Thirty plus wonderful years in flight simulation! Pilot experience includes PA-28, Cessna 172, and stick time in a P-3C Orion. Retired from the U.S. Naval Submarine Force, flew in a Naval Flight Officer billet in P-3C (VP-44, CAC5) as a Navigator/Communication and Tactical Coordinator for just over 4 months – and that small amount of time is responsible for giving me my love of aviation.
I've been flying shared cockpit in high-end, intermediate and study level aircraft for the better part of 10 years/4000 hours (many hours on VATSIM), including the Leonardo Maddog MD-80 Professional and Dash 8/Q400 Professional. (just added the Aerosoft A320 and we're working up the Boeing 717).
Shared cockpit provides the highest level of immersion and realism anyone can experience in desktop flight simulation, especially on VATSIM. Fly shared cockpit during a VATSIM event and you'll have a mind blowing experience that you'll talk about for years! It is also an excellent tool for introducing others to new high end aircraft and flying on VATSIM.
I'm the founder and current manager of the Online Virtual Pilots Association (OVPA), a private (non-public) and an intentionally small group of dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable flight simulator enthusiasts and who have focused on achieving an incredible level of immersion for Shared Cockpit flights. For more information on OVPA please visit out website at ovpa1.webs.com.
I am also the director of the OVPA Technical Team who works directly with various flight simulation developers with whom depending on their needs we provide Project Management, Research, Design Influence, Customer Technical Support, and professional testing (Alpha, Beta and RTM) designed to help bring quality products to customers faster. Some of the developers we've worked with are Aerosoft, Majestic, TFDi Design (soon REX Studios) and more.
My professional. knowledge, skills and experience include Technical Program Lead, Technical Test Director, and Acceptance Officer for Naval Combat Systems. My education and training in the field of computers and electronics spans over 30 years and ranges from mainframes to servers and PCs. I hold numerous professional certifications in related fields including Quality Assurance Engineering and direct experience with pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, electronic systems with an strong emphasis on computer and peripheral hardware. All that and about $3 will get me a cup of coffee - which I would gladly share with any fellow flight simulation enthusiast.
The most enjoyment I have ever had in Flight Stimulation has been helping and working with others, followed closely by Shared Cockpit (which I often use as a teaching tool).
I wish you happy flying! Please don't hesitate to contact me should there be anything I can help you with towards improving your flight simulation experience.