A quick post to showcase an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) panel just installed to the center pedestal. The evacuation (EVAC) panel is usually mounted in the AFT overhead; however, as I am still developing the overhead panels I have temporarily installed it into the center pedestal.
The EVAC panel’s use needs no introduction – it is triggered by the flight crew if and when evacuation of the aircraft is required / occurring. A switch in the passenger cabin can be triggered by the cabin crew alerting the flight crew that an evacuation is imminent. The panel is only used when on the ground (obviously).
The EVAC panel is from a B737-800 NG and incorporates an arming/off switch, flashing red coloured EVAC annunciation, alarm cancelling pull knob and a piecing alarm (horn).
The panel is not connected to any function within Flight Simulator; therefore, an interface card is not required. A continuity test, using a multimeter, is used to ascertain which pins in the Canon plug correspond to which switch/toggle/alarm. The backlighting is 5 Volts whilst the alarm and annunciator is 28 Volts.
Although the panel serves no true function in the simulator, it is a good-looking panel that improves the aesthetics of the center pedestal. Once the overhead is fully developed the EVAC panel will be removed from the pedestal and placed in the aft overhead panel (the correct location).
The EVAC panel is an airline option and is not stock standard to the aircraft.
Below is a video showing the panel’s use.