2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

OshKosh_2014We’ll be having contests all week at Oshkosh so stop by our booth for details!

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Visit our store for special deals on Saitek gear during Oshkosh!

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Get Ready For The New Honda…. Jet?

The Verge reports that automobile manufacturer Honda is readying production of its HondaJet. It’s certainly an intriguing looking creature based on the video and photos: it holds six passengers and “cruises at 420 knots — about 0.63 Mach — and gets power from a pair of specially designed turbofans developed through a joint venture with General Electric.”

The Verge also notes, “What makes the HondaJet really unusual, though (besides the fact that it’s being made by the same company that makes the Civic) is a unique engine mount that gives the plane its trademark appearance. Where most jets of this size have engines mounted on either side of the rear of the fuselage, the HondaJet’s HF120 turbofans rest on pedestals that rise from the wings. The advantage, Honda notes, is that the configuration frees up significant additional space inside the cabin. As a bonus, it also just looks downright sci-fi.”

What do you think of the HondaJet, fellow sim-aviators? Is this something you want to fly? And how about that cool glass cockpit?

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Really Cool Video of the New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Hey Saitek fans, as you may know or not, the Farnborough Airshow is this week in the UK and I saw this really cool article/video of the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. I would love to catch a ride on one of these. Check it out…super cool!!!

(Via The Verge)

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Here Comes The Saitek Cockpit!

Fig. 1. Your dream come true - the fully loaded Saitek Cockpit!

Fig. 1. Your dream come true – the fully loaded Saitek Cockpit!

We are proud to announce the long-awaited Saitek cockpit (Fig. 1.), loaded and unloaded! We’ve been working dog days in the hangar coming up with something that would stand up to your high standards and expectations that would be worthy of your fantastic flight-sim experience; and we’ve come up with something that will bring your Saitek gear closer to reality!

Fully Loaded: A Complete Cockpit Solution
For you enterprising sim-aviators who want to jump into the wonderful world of flight simulation with everything (and really, who doesn’t deserve everything?), Saitek is offering a fully-loaded cockpit styled after those found in general aviation trainers like the Cessna Skyhawk and the Piper Archer. The fully-loaded cockpit solution includes 10 Flight Instrument Panels (FIPS) that displays a multitude of gauges, two radio panels, a switch and multi panel that all fit precisely into a rugged and hardy frame boasting a front of professional-grade solid aluminum, a black anodized finish, and a beautiful double-stitched leatherette glare shield. It comes with three 7-port powered hubs (that’s 21 total slots!), yoke, pedals, quadrant, throttle, BIP and Cessna trim wheel. Click on your region’s flag to check it out!

Unloaded: Configure To Your Needs and Specifications
For you enthusiasts and PPL students who prefer to configure their own cockpit, the Saitek cockpit shell is the perfect home to house all your precious Saitek gear. Durable and hardy, yet only a mere 18 pounds (8.2 kilos), light enough to stand on just about any desk. It is the ideal stage to make your dream cockpit come to reality. Click on your region’s flag for more detail!

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Pagnian Next Level Flight Simulator Cockpit

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The home cockpit — as a virtual pilot, it’s your “office.” And if your business is giving the business to the enemy for hours on end in dogfights, bombing raids, and long range missile strikes, you need your office setup to be comfortable and sturdy. Most importantly, your office suitable for air combat and not for fighting with spreadsheets and email attachments. Recently a new company from Australia called Pagnian, known mostly for their racing cockpits, has entered the simpit market with their Next Level Flight Simulator Cockpit and we were fortunate enough to get to try one out here at Saitek and share some quick thoughts with you. Continue reading

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The entire Next Level cockpit setup was delivered in a variety of thick, well packed cardboard boxes. The big box on the bottom contained the seat and the pedal board while the smaller boxes on top were separate modules for the keyboard stand, monitor stand, and gaming desktop.

You’ll notice the big box also says “NEXT LEVEL RACING.” Indeed the chair itself, the floor mat, and other parts of the cockpit also say “NEXT LEVEL RACING” as these are the same units that make up their racing cockpit. It’s really just a cosmetic thing and doesn’t affect the setup or enjoyment of the cockpit from a functional standpoint but certainly it could be a concern for some. In the future Pagnian will probably make “flight”-flavored accouterments if the customers demand it.

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Opening the big box we find the seat itself and a couple boxes. The seat itself is folded up and like all the other hardware pieces of the cockpit it is wrapped neatly in bubble wrap.  The smaller boxes contain the pedal stand and the flight accessories module.

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Once the chair is folded out and the base plates are attached, it’s really quite comfortable and should fit any size pilot. It has separate foam sections on the back with velcro so you can place them as best suits you. It also has a lever underneath to adjust your distance from your monitors.

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Now let’s open up the flight accessories box. Like all the other hardware parts, the elements in this box are coated in a heavy duty glossy black powder and bubble wrapped. Certainly sturdy enough for your HOTAS or other flight sim gear. Above you can see various panels, the square ones come pre-drilled to hold your X-52 or X-52 Pro. (X-55 Rhino plates are coming soon.) Using the long bars you can set your throttle on the left and the stick on the right, or the throttle on the left and your stick in the middle. The directions are simple to follow; if you can put together an IKEA cabinet you can put together this cockpit!

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And here’s how it looks all put together with a monitor, X-52 Pro, and the keyboard stand. It truly does bring your gaming experience to the “Next Level.”

There’s plenty of room on the keyboard stand for panels and FIPs as well. You can also swap out the center keyboard stand for the side swivel keyboards stand if you wish.

For more info check out the official Pagnian website. At the moment Pagnian products are sold in Europe and Australia but I am told that Pagnian is looking to be in the US market by late 2014/early 2015.

And if you want a hands on demonstration with this cockpit you may see one in the Saitek booth at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014…

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