• Terry's 737NG Cockpit Project - Page 4

 

With the Matrox TripleHead2go installed, I now had the Instruments displaying on the cockpit monitors (excluding the Co-Pilot's instruments), while using a 19" for the outside view.

 

The PMDG 737 instruments undocked and dragged down onto cockpit monitors

 

As I was using the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke, I needed a suitable Control Column for it. I had two columns made by an Iron Monger, which have a telescopic shaft, a pivoting head, are made from tubular steel and are screwed to the cockpit floor via the base plate. I removed the head from the column and carefully stuck the Control Yoke to it with wide strips of Velcro. I positioned the control column between the feet of my Saitek Rudder Pedals and fixed it to to the floor. I adjusted the height to 82 cm and then fixed the Pilot's seat to the floor and put the Co-Pilot's seat in position. Now I can stretch my legs when in the cruise.

 

The Control Column

The Control Column and Pilot's seat in place.

 

Here are a few photos of the buttons and switches on the cockpit. All the switch panels have backlighting and the recall panel does work when pressed.

 

My next consideration was the outside view, for which I needed a Projector and a Screen. Michael suggested a sheet of MDF painted white for the screen, which was cut to 2150mm x 1200mm and is mounted on the wall. Michael borrowed a Toshiba ew25 Projector, which we tried on his cockpit, so I decided that this would suit my needs. The Toshiba ew25  is a widescreen Short Throw Projector, with a native resolution of 1280 x 800 and at the time (March 2009) was just released on the market. This is fixed to the ceiling with a bracket, which Michael made. There's a problem with the projector display in that you tend to land as if there's a crosswind. I'm going to experiment with the eyepoint settings, which I hope will correct the problem, until then, I'm using the 19" Monitor.

Projector mounted on the ceiling

Projector Screen mounted on the wall

 

In the meantime, I painted the Centre Pedestal in White and (Boeing) Grey, which matches the cockpit colour. The Boeing Grey colour is RAL 7011, which you can get mixed in B&Q or any good paint shop.

 

The Centre Pedestal painted in Boeing Grey

 

(23rd July 2009) I wanted to clone the Captain's Instrument on the CoPilot's side so I put a splitter cable on the Matrox TripleHead2go and it worked without any frame rate hit. Ok, so it's not correct in that they are the wrong way around for the CoPilot, but it will do for the time being.

(25th July 2009) I moved the cockpit back from the screen another 16" (406mm) as suggested by Michael. This has helped with the 'crosswind effect' while landing but I'm going to get someone over to check it out with me. I will also have to widen the picture on the screen as it's now too narrow.

 

 

(5th June 2009) I've ordered a 737 Yoke from Canadian Company ACE (Aircraft Controls Engineering), who also make a 747 Yoke.

(10th August 2009) The Yoke finally arrived by parcel post but I missed the delivery, so I collected it the next day from the depot. I had to pay VAT and Duty because it came from outside the European Union. It was packed in a plywood crate with polystyrene packing to prevent it from moving. It also comes with a clipboard which is easy to fit on the Yoke. The clipboard has; Before Takeoff, Cleared for Takeoff, After Takeoff, Descent-Approach, and Landing checklists printed on it, plus a movable yellow marker, a clip for holding your chart and a latch at the rear with three positions. The Yoke is 850mm high to the top of the handle, with a large base measuring 455mm x 355mm, the centre of the base has a raised cover of 400 (L) x 200 (W) x 100 (H) mm. On the left handle it has; a Trim switch, an Autopilot disengage switch, and a PTT (Press to Talk) switch. The right handle only has a similar PTT switch. The only thing missing from it is a much needed Hat View switch, which I did enquire about but ACE said that at present, they could not include one. To get around this problem, I will use two buttons on my GoFlight P8 for the Left and Right view, which I can set on FSUIPC. Switch allocations: I use the left PTT switch for ATC communication. I use the Autopilot disengage switch for the Cycle View function, as I prefer to disengage the Autopilot on the MCP and I use the PTT switch on the right handle for the Private Chat function on Squawkbox.

The following weekend Michael came over to help fit the Yoke and lower the projector screen 230mm (9") in order to correct the horizon, which was too high. We also lowered the projector to suit the screen. The Saitek rudder pedals had to be raised because of the 100mm high cover on the base of the Yoke. Michael made two wedge shaped feet, which are screwed to the floor, to which a 20mm piece of MDF is screwed, on which the rudder pedals sit. I moved the Saitek Yoke and column to the FO side.

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