Simulator Conversion

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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Bell and horn

Jan 20th, 2013 | By

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.  

UP5 finished

Jan 11th, 2013 | By

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

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