My Single seat 737NG simulator at October 2021
Gang Bar for the landing lights 2021
Stages of development
2010: MCP- and EFIS panel from Opencockpits
are installed and both are working well with PMDG Boeing 737NG after
update to 800/900 model.
In the winter I also have build left side cockpit wall with window and
steering wheel etc. Windshield and glare wings are also finished. A Whisky
Compass is mounted but it is not working yet.
2011: In this winter I have build Eyebrow Windows,
Cockpit Lamps, FWD Overhead panel with instruments, Engine Fire Panel and
pedestal for the Electronic Bay. Electric connection and programming of the
OH- and Fire panel is remaining.
Nose wheel steering is working. It is now possible
to handle the plane on ground at low speed (below 45 knots IAS) by the tiller in left side. Above 45 knots only
the pedals is working.
Last but not least I have got a projector for the cockpit view.
2012: Finally! Main Instrument Panel (MIP) is
finished and mounted in the cockpit. Next step will be to get
the OH - panel alive, and the EICAS and standby instruments on the second monitor. I
think I will use the Prosim 737 Suite software for this.
Seat rebuilt to NG-style with headrest and the back rest has become
2013: Pedestal Bay equip with VHF 1, NAV 1, ADF 1 and ATC-modules
from Opencockpits. Number 2 radios (dummy) and the other panels are also from OC.
My plan was to change over to Prosim in 2013 but suddenly the price
was doubling to 600. Although I had prepared my OH panel for Prosim
software I decided to look for other software solutions.
It was also the year I started flying online (VATSIM). Very exiting to
press the microphone button and speak to a real controler for first time.
2014: Despite the high price I bought the Prosim
737 Suite software Jan. 2014. My OH-panel and SIOC scripts were ready
so after few days with configuration of all switches indicators gauges etc.
in Prosim I thought the simulator was up running again. But no. The
OH-interface card (USB expansion card from OC) gave troubles. SIOC
could not detect the card without dis- and reconnect the USB cable one or more
times. SIOC also somtime stopped running after short time. OC support told me that
it could be bad power feeding of my Master cards. For two month I
struggled with different power supplies and capacitors but without great
last I bought a new expansion card (ver.3) and it has now worked for over a
month without any problems.
My EFIS and MCP ver.2 from OC work very fine with Prosim and SIOC
sript. Now the trim wheels also are working when flying with autopilot
engaged. Therefore I have replaced my old noisy trim motor (BOSCH accu drill
machine) by a little silent 12V gearbox motor. On the same time the speed
brake auto deploy is motorized and motors for the auto throttle function are
prepared. Engine Fire Panel and Cargo Fire Panel are both working well with
Prosim and also most of the MIP and Throttle logic are now converted to
I have also build a tray for my iPAD. I use iPAD as Electronic Flight Bag, Instructor Station for Prosim, weather information and as FMC/CDU as long I donīt have the hardware.
I am still using FS9 and my god old PMDG 737NG as flight model. A VDI-HDMI
cable to the projector have improved the outside view a lot.
PC and software:
My old sim-computer broke
down 2014 and I had to purchase a new one. The new PC (i7-4GHz/250GB SSD) is
much more power full so now it was time to take the step from FS9 to FSX. I
have also purchased a new weather add-on (Active Sky Next) and new flight
model (Jetstream 737-800). I was not happy with the Jetstream in the start
but after adjusting high of horizon and trying various eye point settings it
was again possible for me to make a fairly good landing. Today after many hours of
practice I am happy with the updates.
To perform Auto-landing my NAV 2 dummy has been replaced by a working second
NAV radio from Opencockpits. OC radios have now new more realistic knobs
rounded edges and a nice warm white background light.
New Gear handle:
I have made a new handle with electromagnetic lock
and working lock override trigger.
Engine Start Switches are modified. Now you need to push
the knob before it can be turned. Just like the real one.
New Yaw damper and Wing Anti Ice switches with electromagnetic hold.
The CDU has been my Christmas wish for many years. Now I have
purchased one from Opencockpits. It could not fit my CDU-bay so it was
necessary to make some modifications on the CDU and the bay. Frame for lower
DU is ready
CDU-Bay finished with
a dummy CDU from Opencockpits and a monitor for the lower DU.
LCD Controller Board DIY Kit from AliExpress (US $ 28 incl. shipping costs Hong
Kong-Denmark by air mail) does it possible to reuse the LCD screen from my
old Notebook PC .
The kit fit the LCD connectors perfect and after connecting 12V DC and
VGA cable it was running.
MAP-CHART light panel rebuild wit new panel from
2017: Three Year ago I purchased one DC Motor Plus Card from Opencockpits. It
was my plan to use it for motorize my old Throttle unit but first now after
some small tests of the card I got courage enough to start the project at
January this year.
It has been 3 month with a lot of work and many troubles and without any
flight hours in my logbook.
