Hello VIRPILs!

Today we’re excited to announce the results of our community control panel design competition!

We feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this community and having the opportunity to approach this project from the viewpoints of both producers and consumers has given us valuable insight into what the final product should be.

Thank you to all of those who got involved with the competition - both by submitting designs, and taking part in the vote!

All entries can be viewed on our forums:
https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/forum/21-control-panel-community-vote/

Without further ado, we would like to present the competition winners!


Jet Aircraft Control Panel:

  • ★ 10% Discount Code Winners: №1, №2, №3, №4, №5, №7, №8, №9, №11, №13, №14, №15, №16
  • ★ 20% Discount Code Winners: №10, №12
  • ★ 500 EUR Coupon Winner: №6 (View Entry)

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Spacecraft Control Panel:

  • ★ 10% Discount Code Winners: №1, №2, №3, №5, №7
  • ★ 20% Discount Code Winners: №4, №8
  • ★ 500 EUR Discount Code Winner: №6 (View Entry)

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Piston Aircraft Control Panel:

  • ★ 10% Discount Code Winners: №1, №2, №3, №4, №5, №9
  • ★ 20% Discount Code Winners: №6, №8
  • ★ 500 EUR Discount Code Winner: №7 (View Entry)

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Helicopter Control Panel:

  • ★ 10% Discount Code Winners: №2, №4
  • ★ 20% Discount Code Winners: №1, №5
  • ★ 500 EUR Discount Code Winner: №3 (View Entry)

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Community Choice Award:

  • For receiving the highest number of total votes, Helicopter Control Panel №3 (View Entry) has also won the Community Choice Award and will receive a VPC WarBRD Flightstick!
 

Congratulations everyone! Each contestant will be contacted directly and prizes will be issued by 30th November 2019. The grand prize winners will also receive the final released panel from their corresponding category!

We look forward to developing our lineup of control panel devices and while we do not promise to 100% accurately reflect the winning design of each category, the community competition has been instrumental in letting us know what everyone wants to see! Stay tuned for more news on this project!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

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Hello VIRPILs!

The VIRPIL Controls team has been working non-stop preparing our latest products for dispatch - the VPC V.F.X Grip and the VPC WarBRD, ACE-1 and ACE-2 Rudder Pedals.

We’re pleased to confirm that these items are in production at the VIRPIL Controls factory and we’re incredibly excited to get them out into everyone’s hands. The remaining pre-orders are scheduled to dispatch out on 15th October - keep an eye out for your shipping notification!

We would also like to announce some new additions to the VIRPIL Controls lineup!

Introducing the VPC MongoosT-50CM2 Throttle

This is the latest revision of our popular VPC MongoosT-50 Throttle which includes an all new design with a number of changes based on the feedback we’ve received from the community:

  • - The overall dimensions of the throttle have been reduced and now match the form factor of our upcoming control panels.
  • - The throttle lever arc angle has been increased by 20 degrees to allow for more physical position precision of the throttle levers.
  • - The throttle no longer has a base plate, but instead has removable support legs with rubber feet for desktop use.
  • - The detachable USB and AUX connections from our MongoosT-50CM2 Base Unit have been carried over to the throttle.
  • - The metal toggle switches have been changed to larger toggle switches to offer a more “realistic” response.
  • - The RGB backlighting has been removed and we are using new customisable push buttons which feature direct RGB lighting. The buttons feature a removable transparent cap, so you can insert your own inlays. 
  • - The toggle switch on the left side throttle handle has been changed to a large encoder dial.

More information can be found on our webstore:
https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost-50cm2-throttle.html

We have also added an adapter plate that allows the VPC MongoosT-50CM2 Throttle to be attached to mounts designed for the TMW Throttle.
https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost-50cm2-throttle-tmw-throttle-mounting-adapter.html

VPC 200mm Curved Flightstick Extension

After much demand from the community and extensive testing, we’re now pleased to add the VPC 200mm Flightstick Extension to our catalogue.

This extension features a s-curve and a slight forward tilt on the grip which makes it excellent for center mount setups with our VPC MongoosT-50CM Base Unit!

