06-02-2008, 03:16 PM #1
June 2008 Featured Builder of the Month PaulEMB
MyCockpit Featured Builder of the month June 2008
Back by Popular Demand, MyCockpit.org is proud to announce the return of our Monthly Featured Builder interviews.
This time around you will see a couple new features: #1. The featured builders will be selected by the member base, each featured builder will choose the next month's featured builder but it will be kept anonymous until the interview comes out. #2 Each featured builder will receive their very own Mycockpit, Award that they can display as their Avatar, or in their signature.
Just another of the many ways we can get you guys involved.
Now, without further Ado, I would like to introduce the First Featured Builder for June 2008,
1. Hi Paul, Please Tell us a little about yourself! Where do you Live, are you Married?
2. How long have you been involved in flightsim?
From then on, career change, expeditions in Africa and South America, and later the kids, got in the way, but I guess having flown as a passenger on the flight decks of many military aircraft stuck in my mind.
3. What or who got you involved in the idea of building a simulator?
4. How long have you been building your simulator for?
5.Why did you choose the aircraft you chose?
6. What would you say was your biggest challenge this far in the sim?
7. Have you had to make any noticeable sacrifices to realism, in order to solve any problems?
I use PM programmes throughout - PMRJ, Boeing CDU, MCP, PM Systems and Instructor Station, and am fortunate to have one of 2 sets ( to my knowledge) of the FDS Signature panels produced – MIP, with steel backer, and all glare panels, plus the overhead section. Currently I use a POSKY 145 as the flight model.
I have had to make compromises – I can’t fly my ERJ as I did with the Feel There desktop model, so am not as realistic as I could be, and the hardware (I use an FDS Boeing CDU, and 100% realistic FCU etc) means I need to map the PM Boeing software to the ERJ hardware, so some buttons don’t work as labelled, and I need to use some spare buttons on the sidestand, BUT and this is important for most builders – I am not undergoing a type approval rating on the real ERJ 145 – I am playing. My procedures are not either100% Boeing or Embraer, but they are much, much better than the desktop, and still make me break into a sweat onto a difficult approach – why – CRM – all the knobs and switches are in the right place!
8. How many rebuilds (tear downs) or Major overhauls has your sim undergone?
This led to my last rebuild, as I was able to replicate 100% the compact size of the ERJ cockpit, and of course I have the dimensions if anyone else is interested in building.
9. Do you fly your simulator On-Line, if so On what Network, and under what name?
10. Do you ever regret the aircraft you have chosen?
11. How have you overcome the lack of parts available for your aircraft?
All the rest is pure home build – the most complex is the centre pedestal and throttle/flaps/spoilers. I am now using the MkV pedestal, now with better measurements, and based on CH pots, but with home made levers and buttons, and a much better feel. Again, compromise helps – I use a Boeing CDU, as there is no Honeywell unit available yet – but it works!
12. Where do you see your simulator in the next year?
13. On average, how often would you say you fly your simulator?
14. On average how many hours a week, do you spend building in your simulator?
15. Do you think your Simulator will ever be 100% done?
16. On your wish list of items, what is the next thing you want to buy or add to simulator?
I bought a Sony Vaio laptop with an excellent video card and Vista last week, so am planning to try this running FSX to see if there is any advantage.
17. If you could suggest some advice to a new builder just getting started, what advice would you give?
18. Is there anything in your simulator that you have done, that you don't show anyone because you don't think you’re happy with it?
When they went home, they convinced their family they had flown to Portugal, and the pictures proved it! I guess we spend too much time being self critical, and worrying about SOPs and Approach Plates without seeing the pleasure we can give to others.
19. Where is the most exotic place you have ever flown to in your simulator?
I also tried Quito in an A 340, to see the effect of a crosswind landing, and Cuzco, Peru, to bring back some old memories.
20. If you could change one or two things about your current sim, what would it be?
My thanks to the team at Mycockpit.org for the opportunity to talk about my project, and our increasingly popular hobby.
Project ERJ 145
Paul, We at mycockpit.org would like to thank you for agreeing to be the Feature Builder for June 2008, and would like to present you with this award.
Thanks for the time, and excellent Build.
Vice President / Administrative Director
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