Simulator Components

Last Updated on December 7, 2021

My Boeing 737-800 flight simulator is composed of the following major sections. Click on a section below to learn more.

Main Instrument Panel (MIP)

Last Updated on December 12, 2021 The Main Instrument Panel (or MIP) is where the primary bulk of work is done in the cockpit.  All your situational displays are here and the controls for the autopilot and flight management computer sit in the MIP as well. Related Posts:How Much Does A Home-Built Airliner Flight Simulator …

Flight Controls

Last Updated on December 7, 2021 Soon I’ll be talking more about the simulator’s flight controls here on this page. Stay tuned. Related Posts:How Much Does A Home-Built Airliner Flight Simulator Cost?Wet Compass and More 3D Printed PartsBuilding a Rear BulkheadProgress Update – March 14, 2018The Devil in the Details – Bringing my Simulated…Links

Center Pedestal

Last Updated on December 10, 2021 A little bit about the Center Pedestal The Center Pedestal on the Boeing 737 houses the fire control panel to help alert and extinguish engine fires. It also contains the communication radios used by the pilots to communicate with Air Traffic Control (ATC), ground crews, cabin crews and more. …

Throttle Quadrant

Last Updated on December 7, 2021 The Throttle Quadrant (or TQ) is obviously a critical piece of kit in your cockpit. And while it looks fairly simplistic from the outside, it’s actually a very complex piece of machinery and electronics. The trim wheels rotate at various speeds, the trim needles move accordingly, the throttle advance …

Home Cockpit Base and Shell

Last Updated on December 7, 2021 The simulator base, floor, and cockpit enclosure provide a stable foundation for all the major components to affix to. It also adds a sense of immersion allowing you to feel you are sitting “in” something rather than out in the open air. Related Posts:How Much Does A Home-Built Airliner …

Visuals

Last Updated on December 7, 2021 If you read my blog post on visuals, you’ll know I was originally on course to start building a curved projection setup when things suddenly changed course. A good friend said he had some single eye-point collimators from an older commercial simulator that he had to dispose of and …

Computer Hardware and Software

Last Updated on December 6, 2021 Here is how my system is currently configured.  I am trying to keep it as simple as I can for performance and stability, as well as ease of rebuilding if I need to. Prepar3d 4.x Sim/Visuals PC Intel 8700K CPU delidded (from siliconlottery.com) and overclocked to 5.1 GHz Corsair …