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Man Builds 737 Simulator In a Garage

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the time-to-fly dept.

Technology 102

linuxwrangler writes "It started with a dream of building a full-sized jet flight simulator. Now, 20 years, $150,000 and one divorce later, James Price can walk to his garage and fly the 737 simulator he built built from the nose of a surplus 737. From the article: 'James Price had one must-have when looking for a new home -- the garage had to be able to hold the nose of a Boeing 737 jetliner. "Once I realized I could get it in here, I was OK with the house," Price said. In his spacious three-car garage Price has a well-traveled jetliner cockpit tucked in next to the family car. Aviation experts say Price, 52, is one of only a handful of people in the world who have built their own flight simulator cockpit in an actual jet nose."

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Even more impressive... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39728801)

...was that guy who built a 737 simulator inside an actual 737.

He was arrested by the TSA.

Re:Even more impressive... (2)

operagost (62405) | more than 2 years ago | (#39733883)

Xzibit?

Cue the investigations.... (4, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39728847)

... as they make sure that this sort of thing is not being used to train future terrorirsts.

There won't be any "investigations" (1, Flamebait)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 2 years ago | (#39728903)

But congratulations on being the second (of the only two posts) to draw an erroneous "post-9/11" link to a great aviation geek achievement.

Re:There won't be any "investigations" (1, Flamebait)

Capt. Skinny (969540) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729689)

Erroneous link? He's making a subjective prediction, not a factual claim. Facetious, perhaps, but subjective nonetheless. "Erroneous" doesn't apply.

Re:There won't be any "investigations" (0)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729917)

Simulator achievement. It is in no way an aviation achievement.

And it's is an awesome simulator.

Re:There won't be any "investigations" (2)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730571)

No, it's an "aviation geek" achievement.

Incorrect! Dave Schroeder, please LICK MY BALLS. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39730169)

Title says it all. Mr. Schroeder, you are a genuine SCUMBAG. A liar and probably a THIEF, too!

Re:Incorrect! Dave Schroeder, please LICK MY BALLS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39731871)

wow. that is so ridiculously over the top offensive that it's actually funny ;)

Re:Cue the investigations.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39728953)

Considering the guy is an air traffic controller, I'm pretty sure they trust him.

Re:Cue the investigations.... (4, Interesting)

0123456 (636235) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729401)

Considering the guy is an air traffic controller, I'm pretty sure they trust him.

Considering that the TSA have reportedly confiscated scissors and bottles of water from airline pilots, I wouldn't be so sure about that.

Re:Cue the investigations.... (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731641)

That's hilarious. What kind of idiot thinks the pilot needs a bottle of liquid explosives to crash their own plane? Then again, he could always use the scissors to take the co-pilot hostage...

Re:Cue the investigations.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39731855)

...or maybe to threaten the air hostess with stabbing if she doesn't give him a decent blowjob for once (rather than the usual slobbery incompetent lick job)

Re:Cue the investigations.... (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731875)

... as they make sure that this sort of thing is not being used to train future terrorirsts.

They should certainly avoid selling the parts to Muslims

Re:Cue the investigations.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39733061)

The Norwegian terrorist says he is christian: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik

somewhere... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39728863)

some guy somewhere is saying "WOW... Honey, look at what this guy built in his garage for $150,000" and his wife/girlfriend/significant other is yelling "AND ONE DIVORCE!!!!"

Re:somewhere... (5, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39728897)

some guy somewhere is saying "WOW... Honey, look at what this guy built in his garage for $150,000" and his wife/girlfriend/significant other is yelling "AND ONE DIVORCE!!!!"

To which the guy responds, under his breath,


"... lucky bastard..."

Re:somewhere... (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731903)

some guy somewhere is saying "WOW... Honey, look at what this guy built in his garage for $150,000" and his wife/girlfriend/significant other is yelling "AND ONE DIVORCE!!!!"

To which the guy responds, under his breath, "... lucky bastard..."

He must have had a good lawyer. Most divorce settlements leave the man barely able to afford this type of simulator [amazon.co.uk] .

Re:somewhere... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39731969)

I really thought that link was going to be some something dirty...

Re:somewhere... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39728905)

The article, should you choose to read it, says: "A 2000 divorce led Price to let loose and pursue his dream.".

Re:somewhere... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39730279)

whooosh!!

How appropriate.

Re:somewhere... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39730415)

Both you and GP must be new here....

Re:somewhere... (1)

MarkRose (820682) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731147)

At least we know in this case she didn't him for chasing tail...

Re:somewhere... (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39732917)

"A 2000 divorce led Price to let loose and pursue his dream."Sources say he's frequently been heard exclaiming "So you want me to get a nosejob hey? Hey? How's this for a nosejob!"

Re:somewhere... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39730241)

That's nothing. I'm building my own garage inside a 737...

Re:somewhere... (3, Funny)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731389)

some guy somewhere is saying "WOW... Honey, look at what this guy built in his garage for $150,000" and his wife/girlfriend/significant other is yelling "AND ONE DIVORCE!!!!"

And one bloke with a 737 in is garage is saying "it was a bloody good trade".

Re:somewhere... (1)

crutchy (1949900) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731869)

definitely a geek

Re:somewhere... (1)

jefe7777 (411081) | more than 2 years ago | (#39733549)

For $150,000, a really decent Stearman can be had.

