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Feb 28 2014 10:04 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review update by Ray Marshall. The award winning Volair Sim now comes standard with a hefty center stick attachment predrilled for the Saitek X52 Pro, the X-65 and the Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog. When I reviewed the Volair Sim in July of 2013, th...
Feb 21 2014 02:16 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. The GF-MCP Pro is part of GoFlight’s family of cockpit control system modules. According to GoFlight, “The MCP Pro is designed to closely resemble the look and function of the Boeing 737NG aircraft’s Mode Control Panel in color,...
Jan 27 2014 03:04 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. It’s always exciting when manufacturers release new generations of computer components. This build was triggered by the 2013 releases by Intel of 4th generation CORE™ processors and the release by NVIDIA and its manuf...
Nov 27 2013 12:57 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Reviewed by Doug Horton. Like many fight simulation enthusiasts, I began the hobby using a small inexpensive joystick as my only controller. The joystick was connected to now obsolete computer though a game port connection, which is also obsolete. Late...
Nov 06 2013 10:30 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. What’s a wheel stand? It’s a device that holds Saitek rudder pedals and yoke system, including throttle quadrant, and optional accessories. It’s been tested for this review with added Saitek Cessna trim wheel and two accessory pa...
Nov 03 2013 04:28 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. Flightdeck Solutions, Ltd (FDS) designs, manufactures, and markets high quality aviation products for commercial customers, aircraft manufacturers, government agencies, and computer flight simulation enthusiasts. As part of my as...
Oct 30 2013 01:44 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Reviewed by Robert Whitwell. I have been flying my sim using one of the original “Hotseat” flightsim chassis for many years. I was recently approached by Obutto to review their flight sim cockpit. Looking at the two designs, I was intereste...
Oct 20 2013 08:39 AM | djhorton in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. Real Pilots wear headsets, to improve communications and reduce engine and other ambient noise, so why shouldn’t flight simulator users wear headsets? Corsair’s Vengeance 1500 USB gaming headset makes this a pleasure, wit...
Oct 03 2013 08:46 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. I was particularly interested in reviewing these controls because I fly a real Cessna Skylane 182S airplane. I wrote this article a few months before rejoining AVSIM Online, and noting that Ray Marshall had previously reviewed Sa...
Sep 23 2013 09:29 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. With continuing interest in overclocking, which is usually best done with third-party CPU cooling, I was provided an opportunity to test Corsair’s A70 High Performance CPU Cooler, and I compared its performance with the Coo...
Sep 09 2013 01:58 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. There are several means of increasing the speed with which computers read and write files. In the simplest case, hard drives have generally included small memory caches, evolving from about 8 MB a few years ago to 64 MB on newer...
Aug 27 2013 04:21 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. Many users spend hard-earned money for new hardware in the vain hope that it will improve FSX framerate performance. Those readers who’ve read my recent article on AVSIM about framerate benchmarking understand how easy it i...
Aug 16 2013 03:50 PM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. As indicated in the previously published article, and provided again as a refresher, a friend had been away from flight simming for awhile, and when he regained interest in the hobby, he recognized that his computer was quite out...
Aug 05 2013 11:15 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware
Review by Doug Horton. My good friend Howard, who’d been a flight simmer for over twenty years, took a break for a couple of years, and when he rejoined the hobby a few months ago, he recognized that his dedicated flight simulation computer was...
Jul 24 2013 08:27 AM | raymar in Hardware
Because I am always seeking that next level being introduced for us avid flight simulator fans, I was especially flattered to be chosen to write the Avsim review of the Volair Sim flight chassis. This NASA looking apparatus does indeed promote ye...
Jul 09 2013 07:05 AM | Gaiiden in Hardware
This is quite a treat and very refreshing to see something totally new in the desktop flight simulations market. Using the 2013 Sun ‘n Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland Florida as the choice location for first public viewing, and using multiple l...
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