The Complete Guide to Computer Aviation
by Steve Smith
Where to Find It
350-80 Franquet Street
Canada GIP 4P3
Sound boards (easy to set up)
101-3750 North Fraser Way
Canada V5J 5E9
Joysticks, sound boards, and pointing devices
Air Combat U.S.A.
Fullerton, CA 92633
Fly real airplanes (Marchetti trainers) in real dogfights; only the bullets aren't real… or so they say. $595/day and a half and up.
3761 Victoria Park Avenue
Canada M1W 3S2
Video, sound, and multimedia products
1250 Aviation Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
ELITE flight simulations; like Flight Simulator, only even more serious (and complex). Not for day-trippers.
Bruce Artwick Organization, Ltd.
2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61824
Developers of Flight Simulator and add-on disks
Chips & Bits
Rochester, VT 05767
Computer game mail-order outfit; careful perusal of C&B's ads will reveal new software long before developers will admit its existence (but don't assume it's available just because it's listed).
CH Products, Inc.
970 Park Center Drive
Vista, CA 92083
Flight Stick, Flight Stick Pro; Virtual Pilot, Virtual Pilot Pro; Game Card III—all good stuff
5000 Arlington Center Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43220
On-line service featuring flight sim forums, scenery-file downloads, and modem-to-modem play for hungry dogfighters
675 Conger Street
Eugene, OR 97402
Voice Blaster: a software (TSR)/hardware (headset) device that plugs into Sound Blaster, Thunderboard, or Tandy Sensation, allowing voice control of F-15 Eagle, F-117A, Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, Gunship 2000, and Their Finest Hour, but not—unfortunately—Flight Simulator
Creative Labs Inc.
1901 McCarthy Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035
SoundBlaster sound boards are the ne plus ultra of sixteen-bit audio gear, but hard to set up (tech support no help)
Domark Software, Inc.
1900 South Norfolk Street (202)
San Mateo, CA 94403
Super VGA Harrier, a high-res (but otherwise undistinguished) sim, and the incredible Flight Simulator Toolkit (which has nothing to do with Microsoft's Flight Simulator). Bored with me-too sims? Think you could do better? FST empowers you to design complex aircraft, scenery, and scenarios with the ease of an Etch-a-Sketch. Every sim should come with something this good. Unfortunately, your creations cannot be incorporated into other sims.
Coarsegold, CA 93614
Aces Over Europe, Aces of the Pacific, Red Baron, add-ons
San Mateo, CA 94403
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat (also for the Mac)
Flight Deck Software
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Instrument Flight Trainer-Pro, software for "serious" student-pilots—little entertainment value but a great technical education in IFR flight.
4280 Green Meadow
Chico, CA 95926
More software for "serious" student-pilots, combined with specialized hardware
421 West Jefferson (22)
Dallas, TX 75208
Yoke, throttle, and pedals with built-in resistance (to simulate control feedback)
401 North Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850
An on-line service featuring a multiplayer version of Air Warrior
900 Deerfield Parkway
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Air Warrior (the stand-alone version)
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555
Sound boards and pointing devices
San Rafael, CA 94912
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain
3185 Laurelview Court
Fremont, CA 94538
Sound boards and CD-ROM readers (I have their very Art Deco CDPC-XL and love it…although installation was a bear)
MicroProse Entertainment Software
180 Lakefront Drive
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Gunship 2000, F-15 Strike Eagle III, F-14 Fleet Defender, F-117A Stealth 2.0
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98059
Flight Simulator 5.0 and add-on disks, Microsoft Mouse (serial or bus)
381 Casa Linda Plaza (154)
Dallas, TX 75218
A large, hyperactive SIG (Special Interest Group), comprised mostly of Flight Simulator fanatics. They stage the largest, most ebullient aviation-oriented jamboree since Tailhook 1991. One of the few forums where computer pilots actually meet face-to-face.
756 Tyvola Road (105)
Charlotte, NC 28217
FS-100 flight simulator, a combination hardware/software package for "serious" student-pilots (the hardware includes a flight yoke and switch panel)
Mission Studios, Inc.
1644 Colonial Parkway
Inverness, IL 60067
JetFighter III and add-on disks (for Jet-Fighter II, see Velocity Development Corp.)
North American Top Gun, Inc.
St. Augustine Airport
4900 U.S. 1 North
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Dogfight in a World War II-era AT-6 Texan…the plane that trained real pilots
Nova Logic, Inc.
19510 Ventura Boulevard (200)
Tarzana, CA 91356
Comanche Maximum Overkill and add-on disks
Novel Twist, Inc.
572 Royal Palm Drive
Melbourne, FL 32935
Instrument panel simulator and rudder pedals (requires Flight Simulator) for "serious" students
Micro Systems International
1143 Monroe Street
Carleton, MI 48117
RawCopy copy deprotection software (it works!)
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Headset and face shield (a lot lighter than a real helmet) for role-playing zealots
Austin, TX 78716
Pacific Strike, Strike Commander and add-on disks
14255 North 79 Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85280
Well-finished aircraft models with correct unit markings
Precision Flight Controls
9723-A Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95827
Makers of (expensive) professional pilot-training control systems
7200 Dominion Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90040
The best sound boards in the business
Showcase Model Co.
State College, PA 16804
Large selection of nicely finished aircraft models at reasonable prices
Coarsegold, CA 93614
The ImagiNation Network (nee the Sierra Network), features an on-line version of Red Baron
24900 Mariner Square Loop
Alameda, CA 94501
510-522-1164 (tech support)
Falcon 3.0, MiG-29 and add-on disks, Tornado
Sporty's Pilot Shop
Clermont County Airport
Batavia, OH 45103
Top mail-order outfit for real pilots. No computer stuff, but excellent books, videos, and training manuals. Plenty of airwear, too: jackets, flight bags, etc.
501 Kenyon Road
Champaign, IL 61820
Air Transport Pilot, add-on disks for Flight Simulator 4.0 and 5.0, Flight Light (a beginner's flight simulation), and the unforgettable Night Mission Pinball, which had little to do with flight but everything to do with simulation
Houston, TX 77068
Jiffy Facility Locator III, Scenery Enhancement Editor add-on disks for Flight Simulator 4.0
10150 SW Nimbus Avenue (E7)
Tigard, OR 97223
Flight and weapons control systems, rudder pedals, game card, cockpit mock-ups. A really gung-ho outfit.
ThunderSeat Technologies, Inc.
6330 Arizona Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90045
ThunderSeat, styled like an ejection seat and hooked up to your sound board—this gizmo gives you a real kick in the pants.
Turtle Beach Systems
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (33)
York, PA 17404
Dumb name, great sound boards(expensive but worth it)
U.S. Fighter Squadron
South St.Paul, MN 55075
Dogfighting school featuring Marchetti SF-260 trainers
Velocity Development Crop.
San Francisco, CA 94111
JetFighter II and add-on disks (for JetFighter III, see Mission Studios, Inc.)
Wagner Computer Products, Inc.
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
Microflight, an elaborate hardware add-on (yoke, pedals, and a dashboard avecswitches and sans instruments) that connects through your PC'S serial port
Osceola, WI 54020
Gigantic selection of aviation books