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UPDATE: 03/10/07 The FlightSim 737NG section of my website contains the latest information and photographs on the progress of my simulator.
FlightSim 737NG
FlightSim 737NG

 

Exterior Paint Scheme

After reviewing a number of different paint schemes for my simulator I have decided to use the same paint scheme as used on Boeing's Dreamliners as pictured above on a 737-700. Photo courtesy of Boeing Aircraft Corporation.

 

Flight Deck

The photo below is what I will try to duplicate in my simulator, however mine will not have a HUD. Perhaps that will be an option in the near future.

Special thanks to Yuxiaobin for the above photo of B-5146 (cn 34253/1866) The first B737-800 winglet for Xiamen Airline arrived ZSAM on February 14, 2006 at 12:20 pm as seen on Airliner.net

 

Progress to Date 08/08/14

I will attempt to bring everyone up to date on what I've been doing with my flight simulator these past few years. I was running out of room in my garage to work on my simulator so instead of doing major work on the simulator I was working on smaller projects. After completing my training as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist CRNA I took a job in Macon, Georgia. My wife and I decided to relocate closer to my job in Macon. In June of 2008 we purchased 37 acres in Madison, Georgia about an hour from my job in Macon. We planned on building a barn for our horses along with an apartment for us to live in until we sold our house in Snellville. In September of 2012 we were able to move to our new home in Madison, Georgia pictured below.

 

Barn at the Farm

 

 

Now that we have moved to the farm we were able to move our horses to their new home. To add to our excitement of having our horses at their home in May of 2012 we welcomed two babies, a colt and a filly on Mother's day.

At 1:00 am on Mother's day 2012 one of our mares, Faith gave birth to our first horse born on our new farm. Our new colt, Remi pictured above was on his feet less than an hour after his birth. We had been watching Faith for two weeks as she was showing signs that she was close to delivery. Her sister Hope was also expecting her first baby but was not due for another two weeks. Faith had a very difficult labor and we were very concerned we were going to lose her. We were so concerned watching Faith that Hope was getting little attention. Then we noticed that Hope was acting strangely.

Less than 30 minutes after Remi was born Hope gave birth to a filly we named Peanut. She too was up walking within an hour of birth. Below is the whole gang at feeding time.

While we really enjoy living at our farm with our horses there are some consequences in the short term. We have not sold our old house so we are living in an apartment that we built attached to the barn. We have very little storage so I had to put my simulator into storage. It will have to stay there until we are able to sell our old house and then build our new home at the farm. It will include a large room downstairs built specifically for my simulator. It will have a shop for all of my equipment and tools and a seperate room for all of my flight sims computers. So in the meantime I have been working on those items that I have the room to work on inside our apartment.

 

The first item I have been working on are my seats. I am on my third set of seats. I decided to purchase the IPECO seats and refurbish them to look the the latest seats in the 737. Below is a picture of my latest seats.

The first thing I did was to remove all the components and strip them of their paint. Then I repainted the seats. Below is a picture of all the components of my seats after repainting.

Then I took the cushions of the seats and inserted the components of an Ivibe seat. I tested these before I installed in my seats and again after they were installed. I love the feel that they create when flying. I would highly recommend them.

 

Finally I reassembled the seats after reupholstering the seats in gray leather and new gray wool. I purchased an old Singer sewing machine and sewed the leather and wool seat covers myself. Although not completely finished below is a picture of what I have done so far.

I have been working on obtaining a complete set of circuit breaker panels for the 737. I finally obtained all of the circuit breaker panels. I have been working on them while obtaining a complete set. I removed all the wiring and then removed all the individual circuit breakers. I then cleaned all the breakers and removed all of the lables from the panels. I then stripped the panels of their paint. Below are what the panels looked like when i received them.

I then replaced all of the individual circuit breakers in the panels and repainted them. I obtained a complete set of 737 circuit breaker panel lablels from Chuck Moore a number of years ago. He researched the breaker lablels correct location and had a printer make him a few sets printed on adhesive plastic. He had an extra set and was willing to part with them. Thanks again to Chuck. After applying the labels I then made small labels using a label maker with the numbers on each individual breaker themselves. I used white lettering on black tape. I then cut out each label with a hole punch and placed these on the individual breaker. Below are what the panels looked like when completed.

