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Cockpit-Fest USA 2014 at the Cold War Air Museum

Posted on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:34:03 GMT

Do you love to create your own cockpits? Maybe you just love to play on simulations. It’s time to meet people just like you, and you can do that at Lancaster, TX between August 29 and 31, 2014 with the Cockpit-Fest at the Cold War Air Museum.

Man in homebuilt cockpit

Unlike many other events, the people who run the Cockpit-Fest USA are enthusiasts just like you. They don’t get paid for doing this. All the money raised goes straight back into the event for next year. What does this mean for you? You get a better experience. You know the organizers have thought about you when it comes to the things you would like to do and see on the day. They understand your passion, and make sure as much as possible is on show.

Network With People Just Like You

Sometimes it’s just nice to know that there are others just like you. It could be others who love to use flight simulation software, or you may want to find other designers of aircraft cockpits. That’s just what you’ll find and more. The whole event features a range of cockpits and simulators that are all privately owned. Many have been restored through the years by various collectors.

You’ll get to chat to people like you, and find out about their latest projects. It’s your chance to share your latest finds, and the things you have going on in your life.

If you’re not quite a restoration enthusiast, there will be others who have a passion for all things aircrafts. You can discuss the history, the developments and just where you think the designs will go in the future. It’s a fun event, and a chance to get to meet new people. You’ll make friends for life, and could even find someone new to work on a project together.

You may not get a chance to speak to everyone during the weekend, but there is a social dinner to make up for that. You’ll get to sit down, have a meal and really get a chance to talk in depth about everything.

Awards for Simulators and Aircrafts

Ever thought that your aircraft restoration is the best? Ever wanted someone to tell you your simulation beats everyone else’s? Of course you have! There’s no need to be ashamed of that. It’s a completely natural thing to want to be award for your hard work.

The Cockpit-Fest 2014 has a range of awards on offer. It’s time to bring your simulation or cockpit and show it off to the rest of the world. This year for the first time also has an award for the best race car simulator! It’s no longer just for aviation lovers.

You can enter your hard work into as many or as few awards as you would like. Pick the ones that you think it will win for, and the ones that are linked to your exact needs. You will need to register it beforehand, so plan ahead to make sure you can make it.

But what do you get for winning? The Cold War Air Museum has recently announced that the winners will get an exclusive chance to fly in the Nanchang CJ-6A. It’s a dream for so many, but something that rarely happens now. You will also be featured on the Cockpit-Fest website in the Hall of Fame, just like the winners from the last two years. Put your name down in history.

See the Salvaged Aircraft

If you’re not into restoration, you may never have seen an aircraft that has been salvaged. This year you get the chance. As part of the Cockpit-Fest 2014 registration fee, you can the chance to visit the Air Salvage of Dallas. This isn’t just a chance to see the crafts before restoration. You’ll get a full guided tour to find out more about each individual craft and the story being crashes, wars and everything each one was involved in.

In Conjunction With the Warbirds on Parade

This year is extra special because the whole event is in conjunction with the Warbirds on Parade, which is held at the Dallas/Ft. Worth. This event commemorate the Air Force, but also has a fun car show. It’s your chance to see all the aircrafts from the Second World War, and view various displays in the air.

The event is open to people of all ages, whether you love restoration and creating simulators or you just like playing them. It’s a great chance to delve into the history of the aircrafts, learn more about the salvage and network with people who are just like you. If you do get involved in restoration and simulation creation, you could even win an award.

Visit the official Cockpit-Fest website here.

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

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