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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).


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Journal Archive (Newest First)

Throttle Quadrant & Center Pedestal on the way (finally)

The QANTAS strike in Australia has sure left me stranded - not personally but with freight.  Even though flight operations were only cancelled for a few days, the backlog of freight and essential cargo that has been delayed is staggering. It just proves that Australia really does need another major airline so that Qantas does not hold the nation to ransom.

Throttle Quadrant & Avionics Bay

After almost a month in transit (who said air freight was fast), the 737 throttle quadrant and avionics bay has arrived in Sydney, only to be sitting on the floor of the Qantas warehouse for a week!  My customs forwarder advised me on Friday that Qantas finally has released the freight for dispatch to Melbourne then onwards further south to Hobart.  Arrival time is mid next week (touch wood).


The main instrument panel, I have been reliably told by Peter Cos of Flight Deck Solutions has been wired and will be ready for dispatch later next week.  I'll ensure this freight is NOT sent via QANTAS....Maybe I'll use DHL.

In the interim, whilst waiting for freight to arrive, I've been kept busy working through computer set up networking challenges in WIN 7, and solving an assortment of compatability issues with regard to software.  After many hours, it seems that many of these matters are now well on their way to be solved.  I've also been spending considerable time researching the various flight models that can be used with Sim Avionics.

It will soon be time to begin the build phase of the project.


Boeing 737-300 Series Throttle Quadrant - UPDATE

The refurbishing of the Boeing 737-300 throttle quadrant is almost completed and delivery to Australia should be in a week or so.  The work involved converting this throttle quadrant to flight simulator use has been quite lengthy, however, I believe the end result will justify the wait.  As with everything in flight simulation - one has to have patience.....

Read more about the TQ and see some additional pictures which have been sent to me, in the updated section of the original thread (under the original post).  Click the blue aircraft icon to read the update.


Boeing Style 737 Clock

Whilst waiting for the Main Instrument Panel (MIP) to arrive from Flight Deck Solutions (there has been a construction delay), I came across this Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) 737 style clock for auction on e-bay.  The clock has been removed from an American Fed Ex aircraft and has been serviced to new condition.  The price I paid was very reasonable and my thoughts were it would make a very nice addition to the MIP to replace the stencilled clock or reproduction clock.

I'd like to try and get the clock working with the simulator, however, I have been led to believe this is quite difficult.  Therefore, I may just contend with the fact that it's a nice looking 737 style clock that adds to the aesthetics of the MIP on the First Officer side.

OEM aircraft parts are generally inexpensive and often less than the price of reproduction items, and while conversion of an OEM part  can be difficult for the technologically challenged, it isn't impossible.

If you are seeking realism, then genuine aircraft instruments and parts provide a more tangible feeling to what is in effect a reproduction flight deck.

The 737-800 NG Clock

This clock is not what most 737-800 NG airframes have installed.  The NG has a digital clock with a back lit screen.  This style of clock is more readily observed in a classic airframe.  This said, it is not unforeseeable that this style of clock be installed into an older NG airframe as a replacement item. 

I intend to fit this clock to the First Officer side of the MIP.  The Captain side will have a standard style NG clock fitted.


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.


Boeing Style 737 Toggle Condoms

Occasionally you come across a product which is a good idea, such as these small plastic push on toggles (flight condoms) that can be used to replicate the same styyle toggle used on a Beoing 737 aircarft.

Although many high end companies already replicate these Boeing style toggle switches in their ICS overhead panels, there are many flight deck builders who either manufacturer their own panels or use other generic style toggles for various simulation purposes.

For instance, I’m not intending to replicate an overhead panel until near completion of my simulation build project.  As such, I’m using a number of standard GoFlight GF T8 switch panels/modules to mimic certain overhead functions.  These little push ons can change the appearance of a GoFlight module from just a boring little toggle to something that actually “almost” looks like a Boeing toggle switch.

GLB Flight Products produce two similar toggle cap lines.  One is the white toggle cap that pushes over an existing toggle.  The other is a complete sleeve replacement of your current assembly  with a new toggle sleeve and cap.  The new sleeve slides over a small diameter toggle switch and with a dab of super glue will stay there forever.

The toggles are not inexpensive, but there a nice aesthetic touch to add to a simulation. 

The toggle “condoms” can be purchased from  GLB Flight Products.  I believe a similar product can also be found at Open Cockpit


Please note I have no affiliation with any company.  This journal entry is for information only.  Images are copyright to respective company.