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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.

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B-737 Trip Reminder Indicator - Purchased

To add to authenticity, I have purchased from a tear down yard a genuine B-737 trip reminder indicator. These indicators are installed into the right hand side of the Captain and First Officer's control column.

Initially used as a method for the pilot to remember the flight number of the flight, they were rarely used and eventually phased out of service. 

The pilot uses his thumb to move the three segmented dials to indicate the flight number.  I believe when flight numbers began moving into 4 digits these gadgets were replaced with 4 digit indicators or their use discontinued.

I use the indicator as a prompt to remember the landing speed (VREF). After I have calculated VREF (manually or with the CDU), I thumb the digits into the indicator. . At night the indicator is back-lit.  The internal light plate (incandescent bulb) is powered by 5 volts.

Although the trip reminder indicator is a very small add on, it's pieces of equipment such as this that provide an added level of authenticity.


Computers Ordered

I'm not a fan on computers and am lucky to know a few people who can guide me throgh the maze of computer hardware (thanks Nat & Boyd).

The simulation set up requires two PC's.  One will run FSX and other add on software, while the second PC will be dedicated to Sim Avionics.  Due to multiple monitors being used with Sim Avionics, three video cards will be installed in the PC running Sim Avioncs.

To view the specifications, click here.

PC's are ordered and will be assembled in a a week or so if everything goes according to plan.


Genuine B-737 Throttle Quadrant - Found One!

After extensive research on the Internet, I discovered that there are only a few quadrants available that strive to replicate a genuine 737 throttle quadrant.

Revolution-Sim, a company in France appears to produce an exceptionally well designed quadrant, however, not with an inexpensive price tag. ThrottleTec also produce a very good intermediate throttle quadrant that is reasonable priced, however, doesn't really replicate a genuine throttle.

After more research and considerably thinking, I have found a real 737 series throttle quadrant from an aircraft scrapped in a tear down yard.

If I manage to aquire this TQ, I will have the internal mechanisms refurbished and retrofitted to work with flight simulator using a SYS board and phidgets.

The throttle will not be motorized as this level of functionality I have been lead to believe involves a level of functionality that can cause issues. Further, many of the issues that people have with throttles revolve around their use in motorized / automation mode.  I like to fly manually, so non motorised suits me.

I must confess that the feel of a real throttle in your hand leads no limit to the imagination!

It's early days yet, but I'm very hopeful I will be purchasing the unit.

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