The manual to the card is good but it tells not every thing and for long
time I had great problems with USB disconnection. OC support told me to
connect pin 1 and 2 on unused analog inputs and to remove the noise damping
capacitors between motor connector and motor housing. This solved many of
the disconnect problems but still with 4 motors connected it was not fully
The card is only rated for 2A and it is for the total numbers of motors so
maybe my motors are to powerful. With 2 motors it works fine and my Trim-
and Spoiler Motor are instead of controlled by relays as before.
All the Throttle potentiometers are configured and calibrated in Prosim Levers config.
You need also a
little SIOC script with only 3 inputs from Prosim ( AT power ON gate -
Lever 1 and 2 servo output numerical ). Remember the SIOC subroutine for
reading the servo output more times/ sec. otherwise the levers donīt move.
Until now I have only few flights with the updated Throttle but it seems to
work well. I hope one day to upload a little video showing how nice
and steady the levers are moving.
2018: This winter I have extended my cockpit with AFT Side Wall and window so
now there is room for my coming AFT OH-Panel. At the same time I have
rebuild many other cockpit elements to come closer the real B 737 cockpit.
- FWD Side Wall and Window
rebuild. (see Side Wall)
- Windshield made a little lower and raised to fit the new
side window. It is also moved about
6 cm. ahead.
- FWD cockpit section moved about 3 cm. closer to OH-Panel.
- Glare Shield and Glare Wing rebuild to fit the new position
of the Windshield.
- Eye-Brows rebuild and ceiling and FWD Drip tray new build
My pilot seat is now provide with J-rails from Simujabs and four home made
bogies. It is now possible to enter the seat with the electronic pedestal
bay in centre position. (see Seat)
year 2019 I can celebrate 10 years jubilee as cockpit builder.
It has been a very exciting and challenging period for me and also very
interesting to follow the developing rapidly on the SIM market.
I have now
finished my After OH-Panel with plug and play LE Devices - IRS Panel from
Opencockpits. I have still an issue with the IRS display and a very slowly
working support from OC. Now the reason is found. Text on to sockets on the
After OH Card from OC was interchanged and the cable must therefore also be
interchanged. I do not know why OC not inform about this failure.
On the AFT
OH-Panel there are two Stall Warning Test bottoms. May be you can find a
sound file to simulate the shaker, but I decided to design and build a real
Stick shaker. When you press test bottom the shaker start after some
seconds and run for a short time. In flight it depend on Aircraft
configuration weight etc. when the Stick shaker start up but you can hear it
loud and clear and feel the vibration in the Yoke too.
My single seat
cockpit is now nearly finished but of course you always can find something
to improve and some missing items.
2020: For a long period I have wished my pilot seat adjustable in high
and back rest angle. I have all ready made some drawings of the rebuild but
realised it will be a difficult and time consuming job. Instead I began to
look for a used IPECO seat on the Web.
I found one at swiss-sim in Arizona. The seat is a 29 year old IPECO pilot
seat removed from a Boeing 737-400. Two weeks later I could pick it up
at Billund Airport.
Sheep skin on the back rest was missing so I have ordered new sheep skin
covers for backrest and seat. Mechanical I have only repaired a broken
spring and made some missing nylon bushings. Otherwise all functions was
working well and luckily the seat fits my J-rails from Simujabs
perfect. There was no Head Rest with the seat and the Head Rest from my old
seat did not fit so I have made a new one.
My old home build pilot seat is now for sale.
In this year I have also
extended my cockpit floor for better room to the "jump seat" .
An old loud speaker has been mounted in the ceiling over the pilot seat. Now
it is possible to get ATC sound in headset and/ or speaker.
Bellow you can follow the development of my Flight
My "Open Cockpit" from the start in 2009.
Glare shield EFIS and MCP are only dummy
Wind shield of alu. profiles and 3mm acrylic
MCP- and EFIS panel from Opencockpits
Glare shield of 10mm MDF
Compass dummy. Today (2013) it is working with a stepper motor
Fire Warning and Master Caution switches and the sixpack
recall annunciator are from Engravity.
Eyebrow Windows also in 10 mm MDF (2011)
Eyebrow painted and placed in the cockpit. Nice with a
almost closed cockpit.
Cockpit Lamp for the Eyebrow
My home made OH-Panel in the cockpit 2011
2012: Main Instrument Panel is
finished and mounted in the cockpit.
My single seat Boeing 737NG (2013)
My simulator 2014
First flight after hardware CDU has been installed. 2015
My dummy NAV2-radio is replaced by a working one from OC
and it is now possible to make an auto-landing
My single seat simulator Mar. 2016 now with dummy CDU
and working Lower DU
My single seat Boeing 737NG 2018.
Cockpit extended with AFT Side Wall and
J-rails from Simujabs and four home made bogies for the
Eye- Brow windows rebuild and new ceiling .
After OH-Panel 2019
Stick shaker mounted in the cockpit 2019
luckily the IPECO seat fits my J-rails
Seat with new sheepskin covers
And seat with head rest 2020.