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Boeing 737 Fire Suppression Panel - Arrived

All excitement here!

A short time ago I received an e-mail from a friend, who had earlier discovered a 737 Fire Suppression Panel (FSP) in a tear down yard.  A bit of negotiation concerning the purchase price and it's now mine.  

The FSP I am told came from a B737-300 series aircraft.

The attached photographs are what the unit currently looks like; a little bashed about with damaged labels and chipped paint.  But, overall the FSP is in good condition.  Once it's cleaned up and refurbished it will look almost like new. and, as I've said in earlier posts, there is nothing better than a real aircraft part!

A decision is yet to be made whether the unit will be converted for full functionality or left as is with only back lighting connected.

Certainly, a full functioning FSP would add benefits when simulating single engine operation and /or an engine fire or overheating situation. Activation of the problem can be instigated through the instructor console.  In other words, a fire will need to be artificially generated in an instructor station, then the appropriate fire handle can be pulled to extinguish the fire and stop the engine. 

I'll post some further "before and after" pictures once the unit arrives.  The photographs here are shots of the panel before being refurbished.

The FSP is not an item you use regularly, if in fact at all.  However, inclusion of the FSP is mandatory if you are striving to attain a certain degree of authenticity and realism in your flight simulator.

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Reader Comments (3)

Great addition Iain. I also have been toying with this option and look forward to seeing the completely revamped panel after you receive it. Good Luck and great Blog

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine Madison

This interests me for my simulator. Please post pictures of the upgraded panel along with your thoughts as I want to do this also. Thanks, Mark

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Hay

I like the idea of using real panels converted to flight simulator. Can you post something outlining how you or yuor friend did this. Thank you. By the way, excellent blog

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharles Barnes
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