One of Jon’s most memorable career moments was the installation of the Spitfire Simulator at Maidenhead Heritage Centre. In October 2011, HRH Prince Michael of Kent performed the official opening of the ‘Grandma Flew Spitfires’ exhibition: celebrating the huge contribution made by the women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Central to the exhibition is the Spitfire simulator, which consists of a Spitsim control system fitted into a Creative Cockpits Spitfire with a five screen display.
On the 1st of April 2018 the Spitfire and Hurricane Heritage Museum at RAF Manston, near Ramsgate in Kent, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF. Their new Spitfire Simulator was officially opened to the public; comprising the latest SpitSim control system installed in a Creative Cockpits Spitfire. Located close to a famous Mk XVI Spitfire, and painted to replicate that aircraft over two thousand “test pilots” have “flown” in this Simulator.
At Laser Industries, we have been providing Spitsim with many specialist laser cut components which are used in many of the controls and modules that Jon works hard to create. For example stainless steel and aluminium control panel surrounds and plate that is later worked into the design.