Ronald Monsen (Naperville, IL)
What is your exhibit's name?
Homemade Flight Simulator
What is your exhibit's topic?
To make a homemade flight simulator that closely simulates an actual airplane. The panel layout, hardware, software, and all operations are simulated to reproduce as closely as possible the flight dynamics and instrument operations of my own Cessna 182.
What will be the highlight of your exhibit?
To show actual aircraft flight alongside the flight simulator. A video(s) will show how closely the simulation follows the actual aircraft performance.
Commentary from John Llewellyn, Creative Lead:
In terms of exhibit design, Mr. Monsen is clearly on the right track. The Homemade Flight Simulator shows a real attention to research, and a passion for creating an “equivalent experience.” It’s great to see that Mr. Monsen has his subject matter close at hand: the simulator appears to be literally under the wing of the Cessna aircraft he’s simulating!
Whenever we design an exhibition, we try to pay as much attention as possible to the artifact. For example, we’re redefining the Take Flight exhibition and I go downstairs to measure, photograph and examine our Boeing 727 every day. Mr. Monsen has it even better- he’s got the plane right in his office/workshop/hangar.
I can imagine why Mr. Monsen created the simulator, even though he appears to have an actual plane. The sim is good for practicing and training student pilots and beginners for real flights, plus he can “fly” even on days with bad weather. With that big screen, I’m sure it’s almost like the real thing. Great job, Mr. Monsen!