Microsoft Flight Simulator started in 2000 with the version
FS2000, which I received as a gift for Christmas after sending a
letter to Santa Claus (I fell in love with the Concord's 2D panel
screenshot on the rear side of the CD box).
Although I had been interested in aviation since I was a child, I
had never had an opportunity to work on flight simulators. The
enchanted me right away and that's how it has remained.
For the first four years I used a joystick made by Logitech - the
WingMan Force 3D. Unfortunately, perhaps due to regular wear and
other reasons, during a supersonic flight an electrical shortage
took place and the joystick stopped working.
released, I bought it immediately, together with a yoke and rudder
From that time my
virtual flying took on a completely different dimension.
At that time ideas
about virtual flying really began to emerge. First an additional
keyboard appeared. It controlled various functions of the simulator,
then, an additional monitor was added.
My computer had been assembled and reassembled,
catching up with the latest technologies. The two monitors proved to be
an invaluable help especially when working on regular documents or some
graphics. After some time I came up with an idea to build a unique panel
(a box) with various buttons and switches. The buttons and switches were
connected to a regular keyboard, whose keys were ascribed certain
functions in the Flight Simulator. This solution however would not stand
the test of time and durability, which made me think of which coming up
with something different.
This something "different" was to become what I
would later call a home cockpit. I planned to build not only a main
panel but also the entire cabin. I thought that this would isolate
virtual pilots from their surroundings, giving them a realistic feeling
However, it was necessary to take into consideration the important fact
that my home cockpit had to remain a functional office desk (at least in
the beginning), which gave me a lot of trouble during the process of
building. At the end of 2005 I began to
work on the first project. The first version was finished in the end of
2007. I thought that this would be enough: however it was just the