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A real man's machine. And women like it too. A panel chock full of steam gauges. FMC? No, I don't think so. Auto throttles and altitude capture? Don't make me laugh. You'll have to work at flying this one. But I guarantee you'll have loads of fun with it. And yes, those fire handles do work. Also in development from Charles Fox is the best possible set of 727 flight dynamics you can get, all verified by real world experience and figures. Charles has put an unbelievable amount of research and work in this, and I think you'll be pleased with the results.Don't let the fact of the airlines getting rid of them discourage you - the 727 lives on! We should have this to you all in a few months. Rich

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Sweet, will it have an airconditioner sound switch and a beacon, and wingtip strobe light switches?Thanks,Bill

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Rich; Great looking panel, I love that 727. Big question, will this work in FS2000 ? You know, there are still many of us still flying 2000!Denny

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The panel currently has over 20 light switches, including strobe, beacon, and such. As for the air conditioner switch, there is no such thing on the main panel or overhead. So, I'm leaving it off. The air vent sound is a good idea, and I'll see if I can't add it. Thanks for the suggestion.Rich

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Well sir, I'm afraid it's for FS2002 only. I did originally start this project for FS2000 almost two years ago. Since then, FS2002 has become the dominant sim, so that is the direction I had to go. If there's still enough interest in a FS2000 version, I'll surely consider one.Rich

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Rich I wish those months were weeks !Still very patient though. We know good things come to those who wait ;) Keep up the excellent work. B727 is my all time favourite with great nostalgia involved. I see the Boeing video with the flight tests back in the late 60s and never get fed up seeing it again and again.Kyprianos Biris :-cool[link:avsim.com/greece/hvacc]Hellenic vACChttp://vatsim-eur.org/images/VATSIM-EURs.gif

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Rich,If I may make a suggestion? I am currently using the most excellent 727 panel by Lonny Payne, edited for more realism and some features by me (of course). ;-)He has a mini engineer's panel with some useful features, not the least of which is the APU and fuel gauges and fuel switches. This is pretty much the same sort of thing I have with my 747-200 panel.So my suggestion, actually request, is that you may wish to consider the same sort of thing. I haven't found the fuel levels in your pic, so this may be a solution for that. I would like a useful engineer's panel with WORKING APU and realistic fuel control and hydraulics and bus control and air conditioning and whatnot. I can send you schematics of the engineer's panel if you don't have them.Otherwise, your panel is looking really good. The first and last real thing I flew was a 727-200, so I still have a warm spot for them. I remember standing on the tarmac at Stapleton International when the first one rolled in.Thanks for your hard work, and I cannot thank you enough for making it available for free. That's a rare and wonderful thing these days.

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Rock on - grew up flying in this plane, it's the one that made me want to be a pilot. Can't wait to see your version! One question - what about the sound files? The sound of those 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofans still gives me goosebumps. 727 #001 lives just 20 minutes away from my house, at the Boeing museum of flight restoration center. If I can help out with pictures or anything, please just let me know!! -CP :7

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Autothrottle?- Ha, we can do a lot better in the real 727 !Where Airbus & Co. have 'fly by wire' etc. -we have 'Fly by voice' !!!And it is already perfected. When I need for example 'climb thrust' after take- off, all I have to do is call: 'climb thrust' and our on-board super computer , brain and extra eyes etc., also known as a Flight Engineer, will set climb thrust,manage the fuel, the hydraulics, the aircon & pressurization, performance data and, and and...So far all the airplane manufacturershave tried so hard, but not one could replace a real life F/E. What a pleasure it is to fly with these guys!!! And when it comes down to the nitty gritty, I much rather have a real brain to help me make a well informed decision,rather than a few numbers on a CRT.I really look forward to see the 727 panel released soon.Thank you and all the add-on designers for your wonderful work!

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I will be most interested in the end result. As many know, I'm a rather big fan of the 727. Good luck to your developement team.DaveA couple of older shots taken by a friend (thanks Jeff) some time ago. I'll miss the old bird!

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>Payware? Heck no! You, sir, are a gentleman and a talented panel designer. Thanks in advance.MikeKOCF

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A great panel for a great aircraft!As Scott Campbell suggests would be great too....I too would like to suggest. As we know there is a "fire effect" program available,but what I was wondering & trying to do was when the "fire effect " was enable I wanted the Fire Handle in the flight deck to illuminate with warning bells and we can pull the handle(s) to extingiush the engine fire.Well I had not much success(if I did it would have been post at Avsim!!)So do you (anyone) think that it is possible ?Thanks.

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Here's a few more showing progress on the center console, overhead lighting panel, incandescent backlighting (flourescent also available), and cockpit views.

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I'm afraid I don't have the expertise to do a sound pack. I'm hoping another developer will take on the job. There is however quite a few sounds available through the gauges, such as trim wheels, 400 hz electrical hum, altimeter vibrators, strut compression, and more.Rich

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Hey, great photos Dave! Not too long ago I flew on a United 727 sadly knowing that it would probably be my last time. My first flight ever was also in a United 727 when I was three years old. Yes, even at that age, I knew what a 727 was! I'll miss her too.Rich

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Great looking panel! I can't wait to use it. I am just wondering if you will be able to put the engine start switchs on the overhead panel, like in the real aircraft? Thanks again for making it freeware!

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>So my suggestion, actually request, is that you may wish to >consider the same sort of thing. I haven't found the fuel >levels in your pic, so this may be a solution for that. I >would like a useful engineer's panel with WORKING APU and >realistic fuel control and hydraulics and bus control and >air conditioning and whatnot. I can send you schematics of >the engineer's panel if you don't have them. I considered doing an FE's panel, but it would add at least another year, maybe even more, of development time to do it right. I've been at this long enough and would like to get it finished so that people can use it. The only thing from the FE's panel will be the battery switch and the fuel quantity gauges. I think that's where I'm going to leave it for now. Thanks for the suggestion though.Rich

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There will be two overhead panels - one for lighting, and the other for anti-ice and other miscellaneous stuff like engine starters and seat belt/smoking switches. Rich

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