Help Me Name My Book!

After more than a year of having it on the back burner, I’ve been working recently to complete my book on building a home GA flight simulator. I’m searching for a title — one better for a Kindle ebook than “Building Your Basement Flight Simulator: A General Guide” — and would like your help. Please consider taking the poll below, and I will use the results to inform my thinking on the title. Thanks so much.

What Should I Name My Book?

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Panel Rebuild Update

It’s finished, and at least for now everything is working. I still need to build the new glare shield, and hope to do that this weekend.

Some lessons learned along the way: first, if your flight information panels aren’t working it’s almost surely because Windows has turned auto power management for the USB hubs back on. I love this particular lesson because I get to relearn it about every six months.

Second, for the GNS 530 to sit atop the 430 I need a right-angle HDMI adapter. One is arriving today, and until then the GNS units are a bit less than flush with each other.

Third, and perhaps most important, is that I learned the GTX 1080ti, while it has five display ports on it, is only capable of displaying to four monitors at once. This means I wouldn’t be able to run both GNS units at the same time. Fortunately I was able to change a setting in my BIOS that allows my PC to run both the card and the onboard GPU simultaneously, and this seems to be working well.

It’s Panel Rebuild Day

Here’s the “before” …

Making progress …

Time to start cutting …

Fitting things together …

Paint is on and drying. I was able to find a nice flat black this time. I wasn’t a fan of the matte finish on the last panel.

Now rebuilding … and cleaning up USB mayhem.

New Cockpit Cam Setup

I’ve been playing around with the OBS streaming software and have found a way to share my right- and left-hand window views. Here’s a test and I think it works well. Let me know what you think.

GTX1080ti First Impressions

I’ll put up a longer post later, but initial impressions under my normal 980ti settings:

Running one screen, 1080p:

  • Before, KSPG clear skies: 90 FPS
  • 1080ti: 115 FPS
  • Before, KSPG overcast: 76 FPS
  • 1080ti: 91 FPS
  • And in VR:
    • Before, KSPG clear skies: 45 FPS
    • 1080ti: 45 FPS
    • Before, KSPG overcast: 30 FPS
    • 1080ti: 43 FPS

    Now I’m going to get into playing with changing settings, but so far I am very happy!

    RealSimGear GNS 430 Unboxing

    The good folks at RealSimGear were kind enough to send me one of their GNS 430 units for testing in the home cockpit. I already have the 530, which is fantastic, but as I use a 430 in the real world I was eager to have a similar unit in the basement sim. I likely won’t get the unit installed for another week or so, but here’s the unboxing. Like the 530, the quality is excellent, and I’m excited to use it.