It looks pretty elaborate to me.
The claim is he put it together so friends could know what it was like to fly.
I guess pilots could set up a system to practice or have a hobby ..it just seems strange.
It’s not really strange. You should see some of the stuff we used to make with left over spare parts. We built a cockpit mockup once because we had no way to see the actual outputs of the central air data computer (this computer controls numerous systems on an aircraft)during testing.
The test equipment just had a bunch of numbers on a display so we used the wiring diagrams and fabricated cabling so we could run indicators etc. This way when we simulated a climb or dive we can see the displays moving the same way a pilot would.
Not so strange. Read yesterday at several sources where pilots state it is a hobby for many.
Does not seem strange to me at all. If his purposes were truly nefarious, why would he post it on Youtube?
Also had 3 kids at home. I would start with the Iranians with the stolen passports.