Last Days…

August 2017
« Apr    


737NG Simulator Project

The Lord has blessed me with an opportunity to begin a new project, building a full-scale 737NG-800 simulator, which will be located in our home here in Las Cruces.  This project will begin around February 2013 timeframe.

Below is a photo of a real 737NG-800 cockpit.

The photos below show what a completed “Home Cockpit” 737NG simulator looks like –  built by Emilo Bettech and Steve Halpern (as posted on the Internet).  These are good examples of what a finished full-scale 737NG simulator might look like:


My strategy for building a 737NG-800 simulator is to initially use MicroSoft Flight Simulator (FSX) as the base simulator server running on its own high performance i7 4.5GHz overclocked computer.   Sim-Avionics will be the 737NG platform model running on a separate i7 computer system.   There will a fairly complex array of additional hardware/software interfacing requirements for this simulator as well.  The simulator cockpit hardware will be a combination of purchased parts/assemblies/systems primarily from Flight Deck Solutions (FDS).  Other parts and systems I plan to design and construct myself, such as the cockpit shell, Yoke and Rudder systems, etc.

Status:  October, 19, 2013

I received my FDS Main Instrument Panel (MIP) and Forward Overhead Kit.  The MIP has been setup and under flight testing with FSX and Sim-Avionics for a few months now.  I just finished assembling the Forward Overhead kit, which was a pleasure to build.   Below are a few photos showing these completed assemblies.

Basically, the Sim is flying and operating properly.  My next step is to work on the Yoke assemblies and build up the flight deck Base, and assemble the Nose Section, and finish up the overall systems packaging.  This should be a completed project by the middle of next year.


FWD-OH-Front10-19-13  FWD-OH-Wiring-10-19-13


This photo of “Captain Mike and First Officer Carol” was taken around 1995 on a trip

to Hong Kong.   As we were exiting the 747 aircraft, I had an interest seeing the flight deck.

The Crew was nice enough to directing us to the “fron office”.  To our surprise, the Crew welcomed

us to “take command”, and placing their hats on our head and directing us to sit down,

at which time they snapped this photo.

Little did I know that in 2014, I would be building a full-scale 737-800 flight simulator!











MQ-1 Predator Drone Simulator – Hollowman AFB


Here is a link to a short video of a flight from KSFO to KLAX using PilotEdge ATC:


Keep your airspeed up!


4 comments to 737NG Simulator Project

  • Scott

    Looking forward to seeing it come together Mike!

    Best of luck and Godspeed!

    Sugar Grove, Il

  • Dear Brother Mike,
    I just finished meeting with Bill Ham of Derby, Kansas who visited you last week. Bill is one of my best friends and he was amazed at your work and your Love of The Lord.
    I had an opportunity to go over a few things on your website and am impressed also. I am submitting this comment on the page regarding your 737NG project because I have a friend in Augusta, Kansas who is very involved with this sort of thing. His name is Steve Canaby. I have known Steve for about 15 years. A while back he became interested in restoring nose sections of airplanes and then gravitated into simulators.
    I maintain a Weblog called “Sky Surfing” which is a “Flight Blog” where we circulate Flying Stories and things of Aviation Interest. I wrote about the display he brought to a fly-in at the close of the 2012 Fly-In Season. If you have any interest in seeing it you can find it here:
    If you need any help or ideas regarding your 737 project Steve might be able to help you.
    Keep up the good work!
    Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™
    Brian FitzGerald

    No Jesus – No Peace
    Know Jesus – Know Peace

  • Mark Pedersen

    Hello Mike, I can’t wait to see this thing in person some day!
    I may be driving through NM this spring and maybe I can make it way down south
    (I am shooting Southern Utah/AZ leaving from Denver) but I would love to visit!

    Check this out on ebay – B52 Cockpit complete – Now thats rare!

  • Federico

    Hello Mike!

    I really admire your job, and I wanted to share with you my project. I’m a 737 sim builder, commercial pilot and flight instructor in Argentina. I began the construction of a stewart 6DOF platform for the sim, with the same specs like yours. I am confused with some terms, so I need your holy help :)
    Please, send me an email to continue talking.

    Best regards
    Federico Marelli

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>