VIRPIL panel competition ended with a surprise

The company held a competition for a series of panel designs, including helicopters – which has shown our community is really out there.

A few weeks ago, VIRPIL started this competition in which a series of panels would go up for voting in several categories: Jet Aircraft, Piston Aircraft, Spacecraft and Helicopters.

The competition has ended and a panel of each category was selected. For helicopters it was the #3 design, shown below.

But here's the interesting fact: VIRPIL was also awarding the most voted panel of all, among all categories. And, guess what? The helicopter panel was the most voted of all! An amazing demonstration that our community is growing strong and united in the cause to get helicopter front and center in the flight simulation world.

This is a clear sign to the manufacturers out there that the helicopter flight simulation market is eager to get good, affordable helicopter controls.

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 to the winner!

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Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them.

Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers.

Sérgio is's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.


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