The new 200mm extension can also be combined with our existing 50mm/75mm/100mm extensions to create the perfect size for your setup.

More information can be found on our webstore:
​​​​​​​https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-flightstick-extension-200mm.html

Accepting Pre-orders Now!

With the unveiling of these new items, we’re once again opening the possibility for pre-orders. We had originally started opening infrequent and time pre-order windows based on community demand, but unfortunately due to restrictions with our payment gateways we’ve been forced to use bank transfer payments for these orders.

We’re very happy to announce that we are now able to accept pre-order payments using credit/debit cards directly on our webstore! We hope that this will greatly increase the convenience of the pre-ordering process and allow more people to get the items that they want to complete their VIRPIL setups!

Pre-orders will be opening on 27th September at 6pm GMT and will remain open for 2 weeks until the 11th October.

Pre-Order Information

Pre-orders will open on 27the September at 6pm GMT on our worldwide webstore https://www.virpil-controls.eu! It will be possible to pre-order any VPC product to form a complete order.

Pre-orders will be both time and quantity limited. Pre-orders are currently scheduled to run for 2 weeks and close on 11th October.

  • - Pre-orders can now be paid for using credit/debit card on our webstore.
  • - Any VPC product can be pre-ordered. 
  • - Pre-orders will be fulfilled within an estimated 90 days after the pre-order close date. Any changes to this schedule will be confirmed in an announcement. Pre-orders for already available items will be dispatched sooner when the stock is available.
  • - Pre-orders will be dispatched when all items within the order are in stock.
  • - Pre-orders will have stock prioritisation and will be dispatched ahead of standard store orders providing all items are available.
  • - Pre-orders can be cancelled at any time before dispatch without question by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Refunds will be processed within 14 days of request.

If you have any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Thank you for your continued support!
VIRPIL Controls Team

Hello VIRPILs!

Due to our continued growth which has resulted in VIRPIL Control’s reaching further than ever before - it has become apparent that we need to upgrade and modernise our support portal system which has unfortunately been encountering issues.

We’re pleased to confirm that we will be launching our brand new support portal will not only handle support queries and communication with the VIRPIL team, but will also feature a knowledge base hub and file downloads center to keep everything centralised. This will continue to be expanded with more resources as time goes on.

We will make every effort to ensure that no existing open ticket gets lost in the swap, but we would like to request that if you currently have an open ticket and do not hear back from us, to alert us via our new support portal!

We hope our new support portal will prove to be a valuable resource to the VIRPIL community as well as enabling more fluid communication with our customers!

The old support portal will no longer be accessible and the new portal will take over on the same URL - https://support.virpil.com. There may be some downtime during the switch.

If you have any questions, or issues with existing tickets after the new portal has launched, please let us know via https://support.virpil.com or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

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Hello VIRPILs!

The VIRPIL Controls team hosted our community meet event in Moscow on August 31st which proved to be an incredibly exciting day for everyone involved!

We were also joined by a number of special guests including the Eagle Dynamics (DCS) team, Gaijin Entertainment (Warthunder) and 1C Game Studios (IL2)!

Of course - everyone (including us!) were eagerly awaiting the reveal of our latest project… We’re incredibly excited to introduce the VPC Constellation ALPHA!

Our latest VPC Constellation grip includes a wide range of features and controls:

★ Left and Right hand variants (Non-ambidextrous)
★ 1 x Dual-stage trigger
★ 1 x Dual Position Flip Trigger (tactile switch trigger + proximity sensor to detect UP position)
★ Combination Trigger Stages - flip trigger and dual stage trigger and be pressed simultaneously as a combined trigger for additional trigger stages
★ 1 x Analogue Stick (+ Push)
★ 3 x 5-way Hats (4-way + Push)
★ 1 x 3-way Hats (2 way + Push)
★ 3 x Momentary buttons
★ 1 x Brake lever (VPC Contactless Sensor) + Momentary button
★ 1 x Scroll Encoder (+ Dual Push)
★ Lockable Twist Axis (VPC Contactless Sensor)
★ Adjustable Hand Rest

Stay tuned for more information on the new VPC Constellation ALPHA!

