The platform is a raise or small stage on which the whole of the cockpit is attached.

This platform has several purposes :

  • Confirmation of the MIP;
  • Confirmation of the Yoke;
  • Confirmation of the TQ;
  • Confirmation of the Avionics Pedestal;
  • Confirmation of the track system of the Cockpit Seats;
  • Confirmation of the ButtKicker;
  • Cable routing of MIP, ButtKicker, Avionics Pedestal, lighting of all kinds;
  • Gives a spatial view of the projected display.


The platform is made of MDF panels and has the shape of a trapezoid. The dimensions do not quite match the real cockpit since I only have a limited space to the cockpit. One must also have an acceptable space to the room inside and outside, move around the room and to a window to open.
The MDF panels are purchased from Pelt-Wood in Overpelt and the shape and size of cut.

The platform consists of 2 parts (2 halves) because one is too difficult (heavy) to move and to turn. Also afterwards it is easier to be able to remove any verhuisactie.

The total height of the platform is 240 mm. With the side walls of the shell (hull) is added to the top of the side panels at a height of 81 cm t.o.v. the floor of the cockpit and that is the lowest point of the windows.

The MDF base plate is of 18 mm thickness.

The sides and tussenribben have a thickness of 22 mm.

The height of the side panels and tussenribben are 220 mm.

The sides and ribs are on the top of the floor panel and are attached to each other with MDF-screws 4,0 x 50. I have not made use of the ribs to glue it, since I still have the option wants to have everything to be able to remove.

For the strength I have versterkingshoeken placed 40 mm x 40 mm and fixed with zelftappers with galvanized cylinder (4.2 x 16). This material is extracted in the Range.

The inner side, I 25 mm shifted to the inside. When I on both of the inner sides of the 2 halves against each other have to stand there under the floor panel, an opening of 5 cm that can serve as a cable tray.

Also note front and rear the various openings that are drilled for the cable routing.


The bottom plate to the ribs and sides attached with MDF-screws 4.0 x 40.

To the yoke and the rail to attach the floor panel I made use of inslagmoeren for wood of 6 mm (Tip: Rudy Danese). These are at the bottom in pre-drilled holes with hammer.

Afterwards, when the platform is ready, it is only the yoke and rail system out to screw. This happens with hexagon socket head cap screws (6.0 x 30) for the track of the chairs and laagbolkopschroeven (6.0 x 30) for the yoke. This laagbolkopschroeven are practically flat, and hinder not for the feet on both sides of the yoke. The nuts and bolts come from the Brico.

It is, of course, of interest in advance everything is correct to drawing and the holes.

Also the Buttkicker is in place and confirmed. This is in the middle in the back, and the vibration as much as possible in the rear to spread on both halves and also to severe vibration to avoid the MIP-section. The mounting of the Buttkicker is bolted on both halves. The cable of the Buttkicker is extended through the cable tray in the middle to the front left.


Once the ButtKicker is placed the 2 halves against each other and attached to each other. I've done this by the 2 halves together with 2 long bolts through the two middenribben to rotate, and this front and rear. Not to over-torquing is the message because then begin the middenribben to folds...

The sides are then given a coat of paint in Boeing grey.

Then we can have the floor covered with aluminium plates. I have chosen 2 aluminium plates of 2 mm (250 cm x 125 cm). Some cockpitbouwers use diamond plates (for the scratches) but that is a lot more expensive. Moreover, in the ‘real’ is also flat aluminum and not diamond plates.

Scratch-resistant, they are not. You walk over it on to your stockings or wipe you even with your handkerchief, then you already have smudges, or scratches. I am so curious to see what they look like after a year ? No longer virgin white ...

The alu-sheets I have purchased from metal trading Vanbeeck in Leopoldsburg and is just about the cheapest in the area. These plates are on one side protected with plastic film.

It is then the dimensions of the floor to draw on the alu-plates and cut with an electric decopeer saw. This is relatively easy. Remember the saw blade to choose suitable for aluminium cutting.

Once, if correct, fits the plates are fixed on the wooden floor (edges or corners one can of it). This happened with stainless steel chipboard screws with countersunk head (4 x 20 mm). The screws are fastened in places that one does not see, such as under the MIP section. Later, the seats and yoke are placed to the alu-floor is also confirmed on the wooden floor.
The holes of the screws are first drilled with a larger drill bit to the screw head to countersink into the aluminum floor.

Also the holes already made in the wooden chairs and yoke are further drilled in the aluminum floor. This be careful for not hitting the thread of the inslagmoeren that we already made...

To make everything even more to fixings and neatly finished the entire floor framed with aluminium L-profiles ( 25 mm x 25 mm). These profiles are mitred and screwed with stainless steel chipboard screws with countersunk head (4 x 20 mm).

Also here are the holes for the screws first drilled out with a larger drill bit to the screw head to sink into the aluminium profile.

The profiles and the screws I purchased at Pelt-wood in Overpelt. You can also buy them at the Range or Brico.



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