Today I had the opportunity to take my Reverb and my MSI laptop out to work since we had a fairly idle day on the schedule (always subject to change with a pager going off of course). The pilots that tried the Reverb were just floored at the technology. I decided to keep it simple and just demo Aerofly FS2 because it is so user friendly, easy to set up, and has glass smooth performance.
Everyone was really jazzed with the whole thing. The guy sitting in the seat in the photo is a fan of sims from the somewhat long distant era (Falcon 4 / early FSX) and he was floored by the newer technology. Enough so that he is ready to drop some cash into getting back into the hobby. I didn’t have a chance to show off DCS World to him yet, but he knows about it and he is very interested to give that a whirl. One of our mechanics came in and was also a big fan of the old FS9 / early FSX sims and he too was just amazed at the head tracking accuracy and the sheer wow factor that VR gives. I couldn’t get either of them to stop playing even after it was time to head home for the day. That was a great feeling to introduce (or reintroduce) some new simmers back into the fold hopefully.
I did not take a HOTAS in, simply due to space and time constraints…so they were only using the hand controllers to grab the yoke and throttles of the various Aerofly 2 aircraft they tried. They both got the hang of it quickly…and were very impressed with the accuracy of the head tracking, and the ability to move switches around in the cockpit just by using their virtual fingers.
Our mechanic was fascinated by looking out the left window of the Q400 and craning his neck to see the feathered prop out on the left pylon. Everyone was grinning from ear to ear after the few hours they played. It made the purchase of the laptop well worth it to be able to take the rig on the road. I can’t wait to show them DCS World and hook up my FLY 5 joystick to it to make it a bit more authentic feeling.