View Full Version : UK Cockpit builders day out "A Great Success"

John Davis
06-07-2008, 03:52 PM
The UK Cockpit builders meeting at Manchester Airport was a great success
approx 9 of us from all over the UK met at the Concorde Attraction and had nearly 3 hours on a guided tour of 4 different Aircraft

First was a small briefing in a nose section of a DC10-30 ex Monarch Airlines culminating with a short visit to the flightdeck.
We then moved onto a Trident 3b G-AWZK which is fully preserved inside and out we were allowed onboard to view a video look around the inside which included a section in the tail full of trident memorabilia, logbooks, photos and technical drawing, the visit finished with a visit to the flightdeck where the guide explained the Autoland system (The Trident was the first aircraft to have autoland capability)

Next up was a BAE RJX, this aircraft was in testing as a replacement for the BAE 146 at the time of September 11 and as all confidence in flying dropped off the project was scrapped. The aircraft viewed had flown approx 23hrs only and was still bare inside with Water tanks fitted and all wiring and flying control cabelling exposed. We were able to take photos of the flightdeck from behind a half perspex door.

Our final and FANTASTIC last aircraft was Concorde G-BOAC this was Britis Airways flagship concorde and we were treated to a 45 minute close up walk around and very informative talk on the aircraft, it was nice to get "up close and personal" following this talk we were allowed to board the aircraft for a viewing of the interior with us all relaxing in the Leather Seats, we were taken ONTO the flightdeck in pairs for a 5 minute visit where the informativ guide explained the flightdeck very fully, we were also allowed to sit in the Captains seat throughout and take photos and videos, for me this was the hilight of the day, especially whn I checked some photos at home when I got back to find this was the sam aicraft I took pics of in the 80's at Coventrys Airshow.

In the next few days I will post a link to pics of the visit, and so will some of the guys and Steve Everson will edit together a video for the new vidseo section. Untill then you can all be jealous of this photo of me in the Captains seat of G-BOAC ;-)

06-07-2008, 04:06 PM
Please post the video on the MyCockpit Video site.

John Davis
06-07-2008, 04:27 PM
We will do Andy, Steve has gone home to start work on it straight away :cool:

Please excuse the spelling in my post folks ... been a long day and im not getting any younger ;-)

Cheers John

Matt Olieman
06-07-2008, 05:04 PM
Excellent Post and News. I felt the necessity to copy the post and put it on the front page.

Thank you John for your report. I look forward toward seeing the video at www.mycockpitvideos.com (http://www.mycockpitvideos.com) :)

Matt Olieman

John Davis
06-07-2008, 05:35 PM
Wow ... Thanks Matt, its nice as we have all met through this forum, and its our second meeting. All thanks to Mike (MPL330) for organising this one, Hoping the next one will be a BBQ at my sim.

here are a couple more pics to wet your appetite :D

Best wishes John

John Davis
06-07-2008, 05:42 PM
More pictures

Note the Offset Noeswheel on the Trident

06-07-2008, 05:50 PM
Yes, a great day and here we all are on the steps of Concorde. I'll post more as soon as I can.


John Davis
06-07-2008, 05:57 PM
Last pics for now. Tired but still excited, it was a great day :smile:

Matt Olieman
06-07-2008, 06:17 PM
Again, John and Ralph, thanks for the wonderful news and pics. John I've used up all of your allowances of pics for the day.... OOPS.. I put them on the front page, but only one shows unless you open the news thread.

Wish I was there... next best thing is what you guys did, and that's to share it with the rest of us.

Thanks again,
Matt Olieman

John Davis
06-07-2008, 07:09 PM
That's ok Matt, its much appreiated, tomorrow I will post the pics on my own website, annotate them and put a link on here as it will be easier for the moment.

Cheers John

Steve took some great video both on and off the aircraft, cant wait to see it edited ... and of course we had all the action at the airpoer to watch also.

For those of you outside the UK the experience is sited at Manchester Airport EGCC http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/ConcordeInformation

06-08-2008, 03:52 AM
As Wallace and Gromit say - "A Grand Day Out"
Great to meet up again

Keep posting the pics (mine are cr@p)!

06-08-2008, 03:45 PM
Many Thanks to Mike for sorthing this grand day out.

For me it was nice to finally put faces to the names of people I know on here and have a good old chinwag about building sims.

My personal favorite had definitly got to be Concorde, its exactly how a flightdeck should be, small cramped and more light buttons and switches than you could shake a stick at. I could of easally of spent the entire day up there, I was like a Kid in a sweet shop:D

And the trident aswell, i am not old enough to remember when that beauty was in service so it was good for me to have a look into our own heratage, and yed I never knew it had a hidden 4th booster engine and the most amazing fact was that it could happly cruse at M0.88!!

And the Avro RJX, I remember that vey aircraft flying several times over my house on approach to Warton during its test flight and its two sisters are now used to ferry Bae employees to different locations around europe several times a day.

Cant wait for the next one where I may actually be able to fly somthing. And yes I am a Sim virgin;) (apart from desktop setups!)

Some more pics in no order.

Matt Olieman
06-08-2008, 04:57 PM
Very nice Phil..... Thank you!!!

Matt O.

06-08-2008, 09:34 PM
Here is the video from saturday.. Thanks to Mike for organising the visit, looking forward to the next one!

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Keep watching:o

Matt Olieman
06-08-2008, 09:52 PM
Fabulous Steve...... :) :) :) Thank you!!!!

Matt Olieman

Michael Carter
06-08-2008, 09:52 PM
Thanks for the Trident shots. Very nice airplane. Certainly a different design philosophy than Boeing used.

I'd go nuts in the Concorde with all of those switches and gauges! :D

06-09-2008, 09:28 AM
Thanks guys for the video and photos, looks like you really had a great day :)

Joe Cygan
06-09-2008, 11:35 AM
I just watched the video and I was very impressed.

Sounds like you folks had a terrific day!


06-09-2008, 01:17 PM
Well done boys well done. Very nice lil video and Im glad to see a good time was had by all :)


Paul G
06-09-2008, 02:21 PM
Very nicely and professionally put together. Well would I expect anything less from a group of sim builders? Hey Tim perhaps we can arrange a similar jaunt to Seattle. I believe they have a Concorde there (Boeing Field), and of course the Boeing 747 construction plant at Paine Fld. I know it ain't Airbus my friend, but it's a lot closer than Toulousse!!!