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(Metro)   Basement dweller dad comes up from the basement into his son's bedroom to build him a fully-functional Boeing 737 flight simulator (subby can't find a nerd tag)   (metro.co.uk) divider line 40
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2013-07-27 11:15:05 AM
It's good to know when his kid finally freaks out on the world after being crammed in a bedroom corner for so many years... he'll have the special skill of being able to fly a 737.
 
2013-07-27 11:24:02 AM
Good thing he didn't build a 787 simulator or it would periodically burst into flames.
 
2013-07-27 01:09:06 PM
Subby he didn't build it for his son, he built it for himself. It's a cool idea but shiat guy build it in your own room.
 
2013-07-27 01:10:16 PM
Is he a radical Muslim? This could save them a ton of money in flight training classes.
 
2013-07-27 01:10:46 PM
My Dad built me a gun (Hawken's 50-cal blackpowder rifle), and that was pretty damned awesome.  It is still my favorite firearm.  But, a flight simulator?  That is really damned awesome!
 
2013-07-27 01:13:40 PM
Was it a kit?
 
2013-07-27 01:14:28 PM
But why a 737: One of the most boring planes in existence?
Concorde would have been a much better idea.
 
2013-07-27 01:16:13 PM

Tillmaster: But why a 737: One of the most boring planes in existence?
Concorde would have been a much better idea.


Because the Boeing 737 is a workhorse.  Learn to fly it and you can fly almost any commercial aviation aircraft today.  (They're all twins now.)
 
2013-07-27 01:19:00 PM
Isn't there specific software required for this kind of simulator? And would it be proprietary? Maybe this guy's simulator has software that does essentially the same thing without being the real deal.
 
2013-07-27 01:19:37 PM
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Plan 9 from Outer Space plane has a mic shadow above the shower curtain.
 
2013-07-27 01:20:57 PM
That is very enterprising - I'll give him that.
I'm just trying to get my bowels and penis to "almost" fully functional.
 
2013-07-27 01:22:28 PM

syrynxx: Good thing he didn't build a 787 simulator or it would periodically burst into flames.


Don't you mean a 787...Fright simulator?

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2013-07-27 01:24:52 PM

Tillmaster: But why a 737: One of the most boring planes in existence?
Concorde would have been a much better idea.


Availability of parts. Functional 737 (and wiould add MD-80) parts are everywhere, just because they build so many of them. Where are you going to find Concorde parts when every example is a museum piece somewhere?
Now, I have an idea on what do do with that garage space in the new house. Parking cars there is boring, and I only live a couple of hours from a big airplane graveyard (ROW)
 
2013-07-27 01:28:10 PM
All that effort and expense, and then you cheap out on three awkwardly-positioned LCD panels instead of an overhead projector? Hand in your sim geek card, good sir.
 
2013-07-27 01:54:57 PM

gweilo8888: All that effort and expense, and then you cheap out on three awkwardly-positioned LCD panels instead of an overhead projector? Hand in your sim geek card, good sir.

Wouldn't those closely mimic the actual windows of a cockpit?
 
2013-07-27 01:55:17 PM
Also son, if you're interesting I filled up this folder with Gladiator movies.  For your down time.
 
2013-07-27 02:00:34 PM

buzzcut73: Tillmaster: But why a 737: One of the most boring planes in existence?
Concorde would have been a much better idea.

Availability of parts. Functional 737 (and wiould add MD-80) parts are everywhere, just because they build so many of them. Where are you going to find Concorde parts when every example is a museum piece somewhere?
Now, I have an idea on what do do with that garage space in the new house. Parking cars there is boring, and I only live a couple of hours from a big airplane graveyard (ROW)


I would be interested in seeing someone do this.....with a B-52.
 
2013-07-27 02:03:48 PM

picturescrazy: Subby he didn't build it for his son, he built it for himself. It's a cool idea but shiat guy build it in your own room.


This.  Clean out the basement (or garage) and build the damned thing there.  I love aviation but damn, don't deprive your son of personal space in the family home.  Otherwise you're going to come home one day and he'll have smashed The Precious with a mallet, or launched it off a cliff.  Dude might as well put up a big neon sign saying "Son, your thoughts and feelings carry zero weight with me.  Deal with it."

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/Knows how the son feels
 
2013-07-27 02:17:07 PM

Tillmaster: But why a 737: One of the most boring planes in existence?
Concorde would have been a much better idea.


I was also thinking that the 737 was a lame pick. Concorde would be hard to fly properly without a flight engineer, even with a simulator.

/Would have picked a 727, DC-10 or MD11, personally.
/Love me some trijets
 
2013-07-27 02:19:12 PM

TastyEloi: Isn't there specific software required for this kind of simulator? And would it be proprietary? Maybe this guy's simulator has software that does essentially the same thing without being the real deal.


You need X-Plane or MS Flight Simulator to drive the basic physics/graphics of the sim, then you need something like Project Magenta or ProSim 737 to provide integration between the hardware (physical cockpit switches/dials/etc) and the X-Plane/MSFS backend.
 
2013-07-27 02:27:54 PM

tiiger: (They're all twins now.)


The 747, A340 and A380 would like a word with you.
 
2013-07-27 02:35:23 PM

Thurston Howell: TastyEloi: Isn't there specific software required for this kind of simulator? And would it be proprietary? Maybe this guy's simulator has software that does essentially the same thing without being the real deal.

You need X-Plane or MS Flight Simulator to drive the basic physics/graphics of the sim, then you need something like Project Magenta or ProSim 737 to provide integration between the hardware (physical cockpit switches/dials/etc) and the X-Plane/MSFS backend.


