This page will answer some frequently asked questions about my build and building a sim like this in general.  There are so many different ways to build a sim like this.  Everyone has a unique situation, so my way is by no means a “right” way, just “a way”.  This is just based on my experience thus far.

I’ll try to add more FAQ’s over time and as people ask me questions I feel may be beneficial to you all.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.simobsession.com/faq/

How do I start building my own flight simulator cockpit?

Starting your own home flight simulator is an exciting and rewarding adventure. It can also be expensive and very challenging at times. I give you some tips on where to start and what to consider when starting to plan out your own flight simulator build.

A shot of my mostly complete cockpit

How Much Does A Home-Built Airliner Flight Simulator Cost?

This is probably THE most asked question and the answer is… somewhere between $1 and a million.  Joking aside, most simmers are hesitant to answer how much their full-size home-built flight simulator cost because: 1) It’s always more than they want to admit2) They don’t want to be reminded of how much they’ve spent3) They …

What tools and skills do I need?

Here are just some of the things you’ll likely need to build a simulator like this, off the top of my head.  Yeah, be prepared because all of these were needed at some time or another during this build.


    • Rod Johnston on October 28, 2022 at 1:31 pm
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    Thank you for a most informative site!
    Do you know of a source for sim panel faces and enclosures (the instrument face and a box to attach it to). I am good at soldering/electronics, but cannot justify the expense of a 3D printer and/or a laser cutter. I would like to build com, nav and AP boxes but cannot afford the prices of the commercial units.
    Any info would be appreciated.
    Thanks again.

    Rod Johnston
    Sooke, Canada

      • MB on November 4, 2022 at 7:28 am
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      Hi Rod, much appreciated! Unfortunately I don’t know of anyone who can make custom panels off-hand, though I’m certain there’s someone out there who does it. I would suggest asking on the CockpitBuilders forum (https://www.cockpitbuilders.com). No doubt someone there will be able to point you in the right direction. I’d be interested to know as well.

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