Learning to fly costs a lot of money. A quick Google search reveals that it can be anywhere from $3000-$12,000+, and that’s just learning to fly one type of aircraft. It’s no doubt a costly hobby, and if you want to do it on the cheap, you’ll need to join the Air Force and hope your vision is good enough.

That, or you can drop $5k and learn yourself. Not that any flight school will give you a license from a high score, of course.The Procedure Trainer is, as they call it, a “complete flight training system”, one with comes with everything you’ll ever need to fly a plane, albeit not a fighter jet. It’s essentially a large number of currently available products from Saitek put together and working in tandem on a very sturdy table, with room for a TV or multiple monitors.  And if you buy it, a big truck will come to your home and some smart people will set the whole thing up for you wherever you want it.

I tried it out, and it is absolutely an awesome setup. That was the first time in an impromptu flight sim challenge that I was able to take off and land properly without crashing (editors note- crashing after you land still counts.) Then again, I want to send my kids to college someday. But maybe you don’t. If you’re interested in buying one, you won’t find it on Mad Catz’ online store. Email PR-pro Alex Verrey at averrey [at] madcatz [dot] com.










James Pikover

 
Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.