ABOUT US AND THE SIMULATOR
For the past ten years, or so …
Comrade Leif and I have been building on two dual Boeing 777 cockpits, one for each. Placed in two different locations as Leif and I live some distance apart, about an hour's drive.
The necessary communication takes place mostly by telephone these days.
TeamViewer is also a necessary tool in that proses. As we booth are retired and booth have some health limitations the trip by car is not happening as often as wanted.
We have a slightly different setups as Leif uses three flat screens and I use three projectors.
Our two cockpits are largely built on the same foundation, and both cockpit structures consist mainly of MDF and wood. We have taken our own special skills and put them together to make things we're both happy with. The idea is to make as much as possible for ourselves. Taking the challenge and hopefully make the cockpits as cheap as possible.
This said. A few parts are purchased from Flightdecksolution... over time...
as these have ben relatively advantageous in relation to complexity, price and time we would spend creating the equivalent items.
The system software is by Sim-Avionics and talks to Prepar3d which displays the visuals outside the cockpit.
I have my outside visual scenery shown by three projectors on a
(click!) home build curved screen (Click!) with a diameter of 4.16 meters, which gives me a 210 degree outside view from my dual enclosed cockpit.
I use the program 'FlyElise' to be able to show a coherent image with the correct proportions and overlap from the three projectors.
It’s what I call a ‘lock-alike’ Boeing 777 cockpit.
The most is familiar and identic for the Boeing 777, but you will find some things are altered more or less, for different reasons.
I call them ‘artistic freedoms’ 😊
As already stated above, both cockpit structures consist mainly of MDF and some wood.
Be it the floor, MIP, pedestal, glare shield and side structures with space for EFB bags (elecrtronic flight bag) and tillers.
Many of the panels with background lighting and switches are milled on our CNC machines. Preferably with materials (acryl/plastic) with good reflective properties for the background lighting through the engraved lacquered panels. Most of the MDF part are cut and formed with the CNC machines, 2d cut as well as 3dimentional cut.
Some help from other builder with some 3d-printer parts, but most part (among the oxygen panels) is printed on our own 3d-printers.
Our inn cockpit screens consist of 9 screens, that be one for the Cpt. side and one for the FO side.
One in the middle for the EICAS (Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System)
and one under this for the MFD (Master Flight Display)
There are two vertical 15” touch screens for the 'flight bags' (EFB) in the respective side sections.
Two 3” screens showing the elevator trim settings on each side of the throttle quadrant.
And finely one 3” screen built into the whiskey compass.
You can find two touchpads, placed on both sides of the throttle quadrant to be used separately. One for the Cpt side and one for the FO side. This are used alternatively on the MFD with checklists or the left and right side EFB screens (electronic flightbags) if needed there. Will also work on the Cpt main screens or FO main screens if needed.
Low-frequency sounds is also distributed to two transducers, or 'ButtKickers' which convert the low-frequency sound into movement. That is to say, you can feel the shaking of engines, turbulence, landings and undercarriage moving over any joints of the runway, etc ...
The Sim-Avionics software is the hearth of it all, giving al the cockpit screen graphic as well as communicating with the P3d simulator software and airplane controllers. This thought IO cards that have buttons, switches, potentiometers and other gadgets connected from the MIP, pedestal or overhead panels, al configured with Sim-Avionics SysBoard Interface.
And this was the short story…
The loooong building process start with gathering information needed.
A 6656 sides 777 TRAINING MANUAL from Continental Airlines and a loooot of pictures and other materials to figure out how to, measurements and whatever, to try to get it as right as possible.
And, some unknown trade is also needed learned as one go on…
MIP and PEDESTAL
finished milled in MDF and plastic
Logo at the end of the pedestal
Milled out with Leif's CNC machine
and Lacquered by Leif
Half finished Homemade
Rough construction with EFBs partially assembled.