The MCP or Mode Control Panel is located in the ‘Glare shield’ and is connected to the ICS system. This part of the cockpit is the crew used to communicate and the check of the Automatic Flight Director system (AFDS) and this during the different phases of a flight.
The MCP has switches and buttons for the different autopilots for pitch, roll and axis modes of ‘arms’ or to activate.
The MCP also gives the possibility to the settings of the CDU/FMC to cancel or manually a heading, speed or altitude.

Manual Mode

When the engines running, all systems are on and the aircraft is operationally ready for a flight, then the aircraft manual control i.e. manual use of the ‘Trottles ‘ and ‘Flight Controls’.
None of the auto or semi-automatic systems are used. At this stage there is still no use is made of the MCP.

Selected Fashion

By activating the autopilot, autotrottle and flight director is the MCP action set and this at a lower level.
In the manual, it's your own direction and speed control via the yoke and the throttles. Now these tasks are taken over by the MCP. Speed, direction, altitude and vertical speed can be controlled through the necessary settings that they have in the MCP.

Managed Mode

This is the highest level of control that can be achieved via the MCP. The functions LNAV and VNAV are also activated and this, in cooperation with the CDU/FMC.
It is necessary to have an active flight plan in the CDU/FMC.
Together with the CDU/FMC and MCP is a full flight managed regarding fuel consumption, navigation, speed, climbing and descending to the runway of an airport.

The MCP from CPFlight does his work like a real Boeing 737 MCP. A ‘must have’ item in a cockpit!






  • Full scale replica or Boeing 737 MODE CONTROL PANEL
  • Type ‘Honeywell’
  • Custom Engravity backlighting frontplate.
  • Backlight color: Warm white.
  • Displays: Altitude, Vertical Speed, Heading, Speed, Left and Right Course.
  • Display characteristics: LED 7 segment. Digit height: 0,3" (7,6 mm).
  • Display color: yellow.
  • 6 encoders to set: Altitude, Heading, Speed, Vertical Speed, Left and Right Course.
  • Encoders characteristics: Half million cycle rated, 32 increment for rotation (with detent).
  • Knobs: with symbols on course (both), heading and altitude knobs.
  • Toggle switch for Auto Throttle ARM switch with Green LED indication.
  • Toggle switches for Left and Right Flight Director with “MA” green LED indication.
  • Disengage bar.
  • N1, SPEED, LVL CHG, VNAV, LNAV, VOR LOC, APP, HDG SEL ALT HLD, V/S, CMDA, CMDB, CWSA and CWSB dual dot lighting buttons
  • C/O, Speed and Alt Intervention round buttons.
  • External or internal display brightness regulation.
  • External or internal backlight brightness regulation.
  • Central unit for daisy-chained connection of Efis selector (Captain and F/O), Mip and radios
  • 16 bit Flash microcontroller.
  • DIN 5 pole socket for plug&play CPflight modules interface.
  • USB Interface (USB cable provided).
  • Compatible with all FS default aircraft, Project Magenta, PMDG, LVLD767, FlighDeckSoftware and Sim-Avionics.

FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE PMDG737 (with the FlightSimLabs driver)

  • Nav1 Course
  • Flight Director
  • Auto Throttle / Speed / N1
  • Master Autopilot Switch
  • Speed/Mach Selector and Display
  • Speed Change Over Button
  • Level Change
  • Heading Selector and Display
  • Bank Selector
  • VNAV Selector Button
  • LNAV Selector Button
  • VOR/LOC Selector Button
  • Approach Selector Button
  • Altitude/Flight Level Selector and Display
  • Vertical Speed Selector Button and Display
  • Vertical Speed Adjustment Control
  • Command A and Command B Selector Buttons
  • Control Wheel Steering (A & B Selector Buttons
  • Autopilot Disengage Liver
  • VOR2 Course Indicator
  • SPD and ALT Intervention


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All of the buttons on my MCP, I have replaced by detailed replicas as the real world Honeywell MCP.

The buttons that are on the CPFlight B737 EL MCP, there seem to be absolutely not in the real versions. These buttons are just standard buttons found in every electronics shop you can find.

To that found also Jacob Wiqvist from Sweden (knobs.se). He is as a hobby experiment for yourself buttons for the MCP (and also others), but as detailed replicas of the real ones.



A very development - and afwerkingsproces is preceded this to be a good and a satisfactory result :

The buttons are made from clear Epoxy and a long stoltijd need. The drying takes up to 48 hours afterwards, a curing time at room temperature for 14 days. This is to prevent bubbles forming. The buttons are afterwards painted in three layers.

  1. Developed process
  2. Developed process
  3. Developed process
  4. Developed process
  5. Developed process
  6. Developed process
  7. Take out from the form
  8. Gravel
  9. Heat in oven
  10. Applying Primer
  11. Painting with white car paint
  12. Masking with great Accuracy
  13. Painting with black car paint
  14. Remove the masking while the paint is wet
  15. Heat in oven
  16. Mask with wider tape
  17. Painting with knob color, also car paint
  18. Remove the masking while the paint is wet
  19. Heat in oven
  20. 2 K satin clear coat
  21. Heat in oven



After the order the buttons are in the same day, sent and well packaged.

The replacement of the original buttons is very simple and easy :

The old knobs can be simply of the axis will be drawn. One can also take a screwdriver and put it between the button and the MCP panel to the button of the axis to elevators.

Then is it just the new button on the shaft to slide and to rotate with the madebouten (Each button has 2 madebouten).



The result may be seen. The replica buttons of Jacob Wiqvist are very nicely finished and very detailed.

The service is very good and fast (does the order do not meet the expectations or is damaged, please : all return and money back or new delivery).

By this complicated and time-consuming production process, these buttons are not cheap (99€ per set). A downside is the price but, taking into account the production process and the beautiful result is the purchase to justify.

For each user of the CP Flight B737 EL MCP, this is a little extra to the realism again what up to boost. For me a must ! >>>>>> Knobs.se




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