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Apr172011

FSBreak 88 - ButtKicker Sim Review, and a new Heli Sim?

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ButtKicker Simulation Kit Review

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Part 2:

What is the ButtKicker?

The buttkicker works similarly to a speaker, however is different in many ways. It is a magnetically suspended piston that sits between two sets of wire coils. 

It works based off of low frequency audio waves, between 5-200hz.

Unlike vibrator motors, the buttkicker works on a range of frequencies where a vibraton motor is designed to operate at one frequency.

The buttkicker is used in various applications, including Imax and special effect theaters, home theater setups, car audio setups, and Rnady tells me that they are used by drummers and/or bass players in nearly every top music group, including Lady Gaga Tour, Dave Mathews, the roling stones, and more.

The buttkicker simulation kit comes with nearly everything your need. It includes the power amplifier and remote, the buttkicker unit, all of the audio cables that you need, zip ties, and rubber isolators. 

The only thing you need to provide is a way of mounting it,in my case just 3 1" wood screws for mounting on the bottom of a char.

Setup:

  •  Easy Setup, uses standard audio connectors.
  •  Powercord could be a bit longer. (probably short to prevent RF interference?)
  •  Setup takes about 10 minutes for a standard office chair.
  •  Quality of Buttkicker and audio amplifier are great, built to last.
  •  Should be easy to install multiple units for large cockpit setups. Either using splitters or audio distribution units/mixers.
  • Settings on the audio amplifier let you choose options for low frequency cutoff, and a variable high frequency cutoff.

 

Usage:

  • The buttkicker gives you another dimension of simulation. 
  • In a small bush plane it lets you feel the small spurts in the engine, the wheels rolling across the runway, and the force of impact when you touch down.
  • Changing engine RPM's feel very realistic. Low RPM's give you a rough rumbling, where higher RPM's give you a cleaner more constant rumble. 
  • Also works in larger/commercial aircraft, although not as noticeable as in a smaller aircraft.
  • Allows you to feel the flaps, air brakes, etc moving.

 

Pros:

  • Great build quality, should last you.
  • Uses standard audio connectors, so its easy to work with, easy to expand for cockpit setups.
  • Because of the way it works, it has many applications:
  • Works with FSX, X-Plane, Mac/Windows/Linux, and any other flight sim.
  • Works with all games, FPS, other sim games (Racing, Train Sims, etc.)
  • Also great for movies, music, etc.
  • Not instrusive, easy to use, easy to turn on/off as needed.
  • Gives you a new dimension to your FS without the money of a full motion sim system.
  • Produces no to little sound, but gives you the feeling of deep bass. Great for apartments, shared spaces, etc. Works great with speakers or headphones.
  • Since it is sold as a kit, it is easy to mount anywhere.

 

Cons:

  • Power cord length (This was a mistake and the retail version will have a 5-6' Cord)
  • Wired Remote, however wireless models are offered.

 

Other:

  • Not the fault of buttkicker, but experience is only as good as the audio from the sim. Default aircraft have looping audio. Payware are good.

 

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who wants to take their sim to the next level, IE someone looking into trackIR, physical gauges, etc.

 

Price: $179.99

You can get it and find out more at ButtKicker Direct

Viking Aviation DVD Reviews

Learn more and see the videos of the DVD's!

Orbx News

  • Recent Airports updated with peopleflow: Cessnock, Aeropelican, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Coloundra, Tamworth, Darrington, Concrete, Orcas Island, Walter Sutton's airstrip.
  • Updates for NA Blue Pacific Fjords

You can find everything at FullTerrain.

Misty Moorings for FSX/Orbx Pacific Fjords

http://www.return.mistymoorings.com

Great resource for everything Pacific Fjords. From Tips, to flights, to addons and missions. If you love this region you will love the website.

OZx Needs Help

we have some costs upcoming, extension of the license for the IPB software, expansion of the server has cost quite a bit already (aussiex.net , not sure if anyone has noticed it when downloading, UK based high speed server) anyway, the total cost of renewals and server stuff comes to about $2500 so we are short about a thousand, ... quite happy to pay for it myself of course like I used to do in the past but you guys told me to tell you if stuff like this comes up... so here I am I guess lol

I have set the goal to $3000 because if it goes over it will be put towards next years server costs anyway.

