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    Generic Cockpit

    Well after spending lots of $$ on bits and pieces I started chucking some timber together and have got to this stage.

    RHS will be BA609 and LHS will be ? aircraft

    I didnt base it on any particular cockpit design just got different ideas from all the photos on here and the net.

    I bought
    Flightlink Collective and Cyclic
    Goflight radio stack
    Goflight Autopilot (small)

    I will run it off one computer with split cable for panel monitors and an overhead projector. Will probably use FSXpand for the panel.

    I have been using MDF to get an idea of designing panels and once the CNC machine arrives I can then cut them out to fill in the holes.
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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    Very cool!! Let´s know about the updates!!!

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    Very Nice. What are the seats from?
    Mike G.

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    Looks fantastic, please keep us updated on your progress. I thought long and hard about building a BA609 simulator, great idea building something slightly different from each seat. The boat seats work well, I put boat seats into my first simulator, they needed to be adjusted to have a slight backwards lean but after that they were quite comfortable.

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    As Shawn says, they are boat seats. Not what I intended to use but I had put new ones in the boat and had these lying around so started off using them for measurements. They are not fixed in place as yet, but are a good fit and reasonably comfortable so I will keep them for a while. Living remote, it is difficult to get parts, such as seats.

    In front of the radio stack is a check list from a 717 that I bought from ebay for $15. Although its a 28v system, it still lights up reasonably well with 12v.

    Best thing about a generic cockpit, rather than a specific aircraft is that I cant make a mistake with the layout of where things go or how they look!

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    In the end it's like your own apartment. It's where you live.. Well if you didn't need food and sleep and other silly stuff. hehe. What makes you happy is where it's at. There really isn't a wrong way.

    Quite an ingenious build I'd have to say. A tilt rotor and other aircraft. If I may suggest you could build a similar type... for the other side.

    Dash 8
    Saab 340

    Or other similar twin turbo commuter aircraft. That way you have the same instruments and controls nearly but they are still very different aircraft.

    Good luck and continued success. I'll be watching this build it's going to be quite interesting I'm sure.
    Up Up and away in my beautiful my beautiful - Amphibian

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    Well I had a huge blast in the intial build and between work and holidays I havent been near the sim for months.
    But

    Got a bit frustrated with not having a sim flight for a while so took the notebook into the sim and hooked it all up. Spent a couple of hours crashing (my version of flying) and between that and with visiting FS Weekend and all the flying I have been doing international and national, it has given me a boost into the shed again to start building again.

    Spent the last two days working on the sim, had some false starts with trying to build a flaps lever and throttle quad. Had a win with the flaps and decided to build the TQ once I get the CNC up and running.

    Monday I am ordering two computers to run it. One will be the all powerful main and a secondary for the instruments. The computer shop I am ordering it from is a games geeks place and they specialise in game machines.

    No pictures at the moment. Stuff I have done over the past two days is mainly cosmetic painting etc. Once its looking a bit better I will take some.

    I cant believe its Sunday and I have to go to work. The only plus on that is I might be tasked on a Helicopter case and get to do some real (in the back) flying.

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    Thought i would share a couple of pics with you guys of the flight I did this morning.

    Bell 412 VH-EMZ

    My Driver

    He hates it when I get out and say "thanks Driver"

    Me and the Rescue Crewie Tyson


    It was a beautiful day when we left and this was brewing from the south east.


    One of the many Islands that we fly over.

    A lot of the islands are so small the runway cuts them in two halves. A Caravan can land with little problem, but they give the breaks a workout at times.

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    Great looking pics; I'm not sure what you do but that looks like it would have certainly been a good day at work, whether it was Monday or not.
    Derek

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    Re: Generic Cockpit

    WOW that is cool. I would like to see some more pics of that stuff. Thanks for sharing.
    Mike G.

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