As payback for her disloyalty I heaved all my collection of her calendars, fashion shoots, and
dirty pictures other memorabilia into the rubbish bin, and added that hobby to my comprehensive catalogue of life’s pointless pursuits.
One distraction is inevitably replaced by another.
In March 2006 Cyclone Larry huffed and puffed for about six hours and blew everything (except the house) down on GOF’s Place.
(An event unrelated as far as I can tell to my act of sweet retaliation against Ms. bloody Perfidious MacPherson.)
It rained continuously for the following 63 days, and the 1.93 metres (77 inches) of rain made any reconstruction attempt futile, so to distract myself from all the scrap metal and splintered shed framing that lay scattered around in the garden and beyond I decided to build a flight simulator cockpit.
Flight Simulator 2004 is the most extraordinary piece of computer software I have ever known.
How is it possible for a (now) $50 program to provide a realistic simulation of the geography of our entire planet, along with 20,000 airports, navigational aids operating on real-life radio frequencies, communications with Flight Service, plus a hangar full of aircraft whose flight performance and cockpit gauges operate with amazing accuracy?
I never understood it then……nor do I comprehend it now, all these years later.
The program was advertised as being “as real as it gets“, but for me it had two major limitations;
A. It required “unreal” operation using computer keyboard
B. “Real” flying doesn’t have a dog, cat and Mrs GOF constantly
providing peripheral distraction.
Herewith one solution;
1. Build a
box cockpit with an extendable curtain in
which to hide yourself away.
2. Shove a monitor in at the back, along with an out of sight cooling
fan so the little sucker doesn’t overheat.
3. Sacrifice your beer money for a long time and buy three pieces
of USB commercial hardware;
4. Design a fanciful cockpit console and collect an assortment of
$2 switches and LED lights, then go find a handbrake lever at the
Cut up 100 metres of plastic coated wire into the correct
lengths,and drive yourself crazy soldering them onto all the
switches, lights and handbrake.
5. Get your hands on a Keyboard Encoder, (mine came from the
USA) mount it on top of the cockpit, and join the other ends of your
bunch of spaghetti wiring into all it’s terminals.
Program the encoder, and be frustrated at what doesn’t work as
you thought it should.
Then, read the instruction manual. Follow it. Program each
individual task (notepad document) with the correct language.
Then be amazed at how everything DOES work.
Magic. Absolute magic.
A Flight Simulator which does not require direct use of a keyboard.
(If any Flightsim enthusiasts are reading this and would like detailed information, please feel free to contact me at the email address located via the “contact gof” tab above.)
Well I’ll be damned…….seems like I have a couple left over.