DRIVING FORCES

PRODUCT FEATURES

Nicki Repenning

Honeycomb founder, Nicki Repenning has more than 10 years of experience in flight simulation, including 6 years of managing the Saitek Pro Flight Brand in North America. He has a detailed understanding of the needs and requirements of both flight simmers as well as pilots and flight students, through his involvement in all facets of the product development process of flight simulation equipment.

Nicki holds a pilot’s license and has had the pleasure of flying a great number of different aircrafts, giving him a unique knowledge of what flight simulation products should look and feel like.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Dave Morelock

Industrial Designer, David Morelock, began his 18-year career leading product design and development in the interactive entertainment industry.  After designing a number of award-winning and best-selling interactive hardware devices in the gaming industry, he was recruited by Microsoft Corporation to lead the design of a next generation human-computer interface device, Microsoft Surface.

Through his company, Southern Califonia Design Company, David has designed products for industry leading companies, including Samsung, AT&T, Verifone, Thales Avionics, Denon Audio, Cobra Golf, Orvis, and many others.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Precision Flight Controls

Precision Flight Controls, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is recognized as a global leader in providing flight training organizations with high-fidelity, flight simulation components and systems. PFC’s systems simulate dozens of general aviation and commercial aircraft including today’s most popular technically advanced aircraft.

PFC has supplied flight simulation components to aviation industry leaders such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics, Honeywell and Boeing. Today, PFC systems are utilized in facilities including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the FBI, the FAA, the European Space Agency and NASA.

PRODUCT PROCESS

RESEARCH

We spent considerable time sitting in several different types of cockpits and airplanes to map out the changes in ergonomics that could be found. It was important to us that we created a hybrid product so our Alpha Flight Controls could be used to simulate any type of aircraft, whether it was a Cessna piston engine, a Gulfstream private jet, or a Boeing 737 commercial aircraft.

Design

In the design phase, we focused on creating a modern look while staying true to actual cockpit designs. We added functions that are important in a flight sim environment like extra buttons and hat-switches, so more programmable features and assignments were available. We also created a table mounting system that doesn’t require any clamping onto the table and can be used on any surface.

Ergonomics

After the initial design phase we created the yoke handle in clay and started adjusting the ergonomics to make it feel good in the hand. There generally is a difference between how simmers hold onto a yoke, compared to how a pilot does it, and we wanted to make sure that the design accommodated both demographics and enabled the usage of the yoke on hour-long sessions without any discomfort or fatigue.

Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering was handled by Precision Flight Controls who have more than 25 years of experience in creating high-end flight simulators for the professional aviation industry. By using existing components that have been evolutionally developed and tested over decades, it ensured us that we would have the right feel and quality. It is also why we offer 5 years warranty on all our products. It is also why we offer 5 years warranty on all our products. It is also why we offer 5 years warranty on all our products. 

Software Development

Our internal software development team have been working on a software solution that caters to every user’s needs, and compatibility is our highest priority.  Whether you prefer MAC, PC, FlightSimX, X-Plane or Prepar3D, the adjustability, sensitivity settings, and button assignment has been made simple and straight forward. Profile assignment based on aircraft type enables you to switch setups quickly and a user interface that’s easy to use, guarantees you a frustration free experience.

Quality Control & Testing

At our manufacturing facility, we have strict quality assurance procedures. We don’t rely on a static production quality, but pick random samples from every production run which we take through rigorous testing. Every button and hat-switch has to withstand millions of button presses and pushes. The mechanical movement is taken through stress-tests, and even the plastic shell is being exposed to drop tests, to ensure that we always provide the same high quality to every customer. Put text here Put text here