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    Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Hi Guys.

    I am looking to purchase a complete 737NG simulator (Either assembled in sections or as a parts build) and so far can only find suppliers producing these for $70,000 or more, Flight Deck Solutions etc), I have a decent budget (Not quite $70K! ) but would love to hear from people who may know a supplier that fits the bill?

    Any advice is greatfully recieved (I am based in the UK)

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Whilst there are cheaper panel manufacturers than FDS out there, I don't know of one that'll build a complete one. In fact, I would say FDS and FlyEngravity are your best options to have a complete, realistic and affordable 737 sim (a complete one). And having been building my own for about a year now, I'd say $70K (44K or EUR50K) is cheap!

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Nixon View Post
    Whilst there are cheaper panel manufacturers than FDS out there, I don't know of one that'll build a complete one. In fact, I would say FDS and FlyEngravity are your best options to have a complete, realistic and affordable 737 sim (a complete one). And having been building my own for about a year now, I'd say $70K (44K or EUR50K) is cheap!
    Thanks for the reply - I think i am almost sold on FDS and having spent an hour with Pete on the phone am certainly confident in there experience. I am just making sure that I am not missing a trick here and paying way oer the odds.

    Is there a manufacturer that supplies all of the parts (For self assembly) not shy of time and hard work just dont want to spend 4 month finding a widget that hooks up one manufacturers bits to anothers...

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Rest assured you will be in good hands with the FDS crew. Best of the best!

    Where abouts in the UK are you?

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Based in Northamptonshire, have just sold my business and currently on earn out (Finishing in 18 months). I wanted a simulator for personal use but am also looking to monetize by renting out to a few trustworthy simmers for modest hourly fee (Much less than current simulators) and then moving into commercial sim rental as a business properly when finished my earn out in 2012. This is all about a lifestyle business for me and enjoying and sharing the hobby.

    I realised many simmers want to fly Vatsim fueled scheduled operations but current full size simulator costs are prohibative. My ultimate goal would be to opperate a Virtual scheduled airline on the sim, short hops, 1 - 2 hour sectors, evenings and weekends, i would not be looking to make massive profits just cover operating costs, wear and tear, replacment parts etc!

    Its all a bit etheral at moment but according to FDS if I ordered soon they could have it installed and operational by Jan / Feb 2011.

    Cheers

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    That sounds like a great plan Mark, be sure to keep us informed of your decisions and progress. I'd consider going the same route if I had the cash available, alas I'm funding it as I go along so my 737 is taking shape a lot slower than I'd like!

    I'll be one of your first customers, I'll keep my Jan/Feb weekends free!

    Best of luck.

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    I don't want to be a spoil sport, but you gentlemen have to realize that going "commercial" usually means paying a hefty bill for the software.

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    I thought of that, but as he'd spoken at length to Peter, I'd assumed this had been discussed. What's Sim-A's policy on this?

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Don't know. Probably the same as with Project Magenta (although rates differ).

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    Re: Looking for Supplier 0ff Complete 737NG simulator

    Different rates regarding software only apply on the condition if the software is used non-professionally or on a professional basis. ("Professional" meaning if the cockpit is being used for hire).

    Just on another note, that was the initial topic of this thread. There are several vendors that provide complete cockpit setups, some at different levels of product completion. I know one company that can ship out a complete cockpit within a few days others takes months. There are lots of choices, just look around.

    BTW, when you discover the vendor that is right for you, and you found out about it here, PLEASE tell that vendor you found out about it here.

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