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Hello VIRPILs!

Pre-orders on our webstore have now been running for a week and even in light of the restricted payment options, the reception has been fantastic! We’re happy to be able to make changes to our ordering system based on community requests and we appreciate all the support that we’ve received!

We will be releasing a video in the near future clarifying the simplicity of adjusting our new VPC MongoosT-50CM base in the same style as our VPC WarBRD base cam change video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ6_0N7uRKc

The quick and easy cam and spring change process on the VPC MongoosT-50CM base means that for the first time, sim pilots have the practical means to adjust their setup to suit individual games (swapping between atmospheric flight sims and space sims) and even between aircraft (quickly swapping to lighter springs for helicopter flight for example). This unprecedented level of adjustability means you get to fly exactly how you want!

We’ve also been listening to feedback from the community regarding the VPC MongoosT-50CM mounting requirements. We know that there are people who wish to this base but already have some custom mounts or simpit that means they cannot easily use our deskmounts or the included u-bracket.

To help these users, we’ve made some changes and designed a small footprint baseplate to allow easier mounting onto all setups. All customers who have pre-ordered the VPC MongoosT-50CM base will receive this mounting plate as a free gift! This mount will also be available as a separate accessory and can be used with the VPC WarBRD base and the original VPC MongoosT-50 base.

For those of you who have been with us from the start, you may recall our very first announcement (https://virpil.com/en/blog/41-mongoost-50-every-simmer-s-dream), showing our proposed VPCockpit setup. In just 2 years we’ve released all the components for this setup; flightstick bases, grips, throttle and mounts… except for the rudder pedals.

Today is that long awaited day!

The VIRPIL Controls team is proud to present our latest development - and something we know has been requested for some; introducing our new range of VIRPIL Controls Rudder Pedals that include 1 and 3 axis devices!

First in the line up are the VPC WarBRD Rudder Pedals! The VPC WarBRD Pedals are a single axis design developed as a continuation from the highly successful and sought after platform designed by our Chief Designer Roman Dorokhov (Baur) - creator of BRD devices. Featuring a sturdy all metal construction, cam centering mechanism and cast aluminium footplates.

For more advanced setups we have our VPC ACE Rudder Pedals, featuring the same WarBRD heritage but now features toe brakes for a total of 3 axis of control.

The VPC ACE-1 Rudder Pedals include full-foot cast aluminium pedals which can be adjusted for different foot sizes and pedal angles.

Finally - we have the VPC ACE-2 Rudder Pedals which include a footplate accessory addon to convert the full-foot pedals found on the VPC ACE-1 Rudder Pedals to a heel-less design more commonly found on modern fighter jets.

Both the VPC WarBRD Rudder Pedals and the VPC ACE Rudder Pedals include the latest VPC electronics, including our high precision contactless digital sensors for accuracy of 0.006 degrees!

For the first time, the full VPCockpit is now available using VIRPIL Control’s devices!

The VPC Rudder Pedals are scheduled to open for pre-orders in July 2019, pricing will be confirmed in the near future. To thank our amazing supporters, we’ll be issuing a 10% discount applicable to any VPC Rudder Pedal set to everyone who has pre-ordered with us since 17th March.

Due to the immense popularity of our current pre-orders, the pre-order period will be closing ahead of schedule now on 27th March 2019. Pre-order now to secure your VPC gear including our newly announced VPC MongoosT-50CM Flightstick base and 10% discount on our upcoming VPC Rudder Pedals! Please check our payment information page for more details on completing your pre-order payment: https://virpil-controls.eu/payment-info

Stay tuned for more news!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

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Hello VIRPILs!

The VPC MongoosT-50 Base was our first flightstick base announced in December 2016, it targeted the professional flightsim pilot offering a wide range of adjustments including independently swappable cams, springs and adjustable axis pre-tensioners.

With a 15 degree deflection angle from the center, the VPC MongoosT-50 Base provided an excellent experience with extreme levels of accuracy when combined with extensions and center-mounted using our VPC Desk Mounts - forming the VPCockpit, or in a custom cockpit mount.

In less than a year and a half, thousands of VIRPILs became proud owners of the VPC MongoosT-50 Base including representatives of the best aerobatic teams and combat squads. We received an incredible amount of feedback regarding the design, electronics and operation of the base from the community which we are very grateful for!

Today, it is with extreme excitement that the VIRPIL Controls team presents to you the much requested, and long awaited successor to our hugely popular VPC MongoosT-50 Base unit!

After carefully reviewing all the feedback we received previously regarding the VPC MongoosT-50 Base, the entire mechanism has been beautifully redesigned from the ground up while still maintaining the focus on use in mounted setups with extensions.

