AOPA: Pilot Mall produces new panel for armchair aviation

By Jim Moore Pilot Mall President Neil Glazer plans to certify the Flight Training Cockpit—Advanced Panel as a basic aviation training device. Pilot Mall on April 9 rolled out its entry into the aviation training and flight simulation market: a simulator instrument panel that can be customized with a variety of Saitek computer-driven instruments and controls for in-home realism. Pilot Mall President Neil Glazer said the $395 panel—on sale for $295 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo—allows users to mix and match instruments and controls to create a wide range of cockpits. Glazer said the modules, most priced around $130, can be assembled into a full IFR panel with annunciator panel, autopilot, yoke and rudder pedals, and engine controls for around $2,100 at the show, or $2,500 at regular price. The components can be purchased separately, or delivered fully assembled as a group in a panel designed to mount on a tabletop or desk. The required computer, flight simulation program, and monitor are sold separately. The Saitek components are designed to work with Microsoft Flight Simulator X out of the box, or X-Plane with installation of additional drivers. “We see this as a platform that we can build upon,” Glazer said, noting there are plans to develop a glass cockpit version, and paperwork will be filed in May for FAA certification as a basic flight training device. Pilot Mall created the panel, and Saitek created the instruments and other modules that can be mixed and matched. The system is on sale at a discount at Sun ’n Fun....

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General Aviation News: PilotMall Debuts Advanced Panel Simulator Cockpit

By General Aviation News Staff Pilot Mall has introduced its table-top flight simulator instrument panel integrating Saitek ProFlite instruments, avionics and flight controls into a modular, add-as-you-go device for home and flight school. Pilot Mall’s FLIGHT TRAINING COCKPIT – ADVANCED PANEL begins with a new 21-by-31-inch metal instrument panel with pop-out cut-outs, into which are inserted individual instruments, avionics and controls. Classic “Six-Pack” instruments, radio tuning and ILS/VOR/ADF displays, autopilot, annunciator panel and more can be added to yoke, throttles, trim and pedals as needed. Your panel can be customized from primary instrumentation to full IFR, simple fixed-gear single to complex aircraft or twin, company officials said. “ADVANCED PANEL works extremely well with familiar MicroSoft Flight Sim software on the customer’s own PC,” said Pilot Mall president Neil Glazer. “Then all that’s needed are some USB hubs and your computer monitor to create a remarkably realistic flying experience — with visual — at a remarkably low price.” The customizable system can begin with basic flight instruments and simple avionics for students just learning flight controls, instrument functions and radio tuning. Later, they can add components as they train on more equipment for instrument flying. Aircraft owners can recreate their plane’s panel with the exact placement of instruments as in their own airplane. Moreover, 24 annunciator panel warning and status lights are customizable (among 50 advisories in red, orange or green) to match equipment being flown. An electrical panel includes nine toggle switches programmable to various aircraft systems. For the computer flight sim enthusiast, ADVANCED PANEL recreates the true cockpit experience with a real, hands-on instrument panel rather than just the depiction of instrumentation on a computer monitor, Glazer noted. Building blocks for the ADVANCED PANEL are 5×5-inch Saitek computer-driven instruments with 3.5-inch LED displays. Each can depict the standard presentation of many cockpit instruments including airspeed, altimeter, artificial horizon, directional gyro, HSI, turn-and-bank, VSI, ILS, VOR, ADF, engine gauge cluster and more. Displays can be changed among instrument presentations with the push of a button. The cost of a maxed-out set-up — with yoke (and timer), pedals, Cessna/Mooney-style throttle-mixture-prop controls (or Piper-style throttle quadrant), retractable landing gear, instruments, avionics, autopilot and annunciator panel — is about $2,500. A twin throttle quadrant (multi-engine) arrangement and a separate, full-size trim wheel are optional. The ADVANCED PANEL concept was a collaborative effort between Pilot Mall, Inc. and Michael Moore of Redfab, Inc.,...

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