OVO-4 brings full-motion flight simulation to your rec room


November 15, 2011

The OVO-4 is a full-motion, fully-enclosed light aircraft flight simulator, that can be yours for just under $60,000 (Photo: VirtualFly)

The OVO-4 is a full-motion, fully-enclosed light aircraft flight simulator, that can be yours for just under $60,000 (Photo: VirtualFly)

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Chances are, you will never get to try out the new 3D MiG flight simulator. If you have almost US$60,000 that has nothing better to do, however, you can now buy something almost as impressive - the OVO-4 Home Flight Simulator. The egg-shaped capsule contains a full simulated light aircraft cockpit, with three linked 24-inch monitors displaying the output of Microsoft's Flight Simulator X. Best of all, however, the capsule pitches and rolls according to what's happening in the simulation - users presumably have to supply their own barf bags.

The 1,000-kilogram (2,205-lb.) OVO-4 runs off of regular mains power, and is installed in one's home by an engineer who will arrive with it (presumably not in the same crate). He will even stick around for an extra couple of days, to teach the owner how to use the device.

Depending on the buyer's preference, the controls will be modeled after those of a Cessna 172, Piper Seneca, Mooney Bravo, or a generic layout can be specified. Along with the first-person landscape display on the three monitors, the OVO-4 also features a "chest-thumping" multi-speaker sound system, along with a vibration system for simulating air turbulence, runway irregularities, engine vibration and jolting. The big movements are used to provide the sensations of twisting, pitching, slipping, acceleration and braking.

Adding to the realism is a smart lighting system, that adjusts the interior lighting of the capsule to represent the ambient lighting depicted in the onscreen simulation.

A separate supervisor station is also included. This unit contains the PC that's running the software, along with a monitor that displays the game play. Using the keyboard or mouse, an operator can adjust the skill level and other parameters of the simulation, or stop it if the pilot starts freaking out (the capsule itself also features an emergency STOP button).

The OVO-4 Home Flight Simulator is made by Spain's VirtualFly, and is available via Firebox for GBP35,995 (about US$57,232).

You can see it in action in the video below.

Source: 7 Gadgets

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For $60k give me a MiG 29 or F-22!


But can you apply the time in the sim toward an FAA pilot certification?


It would seem to me that either a co-pilot seat or a link to another simulator, which would allow a teacher to fly with you during training, would be necessary. I think this will be a great tool for high schools and flight schools. I would love to have one, but I will have to wait for the price to fall by, say, $50,000 or more!

For US$57,232 i could probably obtain enough lessons in actual flying of an aircraft to get a license and still have money left over.

The advantage of this simulator is that it is not dependent on weather or a license to fly and does not directly create emissions and if you crash it, you walk away 100% unscathed.


@Oztechi and probably cheaper than most real planes!

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