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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!


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Advertise With Me - Thank You, But No Thanks....

When I began this website, I had little insight that the site would be as regularly visited as it is; last month the site received 152,555 visits from different ISP addresses not including robots & spiders.

Can We Advertise With You....

Two companies that produce flight simulation merchandise have contacted me asking that I write about their products and actively support heir products on this website.  In return for my favourable response, the company will give me free products and a percentage of any sales that are generated from my website.

'Money is money' and everyone can probably always use a little more.  The funds generated will probably cover the annual cost of hosting this site and leave a little left over to pay the power bill…

I have thought about the offer; however, have decided to not support or promote any company for the sake of profit… 

Flaps2Approach was developed to document the building progress of a Boeing 737-800 simulator, and evolved to include technical and theoretical information. If I commercialise this website, the unbiased nature of the site will be compromised and the site will become another 'megahorn' promoting 'coloured beads and trinkets'.  To alter the style, flare and direction of the site from essentially what is a hobby-based website to that of market-orientated site, does not sit favourably with me; therefore, the website will continue along the same footing.

I believe it’s important not to be swayed by business (and money) and to continue to 'tell it as it is', or at least how I see it…

I dislike Advertising Pop-Ups....

I dislike the blanket-style of unwanted advertising that many websites have, whether it is generated by google or as adverts for products from particular companies, and  I certainly do not want to add to this advertising glut.

I hope you agree with this philosophy and continue to enjoy the website and its content.   'Blue Skys',    F2A

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Reader Comments (2)

I appreciate your honesty about the circumstances. For what it's worth, if you did decide to accept advertisers in the future, I believe you would be honest and up front about it.

To play devil's advocate for a minute, I can see two reasons for you to accept advertisers (and their free products for review). First, if you are upfront in the reviews about the source and circumstances of such products and if you provide a truly unbiased review, then the worst that happens is that the product manufacturers eventually pull their sponsorships if they don't like what you write. Such a worst case scenario seems to be break even for you. Second, you appear to be in a somewhat unique position to compare the goods of these manufacturers to "the real deal." I haven't seen another sim project that is as ambitious or successful in incorporating genuine parts. To the extent you can compare the manufacturers' goods to the real thing (e.g., build quality, functionality, operation accuracy, etc.), such reviews could really help the builders who are looking to go the "replica" route or are on the fence between replica parts and genuine parts.

As always, your site is amazingly thorough and entertaining. I look forward to your future posts!

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Thanks Ben, F2A

October 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterFLAPS 2 APPROACH

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