• Interview With Andi Constantin/FlightsimPM

    Interview With Andi/FlightsimPM

    Conducted By Ray Andersen

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    Tell us a little bit about yourself and the sorts of things you have done or enjoyed besides flight simulation?

    My home country is in east Europe (Romania) where I grew up.

    I moved here to Italy about eight years ago after getting my diploma in Ecology but I didn't have any real hobbies. I like a lot of things but never was dedicated to a specific thing or hobby so I think flight and planes were my biggest discovery about what I like and what should I do.

    When moving to Italy I found a job as a craftsman but it was not what I was looking for as my interests were guiding me towards technology and computers. Working as a craftsman for almost five years did help me a lot in what I'm doing.

    In what ways do you feel that your craftsman skills have helped you in what you do with aviation?

    Aviation or not being a craftsman knowing to use certain tools complex or not I think that everyone loves when out of nothing you are able to build anything but being craftsman the end product is the difference.

    Do you have any real world aviation experience, fly any planes, or own any aircraft?

    I don't have any type of experience as a real pilot but I flew a few times as a passenger with small aircraft around the local airport.

    Tell us more about your real flights as a passenger around the local airport? Was it with a friend or an instructor? What kind of aircraft was it? Did you get to take the controls and feel what it was like to fly the aircraft at all? How old were you at the time? Where you scared or nervous of excited to be flying for real?

    I flew a few times around the local airport a few years ago as a passenger in a P-92. I never got the chance to take the controls but I was very excited about it. Hopefully I can do it again very soon as I made some friends there which in the future might help with advice about real flying.

    Tell us about the company - who founded it, when, where, why and maybe a little history?

    My first flight simulator was FS2004. I bought it in 2005 because it was too expensive for me at that time and I didn't really understand what it was. I fell in love with it right after I got it. I never thought I could push this hobby to such a level.

    Right after the financial crisis I lost my job and that gave me some free time to dedicate to my hobby. I started to build my first cockpit although I was amazed to see how much flight simulator hardware costs.

    I did what I could and stared to buy Saitek hardware one piece at a time until I finished my humble cockpit. Just after that I felt that it was not enough and had to make something to add a bit of realism to it. This is how the first Boeing 737 Saitek handles were born.

    A few days later I uploaded a video on YouTube about the handles. A guy contacted me to see if I could sell him the handles or make him a set. After three weeks of e-mails I decided to build my first set of handles for sale.

    At that point FlightSimPM was born. It was 2011 and the reason was because I felt like I could offer people a bit of realism for a small fee.

    Is the YouTube video of your very first product (the handles) still up on YouTube and if so could you send us the link?

    Here you can find the first Saitek handles that I have built, in two videos:

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