I've been in R&D mode for quite a while, but the last two weeks or so it's been more or less full time as I've been completing the final research. It takes time to double check everything, scour the Internet and wait for e-mail replies from various manufacturers.
Now it's time to order the various components and get the show rolling.
I researched a number of companies to supply my Main Instrument Panel and two companies stood out from the rest: Flight Deck Solutions and Fly Engravity. In the end I choose Flight Deck Solutions mainly because of local support availability in Melbourne, Australia and a more reasonable Australian to Canadian exchange rate. Fly Engravity were a very close second, however the Euro is so strong and freight so expensive from Europe that using this company became financially prohibitive.
in Canada will be supplying the Main Instrument Panel (MIP) and some of the avionics panels. As part of the FDS MIP package they have included the use of Sim Avionics, therfore, this will be the flight management software I will be using.
Rather than purchase a naked MIP and spend countless hours in electronic hell, I decided at the outset of my project that the MIP was going to be a full ICS unit - meaning that the woring will have been done for me and the unit should be almost plug and play.
ACE Engineering (another Canadian company) will be suppling the 737 yoke and column. I'll continue to search for two genuine B737 yokes and columns
The MCP and EFIS I already own (EL model). They are manufactured by CP Flight in Italy. These will be replaced with PRO model MCP nd EFIS.
I've been told that delivery of the yoke and MIP will be late September (2011).
Now that the main part of the simulator has been ordered, I can search for additional equipment that is needed.
At the moment I'm talking with a guy who has a genuine Boeing 737 throttle for sale. If negotiations are successful I hope to purchase this quadrant. I hope to have further information in a few days.
If you want to read a little more on the depth of research on this project, clock the Research & Development tab or click here
Its taken some time, since my August order, to receive notification that the MIP I have ordered from Flight Deck Solutions is "almost" ready. I've been told it will ship late this week so it should be in Australia by December 22 (2011). Once the MIP has arrived, it will allow me to begin to develop the simulator.
I'll post an update, photographs and on-going information about the MIP on seperate journal posts as this post is now quite dated. Let's hope DHL freight is reliable.
At last I've been told that the MIP I ordered from Flight Deck Solutions (FDS) in Canada has been completed. The MIP is currently on the way to Australia via DHL air cargo. It's been a long wait and I hope the product has been worth the lengthy waiting time.
After installation and testing, I'll post a Journal entry and include some photographs.