Thank you everyone for your support! We hope everyone who attended our event in Moscow enjoyed it as much as we did and we look forward to the next!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

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Hello VIRPILs!

The VIRPIL Controls team would like to invite the community to participate in the creation of a new line of control panel/button boxes!

We are looking to develop control panels in 4 distinct categories:

  • - Jet Aircraft
  • - Piston Aircraft
  • - Helicopters
  • - Spacecraft

We will be running a competition where members of the community can submit design proposals for control panels in these categories. Every participant can send in an unlimited number of entries for any category. All entries must comply with the design requirements which include:

  • - The design must fit inside the enclosed case.
  • - All controls and features can only be located on the top panel.
  • - Panel labelling and LED implementations are permitted.
  • - A description of the design choices and exact functionality of the features implemented.

The competition will be broken down into multiple stages:
In the first stage 10 applications for each category will be selected by the VIRPIL Controls team.
In the second stage these applications will be compiled and submitted for community discussion and voting. Three finalists will be brought forward from each category.
In the third stage, the VIRPIL Controls team will review the finalists and select the winners from each category - there will be an additional “Community Choice Award” which will be awarded to the entry which won the highest amount of votes in the second stage.

3D models, drawings, diagrams or sketches are accepted in any format, however applications sent in SolidWorks compatible formats are preferred.

All entries must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject “Application for Competition”. Please also include confirmation of the submission category. *

IMPORTANT: It is necessary to study the dimensions of the device and all control parts (buttons, switches, etc) which can be found HERE.

Competition Dates:
1st Stage: from 5th August, 2019 to September 15th, 2019
2nd Stage: September 16th, 2019 to October 15th, 2019
3rd Stage: October 16th - 29th, 2019
Announcement of the Winners: October 30th, 2019

Prizes:
The winners of each category (jet aircraft, piston aircraft, spacecraft and helicopters) will receive a 500 EUR gift voucher to use on the VIRPIL Controls webstore, and a final production device from their category! **
The 7 first stage applicants who do not pass the community vote will receive a 10% discount code to use on the VIRPIL Controls website, and the 2 finalists of each category who were not selected will receive a 20% discount code!
The Community Choice Award will receive a VPC WarBRD Flightstick (base and grip)!

We are incredibly excited to work with the community on these new devices, good luck!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

* - All copyrights for any submitted designs, files and works are transferred to the organiser at the moment the participant submits their entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
** - The appearance and functionality of the final production devices may differ from the original entries.

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Hello VIRPILs!

We’re extremely excited to announce the upcoming pre-order availability of our VPC WarBRD and ACE Rudder Pedals, as well as the VPC V.F.X Grip! In this announcement we would like to introduce you to these new items as well as provide information on the pre-ordering process.


VPC V.F.X Grip
The VPC V.F.X Grip is our latest addition to our expanding lineup of interchangeable grips and our first Western fighter grip! This grip is based on controls found in the aircraft developed for the Naval Fighter Experimental program. The VPC V.F.X Grip features a number of unique features and developments:

Features:

  • ★ Dual-stage trigger
  • ★ 4-way weapon select w/ push
  • ★ DLC thumbwheel axis - spring loaded return to the center (Contactless digital sensor)
  • ★ Paddle lever axis w/ physical push button at 100% (Contactless digital sensor)
  • ★ 8-way ungated POV hat w/ push
  • ★ 3 x momentary push buttons
  • ★ All metal twist axis (Contactless digital sensor)
  • ★ Twist axis lockout
  • ★ Compatible with all VPC bases
  • ★ Compatible with TMW base (Twist axis, Paddle lever and DLC thumbwheel will respond as buttons)

 

During the development of the V.F.X Grip, we’ve built on past feedback we’ve received from the community to provide the best grip experience to date! This includes using digital contactless sensors for all grip input axis, providing unparalleled input accuracy.

We also wanted to satisfy as many VIRPILs as possible regarding twist axis input - after discussing with members from the community we know that a twist axis can be quite a divisive addition! The VPC V.F.X Grip includes our all metal twist axis mechanism (with VPC contactless digital sensor) for those without pedals, however we have now implemented a twist lockout for those who wish to block this axis entirely.

