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well one of the original ideas that made computers interesting to me way back in the 80s was flight simming.  I bought my second computer a Commadore 64 in the mid 80s and quickly found flight simulator at that time being published by sub logic.  

I’ve enjoyed flight simming over the decades since off and on.  In the mid 90s it was on a pc for the first time and also by Microsoft for the first Time. I soon upgraded to a 285 then on to a pentium several years later always play flight sim, I had even invested in to a ch pro serial yoke along with my thustmaster flight gear, stick, throttle and pedals.  I still have all but the throttle as I sold it along the way but in today’s computers that hardware is useless, no way to connect even with a game board that doesn’t fit the slots of today’s motherboards.

Back after my motorcycle accident I returned to simming.  I built a computer just to run ms fsx.  It is housed in a Lancool tower, model PC-K60 case.  The framework is a AS Rock Z77 motherboard with 16GB DDR3 RAM, a EVGA GeForce GTX 680 video card with 4GB RAM.  It’s powered by a Cooler Master 850W PSU which is dead right now just got a RMA number late yesterday.  The CPU is an I7 Intel cooled by a Cosair H55 Liduid CPU Cooler.  I’ll be sending the psu in for repair next week.  It has Blue ray optical drive and two hdds.  Those will be repurposed in the rebuild.  As I’m plan on adding two SSD drives for the OS and the other for fsx.  Iirc the hdds are a 1 and 2 TB drive.  The 2 TB will be used as a library drive and the 1 TB for photos and plan on an addition 1 TB out of one of my nases for movies and music maybe or use it for a document drive.  I have three Asus 24″ LCD monitors mounted on a triple monitor stand so to upgraded to a 6 monitor stand and I’ll add a TV to the lower LHS, a Sony 24″ 3D PlayStation monitor the the lower center and a hp 23″ to the lower rhs spot. The three Asus will form the top row.  The TV for for viewing television when computing, the Sony will show the main panel and the hp the other panels as needed.

Since 2012 I’ve gotten the following Saitek panels for flight simming along with their pro flight yoke with throttle quadrant, an additional throttle quadrant, and rudder peddles plus Cessna trim wheel.  I have two radio panels and might add one more along with a tpm panel maybe.  I have the bip, multi and switch panels also.

Off eBay I just ordered a 20 switch plug and play diy kit for even more switches.  I eventually want to have a switch or tactile control for each event in fsx.  Starting off with what will be needed to fly the dhc-6 twin otter.

I’ve mounted the Saitek hardware to a pro wheel stand for portability with in the Rv.

Well right now the desktop is down and my simming is on one or both of my hp dv7evy laptops.  I’ve been researching building a simpit as I’m not planning on a full fledged cockpit in the future since I don’t have the room in the Rv.

I’ve gotten the ugtafs from simsamuari.com. I just got his three bible set plus if r bible also.  I’ve been searching various other blogs and posts which gave me the idea to start mine up again adding simming to it.
I highly recommend the ugtafs for the info contained in it.  I’ve learned a lot of great info about computers from it and I have a degree in microprocessors and microcomputers that I got back in the early 90s.

Then you get into the fs9 and fsx specfics chapters, then the fs hardware, tweaking the OS fo each fs as well as tweaking the fs itself.  And I’m not half way through it yet.  Yet done anymore than browsed thru the other books that I just received this week.  I also have the book “flying ms fsx as in the real world.”

I plan on setting up the simpit I aw the ugtafs and finally learning to fly and communicate correctly using the real world book and other real world flying guides.  I’m not a good candidate for a pilot licence because of health reasons so as real as it gets will be as close as I get.

Until next time when I hope to have the tower back up and running if I’m lucky if not I’ll give a over view of the first flying lesson in the real world book on the laptop using a joystick if not the simpit it depends on several things.  Bye

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