Axis deflection from center has been increased to 16 degrees. This slightly increases the total arc length for finer control and precision, while still maintaining suitability and practicality when using 50mm-150mm VPC Flightstick Extensions.

The VPC MongoosT-50CM continues to feature an all-metal gimbal, constructed from high quality, high strength D16T duralumin.

The redesigned mechanism allows for much faster and easier cam and spring changes without requiring complete disassembly. By simply completely loosening the axis pretensioner the axis springs can be changed:

The bottom plate can then be removed and the axis arms can be accessed to change the cams:

Included as standard with the VPC MongoosT-50CM Base are:

Springs:

  • - Light Springs
  • - Medium Springs
  • - Heavy Springs

Cams:

  • - AviaSim Soft Center (Increasing deflection force)
  • - AviaSim No Center (Increase deflection force)
  • - CosmoSim Soft Center (Linear deflection force)
  • - CosmoSim No Center (Linear deflection force)

 

The USB cable to the base is now detachable via a quick-connect port. For future expandability, the base also features an auxiliary device quick-connect port, more details on this will be revealed soon!

The VPC MongoosT-50CM will of course maintain full compatibility with all existing and future VPC Grips as well as the TM Warthog and TM Cougar Grips.

Alongside the new VPC MongoosT-50CM Base, we would also like to reveal our redesigned second-generation VPC Desk Mount!

The VPC Desk Mount is now angled to allow better clearances with the mounted controller and now comes in 2 form factors - a longer length for extended flightsticks, and a shorter length for unextended flightsticks and throttles.

We will also be offering additional mounting plates for keyboards, mice and other flight accessories. More details will follow in our next announcements! Release date is scheduled for April 2019.

We would also like to announce news regarding the re-introduction of pre-orders due to popular community demand.

We understand that due to the incredibly high demand we’re experiencing, there can be difficulties acquiring our products. We certainly do not wish for anyone to experience any sort of disappointment so we will be introducing a limited run pre-order when a new product is first announced. The pre-order period will be both time and quantity limited and automatically closed.

During the pre-order period any of our products can be purchased along with the newly announced item ensuring a complete order. After the limited pre-order run, no further pre-orders will be accepted and our products can be purchased as normal from our webstore during our scheduled restocks.

This system will allow people who are happy to wait for pre-orders to go with that option, and people who would rather order from available stock will have the opportunity after the limited pre-order run!

For full terms and conditions on our pre-order system, please visit: https://virpil-controls.eu/payment-info

The next pre-order period will open on the 15th March 2019 with the scheduled delivery date to follow 90 days after payment receipt.

The VPC MongoosT-50CM Base will be available at a discounted pre-order price of 269,95 EUR ex VAT. Pre-orders will close on 31st March 2019 or when the quantity limits have been reached.

The standard store price for the VPC MongoosT-50CM base will be 289,95 EUR ex VAT.

We’re incredibly appreciative of all the support we’ve received over the previous 2 years, we hope to continue to work with everyone in the community to help us develop the best flight sim and space sim controls and accessories to bring real happiness to the virtual skies!

Regards,

VIRPIL Controls Team

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Hello VIRPILs!

We are pleased to announce our next addition to the VIRPIL Controls grip lineup - the VPC MongoosT-50 CM2!

In the almost 2 years of production, our VPC MongoosT-50 grip has gained incredibly popularity amongst atmospheric flight and space flight sim pilots! Over this time we’ve received a number of comments on changes people wanted to see on this grip design.

We have listened to the feedback and have made some adjustments to create this new evolution on the MongoosT-50 grip:

The most notable change has been that the thumb button has now been replaced with a 4-way + push hat. The face hats have been replaced with 2 x 4-way + push hats, and 1 x 8-way + push hats. The index hat has also been upgraded to include a push function on the 2-way hat.

The flip trigger has also been modified to include a non-tactile sensor to register a button input when it is in the “up” position.

The triggers are now manufactured with an enhanced polyamide material to increase their durability.

All hats found on the MongoosT-50 CM2 grip are now high quality ALPs units for increased control and durability. The number of bindable buttons from the original grip has increased from 23 to 35* allowing for greater versatility no matter what aircraft you fly! The complete control set includes:

  • - 1 x Dual-stage trigger
  • - 1 x Flip trigger (1 x tactile button in the down position and 1 x non-tactile button for up position)
  • - 4 x Momentary buttons
  • - 3 x 4-way + push hat
  • - 1 x 8-way + push hat
  • - 1 x 2-way + push hat
  • - 1 x Brake lever (analogue axis)

* Note: The increased button count will not be detected by the TMW base.

