Honey listen, I have an idea….


26. August 2012 by Peter

Photo by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

Photo by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

Okay, so last winter we (Me, my wife and our two small children) moved from a flat in the city to a small house in the suburbs. But – quite importantly – a house with a basement. Before we had children I enjoyed flight sim quite a lot. But the yoke and pedals did not poses that much WAF.

But a basement just calls for a small home project the those long winter evenings. So one day I presented the idea that one of the many rooms below could to build a 1:1 replica of a cockpit. “As long as you keep it downstairs” the answer seemed to be.

So there we have it, the wife accepted and I could start dreaming of being able to sit in my own cockpit one day.

Therefore I have created this blog to let others follow my progress, my fustrationĀ and (hopefully) solutions. However I do not expect to re-ivent the wheel. Others have done that so beautifully so my plan is just to steal as much as possible of others ideas.

“Cockpit on a budget” means that I plan to do a lot of work in building, connecting and programming. Cockpit can be bought fully assembled and plug and play-ready. As nice as that idea seems I simply can not afford spending that kind of money. So the plan is to use cheap materials and DIY as much as possible. But in some aspects I know that I need to buy pre-fabricated parts, such as panel-fronts. My DIY skills is not that well evolved. I am not able to produce handcrafted parts with the finish that can be seen on other 737-blogs; my knowledge with electronics is sparse and my tools are limited to normal tools such as a jigsaw, sanding paper, and a soldering iron.

So that is the basic for this project. My timeframe is divided in to two. I hope to ba able to build a mock-up of the panel, overhead and pedestal during the winter. However a mock-up that does not contain fully working parts, but a mock-up that gives the impression of a cockpit. Then over the next years I hope to increase the number of functions on the different parts. First goal is a main panel with screens and a autopilot-unit as well as a (for most parts) dummy-overhead and pedestal.

I hope you find some useful informations on the blog. I will try to keep things as possible.

Happy landings




One thought on “Honey listen, I have an idea….

  1. Jorge says:

    Awesome project, I’m in the process of starting my own Boeing 737 cockpit and have found the information here to be very helpful. Great job!

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