One Quiet Wednesday Evening

Monowai is making progress on her delivery voyage. Having left Glasgow on Sunday, she stopped in London for a brief visit, and has now made her way back down the Thames and is heading for her next port visit in Gibraltar. It has been interesting comparing the relative rate of progress of Monowai, at 14 […]

New 737 Radios

Long long ago, a friend built an incredible B200 Kingair simulator. He eventually sold it, and through a series of events I ended up helping maintain it for the new owner. The simulator has had a series of upgrades in the intervening 10 or so years, and now sports a flash new Garmin G1000 cockpit […]

More Linings and BIG ManCave Plans!

Another evening of ‘doing stuff in the garage’ tonight meant some more work on the 737 Linings. I’ve put enough fasteners in to hold it all in place so that I can plan the structure to hold it up. As I’ve said before; I want the sim to be fairly modular, so that I *could* […]

737 Wall Lining

Tonight I had a wee play around with my 737 side wall and linings to try and figure out whether the ‘side wall cut’ was above or below the bottom of the interior linings. Finding this out is important so that I can figure out how I will eventually mount the side wall structure to […]

737 Deliveries

A couple of cool deliveries today, both for the 737. First, I bought the captain’s side wall structure from N615SW, a 737-300 which was cut up at work, which will be used to form the side structure of my sim. I had always planned on making the sim modular, and was going to have to […]

737 Engine Panel Part 2
737 Engine Display

After a bit of measuring, researching and pondering I have ordered an LCD panel for the Engine Displays. The range of sizes, aspect ratios and resolutions available is truely staggering, but I managed to find a screen which *should* be a near-perfect fit, a 10.1″, 1280×800 should do the trick…. watch this space! I have […]

Entebbe to Goma

Having a pilot seat in the sim is pretty cool… and a whole lot more ‘user friendly’. Tonight I flew one of the REFORGE flights down to Goma in the DRC. I also took the opportunity to update the avionics software in the sim, which all worked perfectly. The weather in Africa is challenging, with […]

Operation Reforge:2019

Over the weekend I spent a little bit of time getting the pilot seat for the 737 working, and set it up in the sim to try out. To ‘properly’ test it, of course, meant a test flight… So in the spirit of remembering the RNZAF’s participation in the UN Rwanda relief mission I flew […]

Operation Reforge

25 Years ago a C-130 of the RNZAF flew in the UN humanitarian support mission to support those escaping the genocide in Rwanda. I thought it might be a good mission to re-create for the B737, operating between Entebbe in Uganda and Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo..