Learn to Build with Online Tutorials
It has never been easier to build an impressive flight simulator cockpit. High definition displays are cheap, computers are fast, the software is outstanding, and there are so many choices for flight controls. But you may be starting off with just a keyboard, mouse, and a monitor - so how do you make that into a realistic home airplane cockpit? My comprehensive e-learning courses teach you how to build an aircraft cockpit or a functional framework for your controls. This improves your interface with your simulator software and enhances the realism.
The DIY Flight Sims suite of projects has something for everyone. Choose the project that best suits your needs, enroll in the online course, and start building. Each course includes step-by-step instructions with video clips, illustrations, diagrams, and print-out templates. You can view the course on any device, even tablets and smart phones. Plus, you get free access to the Builder Academy where you learn all the basic DIY Flight Sim construction techniques. Your local home improvement store sells the building materials you will need.
DIY Deluxe Desktop Flight Sim
The D250 is the most versatile and capable design I've created. Multiple monitors make one huge wrap around screen (six feet wide) and there is plenty of room for switch panels or a fourth monitor for the instruments.
DIY Flight Sim Pod
Audaciously brash and bold. Who would build something like this? ME ! The Flight Sim Pod is wider than a Cessna 172. Strap in, fire it up and let this be your escape pod from the ordinary.
DIY Triple Screen Flight Sim
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The venerable Triple Screen Flight Simulator is the reliable workhorse of the DIY Flight Sims hangar since its launch in 2011. Build it with modified keyboards (included) and take off in your favorite simulated airliner.
DIY Side Joystick Frame
This simple and effective freestanding frame is the best way to hold your HOTAS controls. Great for combat simulators, Elite Dangerous and more. Strap on a Virtual Reality (VR) headset and know exactly where your controls are located at all times.
DIY Center Joystick Frame
Stick and rudder flying at its best! This works great for WW2 combat sims, modern jets, General Aviation flying, and more. Lightweight and easy to assemble, the frame holds your controls securely in place. This project is also great if you are using a VR headset.
DIY Easy Helicopter Collective
This project is undoubtedly the most inexpensive way to get a helicopter collective in your hands for your home flight simulator. If you're stuck using standard flight sim controls now, it's a whole new experience to finally fly helicopters with a proper collective handle.
DIY Gen Av Keyboard Mod
Great for general aviation flying. Start the engine without using the mouse, tune the radio and VOR with the keyboard buttons. Very helpful if you need to review your procedures or want to start flight training someday.
DIY Airliner Keyboard Mod
One of my most popular products. It was so successful, I updated the project and produced a new instruction video and manual for it. People love having an inexpensive overhead panel like this for their flight sim airliner!
DIY Helicopter Keyboard Mod
The DIY Helicopter Keyboard Mod is very helpful for the tricky startup procedure in light GA helicopters. It's inexpensive and easy to build. This also goes perfectly with the DIY Easy Helicopter Collective.