As part of my initial build some months back, I put together the shell of the pedestal. This is the bit of any cockpit that sits on the floor between the seats and is usually integrated into the MIP. It’s roughly analagous to the corresponding bit on a car where the gear lever is (on a European-style, rather than US stick-shift style, vehicle). Controls you’ll usually find there include the thottle quadrant, flaps, speedbrake, CDU and radio stack. Other stuff can go there too depending on whether this is a Boeing or an Airbus or Some Other Kind Of Plane. Indeed, the pedestal on a big Boeing or Airbus is a very large thing with many switches and buttons. Just ripe for the sim nut to have all kinds of fun with.
The build begins
OK, so in point of fact this build began back in May of 2009, but it’s taken me a fair while to get around to setting up the blog and doing much about it, and I’ve had large gaps, so I’m still firmly in the build phase 4 months later. Bear with me, there will be a fairly long series of posts while I catch up…
So, having assembled my raw materials as described in previous installments, I now had a room full of MDF, electronic bits and pieces, and computers. Which I needed to turn into a working sim. Where to start? Read More