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Help us build a Flight Simulator and give it to an airline museum. I will also make a Do-It-Yourself video so you can build one too.
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Any amount we collect over the goal will be saved for future maintenance costs and on some promotional costs that were not included in the $2600 estimate.
  You can still donate up do the deadline and get your schwag!

If the above video is stuttering, click here to see it on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/pTWotBqJCmU

I hope to build a new Flight Simulator that will look like the drawing below.  After it's completed it will go on permanent display at the National Airline History Museum (NAHM) where hundreds of museum visitors will have the opportunity to try it and feel what it's like to fly a large airliner.


I've built several different kinds of Flight Simulators over the years.  My name is Matt Thomas and each time I design a new simulator, I also make a Do It Yourself (DIY) video and instruction manual showing how I built it that way anybody anywhere can build their own, even at home.

I want lots of people to get the chance to fly this new simulator so I'd like to take it to the Kansas City Maker Faire in June, so the attendees can try it out.  After the Maker Faire, I'll give the simulator to the National Airline History Museum.  I've already worked this out with them.  The simulator will be available for museum guests to get a unique hands-on experience flying an airplane.

You will be able to build the same Flight Simulator for yourself!  I will video the construction process of the new simulator and offer the DIY video and instructions for purchase on http://www.DIYflightsims.com, or you can get it here by contributing to this project. 

The Flight Simulator will have three screens, airplane controls, dual throttle quadrants and switch panels.  It will be a big free-standing structure, but it will come apart in two sections so you can fit it through the doorways in your house.  You build the cockpit housing with materials from a home improvement store and you can order the controls online.  A lot of my customers already have these controls.  The monitors, computer and peripherals are all standard off-the-shelf stuff.

This project will cost some money so I need your help to make this possible.  I started a fund-raising campaign here on Kickstarter.com.  If you contribute to this project, you get a gift in return.  The more you contribute, the more gifts you get.  The money we raise will purchase the computer, monitors, software, controls, and building materials for the simulator with associated taxes and fees.

Kickstarter is a crowd-sourced fund-raising website for creative projects.  You make your contribution online with a credit card, but your card only gets charged if we reach the fund-raising goal by the deadline.  Then you get your gifts, I get the funding for the Flight Simulator so I can build it and give it to the museum.  Then, I will also produce the DIY video and instructions.

But Kickstarter is all or nothing.  If we don't reach our funding goal, then nothing happens.  Your credit card does not get charged, nothing gets built and the project dies.

Note:  Kickstarter is a way to raise money for individual creative projects, not donations to non-profit organizations.  You're contributing to this project, it's not a donation to the museum, so don't expect some kind of tax deduction.

I really want this project to happen so I've already worked out ways to reduce the cost.  The less money I need, the more likely it is that we'll reach the funding goal.  The good people at GoFlight Technologies volunteered to donate some components to the project, so that's money we don't need to raise.  Also, I'm paying the cost up front for the design prototyping and production of the DIY video and instruction manual.

 Again, if we meet our funding goal...everybody gets something with this deal. 
* Anybody that contributes to the project get the gifts listed for their donation level
* The museum gets the simulator so their visitors can fly it. 
* The attendees at the Maker Faire get to fly the simulator
* I make the DIY video and instruction manual and offer it for sale so anybody can build the exact same thing

Please re-post this on your facebook and spread the word!  We only have 30 days!  Thank You!

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    Your name in the list of contributors on the project website: www.rogerdodger.net/ahm/flightsim

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    Above plus A picture/logo of your choosing on www.rogerdodger.net/ahm/flightsim for you, your business or your project, with link to your website. Email your name and picture to pix@rogerdodger.net

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    ALL ABOVE plus your choice of any DIY digital download premium video from www.DIYflightsims.com
    Note: Tell me which one you want to download. Make sure I have your email address. You download this thing through the internet...it's a digital product.

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    ALL ABOVE plus DIY NAHM video and instruction manual burned on a CD after it is completed. Note: this is a digital video in .wmv format and manual in Adobe .pdf format burned onto a CD-ROM. Make sure I have your snail mail address. Add $2.00 for shipping outside North America. PLUS your name in the credits of the DIY NAHM flight sim video and instruction manual

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    ALL ABOVE plus a Roger Dodger Aviation t-shirt, please include T-shirt size (add $10 for international orders). PLUS the new DIY NAHM video on DVD and printed instruction manual in a 3-ring binder (shipped to North America only, if you're elsewhere you will get a digital download). PLUS your name or company name listed on the actual NAHM flight simulator on display at the National Airline History Museum.

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    ALL ABOVE plus a tour the National Airline History Museum with Matt Thomas, including flying the NAHM flight sim. You pay for your travel/lodging expenses. PLUS you get to hit Matt Thomas in the face with a pie during a public event at the museum. PLUS choose any DIYflightsims premium video and get it on DVD with printed instruction manual in a 3-ring binder PLUS your choice of flight sim software: FSX Gold or X-plane 9 for windows. PLUS access to the SECRET Facebook profile for Roger Dodger Aviation where we discuss upcoming projects.

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Funding period

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