The latest project I have been working on is my second computer for my flight simulator. After switching to Prepar3d software from Microsoft Flight Simulator X and with the the requirement for Direct X11 video cards to work with Version 2.0 of Prepar3d I set out to build the ultimate computer for my flight simulator. After a few months of research I decided on the following components for my computer.

 

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K

ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 03G-4-2884-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support

G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C9D-8GTXD

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CORSAIR AX series AX860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

I also decided this computer would be my first venture into water cooling. Below is a picture of my completed computer.

 

Progress to Date 08/02/07

I have been doing a lot of work on my simulator that does not show much progress in photos. I have been working on installing a servo motor that will control the roll of my sim. I had to make a modification to the FMC bay in order to accommodate the larger servo motor as well as two FDS CDU's and a 10.4 inch LCD. The FMC is now complete and has been installed. In addition, I have received the pedestal I ordered from Lausitz Aviation. Next I will be working on installing the throttle quadrant and attaching all of the cabling and servo and stepper motors to make my throttle quadrant fully functional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress to Date 04/29/07

It has been a long time since I had my sim back together so I wanted to take a few shots with the throttle quadrant in place. I have finally finished installing all of the pots needed with the exception of the tiller pot. After almost two years of hard work I honestly believe I will be able to start some preliminary flying in my sim within the next few months. Stay tuned for more updates in the months to come.

 

 

 

 

Progress to Date 03/10/07

After over 5 months of hard work I have finished the first phase of refurbishing my 737-200 throttle quadrant and converting it to a 737NG quadrant. The next phase will be to add the necessary stepper motors, clutches and cabling to make the quadrant fully functional. Below are a few photos of the converted quadrant. For more detailed photos and information on how the throttle quadrant was refurbished and converted click on the photo below for a direct link to the throttle quadrant section of my website.

 

 

Progress to Date 07/21/06

Below are the latest photos of my sim after installing the interior linings from cockpitsonic. I have some additional work to do on them before they will be completed, however I am very happy with the results so far. Click on the photo below for a direct link to their website.

 

Progress to Date 07/05/06

Below is a photo of my sim after removing the ceiling. I made this modification to the FDS nose sectional to accommodate moving my sim in and out of my garage. This will enable me to move my simulator when we relocate after finishing graduate school.

I have finally finished installing my control columns and yokes. They took a lot longer than I thought they would due to the installation of the control loader, but it was well worth the effort.

Before I could install the control loader the platform had to be modified to accept the loader. Below is the forward section of the platform modified to accept the control loader.

Below is a photo of the control loader installed in the forward section of the platform.

Below is the cut I made in order to complete the modification to my FDS shell.

Progress to Date 04/24/06

Below are a few new photos of my flight deck with the MIP in place. Also note the new rudder pedal assembly below the MIP.

 

With the MIP in place it is really beginning to look like a real flight deck.

 

 

 

 

The rudder pedal assembly below is my latest attempt to redesign them to improve their feel and appearance. Click on the photo below for a direct link to my rudder pedal section for additional photos and information.

My 737 Nose Section from Flight Deck Solutions has come along very nicely. I made a platform out of plywood to reduce weight in the event I am able to eventually add motion. Be sure to check out the fabrication page and click on cockpit floor to view the construction of my platform. Or click on the photo below for a direct link to the fabrication page.

 

I am very proud of the Signature 737 NG Main Instrument Panel from Flight Deck Solutions. It is pictured below with 3 LCD's in place as well as an actual gear handle from a 727/737. Note the flap indicator gauge as well as the brake pressure gauge supplied by Flight Illusion. I am awaiting my order of an Elite CDU from Flight Deck Solutions and will add that as well as a lower EICAS LCD screen once the CDU arrives. For additional information and photos click on the link to panels above or click on the photo below.

Below is a picture of my instrument stand. I modified the plans slightly to accommodate the LCD's as well an actual gear handle. Go to the fabrication page and click on instrument stand or click on the photo below for more detailed photos as well as a link to the plans.

 

Below is a picture of my progress to date of my rudder pedal assembly. Now that my MIP is  almost complete, I am going back and redesigning my rudder pedal assemblies. I decided I wanted a more realistic feel than I was getting. Be sure to check out the flight control section of my website and click on rudder pedals or click on the photo below to see my latest design.


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