We’re also aware that many VIRPILs use our grips on their existing TMW base units, because of this we’ve done our best to ensure that the grip will operate on the TMW base with the caveat being that all grip axis (twist axis, DLC thumbwheel and paddle lever) will respond as button inputs instead due to limitations with the TM base units. For full grip functionality it will be necessary to use a VPC base!

Product pages and pricing information will be posted on 21st June!


VPC Rudder Pedals
We’re pleased to confirm that our long awaited VPC Rudder Pedals lineup will also be available to pre-order!

Our rudder pedal line up will include the VPC WarBRD Rudder Pedals and the VPC ACE Rudder Pedals. These pedals are developed from the highly successful rudder pedal platform designed by our Chief Designer Roman Dorokhov (Baur) - creator of BRD devices.

Featuring all metal construction, cam centering mechanism and cast aluminium footplates with large solid rubber feet, the VPC Rudder Pedals provide an incredibly solid and enjoyable rudder input experience!

Each VPC Rudder Pedal set will have hard-center cams and soft springs installed as standard but will also include soft-center cams and heavy springs for extra adjustability, allowing you change the pedals response to your preference.

By utilising the latest VPC electronics, including our high precision contactless digital sensors with input accuracy of 0.006 degrees, the VPC Rudder Pedals offer a new level of rudder input precision.

The line up is as follows:

VPC WarBRD Rudder Pedals
The VPC WarBRD Pedals are the entry level 1-axis pedal set. Perfect for looking for a simpler pedal set or helicopter pilots!

VPC ACE-1 Rudder Pedals
The VPC ACE-1 Pedals are a 3-axis pedal set which includes an adjustable full foot pedal platform with toe brakes.

VPC ACE-2 Rudder Pedals
The VPC ACE-2 Pedals are a 3-axis pedal set which includes a pedal accessory to convert the ACE-1 full foot pedal into combat-style pedal platform with toe brakes.

Product pages and pricing information will be posted on 21st June!


Pre-Order Information
Pre-orders for the new VPC Rudder Pedals and VPC V.F.X Grip will open on 21st June at 6pm GMT on our worldwide webstore https://www.virpil-controls.eu! It will also be possible to pre-order any other VPC product to form a complete order.

Pre-orders will be both time and quantity limited. Pre-orders are currently scheduled to run for 2 weeks and close on 5th July at 6pm GMT.

We’ve listened to feedback from the community regarding pre-orders, and made changes to our logistics processes to handle future pre-orders. Pre-orders will be now ran with the following rules:

  • ★ Any VPC product can be pre-ordered.
  • ★ Pre-orders will be fulfilled within estimated 90 days of the pre-order close date. Any changes to this schedule will be confirmed in an announcement.
  • ★ Pre-orders will be dispatched when all items within the order are in stock.
  • ★ Pre-orders will have stock prioritisation.
  • ★ If your order includes any pre-order items, the order must be paid for using bank/wire transfer and any transfer fees must be covered to ensure that the correct amount is received. Based on previous feedback, we would recommend using https://transferwise.com/ to avoid any high fees, delays or transfer errors.
  • ★ Payment must be sent in EUR.
  • ★ Pre-orders can be cancelled at any time before dispatch. Refunds will be processed within 28 days of request.

 

Pre-orders including the VPC Rudder Pedals and VPC V.F.X Grip will be dispatched in approximately 90 days from the closing of the pre-order period. Pre-orders for already released VPC products will be dispatched as they come in.

To clarify the stock prioritisation of pre-orders - a pre-order will only be dispatched when all items are available at our distribution center. If there is any item within the pre-order out of stock, other items within your order may be actively sold on our store while awaiting full order item availability. In the case where all items within the pre-order are available, pre-orders will be prioritised before stock is added to the webstore.

For further information on pre-ordering, please visit: https://virpil-controls.eu/payment-info and scroll down to the Pre-Order Information section.

Product pages and pricing information will be posted on 21st June!

As always, we will continue to strive to meet every VIRPILs expectation and build from the feedback we receive! If you have any questions, comments, requests or suggestions, you can get in touch with us directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you for your continued support!
VIRPIL Controls Team

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