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
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!
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 😉
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!)
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.
After a bit of googling around tonight I found this site. Phillipe has built a 737 Classic sim, but best of all: He has written interface software for 737PIC, which enables external CDU operation!
Boeing 737 classic home cockpit by Philippe De Bruecker
Source: Boeing 737 classic home cockpit by Philippe De Bruecker
Thanks Ken! I was given this tonight….
It is installed and taking it’s maiden flight as I write this.
Installed with no drama, added a United Airlines scheme and fired it up. After my years of NG sim flying the classic was a breeze. FMC programming is similar enough, weights were a little different, but we got there! Looking forward to some serious testing!
I took the plunge and bought Wilco “737PIC” off Ebay….
I have been going down the freeware route for the panel and systems… but decided to take the plunge and see if I can interface to at least some of the cool stuff in ‘PIC’….. if nothing else I can use the flight model 😉
Added a few old FDS panels to the pedestal tonight. Looks good with more in it!
The Engine Fire panel is not right for a classic, and would take some fitting, so I may make a new one instead… or I may be able to use some old bits from work… we’ll see!
Early morning preparation for some more sightseeing. So far my first impression of UK2000 has been very good!
Next I hope to find where I can still buy “Scotflight” scenery for Scotland.