F/O Yoke

On F/O side is missing a yoke. The reason for this is that this place is rarely busy. So useless to an expensive and unnecessary yoke.

To this void yet to fill, I started to use a dummy yoke to build. With a replica B737-steering wheel and a wooden formwork on the underside, this is a cheap way to resolve.
This yoke is not operational, only the P/T button and another button on the steering wheel are still connected to the Pokeys Card.
This is to the ‘comms’ to do with ATC (IVAO) by an available F/R ...

The yoke-the steering wheel comes from ACV Design & Simulation from Peru and the frame is made from mdf of 12mm thickness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Displays with TV's

The visuals or the buitenbeelden (external views) are the various displays that one outside the cockpit can see in other words, the environment in which it flies or the scenery.

The hardware setup can be done in various ways. My previous setup with a single projector was a temporary solution. The quality of the image (not FullHD) was not good.
Also the problems with the ‘white pixels (defective DLP chip) and the lack of space for a projection screen for 2 or 3 projectors has made me realize that the use of tv’s the best solution for a 180° FOV.

The interpretation of pro’s and contra’s, placement, adjustment, and generating the different views and frame rates are discussed on the following link:

https://www.flightdeck737.be/pc/visuals/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB socket in the cockpit

More and more disappear, the paper versions of the various vliegkaartjes, checklists. Also the use of different Apps are popular such as an Instructor station, EFC737, etc. The use of a tablet or iPad, it is impossible to think in a cockpit ...

When you have a few hours spent in the cockpit is usually the battery of your iPad as well as almost empty.

So it is quite handy to have a usb connection to have in the cockpit so the battery never runs hit during a flight.

By a surface-usbplug to build in the ‘sidewall’, this is an easy to perform job.
These installation-usb I purchased at Conrad.be.

On the back of the ‘sidewall’ is there a usb extension cable connected to the inbouwplug and on the other side of the cable comes a usb/wall outlet adapter for a wall outlet.

Voila, no empty iPad battery more ...

More photos: https://www.flightdeck737.be/pc/pc-setup/

FSWeekend 2018 – Lelystad (NL)

Visit AWACS – NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen

Last Wednesday, with the Flight Sim Club 27Sqn’ a visit to the airbase of Geilenkirchen where the AWACS aircraft are stationed.

Of course there was not also a look to take in the cockpit of a E3A Boeing 707.

This cockpit was outdated and has recently been upgraded with a glass cockpit, FMC and a semi-autopilot module. So there should still pretty much be manually flown ...

Ad "upper rail window P2'

This ad is a ‘hard-to-get’ part that's hard to find.

Coincidentally, I was at my local bike shop and there I found a lamp that much resemblance with the ad in the real B737.

The wall-back lamp works with leds and has the approximate same size and shape as the real version.

Or I have the ad in my cockpit a lot will use, I doubt it. It makes everything a bit more complete ...

Maphouder

In the Boeing of Ryanair one can find behind the Capt seat, under the ‘flash lights’, a folder or fardehouder. This serves to folders or documentation in store.

I use the maphouder to the FCOM store.

This maphouder is fairly easy to make with mdf panels, wood glue and a little sanding. Afterwards, the necessary schilderbeurten and ready is Kees.

Info and images are to be found at the following link: https://www.flightdeck737.be/hardware/platform/aft-flight-deck/onderfdelen-achterwand-capt-zijde/maphouder/

Jump seat – Rear Capt

In the B737-800, behind the Capt seat is the jump seat . A place to sit for a casual cockpit-visitor or a trusted fellow traveler (flight attendant, inspector, etc.).

Because of lack of space I can't jump seat locations. To the void and the realism behind the Capt seat to fill, I have a (dummy) a folding version of made.

Info and images are to be found at the following link: https://www.flightdeck737.be/hardware/platform/aft-flight-deck/onderfdelen-achterwand-capt-zijde/kussenhouder-jumpseat-achterwand-capt/

Flashlights – Capt back

During the construction of my cockpit, I have usually kept to the layout and components that are to be found in the B737-800 of Ryanair.

For example, in the Ryanair boeings 2 flashlights to find under the jumpseat.

The flashlights I bought in a local legerstock and the lamp holders are patched together with overschotjes of mdf-panels.

Explanations and illustrations are to be found at the following link: https://www.flightdeck737.be/hardware/platform/aft-flight-deck/onderfdelen-achterwand-capt-zijde/flashlights-capt-achterwand/

Useful USB tools

In the cockpitbouw we have usually over several computers and a mass of USB devices. Device manager gives no clear picture about which USB devices it all goes and whether they work or not. So a whole puzzle ...

Now there are 2 programs that I use which is quite easy to distinguish what all of the ‘USB-devices’ are connected and whether they work or not.

USBDeview
USBDeview is a small utility that all the USB devices lists that are connected to your computer, as well as all USB devices that you previously used.
For each USB device, extended information is displayed: device name / description, device type, serial number (for mass storage devices), the date / time that device was added, VendorID, ProductID, and more ...
With USBDeview you can also USB devices that you previously used, disconnect USB devices that currently connected to your computer, and USB devices turn off and turn on.

USB Watchdog (USBWD)
USBWD is a useful tool for every cockpit-the pc a client version to install and, for example, a Schedule/Instructor-pc the server version.
Via USB Watchdog server do you have of every pc an overview of all the USB devices that are connected and which are not.
Of all the USB devices of all pc's that can be used, you can a global ‘watch list’. USBDeview may be a useful tool ...
To any USB device you can then a personal name. So, it is easy for all USB devices can be clearly distinguished. You then have a global list of all usb's of all the pc with every USB device has its own recognizable name.

In one glance you can see which USB devices are connected all whether they work or not and this of all the pcs in the entire network ...

 

 

 

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