All Aboard the Cardboard Flight Simulator

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The Shamir family’s cardboard flight simulator

Flight deck image by Laine N (via Shutterstock).

This is your caption speaking… A standard issue cockpit but, alas, not a cardboard one. Image by Laine N (via Shutterstock).

We at Romiley Board Mill are close to Manchester Airport’s flight path, with all manner of jet and turboprop aircraft enroute to Ringway or further afield. We take the joys of long distance air travel for granted with better deals for a flight to Houston than a train ticket to London Euston. Some people choose to reenact their Transatlantic flight in pixelated form, by means of a flight simulator. Take a look at the cardboard flight simulator of the Shamir family.

Instead of a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A380, they have elected to simulate a helicopter. What’s remarkable is how much of the cockpit is made of cardboard. The technical gubbins include a PC underneath a table and a strategically placed keyboard. Flight controls and suitable seating have been added to replicate the experience of a helicopter flight.

The cardboard flight simulator uses cardboard to replicate the pressurised cabin. Other touches include LED panels and fans.

Cardboard? Not Cardboard?

Yes, this is cardboard as in the box sense rather than Google’s Cardboard (in the virtual reality sense). Instead of using Google Cardboard, the Shamirs use a full-fat flight simulator for their PC rather than a smartphone orientated one.

Unlike the virtual reality orientated Cardboard, the Shamirs’ cardboard flight simulator offers an immersive experience. If anything, its cousin are the professional level flight simulators, as seen on The Krypton Factor. Or the earlier Redifon flight simulators going back to the 1950s.

We at Romiley Board Mill are awestruck by the Shamirs’ ingenuity. Can we have a go? Please…?

Romiley Board Mill, 19 May 2017.

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