At last, a phone call from DHL Freight Forwarding has advised me that the Main Instrument Panel (MIP) I ordered from Flight Deck Solutions (FDS) in Canada, in August, has finally arrived and is ready for pick up.
This means that the next phase - the actual construction of a working sim can begin in ernest.
To recap on what has been acheived since August 2010:
- Research, ordering and implementation of project
- Boeing 737-300 throttle quadrant overhauled and converted to operational use with flight simulator (FSX) & troubleshooting completed
- Several phidget cards installed and calibrated to correct operation
- Boeing avionics bay (center pedestil) from a B737-300 overhauled and ready to populate with avionics modules
- Platform base constructed and painted
- Weber Captain and First Officer seats procured and overhauled to working order
- ACE yoke & column purchased, calibrated and flight tested
- B737-500 yokes and columns procured and awaiting conversion to operational use in flight simulator (March 2012)
- Computers purchased, configured and networked
- MCP and EFIS (pro version) purchased from CP Flight in Italy
- Avionics modules (various) purchased for installation to avionics bay and evaluation
- Main Instrument Panel (MIP) wired and prepared for installation and evaluation
- Various genuine B737 instruments procured and awaiting conversion to operational use in flight simulator (in due course)
- various software add on packages purchased and evaluated
Therefore, everything appears to be "green for go".
I'll keep you updated on the progress with regular updates, journal posts and video clips.
Feel free to make comments, suggestions or offer advice in the comments section of the the journal entries. This is a two-way blog.