IIRC, MS Flight Sim was never FAA certified, and I think X-Plane has a version for sale that is. There are much more powerful simulators (althought I don't remember their names). Most of them start off around $500 for the minimal install and that goes up in large increments from there.
 
2013-07-27 02:47:50 PM

FuzedBox: IIRC, MS Flight Sim was never FAA certified, and I think X-Plane has a version for sale that is. There are much more powerful simulators (althought I don't remember their names). Most of them start off around $500 for the minimal install and that goes up in large increments from there.


True.  But I would bet you 50 quatloos that this guy isn't interested in flying his sim all alone in procedurally perfect precision from empty airport to empty airport.  He's going to connect it to VATSIM or IVAO so he can talk to real live people providing pretend ATC and pretend adjacent traffic in *their* home cockpits.

/I was once one of them...
 
2013-07-27 02:48:48 PM
What this father may look like:
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2013-07-27 02:51:57 PM

buzzcut73: Tillmaster: But why a 737: One of the most boring planes in existence?
Concorde would have been a much better idea.

Availability of parts. Functional 737 (and wiould add MD-80) parts are everywhere, just because they build so many of them. Where are you going to find Concorde parts when every example is a museum piece somewhere?
Now, I have an idea on what do do with that garage space in the new house. Parking cars there is boring, and I only live a couple of hours from a big airplane graveyard (ROW)


I think the availability of parts is probably pretty good, because most planes uses off the shelf  parts because those are tested and true rather than using custom made dials and controls.
 
2013-07-27 02:54:51 PM
I use X-Plane flight sim, for fun, but i can't imagine the people who simulate being air traffic controllers.For fun. That's just a totally different head, altogether.
 
2013-07-27 03:01:09 PM

belhade: gweilo8888: All that effort and expense, and then you cheap out on three awkwardly-positioned LCD panels instead of an overhead projector? Hand in your sim geek card, good sir.
Wouldn't those closely mimic the actual windows of a cockpit?


No.

A projector in front of actual windows, however, would. Which is why that's what most people who put this kind of effort in would use.
 
2013-07-27 03:01:17 PM

Any Pie Left: I use X-Plane flight sim, for fun, but i can't imagine the people who simulate being air traffic controllers.For fun. That's just a totally different head, altogether.


A small but significant number of them desire an actual career in air traffic control, and it's a good way to learn the basics of radio discipline, arrival/departure routes, enroute airways and so on before you actually write the exam and find out if you have enough brains to qualify for real ATC school.  I know 3 guys who started on VATSIM and then went on to become actual controllers in various FIRs (that's ARTCC-equivalent for you Americans).
 
2013-07-27 03:19:14 PM

TastyEloi: Isn't there specific software required for this kind of simulator? And would it be proprietary? Maybe this guy's simulator has software that does essentially the same thing without being the real deal.


think you can find it on piratebay.
right?
 
2013-07-27 03:22:55 PM
An aeroplane enthusiast

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2013-07-27 03:40:32 PM
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I feel lucky just having an Eclipse yoke for my FS9.
 
2013-07-27 04:14:10 PM
That is indeed pretty "Spiffy," Subby.  I don't think there has been a "Nerd" tag on FARK since either FARK 2.1 or the beta test for 3.0.  Drew tried to herd all the nerds into the "Geek" tag, but couldn't contain them there.  They continued to spread and afflict the other tags, as well.

Some Farkers continued to resist the "cover charge" to see the "good stuff," so he went with corporate sponsorships.

/goes back to check the one for "Funny Father's Day" gifts, to see if it's been updated
 
2013-07-27 04:51:14 PM
1) I really hope that the realy 737 isnt running windows....gives the BSOD a whole new meaning....
2) Where does one acquire 737 windows 7 drivers....are they signed?
 
2013-07-27 04:59:08 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: It's good to know when his kid finally freaks out on the world after being crammed in a bedroom corner for so many years... he'll have the special skill of being able to fly a 737.


www.simshack.net

Oh noes!
 
2013-07-27 05:04:38 PM
Is it a classic "thrust reversers drop out because someone flushed the toilet" 737 or the new-fangled "front falls off" 737?
 
2013-07-27 05:09:12 PM

prjindigo: Is it a classic "thrust reversers drop out because someone flushed the toilet" 737 or the new-fangled "front falls off" 737?


It's the "can't ever have girls over--not even to study--because dad and his friend will be pretend-flying in my bedroom all the time" kind of 737.
 
2013-07-27 05:23:35 PM
A friend's son started building a flight simulator at home in New Zealand and with a couple of other people built it into a business. So you never know...

http://www.pacificsimulators.com/
 
2013-07-27 05:30:19 PM
The kid has a 737 simulator? He's totally going to love sitting in there, simulating being 11th in line for take-off from Philadelphia to Raleigh-Durham!  Or the spectacular scenery flying the Chicago-Detroit route (including 20 minutes waiting for a tow on the ground at Detroit)! Or the joy of 5:30AM flights from LGA to Buffalo!  SWEET!

/actually, it would be pretty cool
 
2013-07-27 07:11:07 PM
And dad isn't in jail for setting up a terrorist trainer?
 
2013-07-28 07:53:10 PM

jdbob: A friend's son started building a flight simulator at home in New Zealand and with a couple of other people built it into a business. So you never know...

http://www.pacificsimulators.com/


Your friend's son is behind Flight Experience? I would fight a grizzly with my bare hands for an hour in one of their sims. Was lusting over it last time I was in Hong Kong, but sadly couldn't justify the expense when we'd already spent a fortune on flights, hotel, etc. for the vacation. Maybe next time.
 
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