Development of the flight deck has been rather slow the last few weeks, allowing time for flying and training. However, I am keen to keep the ball rolling with regard to development and construction of the flight deck. One aspect of building I have learnt is that everything, no matter how simplistic, seems to take a long time to eventuate.
I do have a few product reviews to write and publish, so keep tabs on this site as they will be published relatively soon (it takes time to write them).
Yokes, Columns, Rudders, MCP & EFIS
The conversion of the real dual B737 yokes, columns and rudders has taken a little longer than I anticipated, but I’m still hopeful of a May completion date.
Currently I am not using a solid-state MCP and EFIS. The unit I was going to use was defective and had to be returned for repair. UPS has advised me a replacement unit will be arriving soon; therefore, fingers crossed I’ll have a working MCP and EFIS by Easter. It will be nice to move away from using the virtual MCP and EFIS provided by Sim Avionics.
School is still out with regard to outside visuals. I’m torn between using three 27 inch monitors connected with TripleHead matrix2Go, an overhead projector (probably not enough space) or a large LCD TV (40 inch). The way things are going this will be the last aspect of the simulation I attend to.
I hope to have the center pedestal completed soon. I had wanted to use modules from Flight Deck Solutions to maintain consistency, however, FDS does not produce an ADF radio or transponder radio (the older type), so I’m investigating other options. Whether these options will remain permanent is to been seen. More on this later…