Airliner X Series

Take it to the limit…one last time.

For 2016 we proudly introduce the all new “Airliner X” series.  We’ve taken everything learned from our previous similar designs in the XS / AX series and have redesigned it one final time to reveal everything we’ve ever hoped for with an affordable large scale flight simulator cockpit.   If you are ready to experience flight simulation on a grand scale, the new AX fully delivers.

With the entire concept range of the original XS / AX line we always wanted to offer an airline sized cockpit which not only gives the proper realistic feel and proportions, but also one that is very affordable to build, i.e; less than $500 in basic materials. We also wanted to offer something that can be built DIY by anyone using basic hand tools such as a circular saw and drill. Lastly, we wanted to use materials efficiently for ease of building and also provide for very solid, stable construction.  With the Airliner X we have fully completed all these goals..and more!

The core dimensions for the new Airliner X is extremely accurate to that of the famed Boeing 737.  This includes the instrument panel size, window stanchion size and angle, front window cutout sizes, as well the overhead canopy size and angle which now includes room to fit both the main overhead from the 737 as well as the secondary rear overhead panel too.   Therefore the new AX Series surpasses our previous offerings which only housed the main panel.  The main instrument panel width is also slightly over-sized to accommodate real tactile panels from a number of manufacturers and not just the Boeing 737 in particular, or you can of course use any number of various 2D virtual panels as shown too.  Regardless, whether its Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Tupelov or Sukhoi you can get any airliner calling for taxi.  That’s right, the new Airliner X can do it all!

The final footprint of the new Airliner X Series has been slightly widened 2” and lengthened 6” to accommodate either option of using up to six 27″ or 32″ LCDs for exterior visuals, or, as with all previous XS/AX designs, a projection system can be used instead, or any hybrid cross of the two can be used.  The Airliner X can still fit in any 8ft x 8ft room with enough room to spare for your wall baseboards. The height is just under 7 feet (at rear of canopy) which will allow for optional floor platforms to be built for installing items like floor mounted pedestal yokes if desired.  Therefore total height (with any 12” platform and 3” wheels) still allows the Airliner X to be less than 8ft tall.  No other full scale 737 simulator offers this type of space consideration. - We do.-  Lastly, any projection system which uses two or more projectors will typically require a room of 12′ft x 12′ft  at minimum but if using just a single screen, you can still use two (or four) LCDs inside the interior side wall spaces to obtain 180 degrees of visual acuity.  Therefore the hybrid design of the Airliner X truly offers the greatest amount of visual flexibility with space constraints in mind. 

Yes, ..we thought of it all.

As shown, the AX can accommodate up to six 27” or six 32” LCDs all of which must be VESA mounted and or linked without stands, or smaller LCDs can be used with stands such as 6x 22″ or 6x 24″, etc.  Again, the front two or four LCDs can be removed and replaced with a projection screen system out in front of the cockpit and this screen can be set as close as 24” from the front edge of the cockpit.   This hybrid style was originally showcased with the XS-1 Sora design some 10 years ago in 2006 where a single projection screen out front was supplemented with 20” side monitors in the cockpit walls.   As LCD prices dropped we expanded the design.

The biggest consideration in the original design process was that we knew most people don’t have room for three projectors and a large curved screen due to the large amount of space required, but knew that most people could likely use one screen out front supplemented with LCDs placed on each side of the cockpit or people may just want to use several more LCDs instead of projection altogether.  Therefore we wanted to offer a design with the flexibility of either option.   We also knew the ultimate goal for most people would be full immersion as well the obvious desire to have a very realistic cockpit feel.   And so we began this journey 10 years ago and have continuously refined it and redefined it over time, especially as LCD prices became more affordable.  The final Airliner X series is now the ultimate hybrid simulator design.  It offers flexibility in both worlds of visualization as well provides you with an extremely realistic cockpit experience be that via any real 1:1 scale instrument panel or with use of 1:1 scale 2D virtual panel sets, many of which we will soon be offering for Prepar3D V3 and beyond.

When you buy a DIY plan set for the Airliner X both design options for the improved “AX-27 Astroliner” or new “AX-32 Starlite” are included in the drawings set and builder manual.  Another new feature not previously detailed is the option to lower the two side monitors apart from the front four if desired.  This gives a lower view if desired out the side windows and this can also better serve to “level the horizon” when a hybrid set up is used with projection.   In redesigning the AX we also changed up part of the internal wall structure to allow all six monitors to be placed very tightly together and they can now be slid forward or back cohesively to custom tailor the views and positioning to your liking.   We are sure this is something everyone will love. 

It’s taken a lot of patience and effort to rework all of the cut pattern layouts to still be able to allow you to craft either sim from just 4 sheets of plywood, but yes, we’ve done the near impossible and once built it is definitely rock solid.  And as with all of our cockpit designs they will last for limitless generations!

