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The Moving Axis AirCraft Simulator (MAACS) was our first experimental effort to build a motion
flight simulator. We also delved into virtual reality along the way.
The menu on the right is a series of videos that show how MAACS works. It shows how MAACS
was developed, and how we tried different configurations.
…and we tried a lot of stuff. We called this rapid prototyping. Basically, you draw up an idea, then buy a
bunch of boards and plywood, bang it together and see what works and what doesn’t.
It was a lot of trial and error. It was frustrating and fascinating all at the same time. This is the MAACS
We hope these videos inspire you to build things for your home cockpit.
We hope they inspire experimentation and creativity in the flight simulator community.
We hope they show that it’s ok to try a lot of things, keep what works and learn from the stuff that didn’t
We hope they show that innovation is hard work, but worthwhile work and that you may fail many times
before you are successful.
Do you love learning about the art of flight? If you are interested in the historical aspect of flight, there are
plenty of resources you reference. Whether you are looking for information on the Wright Brothers, or you
want to find the new stories that Dan Rather covered on the flights of September 11th, the internet can
provide you with that information. Simply searching Dan Rather news coverage is a great way to start. If
you want to read a biography of Dan Rather, you can find information on the Dan Rather facebook or
Photos by Matt Thomas
Pictures of the MAACS homemade motion flight simulator.