Tagged With flight simulators

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Microsoft's Flight Simulator X was an awesome game nine years ago, but it has enjoyed continued success from a dedicated fanbase — the kind of people with multi-monitor, multi-TV rigs with dedicated rooms. Now FSX has its very own specialised, backlit, custom-made keyboard.

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I've never been a great flyer. It's not that I'm scared of flying per sé. I just get a bit up-chuckish with turbulence and whatnot. At least, that was until a few months ago when I got stranded in China for 33 hours following a freak storm over Hong Kong airport. Now my fear of throwing up has evolved into a fully-formed anxiety response when boarding flights. Last week I found a cure for that anxiety, however, and it's one that everyone can get in on.

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It's almost Christmas, so Melbourne's Deakin University invited Santa in for some last-minute flight training on their Universal Motion Simulator (UMS). If this video doesn’t make you smile a tiny bit, then you might just be a Grinch.

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"Welcome aboard, Captain," my co-pilot Julian said to me this morning as I stepped into the cockpit of a Boeing 737-800, the world's most popular commercial aircraft. Despite a complete lack of training and experience, I strapped myself in, adjusted my harness and confidently got ready to take control. At least I knew I couldn't crash...

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Four years in the making, the Acadalus tripod head uses motors and an inclinometer to relieve you of fiddling and make sure your shots are absolutely, positively straight. Of course, that perspectival perfection comes at a price: $US5000.

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Elliott-wannabe Mike Pegg has wired his mountain bike to Google Earth's flight simulator mode to travel all around the world while he exercises. He used a Sun Microsystem SunSPOT, a Java-programmable wireless sensor equipped with an accelerometer and a bank of pins to connect it to the other controls. The system is simple, and it works perfectly, as you can see in the video.

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If you are a hard core combat flight simulator pilot with a spare US$15,560, this completely-restored 1957 Mk. 5 ejection seat is a must. Manufactured by legendary Martin-Baker, who started work on ejection seats in 1934, this model can withstand 40 G deceleration loads and includes a canopy breaker for planes like the Grumman 9F-8T Cougar, one of the many air fighter that used it. The only bad thing is that it doesn't come "fully dressed," with cushions and harness, as you can see in the photo of the original seat after the jump.