As 2016 is passing along quickly, it seemed a good time to provide a overall update. Also, a major milestone in my cockpit building adventure has been reached. With the rudder pedal installation, I have finally removed the last piece of non-737 specific hardware in my cockpit. No more GA equipment means a full Boeing commitment.
More importantly, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of my visitors for your continuous support. Maintaining this site motivates me as much as the flying does, so I appreciate all of your comments, feedback, and questions!
So far, I currently have the following hardware installed:
- JetMax SKTQ
- Simujabs B737 Yoke Control Column
- Simujabs B737 Rudder Pedals
- IPECO 737 Pilot Seat
- CPFlight MCP Pro
- CPFlight EFIS Pro (x2)
- CPFlight Forward Overhead Panel
- CPFlight Aft Overhead Panel
- CPFlight Complete Pedestal
- Flight Illusion Flap, Yaw Damper, & Chronometer gauges
- Programmable 24-key keypad
- My custom Flight Officer-side control panel/displays
I built a mobile wooden base to mount it all on. This allows me to move the entire simulator to get behind the MIP and access my two computers:
On these computers, I have the following software installed:
- Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v3 (P3D) – Primary
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) – Secondary
- ProSim737 (avionics suite)
- Orbx FTX Global Base (scenery update)
- HiFi Technologies ActiveSky Next (weather engine)
- REX 4 | Texture Direct (texture updates)
- PrecipitFX (precipitation textures)
- Navigraph Manager (AIRAC Navdata updates)
- Ultimate Terrain X v2 USA (terrain/meh updates)
- My Traffic 6 (AI traffic)
- AivlaSoft EFB (Electronic Flight Bag)
- FSDreamTeam GSX (ground services)
- Taxi2Gate KSEA (airport scenery)
- FlightSimSoft PFPX (flight planning)
- FlightSimSoft TOPCAT (performance calculations)
- WPSlider’s ProSimUtils (CDU applications)
- Pete Dowson’s FSUIPC (SimConnect interface)
- Pete Dowson’s WideFS (not in use yet)
I wrote a few articles along the way to explain some processes I went through and resources I discovered:
- Overhead Overload (Overhead Panel selection)
- What the Yoke? (Yoke selection)
- Tricking Addons with P3D/FSX Steam
- Kick Your Keyboard Out (Adding a Keypad)
- Choosing Your Charts
- The Bill Bulfer Books
I also added an External Links page to act as an online directory for the many products and other simmers out there today.
TIP: Don’t forget to check out my Visuals page, it is like a running timeline of my cockpit build!
Back when I decided on building only half of the cockpit (SSTD), this is what I imagined it looking like. Now, it is time to just fly the thing. Perhaps I will finally start using my VATSIM account and look at virtual airlines to join. Either way, I think I have finally earned some time off to just enjoy it.
Of course, this does not mean I am actually finished. Are we ever really done? I do have a list of things I am considering in the near future:
- A better audio setup with multiple speaker locations
- SimWorld gauges if they are better than the Flight Illusion ones
- Motorized Throttle Quadrant
- Perhaps a more realistic column yoke and/or pedals
- More scenery/airports
As for the distant future, and if I can find the space, perhaps I will be able to expand. In that case, the list grows even longer:
- Entire cockpit shell and interior
- Full dual-seater MIP
- Linked Yokes/Rudder Pedals (perhaps with feedback)
- Three projectors and wraparound screen
I know some people may not find this post all that interesting, but it does allow me to keep track of where I was, where I am, and where I want to go with the simulator. I hope it was informative and thank you again for stopping by.
P.S. A keen eye will note the model in the photograph is the new Boeing 737-8 MAX. I am just an avid 737 fan and will be keeping my as it is. Going to the MAX cockpit is not feasible right now, and I like all the buttons, knobs, and switches in the NG!
4 thoughts on “2016 Recap Update”
Love your site. Many tips 🙂
Keep up the good work.
I want to thank you for your detailed journey. I’ve been flight simming for years and finally got off the desk with a GA Volair Sim last year. But, like you said, “Are we ever really done?”…so I’ve been looking for a comercial Sim build that would not brake the bank. That’s been a challenge…, then I found your website! You detailed tips and reviews are exactly what I’ve needed to have the faith to take my next leep with JetMax. Thanks again for taking the time to share and know you have helped another simmer out there enjoy this hobby even more.
Hi, I echo Brad’s comments ! Your site has been a constant source and a wealth of info for the Jetmax build. It has helped me to better understand all the “requirements” and has also given me the info I needed to take the next step and get intot he Jexmax. Thanks for sharing all you info I really appreciate it !!
Just wanted to know if you have added anything new lately ? I just ordered all of my hardware (FDS Jetmax, Agronn Yolk and Rudder, Jetline Systems computers and Cleared to Sim Pilots Seat). Everything should be arriving within the next 4 weeks. I wanted to thank you because I have used your web site an “instruction” manual and it has been invaluable !! Any other tips you think of are always welcome !!
Thank you !