Poitou is getting closer to her second first “flight”

Jan 19th, 2016 | By

January 2016: Most gauges are now installed and tested. 70% of coding is done and the 220° screen is completed. In February the last 30% of coding will be done. We plan on opening the simulator on May 27th 2016 to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the first flight of the Caravelle. Watch this video

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“Poitou” moved to her new home in Munich

Oct 3rd, 2015 | By

October 2015: ex F-BHRU “Poitou”‘s nose section was successfuly moved to her new home in Munich.  The new 140m² hangar will allow the construction of the visual system. It is located 5m below the surface in a giant basement providing a cool and dry environment.    

Caravelle project continued – programming gauges

Aug 28th, 2015 | By

August 2015: Progress has been excellent in recent days. All engine & hydraulic gauges have been installed and brought to life. The HZ4 horizons have working flight director bars and integral lightning. Watch these you tube videos for more: Engine spool up Hydraulic leak (Simulated)  

Project update April 2015

Apr 12th, 2015 | By

Good progress is being made on all fronts. Here is a list of what has been done in the past 3 months and some photos. Make sure you check out our facebook ( page which is updated more often: – The rear cabin wall has been installed – The original Air France wallpaper has been

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All overhead panels complete

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

With the completion of UP5 (Warning and Annunciator Panel) we have now finally completed all overhead panels of “Poitou”. They are tested and ready to be installed in the cockpit. We are currently working on the drawers for the avionics rack which will house all circuit boards for the simulator. Some programming is still left

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Connecting Xplane-UIPCX-SIOC

Dec 18th, 2013 | By

The Caravelle Simulator will be based on X-Plane developed by Laminar Research. It is the most realistic Flight Simulator on the market and used by NASA and many flight schools world wide. Some simulators even have FAA certification! X-Plane makes it possible to simulate all kinds of engine, instruments and system malfunctions! Opencockpits, a company

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Overhead Panel completed

Nov 28th, 2013 | By

UP8, the overhead panel that controls all major systems has been completed. It is by far the most complex panel as it contains 25 warning lights, 64 switch positions, 8 gauges and 10 magnetic indicators and 2 potentiometers. Restoration of the entire panel required about 100 hours as every switch, bulb and parts was disassembled,

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Oil temperature gauge conversion

Sep 18th, 2013 | By

Oil temperature gauge was heavily corroded and was no longer working forcing us to replace the whole mechanism as new instruments are next to impossible to find. By removing the complete interior of the instrument we only had the dial, pointer and the housing left. using a standard Hitec HS55 servo we were able to

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Fuel Used

Sep 18th, 2013 | By

The Fuel Used gauge was one of the first to be converted for simulator use. It consists of pulsing 115V electromagnet that counts the Fuel in KG. Every pulse is equal to 1Kg of Fuel used. It makes a very distinctive sound. This instrument was one of the loudest in the Caravelle (which even today

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UC3 updated

Mar 11th, 2013 | By

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.

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