For all DIY builders the final AX-27 Astroliner or AX-32 Starlite option will be up to you to decide (but we always say go big)  And for RTA – Ready To Assemble kit buyers, you will simply need to choose between the two options before final purchase.   The footprint for both the AX-27 or AX-32 is the exact same, only an internal deck height change of 2″ reflects their difference.  If you plan to ever use projection then we do recommend the AX-32 Starlite option.

The new Airliner X is ready to fly.  We’ve taken it to the limit.

Now it’s your turn!

AIRLINER X — FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • Completely modular design breaks down into 5 sections for easy relocation in your home, school, or office.
  • Ergonomic design based on dimensions of real commercial jet aircraft cockpits. (Instrument panel width up to 64 inches)
  • Ability to easily remove instrument panel section (which may include dual yokes and rudders) from the sidewalls and canopy for greatest ease of general maintenance.
  • Side recesses, coves, and shelving for equipment storage and for display of things such as iPad Electronic Flight Bag.
  • Sub panel (under main) spec’d at 4.5″ to install SimSamurai horizontal yokes if ever desired or can fit Saitek yokes.
  • Has ability for up to 12 displays (4-6 for flight instruments and up to six 27″ or 32″ LCDs for exterior panoramic views or you can use smaller LCDs if desired).
  • Front Main View is designed for use with two or four LCDs or 1 to 3 overhead projectors. (screens, equip, etc are discussed in builder manual as well in SimSamurai UGTAFS.
  • Instrument Panel can use 3 LCDs — 22″ or 24″ for main panel, 1 for lower FMC / GPS (17″ to 20″) & 1 for canopy overhead  panel up to 40″.  A 6th 24″ LCD could be used on the Throttle Box for virtual avionics as shown in photos.
  • Note: If using 6 displays for visuals and 6 for instruments, a minimum of two networked PC’s will be required!
  • Designed to be placed close to projection wall for space constraints. Screen can be placed within 24″ of front edge.
  • Form follows function design which maximizes materials use.
  • Built using four sheets of high grade cabinet quality plywood.
  • Exterior skin can be of ABS plastic, fiberboard, or aluminum.
  • Can be built using standard home construction tools.
  • Can house many other retail instrument panels.
  • Designed for two pilots to train together.
  • Perfect for right seat officer training.
  • Fully enclosed detachable canopy.
  • Has storage ability and shelves.
  • Immersive sim environment.
  • Basic Dimensions of 8 ft wide x 5 ft deep x 6′-6″ high

BASE COSTS

AX DIY Plans Set             $37.00 USD

AX Bare Bones Kit          $2,360.00 USD

AX Completed RTA Kit    $3,480.00 USD

AIRLINER X

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Upgrade Notice for previous XS-1 / AX-1 / AX-27 customers:

If you are a previous XS-1 / AX-1 / AX-27 customer you can email us with your name and customer ID (printed on your plan set) and we will provide you with a free PDF that details how to modify your cockpit with some of the features of the new Airliner X series. This would require 1 sheet of 3/4″ plywood.  If you are interested in upgrading to a new AX Series plan set we also offer them at a 15% discount for all previous XS-1 / AX-1 / AX-27 customers.

COCKPIT PURCHASE OPTIONS :

Airliner X Series DIY Cockpit Pack    $ 37.00 USD

  • Includes highly detailed plan and elevation drawings
  • Includes all templates and pattern cuts
  • Includes a step-by-step DIY builder manual
  • Includes a free 33 page carpentry guide you can grab HERE
  • Includes Imperial Standard to Metric Conversions
  • Includes photo slideshow links to aid in the DIY process
  • Full builder support by phone & email
  • All for a reasonable $37.00 plus shipping ($6 or $8).

To purchase the AX DIY Pack see the PURCHASE-BUY page


PRO PILOT KIT PURCHASING OPTIONS :

Aside from purchasing the DIY Blueprints Pack (see above) SimSamurai also offers Ready To Assemble kit cockpits. 

All RTA kits are offered in two core options; a BareBones Kit or RTA Complete Kit. We also offer this as a ProLine option pre-equipped with computer hardware, flight controls, etc.

You can learn more by visiting the SIM FLIGHT SYSTEMS page.


Airliner X Series BareBones Kit    $ 2,360.00 USD 

The Airliner X BareBones kit includes all wood, screws, bolts, brackets, and templates necessary for full project assembly and will include assembly tutorial videos that accompany the builder manual to help you assemble the flight simulator cockpit.  The BareBones kit comes with all plywood pieces, stick lumber, and skin parts pre-drilled, but all parts are for the most part un-sanded and unpainted. The exterior skin is made of white or black ABS plastic. For another $650 you can option to have the exterior skin made completely out of real .032 gauge aircraft aluminum.

All parts of the Airliner X BareBones kit are first cut on a precision CnC computerized router machine using high grade cabinet quality hardwood laminates and hardwood composite material (never cheap MDF or particle board)..but top grade hardwood plywoods.  The AX BareBones package is made of professional quality materials and is made to high grade furniture quality specifications.

As with all kit cockpit purchases, we offer free building and assembly advice (during 8am-6pm USA Pacific time).  Please know we are always here to help if you need any added assistance!

