Simulator Project

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The SudAviation.com Caravelle Simulator Project is about converting a former Air France Caravelle aircraft cockpit into a fully functional fixed base simulator using state of the art technology. After years of research the nose section of Sud Aviation SE210 Caravelle III F-BHRU c/n 58 built in 1960 for Air France was aquired from Amicale JeanBaptiste Salis in la Ferté Alais, France and moved to its new home in Munich, Germany in November 2012.
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The visual will consist of a 220° screen and 3 HD projectors

 

It is currently thoroughly being restored to its former glory and fitted with latest technology to bring it back to life. The controls will mimic exactly the controls of a real Caravelle using tons of manuals and information we have collected over the years. A large wraparound digital screen will provide a measure of reality that a video console or even a large flat screen can’t match. Every switch, light, bulb, horn and gauge is brought back to life and work the way it used to. There will be portable instructor station which will consist of a tablet screen that can be placed at various locations in the cockpit depending on whether the cockpit consists of a 2 or 3 men crew. Every aircraft system and gauge is simulated and has failures modeled into them that can be triggered via the instructor station or by events. This will be the most realistic Caravelle simulator ever build.
This project is very complex and has not been done on this large scale yet. It requires lot of time, patience, money and know how. We are always looking for supporters – particularly with programming skills – to make this simulator the most accurate and realistic in its kind.
There is no timeframe for this project because quality takes time and there are always unforeseeable problems. The team consist of highly motivated airline pilots, engineers and enthusiats.
The project is split into three categories:
  •  Thorough restoration and repaint in original Air France scheme (completed by Mid / Late 2014)
  • Programming, research and planning (ongoing)
  •  Conversion into simulator (ongoing)
This site will be updated every few weeks/months depending on how much progress is being made. The time frame is open but we plan to be “ready for flight” by Mid 2016.
Once finished the simulator will give a unique experience to discover first hand the operation and handling of the world’s very first short haul jet airliner!