Around the World in 80 Days

This sounds like a lot of fun… but because I am ‘me’.. I am thinking of doing the trip by sea, mostly, and then mixing some other sims in along the way 🙂

From the Aerosoft Forum:
Join us in a aviation version of the famous journey made by Phileas Fogg, traveling around the world in 80 days. We leave on October 2nd and arrive on December 21st. Check out the rules and when you like to join create your own dairy topic.

Aerosoft “Around the World in 80 Days” Club

737 Decisions and a nice flight to Innsbruck

I have been pondering what software path to go down for the 737 build;  Freeware gauges, and Eric Marciano’s Easy FMC, or Wilco/Feelthere 737 PIC.

I posted on facebook asking about Easy FMC, and got a useful response pointing out that it doesn’t have up-to-date SID’s and STAR’s as it is all based on the FS scenery installed.  That started me thinking about the concessions I will have to make for either path, and which would be more acceptable..  a real conundrum!

Tonight, while thinking about all of this I flew the Wilco 737 from Heathrow to Innsbruck.   During the flight it became quite clear that there would be less concessions using the Wilco panel and FMC, and I started thinking how I could drive the critical bits.   I also discovered that PIC has a cockpit setup tool, allowing me to configure the cockpit options how I like them, and also to define keyboard shortcuts for many of the functions.  More investigation is required to map out what can be done and how, and what gaps it will leave.

Company traffic leaving Heathrow in miserable weather!

Heading into the Alps, South of Munich

Cloudy approach to Innsbruck RWY26


The combination of real weather and quality scenery makes the fightsim experience something quite special!

Nathan and I flew the Arrow from Galatea to Rotorua, and the combination of scenery and weather made for a spectacular arrival.

From Rotorua we flew up to Tauranga, meandering aimlessly around NZ again 😉

737 Seat Design

Last night I did a little experiment with Slicer for Fusion….  One simple Pilot seat, ready to experiment with laser cutting!


Update:  Re-imported into Fusion 360, tidied up some of the joins, and finessed the fit and positioning.   Then added seat pan top, backboard and base bulkheads (additional bits shown in grey)

Next step is to design the back cover (from the original IPECO seat) and armrests!

737 Linings

Started hanging some of the fibreglass liners for the 737.  Unfortunately I don’t have quite enough height to fit it all in at the correct height, so the upper window line will be about 10mm too low.  Which will be perfectly acceptable.

A bit of cutting and sanding of the window frames to make them fit and it’ll look pretty smart!

Sadly, I don’t have the forward part of the fibreglass, but as it is different to the classic anyway I will do my own.  I have Nigel’s cockpit to take measurements and photos of, and there may even be some -200 panels at work that are ok to use.


…and what it should look like when done 😉

737’s New home

A bit more work on the man cave expansion

737 “Sort of” sitting where it will live, shows how big it really is…..

Man cave lounge has moved into the centre bay, and has a temporary ceiling (told you all that hoarding those ceiling tiles would come in handy one day!)

Success at Ken’s

This morning I spent more time on Kens Kingair sim, finally getting the PC to operate in full screen. Integration of a freeware G1000 has replaced the F1 panel, but that should change at the next visit.

The happy camper himself

Freeware Kingair G1000 works well, but should be replaced by the F1 G1000 at the next visit.

Final part of the visit was actually flying the sim, and with everything now working, what a great sim it is to fly!  🙂  Happy sim guy!

Loft conversion

Design is well underway for renovation of the loft, turning it into a simulator space, for the 737 Classic sim, a lounge/crew rest area, an “office” space, and storage area…..

Update:  Added my new chair, a ceiling and corrected some details 😉

The idea is to line down to a point, then create triangular storage in the eaves.