To purchase the AX BareBones Kit see the PURCHASE-BUY page


Airliner X Completed RTA Kit    $ 3,480.00 USD

The Ready to Assemble (RTA) option of the SimSamurai Airliner X is a fully complete shell and flight deck takes all of your cutting, drilling, sanding, banding, and painting out of the equation.  The RTA kit comes complete with all materials and hardware necessary for full assembly.  The RTA kit only requires that you have the most simple tools available such as a drill, some screwdrivers, and a small socket set for assembly.  All parts of the RTA kit are pre-cut on a precision C-N-C computerized router machine using professional level high grade cabinet quality hardwood laminates and hardwood composite material such as A grade birch or maple plywood. (Not cheap MDF or particle board!) The RTA package is made of professional quality materials and is made to high grade furniture quality specifications. 

The Airliner X Complete RTA kit includes all screws, bolts, brackets, and templates necessary for full project assembly and will include several assembly tutorial videos that accompany the builder manual to help you assemble the flight simulator station in a professional manner within a few hours.  As with all our products, we design with future upgradeability and expandability in mind.  You will be able to set up the Airliner X exactly as we do or you can install a pre-made instrument panel from many other “pro sim” retailers instead, just as shown in some of the example photos from a previous AX-27 build from one of our customers.

All plywood frame work is painted in “Charcoal Metallic” which is a deep grey satin finish with silver metallic accents. The exterior skin is made of white or black ABS plastic. For another $650 you can option to have the exterior skin made completely out of .032 gauge aircraft aluminum.

To purchase the AX-RTA Kit see the PURCHASE-BUY page


ACCESSORY OPTIONS

Aluminum Instrument Panel Option ($ 360 or $ 560)**

In addition to the cockpit you can also purchase a fully customized aluminum instrument panel overlay.   You can choose to use the 3 LCDs approach like we do (with center monitor in portrait mode) or we can custom design the panel specifically to fit your personal needs. The instrument panel is 5mm (.125″) aircraft grade aluminum and is precision cut on a CNC water jet system.   For a total of $560 the top of the panel will come complete with a rubberized  dash/glare-shield.  The aluminum panel and glare shield is a great way to finish out your cockpit and make it look very  professional. 


Interior Window Frames with Aluminum Cap Trim Option 

($ 150 per frame and up to four available)

The upper side wall window frames are made to provide a “window-like” appearance when seated in the cockpit.  Each frame is constructed of 3/4″ Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and are cut via C-n-C router machine.  Again, much like with the aluminum overlay panel, the upper window frame cutout sizes must first be determined by the actual monitors used by the customer.  The central window frame cutouts are determined by the exact perimeter size of the monitor (without stand) and is determined by both the exterior bezel width and height as well the exact screen width and height of just the LCD screen itself.  Once cut, the frame receives a final sanding and is then painted with two coats of grey primer and then 3 textured topcoats in choice of medium grey or sand tan.  Also included with each window frame is the 2.5 inch front frame support (windowsill) and to finish things out the window frame front edge is capped with 1.5″ L channel aluminum which has been haze polished to a smooth luster.

Real Aluminum Exterior Skin Panels Option  

($ 400 for two side exterior panels, $ 250 for overhead canopy)

By default, all cockpit exterior panels are made with white ot black ABS plastic. For both BareBones or RTA kit customers you can instead option to have these panels made in real .032 gauge 6061 aluminum skin if desired and all holes come pre-drilled for immediate installation. We haze polish and wax the exterior of these panels for RTA kit customers.

Rolling Castor Wheels Option  – $7.00/per wheel

If desired, we offer 1″ commercial grade conveyor bearing wheel casters which serve as a floor standoff.  As is, the recommended floor standoff height for the Airliner X Series is 1.5″.  Mainly these wheels should be used under the main instrument panel box for ease of maintenance / removability from walls and canopy.  Required amount is 8 for panel box. The Side Walls are optional but would require same standoff height of 1.5″ or 4 wheel bearings per wall can be used.  Likewise, 4 bearings can be used under the throttle box or the box can be placed on floor.  Therefore up to 16 bearings in total can be used (3 per wall, 6 for main control box, 4 for throttle quadrant).  Cost per bearing wheel from us is $7.00 / each or these can be purchased by yourself.

BAREBONES and RTA KIT SHIPPING COSTS

Average shipping cost in USA for the AX series base model is $ 350 to $ 450 depending on your location.  Average is $400 in USA. European shipping costs can average from $700 to $1200 depending on your location in the world and proximity to a major city with a major airport or seaport.  Shipping to Australia can cost $1,000 to $1,500 depending on location.  Average ship weight is 350 lbs.  The AX series is shipped in two large boxes for both the BareBones kit or Completed RTA kit.

Whether you order a set of the DIY plans, or a BareBones kit, or a fully completed RTA kit, we always offer free builder advice for all flight simulator cockpit customers via email or phone (during 8am-6pm USA Pacific time).  Please know that we are here to help if you need advice or added assistance!