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Lastest News: The Flight Training Cockpit - Advanced Panel offers a cockpit realistic way to mount Saitek Pro Flight Simulation Instruments and Flight Controls. The Advanced Panel twist-and-remove pre-cut tabs allow you to add Saitek hardware to your Advanced Panel over time and trade simulation devices between slots. Each Saitek instrument allows you to digitally switch between simulating eleven flight instruments. The durable Advanced Panel is MADE IN THE USA from powder coated, aircraft grade sheet metal that is pre-assembled to a black ABS textured glare Shield. It easily attaches directly to a desk with Saitek mounting hardware that comes included with flight controls. (Saitek Flight controls and instruments sold separately. Saitek and Pro Flight are trademarks of Mad Catz Interactive Asia Limited). Modular and Interchangeable (Accepts The Following Saitek components): Saitek Pro Flight Yoke, Saitek Cessna Pro Flight Yoke, Saitek Pro Flight Backlit Information Panel, Saitek Pro Flight Instrument Panels (Up to 10), Saitek Pro Flight Radio Panel, Saitek Pro Flight Multi Panel, Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel, Saitek Pro Flight TPM & Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Trim Wheel or Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Quadrants and Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Trim Wheel. The Flight Training Cockpit Advanced Panel and Saitek components work flawlessly with Microsoft Flight Sim X. Minimal setup is required, and the included manuals walk you through installation with ease. Saitek components are also compatible with X-Plane when 3rd party plugins are used. The Flight Training Cockpit Advanced Panel is not approved or certified by the FAA or any other foreign government or entity for use in flight training to satisfy required proficiency time, instrument experience, training for certificates or ratings. The use of the Flight Training Cockpit Advanced Panel for the foregoing purposes is not approved and should not be so used. *Monitor and Saitek Devices are all sold separately. FlySimTech will begin taking orders on November 10, 2014.

   
The Begining:

June 7th 2011: After over 8 months of research I have decided to finally write down my ideas and get serious about my Flight Simulator, I have a lot of work in front of me however I am ready to finally do this. One thing that I have realized is that I just don’t have the large amount of money that it seems to be needed to replicate an exact duplicate of what I want however after a lot of research I have seen others doing a lot with not much and I will do the same, I will replicate the type of cockpit that I want without breaking the bank.

 

June 10th, 2011: I do hate to document this process but the more you document the easier the whole project gets, I am used to document large projects because of my background as a Web and Windows application developer. Everything that we do we document first before a single line of code is written or at least that’s the way it suppose to be.

 

June 12th 2011: Trying to decide the type of computer power and display configuration that I will use for my flight simulator. I have at least for now decided to use one projector for the main outside view of the simulator, and then I will use 3 to 4 monitors for the cockpit instrumentation. This set of monitors will be attached to a second simulator computer.

 

June 15th 2011: I have made a list of the hardware required for the computers that I will be using for the simulator, both computers will have and i7 unlock 2nd generation Intel, ATI Cards preferably the ATI 6950 or 6990 HD with at least 8 GB of ram for each computer.

 

June 16th, 2011: I completed my first cockpit MIP design but I still not satisfy, there is a lot more research to do online. I still looking at all of these sites that offer almost a exact copy of a for example a 737 or 747 cockpit but the cost is prohibited, is no way I can spend over $3000.00 dollars just on the overhead panel, I just can’t and my other half will kill me if I spend all of that money on just one small part of this project.


Decided on a 737 Cockpit

June 19th, 2011: Received my first set of Saitek instrument panels, I bought two this time, I need to buy at least 4 more at $129.00 each.

 

June 27th, 2011: Received my first set of Saitek Controls; I purchased the switch panel, MCP and one BIP. I can’t wait to see all of this hardware in my cockpit. I am putting the final touches of the diagram that I am creating that includes all of this equipment.

 

Jun3 30th, 2011: I have created a few cockpit designs still I can’t make my mind what kind of cockpit I want to built, at the beginning I decided to simply built a simple two engine jet cockpit using exclusively Saitek products however what I really want is to built a cockpit that simulates a big airline, there is a lot of products and help if you want to built a 737 or an AIRBUS. I still trying to decided and I need to make my time soon.

 

August 2th, 2011: I received my second shipment of Saitek hardware; I got a second set of Saitek Instrument indicators, a secondary BIP and another Saitek Radio.

 

August 5th, 2011: I am taking a break from my flight simulator, my family needs me also however I can’t really take the dream out of my head.

 August 9th, 2011: Received my first shipment of electronic hardware, I ordered various switches, light indicators, LED’s that I will be using for the MIP and MCP part of the cockpit.

 

August 12th, 2011: I being doing a lot of web searching for anything that I can buy for my cockpit that is not that expensive however there seems to be this idea out there that unless you are willing to spend thousands of dollars you just can’t built a real cockpit. I will find a balance between my budget and what I want. I being checking some of the VRInsights products and they seem promising.

 

August 18th, 2011: I have finally decided the type of plane that I will be building my cockpit from, I decided to create a cockpit that imitates the one of a 737 NG. There seems to be a lot of documentation and products specifically for this type of cockpit.

