaster’s TPR Pedals. Specifically, inquiring minds want to know whether they will fit on the Volair Sim chassis. Unfortunately, because these pedals are very wide (contrasted to narrowly spaced pedals for GA aircraft), they will not fit without modifications. For those that are into modding and are handy, I wanted to present a solution from Jeffrey, one of our customers.
Jeffry writes, “I have attached pictures of my completed TPR rudders to your volair simulator. I think the pics are self explanatory. I used a 26 gauge sheet metal for my base and glued on a thin rubber matting I got from Homdepot and trimmed with some grooved rubber edging I had on hand just to complete the look. Works great and looks great.”
We began shipping the backorders in the order we received the orders. First, thank you all for your patience and understanding as the shipping delay was outside of our control. Please always check your Spam folder first before contacting us and please be cognizant that our tracking numbers update overnight so if you do not receive your tracking number right away does not mean your order has not shipped as it may take a day for you to receive your tracking.
To sum up, everything is in-stock except of triple monitor stands which we anticipate to receive towards the end of the month. Those that pre-ordered the triple monitor stands will enjoy few design changes/improvements we implemented so your wait will be rewarded with an upgraded product.
We have some good and bad news to report. The good news is that Volair Sim inventory is in the US already on the way to our Indianapolis warehouse. The bad news is that, due to shipment delays caused by inclement weather and port congestion, we are about one week late from our promised ship date. Lest assured, we will be working overtime to ensure that all of your orders will dispatch ASAP in the order they were received. I know many of you have been waiting patiently for a while. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.
Your Volair Sim Team
Due to increases in raw material prices, shipping costs, and and import duties, we regretfully have to implement a price increase for our Volair Sim Chassis. The price is going up by $100 to $695 effective October 1st, 2018. Customers who have already pre-ordered the chassis and any orders placed before October 1st, 2018 will benefit from the old ($595) price and will also receive priority shipping based on the order date.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We believe that, even with the unfortunate price increase, the Volair Sim cockpits provide an unbeatable value. Please see the following updated comparison matrix showing that Volair Sim is still an undisputed leader in both the features and affordability!
EAA Oshkosh visitors that purchase the cockpit this week during the show will receive a FREE arm rest kit. Just send us a photo of yourself in the sim and when you place an order we will include the arm rest fee-of-charge. Our cockpits can be demoed in the Innovation Showcase tent which is just North East of the Tower.
This year, in partnership with Thurstmaster, Volair Sim will be exhibiting at the EAA Innovation Showcase. The Innovation Showcase is located right next to the Boeing Plaza. Please stop-by and say hello and get a chance to cool down (yes, we will have Air Conditioning!) and at the same time check out some innovative products from several aerospace companies.
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.