Many will tell you that “Experience is the best teacher” and there’s certainly some truth in that. However, Tom Gauvin has embraced a slightly different axiom when it comes to sim pit building “Someone Else’s Experience is the best teacher!” With that in mind Tom will be sharing the experience he has gained over the past several years going from concept to working sim pit. While sharing the history of his sim pit build he will be touching on several key considerations for such an undertaking to include fabrication methods, tools and materials, mechanical and electrical interfaces, space requirements and many other important considerations, some of which were real “gotchas” for him that he would like to help others avoid.
Tom has a background in electrical engineering, mechanical and electrical fabrication, and most importantly a passion for flight simulation. He is working on a cockpit build based on a Cessna 172 which will be on display at this year’s conference. Tom has almost 30 years of flight sim experience and, his foray into cockpit building started back in 2011 when he found his mouse pointer hovering over an eBay “Confirm Bid” button for a Cessna 172 Fuselage. Since then he has become an obsessed DIYer, a rabid eBay hunter, and more than anything a student of “The Art of Illusion.”