Hey thanks Ghost, Grizzly and Thunderbolt! I really appreciate it!
Ghost: I see you are using X-keys, but what is that MFD you've got? Homebuild is it? Anyway, nice pit, you plan on building some side panels to counter distractions like movement and light from the sides or is it not much of a factor?
Grizzly, that is one awesome bit of kit! I think that is the most sophysticated pit I have seen on these forums yet, and it's all functional? You better be proud of it!
TB: That's a nice retreat you build yourself there. Thanks for the info on the keybord arm, I was just pondering on where to put it. Nice solution, thanks.
Mine will be a civi helo pit. I plan on modding my old X-45: extend the stick with a bit of a curve but i'd like to keep it short. There is an example on hovercontrol if you search the simpit piccies. From the throttle i plan on making a collective that is connected to the base of the throttle by a push rod and i want to mount the grip on the collective end so i can still use it's full functionallity. I also have a set of Saitek pedals that i'll be using (unmodded).
The collective will be build in a center pedestal wich eventually will also house some switches for lights, gear, etc. Comms, avionics and a fuel/start panel will come between the pedestal and the instrument panel. The panel itself will house a 15" tft for displaying the instruments with plenty spare room on it for whatever I will add in the future. That'll keep me plenty busy for the coming weeks-months.
I'm still an airman. I just happen to change diapers for a living!