FAA approves flight simulator… for your living room

In my book, HotSeat's Flight Sim Chassis just might be the world’s best, if not the most expensive flight simulator made for individual use. It has a tubular steel frame with six speakers and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, with the center channel and subwoofer under the seat.

The built-in custom PC makes gives you the feeling of flying as it displays virtual skies on the trio of 22-inch LCD monitors in front of the seat — creating a 66-inch panoramic view. The flights are made possible by some serious hardware: a quad-core processore, an NVIDIA 512MB graphics card, 4GB of RAM, and Microsoft FS X Deluxe Edition with the Acceleration Expansion Pack preinstalled.

Even better, the software is FAA-approved for a Basic ATD Flight Simulator, so pilots in training can log up to 2.5 hours toward their pilots' licenses. The sim is available now, and cheaper than most airplanes at $17,250.

Via HotSeat Chassis

CORRECTION: We fixed the spelling of "RAM" after a commenter pointed out our blunder.