This year we have teamed up with VKB to bring both Pilots and Spectators the best possible airshow experience. VKB provide some of the best quality flight simulation hardware on the market, boasting well designed, durable, realistic and aesthetic products.
VKB have kindly provided us with $750 worth of flight simulation equipment to giveaway:
Gunfighter Pro Mk.II ($399) | Includes either MCG or MCG Pro grip.
T-Rudder Pedals Mk.IV ($244)
Gladiator Mk.II ($99)
We have decided to giveaway the two sticks (one entry level, one advanced) in a public competition. The rudder pedals will be contested for by the solo acts performing this year. At the end of the show weekend, the solo pilot with the most votes will be rewarded.
Dear fellow pilots, Due to summer vacations the forum support may become intermittent till late August. Occasional delays may happen. We apologize for possible inconvenience. We will try to stay connected but it’s impossible to promise to stay available on daily basis. Hope to see you all again soon.
VKB HQ believes that roughly 90% of you who wait for the Upgrade Kit Lite to be released do so because they want to use it to make their Gladiator (non-pro) base compatible with the MCG/MCG PRO grips. With that in mind, VKB HQ allowed me to make Upgrade Kit + MCG grip bundles, and sell them instead for those of you who would otherwise be wanting to buy an MCG grip when the Upgrade Kit releases.
For those of you who have an MCG series grip inbound for your Gladiator Pro Mk.II or Gunfighter joystick, please follow the respective guide provided on how to Flash/Reset/Calibrate your joystick with your new MCG or MCG PRO grip installed:
Important: You will have to flash your Gunfighter or Gladiator base to make your new MCG work with it. Simply removing your current grip and installing your new MCG will not magically make the base understand what just happened. You need to tell the base (via firmware update) that there’s a new grip in town!
to enable support for the MCG and MCG PRO grips for the Gladiator series (Gladiator Pro Mk.II and Gladiator w/ Upgrade Kit Lite), VKB released a new firmware for the Gladiator joystick. It’s available from the MCG grip product page under “Downloads:”, or directly from VKB’s FTP site.
due to the spiking demand for MCG PRO stand-alone grip orders, VKB HQ asked me to slow the ordering process down a little for them to catch up testing grips before shipping them out.
Thus, I temporarily put the MCG PRO ordering option on hold (message reads: SALE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DUE TO DEMAND. SHOULD BE BACK IN A FEW DAYS), and will open them again as soon as VKB HQ gives me the green light to do so. MCG (non-pro) ordering is still open.
Please be aware that this does not affect any orders that have been already placed, and they will be shipped out as planned by VKB HQ starting this week.
As of today, we’re using a new SMTP server that should see less emails landing in your spam folder, as it’s using the sender’s domain (vkbcontrollers.com), and that jives a lot better with (DKIM) DomainKeys Identified Mail.
In addition, all automated messages from the webshop come from ‘email@example.com’ now, which should relieve some of the strain on the vkb-sim.pro email server.
Here’s the current MCG series lineup available again now:
MCG for Gunfighter Mk.I (RUS label only)
MCG for Gunfighter Mk.II (RUS label only)
MCG for Gladiator Pro Mk.II (RUS label only)
MCG PRO for Gunfighter Mk.I (ENG label only)
MCG PRO for Gunfighter Mk.II (ENG label only)
MCG PRO for Gladiator Pro Mk.II (ENG label only)
In case you’re wondering: I have currently no updated information on the availability of MCG grips for Mamba, Gladiator Pro Mk.I or the TMW base (all 5-pin) at this time.
Gunfighter Mk.II Extension Kits are also back, ready to ship next week. I have no updated info on the availability of Extension Kits for Gunfighter Mk.I at this time.
In other news:
The ‘Gladiator Upgrade Kit Lite’ will have to be pushed back one more time because of the need for a new type of spring, designed to overcome the additional resistance of the installed upgrade kit. More info sometime next week, once I hear more from VKB HQ on this.
End of June still holds for the availability of Gunfighter/Gunfighter Pro Mk.II w/ MCG/MCG PRO/KG12 grips.
Mid-July looks good for the availability of Gladiator Pro Mk.II with MCG/MCG PRO/KG12 grips.
Updated firmware for Gunfighter (bug fixes and enhancements), and new firmware for Gladiator to support the MCG series of grips, should be available shortly.
And, in case you haven’t heard, VKB HQ did a sneak peek of the Kosmosima SCG (Space Combat Grip); click here to have a look.
As always, I will send out additional newsletters as soon as I get newsworthy updates from the developers at VKB HQ.