 

The VPC MongoosT-50CM2 grip will be available for purchase at the end of February 2019 restock (more information available here: https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/topic/142-worldwide-webstore-restock-date/) for 149.95 EUR.

Thank you for your support!
VIRPIL Controls Team

Hello VIRPILs!

The VPC Next Grip Poll Giveaway draw has been completed today at 6PM GMT using https://www.randompicker.com/.

The winners are:

  • ★ Agebot - VPC WarBRD Grip 
  • ★ Twych - First Unannounced VPC Grip
  • ★ Роман-ХА - Second Unannounced VPC Grip

 

Congratulations! We will be in touch shortly via our forums for more information!

https://app.randompicker.com/protocol/577824x58086

Thank you to everyone who took part to help shape the future of VIRPIL Controls. We look forward to everyone's continued support throughout 2019 and beyond!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

Hello VIRPILs!

The "What Grip Should VIRPIL Make Next?" giveaway poll is now closed. We've had 899 entries in total and lots of great comments and discussions!

It is great to hear directly from the community what you want to see - the overall poll winner was the "Upgraded Constellation Space Sim Grip" with the "Modern Western Fighter Grip" coming in at a close second! Don't worry if your dream grip didn't win the poll - we're very excited to build a complete lineup of interchangeable grips to suit every user.

We've compiled a list of everyone who has voted on the poll and we will be using https://www.randompicker.com/ to conduct the draw on the 4th January at 6PM GMT

Three VIRPIL forum users who voted on the poll will be chosen sequentially, at random:

  • • 1st Winner - VPC WarBRD Grip
  • • 2nd Winner - Unannounced VPC Grip
  • • 3rd Winner - Unannounced VPC Grip

 

We will contact the winners over our forums to collect the required information. The VPC WarBRD Grip winner will be sent their prize at the end of January, the other two winners will have their prize confirmed along with a date when these unannounced grips have been revealed during Q1 2019! 

Thank you everyone for your support, comments and suggestions!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

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Hello VIRPILs!

We hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas, getting all the flightsim gear they wanted!

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of our very first public announcement detailing the MongoosT-50 project. In just two short years we've had many exciting developments including the opening of our own dedicated production factory in Belarus and appointing Baur of BRD fame as VIRPIL Control's Chief Designer!

We've expanded our catalogue to include a new next-generation desktop base - the VPC WarBRD, built to continue on the excellent design work of the proven BRD-DS Base. 2018 also marked the release of our VPC MongoosT-50 Throttle and the creation of the space-sim focused VPC Constellation Series.

We have no intentions of slowing down though! Our production factory is being ramped up to cope with the amazing demand we've been experiencing. We've been scheduling frequent restocks roughly every 2 weeks since 1st October - now we're working to bring the production numbers up even further.

A lot of work has been going into our factory, including new equipment and new staff. We've taken some photos around the new VIRPIL Controls factory to show to show everyone what's going on behind the scenes!

Our product development team are also working around the clock on many exciting new projects. The next product we'd like to reveal today is our third unique grip design to our catalogue - the VPC WarBRD Grip!

It's the perfect addition to our VPC WarBRD base, based on a very successful grip design found in many different types of aircraft over the years. Featuring a versatile selection of controls including:

  • ★ Dual Stage Trigger
  • ★ 1 x 8-way POV Hat (+ Push)
  • ★ 2 x Momentary Push Buttons
  • ★ 4-Way (+ Push) Thumb Hat
  • ★ All Metal Twist Axis with VPC Contactless Sensor
  • ★ Configurable Mode LED


The VPC WarBRD Grip will be available for sale on our webstore on the 23rd January 2019 for 109.95 EUR.

We're continuing to work on other projects behind the scenes which we hope to announce within the 1st half of 2019 so stay tuned for more news on those!

We've received a fantastic response to our forum thread asking the community what grip they want to see from us in the future with a modern western fighter grip currently leading the vote - this doesn't mean the other options won't happen, it just helps us to know what you guys want next! The poll closes on December 31st so be sure to get your vote in for a chance to win one of our next grips to be released in the first quarter of 2019. There will be three winners chosen at random from everyone who has voted. The prizes are:

  • ★ 1st Winner - VPC WarBRD Grip
  • ★ 2nd Winner - Unannounced VPC Grip
  • ★ 3rd Winner - Unannounced VPC Grip


As always we must thank you, the community - without you none of this would even be possible! Here's to an exciting 2019 VIRPILs!

Have a fantastic New Year!

Regards,
VIRPIL Controls Team

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