This is a list of components I have used to build the Piranha Flight Simulator System. This list contains the current price and specs as of November 2010. The links displayed point to the sites were I found the information. They do not reflect affiliation.
1- Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel – $99.95
As part of Saitek’s continuing expansion of its Pro Flight range, the Switch Panel adds value and realism to a flight simulation setup.
Feel like a real pilot with realistic, clearly labelled controls in easy reach. A selection of realistic switches to mimic cockpit controls for flight simulation.
A set of switches for use in controlling various aspects of a flight simulation.
Engine on/off Landing Gear A large selection of cockpit controls Works with Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) LEDs for Landing Gear match the status in the game – if a landing gear strut fails, this is indicated on the panel Avionics Master Fuel Pump De-ice Pitot Heat Cowl Lights: Panel, Beacon, Nav, Strobe, Taxi, Landing
Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.6 x 12.4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
The Saitek Pro Flight Panel provides a set of switches and a LED panel for controlling the autopilot feature of Microsoft Flight Simulator, auto Throttle, Flaps and an elevator Trim wheel. There is a dial used to adjust the frequency incrementally.
This unit is compatible with Windows XP/XP64 and Vista. Works with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and 2004.
3- CH ProPedals USB – $119.95 (two units needed)
CH ProPedals USB also feature smooth gliding motion for precision rudder control input. With your feet sitting on a set of CH ProPedals you’ll be able to master crosswind landings, make properly balanced turns and control your aircraft during taxiing, the way it is done in real life? with your rudder pedals.
- Windows 98/2000/XP ME, Vista, iMac, or Mac (with USB port*) compatible.
- Sliding motion of forward/backward gives rudder input for the “yaw” axis.
- Heel-toe motion gives differential toe braking control.
- Three axis of control
- Plane or car simulator control
- Seven foot cable
- Three year warranty
- USB interface
- Toe Brakes tested and fully functional in the “Fly!” flight simulator (PC Version), Microsoft Flight Sim 2002 and Flight Sim 2004, X-Plane and other civilian and combat simulators using DirectInput control.
4- Saitek – Pro Flight THROTTLE – $59.95 (two needed) (option 2)
I went with this option. The controls look and feel more realistic, they also work better with my cockipt configuration.
Pro Flight Throttle quadrant adds three additional levers to control additional engines, flaps, gear, spoilers or any other controls you want to assign. It is a perfect match to the throttle included in our Pro Flight Yoke system, so you can add additional engines and controls easily. Three two position momentary toggle switches add a total of nine programmable buttons to your simulator cockpit
- 3 axis levers with interchangeable heads
- 9 button controls (three controlled at lever minimum position)
- 2 position desk clamp, enabling the quadrant to be mounted in front of or on top of the desk in 8 different ways
- Saitek Smart Technology programming software included
- Matches the Pro Flight Yoke System to extend your number of axis controls
- Can be used with any joystick or yoke
Single USB connection. Compatible with Windows XP, XP64, Vista, Vista 64 and all Saitek flight control products.
Guarantee: 2 years
Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 6.5 x 4.9 inches ; 4.4 pounds
5- Sim Cockpit Systems – Cockpit Seat = $119.95 (each) (option 1)
I went with this option because the seat is not on wheels. If you are using pedals and you have a seat with wheels, the seat will move backwards. Not fun.
The COCKPIT SEAT is comfortable, light and is designed to complement our cockpits. In addition, the standard height allows the usage on any computer desk.
If you use rudder pedals a steady seating position is essential for a satisfactory control performance.
The arm rest has vertical and forward/ aft adjustment for the various aircraft controller configurations.
Place your elbow on the armrest and use your controllers by moving your wrist for a more precise aircraft control.
6- Regular Office Chairs (Option 2)
I went with this option primarily because of cost. I found two office chairs that feature a high back and arm rests. I locked the wheels to prevent the chairs from rolling. They are very confortable. You can see pictures of the chairs on this blog.
7- Adesso MINI SLIMTOUCH TOUCHPAD USB KEYBOARD SILVER WITH BLACK KEYS ( AKB-410US ) – $51.39 – (Two units needed)
Two-button touchpad takes the place of your mouse.
Very Small, Lightweight and Extremely Flat
Low-profile Tactile Keyswitches
Includes embedded numeric keypad and function keys.
Silver and black fits in with today’s contemporary systems.
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 11.8 x 0.5 inches ; 3 pounds
8- Aura Pro Bass Shakers (Attached underneath the Pilot and Co-Pilot Chairs – Two units needed) – $29.00
The Bass shakers produce low bass that is felt and not heard.
9 -Logitech Flight Stick Pro (Two units needed)
10- 22″ LCD Monitors (Three units needed) – For External Front View
11- 19″ LCD Monitors (Two units needed) – For left and right side views
12- 15″ LCD Monitors (Two units needed) – For GPS Panles for the Pilot and Co-Pilot
13- 15″ Monitors (Two units needed) – For the PFD displays (I used two old CRT monitors for my setup)
14- 14″ Monitor (One unit needed) – For the EICAS display (I used an old 14″ monitor)
15- 19″ Monitors (Two units needed) – For the Monitoring Station, used to display the PFD and EICAS
16- Matrox Triple Head2Go – Used to display the External Front View
17- Headphones (Two units needed)
18- Audio Amplifier
19- Surround Speakers with Subwoofer (4 Speakers plus one subwoofer)
20- USB hubs (7 port units – 2 needed)
21- VGA Splitters (Two units needed)
22- Computers (Four computer systems needed)
Two high end systems
- Primary System: This systems runs Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Flyware FsXPand and WideView Server. This system displays the front view on three 22″ LCD monitors using the Matrox TripleHead2Go adaptor connected to the primary port of the video card. The secondary port on the video card is used to display the GPS to two 15″ LCD monitors attached to a VGA Splitter.
- Quaternary System: Run Microsoft Flight Simulator X and WideView Client. This system displays the side views on the two 19″ LCD Monitors
Two standard systems
- Secondary System: Running PFD Avionics using Flyware FsXClient. It displays the information on two 15″ Monitors using a VGA Splitter. There is a another monitor (19″) attached to the secondary video card port that replicates the view for the monitoring station.
- Tertiary System: Running EICAS Avionics using Flyware FsXClient. It displays the information on a 14″ Monitor. There is a another monitor (19″) attached to the secondary video card port that replicates the view for the monitoring station.
23- Standard Keyboards (three units needed) – Required for the Monitoring Station (Attached to the Secondary and Tertiary Systems) and for the Quaternary System.
24- USB Logitech Gamepads (Four needed – To use as parts to build the Overhead Panel)
25- USB Joystick (One needed – To use as parts to build the Flaps and engine Controls and the Spoiler and view controls located on the middle console)
26- USB Logitech Gamepad (One needed – To use as parts to build the Communication System Switch box located on the middle console)