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ALL switches and warning lights rewired and connected.

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

27th April 2014: All 288 switches and 88 warning lights on all 21 refurbished panels have been rewired and connected to the computer.  They can now be programmed to perform specific functions and interact with X-Plane flight simulator. The sliding board which will be installed in the former RH avionic’s rack houses all the circuit

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Poitou primed

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

March 2014: Nose section of F-BHRU “Poitou” has been primed. With the completion of corrosion works a layer of epoxy primer has been sprayed onto the fuselage. This will inhibit any further corrosion. Before “Poitou” will receive its original 1960s Air France colours the 1L main door mechanism has to be fixed and the projector

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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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Paint stripping complete

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

23. December 2013: 25Kg or paint stripper were required to remove the over 40 year old paint! An additional 5 will be required for the lower side. The cockpit will be lifted from its trailer for polishing later in spring 2014. Repainting is scheduled for February depending on temperatures in the hangar. Our main goal

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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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Preparation for paint stripping

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

November 8th 2013: A huge scaffold was installed today. This will allow easy access to the complete upper fuselage. This is the only way to repray the aircraft safely. The scaffold was aquired on an auction and saves the project several thousand (yes!) euros on scaffolding loans! The nose section will be completely paint stripped

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Poitou on the move again!

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

PHASE II of the restoration – The nose section of F-BHRU “Poitou” left the historic 1934 hangars of Flugplatz Oberschleißheim (Munich, Germany) and was ferried by road to her new home 30km east of Munich. The transport was carried out again by Transdor Chlechowicz, a company specialized in oversized loads. Their service and reliability is

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Corrosion treatment of lower cabin floor nears completion

Sep 8th, 2013 | By

September 8th 2013: In recent months work has been focusing on the lower cabin floor which was in terrible condition. Over a period of 50 years large quantities of dirt, nicotine, oil and hydraulic fluid accumulated below the cabin floor which proved to be extremely difficult to remove. The most useful chemical product turned out

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Inside the restoration

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By

July 2nd 2013: Restoration work on SE210 c/n 58 “Poitou” continues. Work is focussing on corrosion removal, treatment and cleaning throughout the entire nose section. This is a painstaking work and requires a lot of time. The following images will give you an idea of what and how it is being done. Results of the

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Visiting the world’s last operational Caravelle

May 16th, 2013 | By

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

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