AuthentiKit is an award winning system for flight simulation controls. Flight simulation in 2022 (especially in VR) lets you step into the cockpit of any aircraft and get tantalisingly close to the feeling of flying for real. Unfortunately that immersion breaks when you reach out for the flight stick, trim wheel or flaps.
The goal for AuthentiKitTM is a truly immersive experience in which the flight stick is exactly where you expect it to be and feels just like the real thing, whether that is a Spitfire MkIX spade grip or a basic DR400 stick. The same for the trim wheel, flap lever and other important controls that demand a tactile response.
AuthentiKit is FREEWARE. All flight controls developed by members of the AuthentiKit community are provided as free downloads of CAD files for 3D printing along with assembly guides and parts lists for easy self assembly. If you don’t have a 3D printer there are community members who will print parts for you.
The key to achieving all this was to design a modular system based around a Universal Control Hub, an adjustable rig and interchangeable quick release flight controls. In VR we are blind to the real world so we don’t need to worry whether the cockpit looks identical down to the last nut and bolt and we certainly don’t need cockpit instruments with working readouts. What really matters is the feel. This means correctly sized and positioned flight sticks, trim wheels, radio stack instruments, throttle controls and so on. This is where authenticity matters.
There’s no point having authentic feeling flight controls if you can’t position them exactly where they need to be. Yet most of us can’t dedicate the space for a home cockpit. Until now!