E-mail Subscription

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Syndicate RSS

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).


All funds are used to offset the cost of server and website hosting (Thank You...)

No advertising on this website - EVER!


Find more about Weather in Hobart, AU
Click for weather forecast






If you see any errors or omissions, please contact me to correct the information. 

Journal Archive (Newest First)
« Belkin Hubs - An essential Add On | Main | UPDATE - Progress Report »

Outstanding Service - You Tell Me....

Christmas and New Year is the worst time for anything technical and complicated to arrive - period.  Stores close, technicians take vacation, and managers and owners hide from the public.  For many, Christmas is a religious and/or festive day.  For most, it's a time to escape the pressures of work and relax with friends and family.

Software Installation & Configuration Questions

It was a few days before December 25th and the MIP hardware  was set up, but I couldn't get any of the software to function correctly, didn't have a registration key to unlock the software, and basically was a little clueless on how to get this animal moving! 

Several e-mails had transpired between Flight Deck Solutions and Sim Avionics - but it was slow going.  I was keen to get the basics set up so I could navigate through the various configuration options during the Christmas week.

Then, on Christmas eve - 2130 Canadian time my cell phone rang....  "Hi this is Peter Cos from Flight Deck Solutions, I hear you have a problem!  I can sort this out for you quickly.  I realize there are many systems to get in place and your feeling overwhelmed at the moment - no problems.  Let's work through each issue in turn and get you flying"  

From this post, you may think that the configuration of FDS and Sim Avionics software is difficult; this is far from the truth.  Once your steared in the right direction, have the correct folder structure established on your computer, installation is very straightforward. 

Now, for those who are "really bored" and have read through this blog in entirety, you may remember that one of the reasons I bought from Flight Deck Solutions was because of the backup service.  Tell me - what better service can you expect when the owner of the company rings you, from the sidewalk outside a restaurant in Canada, to try and solve your issue......ON CHRISTMAS EVE!

All the issues were solved over the next few days via e-mail and telephone calls.

Thank you Peter Cos, Steven Cos, Mark Hastings (United Kingdom) and Nat (Australia) for your time and assistance.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (2)

Well I'd have to agree with you there Iain - excellent customer service, unlike most of the knuckleheads I've had to deal with... We should remember though that we're dealing mainly with "artists", not "merchants". In a world where every other home in the civilizewd world has a 737 flight traininer in the back bedroom, this situation will surely be reversed!

Happy building.


January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlyWJP

Hi Ian - GREAT Blog with some good information and forethought. Thanks for the thumbs up on FDS. I'm looking at their website now and thinking of making an order. Is it OK if I contact you privately to discuss? The other contender is Engravity.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Hay
Comments for this entry have been disabled. Additional comments may not be added to this entry at this time.