 

August 27th, 2011: Took a break from my Flight Simulator, I had a situation at work that needed my full and undivided attention. I miss my project and I think that I am having more fun building the cockpit that what I will have when I am finally flying. I drawing the dimensions of the center pedestal that includes the throttles, fuel cut off switches parking brake, speed brake, flaps, radios and trimming wheel.

 September 2th, 2011: The Radios are In!!! Both Saitek radios for the Center Pedestal are in, can’t wait to see both installed. The plan is to make both radios work using FSUIPC.


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Finished the Center Pedestal 

September 7th, 2011: Received first another shipment of electronic  hardware, I also received my Desktop Aviator Interface cards, I purchased their USB to 20 button pulse generator 2230 series card that is actually a 2120 modified, I also got me the 2250 because with this card you can not only interface with your simulator but it also can be used to connect an LED light to indicate a condition in your cockpit.

 

September 15th, 2011: Saitek BIP Panel Delivered: Finally my second Saitek BIP arrived. I am planning to modify this second BIP panel and used the LED output to control Light indicators in the MIP and Overhead panels. I still in the planning stages of how I am going to do this.

 

September 12th, 2011: Saitek Throttle Quadrants: Finish Engine 1 and 2 Throttle handles, these handles will be replaced the plastic funny looking knobs included in the Saitek Throttle Quadrant. When building this handles you need to keep in consideration the weight of each handle, if they are too heavy then the throttle will not stay still and It will move either forward or back.

September 13th, 2011: Painting the Center Pedestal box with the same grey color used on 737 MIP and consoles.

September 14th, 2011: Trim Wheel: Installed the TRIM Wheel from Desktop aviators in the center pedestal, it works great. I will paint the wheel so it looks exactly the way the trimming wheel looks like in the Throttle Quadrant of a 737.

September 15: Completed the center pedestal, it looks awesome, both radios work and I was able to setup reverse trust using FSUIPC.

 

September 21th, 2011: Second Computer: Completed building the secondary computer for the flight simulator, this computer has 8 GB or Ram, I7 Overclock, 2 TB of hard drive space and a ATI 6950HD Video Card. Plenty of power to manage the Glass MIP displays and the FSPUIC and FSXSPAND Clients.

 

September 28th, 2011: MJPA Electronics: Received my final shipment of electronic hardware from MJPA distributor from Florida. Now I have all of the switches, pushbuttons and LED lights that I need for the MIP. Can’t wait to see it all working.

October 1st, 2011: UPS delivered the 737 Full Size Posters that I ordered, they are better than how they look on the web site. The posters are really going to help me in building the MIP.

 

October 3th, 2011: Completed the cardboard design of the MIP. Many hours of work trying to figure out the right size of each area of the MIP. I actually measure the display representation of the Pilot and Copilot Glass Displays to ensure the right display size.


 
Second delivery of the electronics arrived

October 5th, 2011: Engine 1 and 2 Fuel Switches: Installed center pedestal cut off fuel for Engine 1 and 2 lighted switches, also installed a Break Switch to replicate the Brake control in the throttle area of the 737 cockpit center pedestal.

 

October 7th, 2011: Transpose the cardboard diagram to the plywood that I will be using for the MIP. No matter how many times you measure you need to measure and remeasure again before actually making the appropriate cuts and holes in the plywood panel.

 

October 9th, 2011: MIP Panel:  I finally finish drawing the MIP on a piece of cardboard. Now I have to cut all of the holes in the cardboard in preparation to transpose this cardboard drawing to the actual MIP plywood board.

  

October 10th, 2011: Transpose the cardboard diagram to the plywood that I will be using for the MIP. No matter how many times you measure you need to measure and re-measure again before actually making the appropriate cuts and holes in the plywood panel. 

October 11th, 2011: USB Switch: MIP: Added foam spacer between the MIP board and the monitors. Also glue packing foam to the MIP areas with switches. This is to prevent the back of the switches and lights from touching the monitor screen.

 

October 13th, 2011: MIP: I just got word that the VRInsights Switch panel finally arrived, I can't wait to get home and open the package. Yes!!

 

October 15h, 2011: MCP: Completed the cardboard design of the MCP. I am ready to take my cardboard creation and used it to draw the MCP in the plywood board. Both Saitek Control panel and the VR Insight Switch panel replicate the functionality of the MCP and the EIFS controls.

 

October 16th, 2011: Finally cut the MIP board and cutoff all of the areas that will display the avionics. I also drill the holes for the various switches and buttons that compose the MIP. I completed the backboard that will support the MIP panel, painted both with their respective colors. It was a good day.




October 26th, 2011: The website is finally published. After weeks of hard work I have finally publish the first version of the Fly SIm Tech Web Site. I hope this is the begining of something big.


October 28th, 2011: Tested the two power supplies that I will be using to provide the 5 and 12 Volts DC that I need for the various lights, controls and IO Cards. One of the power supplies is only 300 watts and does not provide sufficent power for some of the lights and controls. I will replace this power supply for another one that outputs 500 watts. Hopefully that will do the trick.