Welcome to our
In this issue as well as in the following
issues I hope to
offer you information and insight into the exciting world of flight
I hope the newsletter will give you insight into the different types of
flight simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.
I will also look at the products, accessories,
hardware, software and just about anything that makes the world of
flight simulation more realistic and enjoyable.
newsletter will also hopefully keep members abreast of what other
enthusiast are doing in the community.
I invite you to participate
and email any stories, interesting tips, events, announcements or any
contributions you feel may be of interest to the flight
simulation community. Please email any contributions to:
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Flight Simulators are designed to
simulate aircraft feel and dynamics using a desktop PC. Flight
simulation should give the impression and feeling of actual
flight. The PC and software work together to mimic the aircraft
instruments, gauges, cockpit interior, control surfaces,
lighting, noises, engine sounds and much more as realistically
as possible. The simulator also tries to reproduce the
aircraft's surroundings such as airports and scenery including
clouds, shading, reflections, other aircraft and speaking
Practically anything that can be done in a real aircraft can be
simulated with today's powerful software and computers. Flight
simulation software can generally broken down into two
categories: General Aviation and Combat Simulation.
The most popular general
aviation simulator would probably be the Microsoft Flight
Simulator series including, Flight Simulator 98, Flight
Simulator 2000, Flight Simulator 2002 and Flight Simulator 2004
this program demonstrates how the software and
computers have evolved from wire frame very slow graphics to the
latest 3D technology. You can pilot small Cessna aircraft, a
helicopter or a 747 or anything in between. This sort of
simulator focuses on procedures such as takeoffs, landings,
country flights as well as VFR and Instrument flight and many
more of the challenging capabilities of general
The combat oriented simulation titles such as CFS2, Battle Of
Britain, Falcon 4.0, and Enemy Engaged Comanche Vs Hokum to name
a few, focus on air combat with aircraft from WWI to the
Concept Aircraft of the future. There are Spads, P-51 Mustangs,
Mig 29s, F-16s, Apaches, Blackhawks, Cobras, and much more, many modeled down
to ultra realistic avionics and control systems.
Whether you are an experienced veteran or a newbie, as computer
systems develop more power, and software becomes more
sophisticated, flight simulation will become even more realistic
and growing hobby for the enthusiast.
joystick is typically the preferred device used for flight
simulation games. Joystick selection is primarily based on
comfort and durability, as well as functionality. A joystick
should feel comfortable to grip and be durable, no one wants a
stick that falls apart or the buttons stop working. A good
joystick should have at least a one year warranty. A joystick
should be stable and have at least a six foot connection cord.
Most of today's joysticks are digital with a USB plug they allow
for many more functions than the old analog sticks. Analog
sticks plug into the game port on the computer and some second
hand units are still out there. Purchase a digital joystick
because most digital sticks are programmable. the big names in
joysticks are Thrustmaster, Logitec, CH Products, and
Saitek. These companies offer solid products with good
Joysticks vary by complexity as well. The basic models come with
2 axis of movement and a few
buttons. More advanced sticks are programmable and come with a
ton of buttons and levers. These
functions can include 8 way and 4 way POV (point of view)
switches, throttles, trigger, weapons
select, the list goes on depending on our imagination and how
you want to program the stick.
There is force feedback which will respond to the game by
creating resistance or movement giving
the feel of the actual vehicle hitting bumps, being damaged,
firing guns etc. Many of the newer
sticks also come with a twist action this feature can be used to
control the rudder of an
HOTAS (Hands On Throttle and Stick) offers even more
realism by simulating actual aircraft controls in looks and
function, particularly the controls of modern combat jet
aircraft. Serious flight Simulation enthusiast take this route
and even purchase rudder pedals for a complete set up. An
gives insights on two popular HOTAS
systems and is a must read for anyone interested in such a
The Eze-Pit Mach II
look at one of our great products. The Eze-Pit series is
designed to make the hobby of flight simulation enjoyable and
more realistic. The Eze-Pit Mach II simulates the
classic jet fighter cockpit and is very functional in design.
The Eze-Pit mach II can be
placed on a table or desk top and provides room for placement of
a throttle, joystick and keyboard.. The positioning of the
controls is very realistic! and will definitely improve
reaction time in your games! The unit can be
folded for storage or for travel in seconds! it's Great
for LAN meets! The unit may also be set up
permanently on a small desk or table, eliminating the
hassle of removing your flight gear after a simming session!
The Eze-Pit MachII is
constructed of strong composite material that will stand up to
the most demanding players. The Eze-Pit Mach II comes
complete ready to assemble and may be easily customized by the
user. The Eze-Pit Mach II is easy to assemble and
very reasonably priced.
There is nothing close to the Eze-Pit
series of desktop cockpits both in style and price, order yours
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