Thought I'd raise awareness of this event, as it is THE place for networking in the world of classic British aviation... If you are after any aircraft advice, manuals, information, asking around at the 'Fest is usually a good place to start! I've made many great contacts and friends through the 'Fest, in fact most of the info I've shared with FGUK has been from people I've met at the 'Fest and stayed in contact with.
I usually display my flying helmets / oxygen masks / avionics kit there, but this year I will just be attending... It's too much to organise with a young family, and with work being crazy at the moment... However, I'll probably bring some select kit to do a little bit of cold-war era reenacting for photos.
The cockpit list is on their website, they had some pull out at he last minute, but there's still an interesting selection coming. May be useful for anyone trying to get texture photos for an FGUK aircraft in development.
If you've never been before, it's an eye-opener!
There is also an aerojumble / aeroboot where you can buy anything from cockpit indicators, to whole instrument panels, avionics, and other aircraft bits and pieces.
I hope to be camping over the weekend (which is what I usually do when displaying) as there are a few international visitors coming along from another internet group I'm part of (also ironically called Flightgear, but about aircrew flying clothing), so It'll be good to share some beers on the Saturday night.
Anyone here been before, or fancy attending this year?
I'll be there on the Saturday only, as something has come up on the Sunday.
I will be taking my intercom amplifier demonstrator rig, and will be letting people try on a flying helmet to see how Chariots Of Sire sounded in Vulcan XM607 on the return trip from Black Buck 2 after bombing Port Stanley.
Hottest day of the year, plus most visitors ever at a Cockpitfest!
Had a few people try out the Chariots Of Fire audio demo, and for those who tried it, the experience was far deeper than I had hoped for - not only were people just seeing what it sounded like, they were closing their eyes and drifting off to an imaginary flight deck and actually re-living the moment!
However, for FGUK projects I gathered some texture photos!
F6 Lightning, really in depth photographic survey, when we get round to the F6, it's going to look the bees knees! I used two F6 cockpits to gather the images up as both cockpits contained slight innacuracies, so I mixed between the two to only photograph what's correct.
I also captured under the undercarraige bays of a T5 Lightning, which will need some editing as it contains the fish-plate joints where the wings had been cut for transport.
Got some nice images of a TSR-2 throttle.
Also captured cockpit panels of a Sea Hawk, which is a main FG forum model, not FGUK, but it'd be nice to see the image overlayed, as I enjoy flying the Sea Hawk.