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Mission Statement 

The purpose of FLAPS-2-APPROACH is two-fold:  To document the construction of a Boeing 737 flight simulator, and to act as a platform to share aviation-related articles pertaining to the Boeing 737; thereby, providing a source of inspiration and reference to like-minded individuals.

I am not a professional journalist.  Writing for a cross section of readers from differing cultures and languages with varying degrees of technical ability, can at times be challenging. I hope there are not too many spelling and grammatical mistakes.


Note:   I have NO affiliation with ANY manufacturer or reseller.  All reviews and content are 'frank and fearless' - I tell it as I see it.  Do not complain if you do not like what you read.

I use the words 'modules & panels' and 'CDU & FMC' interchangeably.  The definition of the acronym 'OEM' is Original Equipment Manufacturer (aka real aicraft part).


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Research & Development Completed - MIP & Yoke Ordered

I've been in R&D mode for quite a while, but the last two weeks or so it's been more or less full time as I've been completing the final research.  It takes time to double check everything, scour the Internet and wait for e-mail replies from various manufacturers.

Now it's time to order the various components and get the show rolling.

I researched a number of companies to supply my Main Instrument Panel and two companies stood out from the rest: Flight Deck Solutions and Fly Engravity.  In the end I choose Flight Deck Solutions mainly because of local support availability in Melbourne, Australia and a more reasonable Australian to Canadian exchange rate.  Fly Engravity were a very close second, however the Euro is so strong and freight so expensive from Europe that using this company became financially prohibitive.

Therefiore, Flight Deck Solutions in Canada will be supplying the Main Instrument Panel (MIP) and some of the avionics panels.  As part of the FDS MIP package they have included the use of Sim Avionics, therfore, this will be the flight management software I will be using.

Rather than purchase a naked MIP and spend countless hours in electronic hell, I decided at the outset of my project that the MIP was going to be a full ICS unit - meaning that the woring will have been done for me and the unit should be almost plug and play.

Here are a few snaps of the new MIP

ACE Engineering (another Canadian company) will be suppling the 737 yoke and column.  I'll continue to search for two genuine B737 yokes and columns

The MCP and EFIS I already own (EL model).  They are manufactured by CP Flight in Italy.  These will be replaced with PRO model MCP nd EFIS.

I've been told that delivery of the yoke and MIP will be late September (2011).

Now that the main part of the simulator has been ordered, I can search for additional equipment that is needed.

At the moment I'm talking with a guy who has a genuine Boeing 737 throttle for sale.  If negotiations are successful I hope to purchase this quadrant.  I hope to have further information in a few days.

If you want to read a little more on the depth of research on this project, clock the Research & Development tab or click here


Welcome - First Post from Flaps 2 Approach

This is the first post on Flaps 2 Approach

 The blog will document the process of establishing a working Boeing 737 simulator.  This is an exciting multifaceted project that will take considerable time to complete.  I'll have to learn skills in a number of fields that, until now, have not been required.  I expect I'll be phoning knowledgable friends and asking LOTS of questions....

The Blog will also act as a conduit to discuss all things aviation and how they relate to the Boeing 737 series aircraft.

I thought carefully regarding the name of the Blog.  Initially the usual namescame to mind - "My 737 Blog" and the like.  I wanted something distinctly aviation and something that related to all aircraft.  Flaps to approach seemed the logical choice as nearly every aircraft has to set flaps to approach.  I used the numeral 2 instead of the word to allow the name to more easily read in the browser url box.

So let's get the ball rolling.....   "Chocks Away - Cleared for takeoff"

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