D_Dragon

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  1. I am thinkiing about creating a MIP for a SEP with G1000 panels. I plan to use both a PFD and MFD with a 17" monitor. I want to create a bezel around / before each monitor in which I want to place push buttons for the functions present on a G1000. I already tried it using the buttons on a joystick and FSUIPC to activate G1000 within Prepar3D / FSX (in a Carenado CT182T). The NAV and COM functions can be activated this way (except for switching between NAV/NAV2 and COM1/COM2) and also the heading bug can be moved that way. However I cannot operate any of the softkeys in this way. Does anyone have any experience with this way of controlling a G1000 equipped SEP and if so which aircraft by which manufacturer. Thanks in advance. Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    Today I mounted the PoKeys devices against supports for the MIP. I also attached the wires for the Led Extension Board to two of the three PoKeys. I used the bottom most 24 connectors for it. I also mounted the power outlets against the back panel. To read the complete story, visit my website http://thair.nl/?p=3355
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    I finished mounting the monitors and also mounted the aluminum front panels. I am not quite satisfied with the fitting of the console for the lower EICAS. I have made lighting panels with a different shape than those the console was originally fitted for. I will have to think this over during the weekend and make some adjustments. For a complete story, see my website http://thair.nl/?p=3334.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    So, the main part of the shell has been mounted and the screens for the MIP have been put in place. It is starting to look like a cockpit. For a complete story of this step see my website http://thair.nl/?p=3324.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    Thanks for your advice. I have a sun screen on the outside of my simroom and already have the fans stocked up. In the 'foot compartiment' there will be two 12cm fans and above the windows I will mount two 8cm fans. All these fans will be controlled from the lighting panel (both on the Cpt. and the F/O side). If this is not enough then I also have an airco unit which I can turn on. I only have to make a panel that will fit in the gap of my window and make a hole in it for the hot air hose. If that is not enough I will have to do something in the way I dress ;-) Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    So, the simroom is ready for the build. I mounted cable trays and put all the cables in, mounted an extra power outlet (I like spare outlets) and cleaned and hoovered the room. The next step (probably after the weekend) will be to start mounting the shell. If you want to see more see my website http://thair.nl/?p=3295
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    So, the paint on the last panels has dried and I brought them upstairs. The DIY package for my cockpit is ready. This weekend I will cleanout my simroom which means I won't be flying for quite some time. I f you want to read more, see my website http://thair.nl/?p=3279.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    For those who want to see all the 'in between' activities (and they are quite numerous) see my site http://www.thair.nl and click on the English flag... Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    I'm quite shamed to not update this site with the progression of my simpit. :blush2: But I have not been sitting still in the mean time. I will show you a short excerpt of my activities in the past 10 months. First the 'surroundings'. I have bought a new beamer (BenQ W1080ST) and I am very pleased with the result. Then I bought a (second hand) overhead panel. I added quite a lot of switches and interfaces until it suited my wishes. I created backlighting in my (OC v2) MCP) And made quite a lot of aluminum parts to fit the shell thus creating my MIP And finally I am just ready with the paint job (only the paint still has to dry) Tomorrow I can bring the last panels upstairs and I can start dismantling my current setup and start mounting my DIY shell package. Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    I still had an old computer (Pentium 4 on 2.0 GHz), so I added this one to the cockpit. I installed the web interface of ProSim737 on it so I can look at it whenever I want / need. This gives more space on the 'normal' screens and when the original cockpit is finished this screen can be mounted against a side wall of that cockpit.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    In fact it is quite simple, although without the manual you will probably not be able to split the audio. The tric is that you have to right click in het ProSimAudio window (with the error text) on each client to get to the configuration window in which you can enter the IP-address of the ProSim737 server computer. After that you get a listing of all the sounds available. Then it is just a matter of checking the boxes with the sounds you want on that specific computer and clicking on the Test button to hear that sound and you're done. The sounds will automatically be 'downloaded' from the server so no hassle. If you want sounds that are not readibly available then you have tot get those sounds from somewhere (I use the sounds from PMDG which I had before converting to ProSim737) and put those sounds in a (separate) folder on the ProSim737 server computer. Then, on the server, you select Configuration / Sound add-on and add those sounds, their names and locations, to ProSim737. After that you can select (in the normal Audio screen) to which gate that specific add-on sound will have to react. I added the sounds for APU starting (once played), APU running (continious played) and APU stopping (also once played) and selected the gates for those sounds and they all became automatically available on the (client) computer on the opposite side of the room thus playing those sounds from the back of the cockpit. The GPWS and TCAS sounds normally come from behind the front side of the Overhead Panel, the other alarm sounds normally come from behind the back side of the Overhead Panel. In those spaces it must not be too hard to 'hide' the (small) speakers. If you have got 2.1 systems, then you can 'hide' the subwoofer somewhere in the cockpit (behind the MIP or so). I find it very convenient to have remote controls for each speakerset so I can fine tune the volume of each speakerset while I am flying in the cockpit. Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    After having had a triple bypass in the beginning of june 2013, I am now recuperated enough to be able to continue the build of the cockpit. During the past hot days I have done nothing (I can’t stand the heat), but now I have been busy with the gear lever. This afternoon I routed the sounds, through ProSim737, to the computers and thus to the speakersets. This meant that I had to hook up speakersets on two of the four computers. The sound of the APU now comes from the flight preparation computer (for now a 2.0 system, later a 2.1 system) that is located on the other side of the room, so when you’re flying the sound indeed comes from the back of the cockpit. I then divided the sounds available in ProSim737 to the two supporting computers. When the cockpit is finished, one speakerset (2.1 system), with all the GPWS sounds, will be fitted behind the front side of the Overhead Panel and the other speakerset (for now a 2.0 system, later a 2.1 system) will be placed behind the rear side of the Overhead Panel. The main computer will produce the normal flight sounds and the speakers (4.1 system) will be mounted in both the cockpit and behind the rear side of the Overhead Panel. All speakersets have a (wired) remote control or will have one on the new speakersets. This enables you to control the volume while flying. Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    Thanks guys. I will surely take care of myself in the first place, else there won't be anything left for flying ;-) Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    Don't think that I have lost my appetite for finishing my cockpit, but a little over a week ago I had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. At the moment I am back home but still recuperating and awaiting a tripple bypass in about four weeks. I don't think I will be able to work on the cockpit in the meantime, but you never know.. Greetings, Theo.
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    D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

    Nothing on TV... So I did some work on the 'electrical department'... For a full report see my site.