Although all 8 major modules of the Advanced Learn To Fly course have been published now, it will take the next week to shoot the extra demos and product reviews to be added.
For example, on the topic of “Novelty Planes”, I have footage of flying some homebuilts in Xplane like the Zenith CH750 or the SeaRey2, my favorite now. My DC3 takeoff and landing are a sight to see. Only took 3 tries to get that smooth and I still did a little bounce on flare… that was a hard one.
The SeaRey2 in real life. This versatile homebuilt is all around us, from here in Canada where I live to many countries in the world. It’s a flying boat and inexpensive at that. We can put this into FSX and practice. It has the full G1000 suite. Look for it in my demos in the course.
I am also in post production for reviews of some hardware I have bought for my own cockpits. I have two major cockpits… one for FSX and one for XPlane. Simply because some hardware works natively with Xplane while you meed extra software purchases to run it in FSX. So I avoid that by having two separate cockpits running different hardware in each one. When some students need a lesson on-site in my classroom, we can both jump on different machines and fly multiplayer.
Secondly, you get the benefit of see me install the hardware and seeing it in action. It might help you decide if it’s worth it and how to make it all work.
I have purchased a lot of hardware for this advanced course, such as the RealSimGear.com lineup of products including the GNS530/430 and G1000 PFD/MFD with audio panel.
The dual-display PFD/MFD with integrated audio panel from RealSimGear is a an expensive but realistic addition to your flight sim cockpit. More and more modern aircraft and homebuilts are using the G1000 glass cockpit. Why not train using the real dials and clickable buttons?
I also purchased and use on FSX, the G1000 hardware bezels from Simionic, where you use iPads in each hardware bezel. This one works natively with FSX without additional software purchases so I get to have a G1000 in both cockpits. These iPad displays simply use the wireless network to talk to your flight simulator computer and a perfect match. (it can also work with Xplane natively but I already had the RealSimGear G1000 on my Xplane setup.
I would recommend this setup if you are using both Xplane and FSX on the same computer, as many of you are. The surprise cost here is that you need to purchase a couple of used iPads for the displays. (you can download the free apps and try them first on your simulator with just one iPad before you buy the hardware bezels to make it real)
As a disclaimer, I don’t get paid to make recommendations on any products you hear about on my courses. I paid for these hardware devices for my own use and in my courses. I do have to say that RealSimGear did give me a big discount because I bought so much hardware from them. Luckily, I highly recommend both G1000 suites from Simionic and RealSimGear with their pros and cons for each.