• Terry's 737NG Cockpit Project - Page 3

 

In early January 2009, the Cockpit arrived from Spain. I had it delivered to my workplace because there's a forklift and I could bring it home in my van when I was ready for it.

Cockpit being loaded into my van

 

 

It took four of us to carry it upstairs. Because of it's size, we couldn't manoeuvre it  through the front door and carry it directly up the stairs. We had to take it through the hallway, into the kitchen, through the living room and then upstairs into the rear bedroom and place onto its floor. This is when I really regretted not having a Garage.

 

 

Cockpit in place after getting it up the stairs

 

 

The rear of the cockpit showing the cables

You even get your personal SELCAL Plate

 

The beauty of the cockpit is the lack of cables (I hate cables), as everything is internally connected. The only cables coming from the back are: three Monitor cables, two USB cables for the I/O boards, one USB cable for the MCP/EFIS, and one Power cable. As you can see, I'm using a 9 socket extension lead, which is plugged into an anti-surge extension lead.

 

One alteration was done on the cockpit by Michael and myself. We moved forward the MCP and 2 EFIS as we thought there were too far back.

 

The MCP and EFIS before and after being moved

 

I also had a problem in getting the FMC/CDU into the bay (there's a dummy FMC on the Co-Pilots side), my Fly Engravity FMC has it's USB and Power connections at the end of the unit (a design flaw in my opinion). This resulted in it not fitting into the bay. The solution was to get an angled power connector and an angled USB cable. The power connector was easily sourced but the angled 'B' end USB connector was a problem. A colleague at work found exactly what I needed - a USB cable with 180 bendable plugs made by 'Hama Computers' in Germany.

 

 

Cable problem

Cable problem solved

 

The DST casing is made from pressed steel and the cockpit has an array of knobs and switches, plus a flap gauge, gear lever, dummy FMC/CDU on the Co-Pilot side, two dummy clocks on each side (SISMO now have working clocks for sale), dummy Yaw Damper indicator. There are three monitors in the cockpit 1 x 17" TFT for both Primary Displays on Captain's side, 1 x 15" TFT for the EICAS displays, 1 x 17" TFT for both Primary Displays on the First Officers side. All monitors have Aluminium Display Bezels with smoke tinted glass effect.

Click here to download a pdf file of a full list of components supplied with the DST.

 

The SC Pascal software is needed to run the cockpit, plus a special Script file, in my case for the PMDG 737 (they also supply one for Project Magenta and Flightdeck Software). The script required some editing by Sismo for the Flap gauge, which was quickly sorted. The following work on the PMDG 737 via the script file: Autopilot / Autothrottle Indicators, Master Caution light, Recall  Panel, and Autobrake Switch. More switches will work if using Project Magenta and when 'Orion' is released, I suspect that everything will work!

 

The first time I ran the cockpit - before I bought the Matrox TripleHead2go

 

Until I decided on what to use for the outside view, I used a 19" TFT Monitor. I considered buying the Project Magenta software but Sismo informed me that they were developing their own software called 'Orion', which would be cheaper than Project Magenta, so I decided to wait for it. For the time being I have the PMDG 737 instrument displays undocked and dragged down onto the cockpit monitors using the Matrox TripleHead2go. The Matrox TripleHead2go is connected to the second display connector on my NVidia 9800 GTX graphics card. I undocked the PFD (Primary Flight Display), the ND (Navigation Display), and the EICAS (Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System) on the PMDG 737, resized them on the Cockpit Monitors, turned the panel off and set the view to outside view (press the 'W' key twice) and saved the flight as the startup flight in FS2004. Unfortunately, you cannot undock the standby instruments on the PMDG 737, so they are blank for the time being. The only disadvantage of this, apart from not having any instruments for the Co-Pilot, is that I have a performance hit, which I mainly put down to the PMDG not liking this setup. If I bring the panel and instruments back up on the main 19" monitor, I don't get this problem. Another two powered USB Hubs were required, one for the Cockpit and MCP/EFIS and one for the Matrox TripleHead2go, the Saitek Yoke and Rudder Pedals. That makes a total of 4 powered USB Hubs, connecting a total of 13 USB cables, plus a wireless keyboard and mouse, to the PC (Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU).

 

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