Help Out Here!

Professional Flight Planner X

From the makers of TOPCAT:

  • Microsoft ® Windows ® application made by professional airline pilots and dispatchers (does not require any other software)
  • Fully adjustable and customizable GUI (Graphical user interface) with panable/sizeable panes
  • Worldwide database
  • "Easy plan" function for quick flightplan creation
  • Large database of included airplanes
  • User-editable aircraft files
  • Adjustable fuel burn bias to reflect flight simulator variations
  • Redispatch planning
  • ETOPS/EROPS integration
  • Cost-Index based flight planning
  • Variable speed / constant mach segments
  • Automatic flight level allocation using country dependant hemispherical rules (including metric system)
  • Manual flight level selection
  • Various integrated fuel planning rules (EU-OPS, FAR, CASA, etc.)
  • User-defineable individual fuel planning rules
  • Flight list with delay and slot management
  • Upper winds, METAR/TAF and NOTAM download
  • Take-Off and Landing performance calculation (requires a full version of TOPCAT)
  • Printable flight briefing package
  • Plan via North Atlantic Tracks (NAT) and Pacific Track System (PACOTS)
  • Defineable user waypoints and airways
  • Automatic, manual or advanced route building including SIDs/STARs
  • Export routes to various Add-Ons
  • Graphical, zoom- and panable world map
  • Can be used with any flight simulator

Screenshots Here

Estimated Release Date: April-June 2011

AirHauler for X-Plane Released

Not much to say, check it out here!
 

Carenado Announces KingAir C90

Screenshots Here!

FlyTampa FlyMidway 2 Released

  • Unique terrain and pavement rendition techniques.
  • Seasonal ground changes (Summer, Fall, Winter).
  • Renovated Terminals A, B and C.
  • Animated car traffic around Midway.
  • Transparent terminal windows and passengers.
  • Numerous static objects like service trucks, cars, etc.
  • Volumetric Grass (FSX only).
  • Includes both FS2004 (V1.0) and FSX-SP2 (V2.0).

Pick it up here!

Take On Helicopters Announced

Key features:

  • Total Helicopter Experience - Both in the air & on the ground.
  • Authentic Flight Model - Incredibly realistic piloting experience.
  • Expansive Rich Environments - Two enormous terrains based upon real-world North American and South Asian data.
  • Range of Modern Helicopters - A variety of light, medium & heavy airframes & cockpits modelled with stunning detail.
  • Sandbox Single-Player Campaign - Offering a huge range of engaging helicopter gameplay.
  • Multiplayer Gameplay - Both cooperative & competitive scenarios available over LAN or internet; sling-load & winching physics.
  • Powerful Mission Editor - Design & create countless customisable scenarios using the intuitive & easy-to-use mission editor.
  • Detailed Weather Simulation - Dynamic time & weather affects flight model.
  • Completely extensible & moddable - Bring your own creations to life with advanced free-to-use tools.
  • Damage & Resource management - Accurate fuel & electrics simulation.
  • Detailed tutorials & carefully designed gameplay - Caters for new players & enthusiasts alike.

http://takeonthegame.com/

QualityWings Avro RJ Screens

More screenshots here!

Nthusum V 3.0 Released

Allows cockpit builders and gamers to use curved screens with 1 or more projectors to build virtual cockpits.

Nthusim

Recommendations

Eric: Great Flight Sim News

Brendan: Viking Aviation Photo DVD's

Chris: Flight Control HD

E-Mails and Voicemails

From Alan

I don't know what made me do it but, some times you just get an idea and you just have to go with it.


When I was watching the Podcast, and saw the pictures of the moose and heard the discussion about it, When Eric suggested that Chris should try to ride one, I found myself asking how would you ride a moose.


Well the great U-Tube knows all.


I put the question "How do you ride a moose" in the search bar and split my gut laughing as I watched a video of someone in Alaska trying to ride a moose. He wasn't on its back very long. Doubtless the guy with the video camera had a good chuckle as well.


If you haven't seen it, maybe you could find it and play it for Chris for the next Podcast for encouragement.

 

Watch it here!

Video Links

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