May 14th 2013 Stockholm Arlanda Airport: Le Caravelle Club invited the Caravelle Simulator Project Team to visit the world’s last operational Caravelle. This visit was of vital importance for the Simulator Project. By going through all preflight checklists we were able to record system behaviour, sounds and various data such as time required for opening
Finally UC 3 has been taken apart and filled with a new aluminium sheet. A huge hole was cut into the panel back in the 1980s when “poitou” saw conversion into a simulator. This was done to fit bigger gauges “Air Core Motors” into the panel. Now it is being transformed into its original state.
Bell and Horn have been removed today. They will be refurbished for future use in the simulator. The horn works on 24V. The bell works at 28V. Both suffer from corrosion but work perfectly. They can simply be conncted to the computer via a Opencockpits Relay card.
Most instrument and gauges are heavily corroded and the original electronics have to be removed and replaced by servos or stepper motors. Below you fill find a few photos of how this is done on gauges where the needle moves LESS than 180°. These can easily be converted by attaching the needle onto the servo
UP5 – The annunciator / warning panel in the Caravelle. This panel was the first to be converted to gain experience with the 52 year old buttons and how to rewire them. The original 28V lights for the annunciators were removed as LEDs are easier to control via computers and produce less heat. As a
Some photos were sent to us by G. van Herbruggen. They were taken by Sabena Flight Attendant M. Anciaux. The photos were taken in the late 1970s or very early 1980s before retirement of F-BHRU. So far they are the only photos showing the cockpit of F-BHRU when still in service. Many thanks to Guy!
UP5 annunciator panel from F-BMKS C/N 181 ex Finnair OH-LSA. It is complete and in good condition. Right outer side is slightly bend outwards.
We are looking for these items! Below you will find a list of items/advise we need for the restoration / conversion. Also we are missing cabin items such as exit signs and carpets. Any parts or manual of potential interest for this project is highly welcome and will be rewarded. Please contact us here.