• Interview With Cockpit phD

    Interview With Cockpit phD

    Conducted by Raymond Andersen

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

    Founded in 2014, we have team of eight at the moment and we were coming from different industries, such as engineering, IT and even accounting, before we joined together. But there is one thing in common is that, we are all flight simulator enthusiasts. Our team is now covering all aspects like Product development, Sales and Marketing, and Customer Services. We specifically dedicated quite a lot of resources to our CS team because our customers are coming from any part of the world and with the relatively long shipping time, for sure they want to track the status of their orders in a very close manner. For the production side, we do connect with several factories in China, Taiwan or even Italy, giving us an excellent portfolio to balance between price competitiveness, technology and quality.

    Cockpit phD mini Airbus overhead panel

    We started our first product development on Saitek templates. At that time (and nowadays too), Saitek flight simulation products are really popular in the market and their prices are very much affordable to the simmers, if not, at least as their first step in moving from keyboards and joysticks to decent yokes and throttles.

    However, the design of the throttle is just too generic. The markings do not really link up with airliners - for which a lot of simmers are actually on that, the angle of the throttle is at least 30 degree off from a real throttle. Because of that, by trial and error we created our first template of Boeing 737 and 777, as well as the Quadrant Box in changing the angle of the throttle. Later on, we extended such ideas to Boeing 747 and Airbus A320, and the Single Quadrant Box for those who only own a single unit of Saitek throttle.

    Other than the marking templates and the Quadrant boxes, we also experienced that the plastic lever heads on the Saitek throttle are nowhere near realistic. They are probably good for C172, but certainly not for airliner simmers. We spent almost nine months on designing and developing the Boeing 737 Dual throttle handle set and then expanded the selections to Boeing 777, Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 Single throttle handle set.

    In our latest development, we started having our footprint on control panel development in 2017. Moving forward, we are in the planning stage of developing our first Overhead panel. Hopefully, we will bring some good news to the simmers in 2019.

    Tell us a little bit about yourself, your interests and hobbies besides flight simulation, your education, accomplishments, places you have lived or visited, etc.

    Of course flight sim is my number 1 hobby. Besides that, I am a part-time photographer who likes travel very much. I am based in Hong Kong, but I have been quite a lot in countries so far, from Japan, Singapore, Thailand in Asia to Europe such as England, Scotland, France, Italy even Greece. My next target will be Dubai and hopefully I can make it happen before 2020.

    For my education, I am a science graduate and my previous jobs were very much in the area of production.

    Do you have any real world aviation experience, do you have a pilot's license or do you own your own aircraft - if so what type do you fly/own?

    Not yet, unfortunately. I have already passed the PPL written test but I do not have time to start my first real flight yet.

    What is the company's mission and vision?

    "Our mission is to provide the highest quality of flight simulator equipment to enhance the flight experiences as well as the realism at economical and affordable prices to the general public" is our mission statement.

    As you may be aware, flight simulator cockpit products are very (VERY) expensive. We are talking about several hundred US dollars for a decent MCP, almost a thousand for a proper throttle and over a thousand for a professional overhead - remember it does not include the shipping costs. Obviously, that is huge money. It hesitates a lot of simmers who want to "upgrade" their flight simulation experience. Our ultimate goal is to fill the gap in the spectrum by developing and offering flight sim hardware that is in good balance between price and realism.

    Cockpit phD Saitek handles

    Which product is your absolute flagship and what are your top selling products?

    Saitek throttle handle is our flapship. And recently, our PRO-PANEL is catching up quite a lot in term of best seller.

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    1. anaismith's Avatar
      anaismith -
      Expensivo! Logitech G Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant = $200 but at NewEgg $80.


    1. raimondo2's Avatar
      raimondo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by anaismith View Post
      Expensivo! Logitech G Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant = $200 but at NewEgg $80.


      it must be a price error; as the others parts they sell are actually good prices.
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