I'm glad they consulted the experts. (4, Funny)

djmurdoch (306849) | more than 2 years ago | (#39728881)

Aviation experts say Price, 52, is one of only a handful of people in the world who have built their own flight simulator cockpit in an actual jet nose.

Who would have guessed?

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39728975)

Where's the guy with the bus simulator? Or a full size train simulator?

I can't think of anything more boring than flying a 737. I am a flight sim geek as well, but a 737? Sheesh. Its the most boring and actually very simple to fly plane.

A fighter sim is at least fun, especially older prop planes. 737 flying is sitting there staring at a screen for hours on end (in real life or in a sim.)

+10 for geek props, -1000000 for fun factor. Boooooooooring!!

Takes all types I guess!

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (4, Funny)

ThePeices (635180) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729135)

Ahh, so YOU find it boring, therefore the guy....umm, what is your point exactly?

That the world revolves around you?

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Funny)

pseudofengshui (1432581) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729383)

+10 for geek props, -1000000 for fun factor. Boooooooooring!!

More like "Boooooeeeeeeiiinnnngggg."

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729801)

*groan*

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (2)

philip.paradis (2580427) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731283)

You really have that joke on lock, so I am all but forced to take heed of the apex (dare I say landmark) your triumph represents. Well, played, fokker.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729477)

I went to the gym but all they had were bike simulators and walking simulators. Boooring.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737009)

Laugh all you want...

But just wait til you see how many frequent flier miles he racks up!

BOOOYAH!

Now who gets the last laugh, huh?

Yeah, that's what I thought!

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Insightful)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729573)

I can't think of anything more boring than flying a 737. I am a flight sim geek as well, but a 737? Sheesh. Its the most boring and actually very simple to fly plane.

I wonder if the guy thinks the same of you. Just sitting down at a computer to play games might be utterly boring to him. His idea of fun might be to, oh I don't know, build a freakin' 737 in his garage!

Your attitude is like someone seeing Michelangelo's statue of David [wikipedia.org] and complaining what a waste of time it was because you prefer giant naked women instead.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Insightful)

eugene_roux (76055) | more than 2 years ago | (#39732177)

Your attitude is like someone seeing Michelangelo's statue of David [wikipedia.org] and complaining what a waste of time it was because you prefer giant naked women instead.

Which, to be honest, would be a completely valid point...

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734095)

Your attitude is like someone seeing Michelangelo's statue of David [wikipedia.org] and complaining what a waste of time it was because you prefer giant naked women instead.

Which, to be honest, would be a completely valid point...

No, it wouldn't. Michelangelo's David would objectively still be a great work of art. Saying "I don't like X" is not the same thing as saying "Because I don't like X, X is rubbish".

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

eugene_roux (76055) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735423)

/sigh

humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Well, I chuckled, at least...

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (3, Interesting)

Cosgrach (1737088) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729645)

Since I volunteer in a railway museum, I don't need no stinkin' full size train simulator!

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729873)

Where's the guy with the bus simulator? Or a full size train simulator?

I can't think of anything more boring than flying a 737. I am a flight sim geek as well, but a 737? Sheesh. Its the most boring and actually very simple to fly plane.

A fighter sim is at least fun, especially older prop planes. 737 flying is sitting there staring at a screen for hours on end (in real life or in a sim.)

+10 for geek props, -1000000 for fun factor. Boooooooooring!!

Takes all types I guess!

I'm going to guess that his simulator is a little more complex than any of the computer simulators you have. Besides, if he wanted to fly an older prop fighter, he could have purchased the real thing [globalplanesearch.com] for the cost of his simulator.

I didn't RTFA, but someone mentioned that he's an air traffic controller. Perhaps he thinks it will help him with his job. Or he would just like to fly one of the aircraft he directs all day long.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

xclr8r (658786) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730695)

He has a prop plane.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729901)

Are you saying that he picked the wrong nose?

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729959)

You made me choke on my soda. well done, you magnificent bastard!

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39730753)

I know if you were to say that about an aircraft simulation I happened to be running, I would go out of my way to make it very interesting for you. Sure hop on in, fly this jumbo, it's easy, right!?

Part of the fun of simulators is making things go wrong. So although a normal routine flight in a real 737 should be pretty boring, there is no reason why a simulated flight has to be. I'm sure it can get quite "fun" with a dozen or so alarms going off with randomly generated trouble or hazard events on approach to a difficult runway. Whether or not you are able to make it down in one piece in sim-land is very much part of the challenge.

Airliners might not be your thing, but to say they're boring means you haven't considered all the possibilities.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (5, Interesting)

TSpec (8858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730879)

Well how about an F-15C?

http://www.f15sim.com/ [f15sim.com]

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731377)

So far that project seems to be mostly a bunch of junk salvage with a few active panels, but if he ever gets it all working it will be the best goddamn amateur simulator ever made!

I tend to agree with some of the posters here... unless you are planning on becoming a commercial pilot, a 737 simulator sounds horribly boring. But I guess there is no accounting for taste, there are already a lot of people out there spending hours a day tending their fake farms on Facebook instead of going into their backyards and planting a real garden... oh well...

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731469)

Ever tried a submarine simulator?

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731657)

Yeah, you can really only torpedo so many laser-firing sharks before it starts getting repetitive.

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734159)

Do you like gladiator movies?

Re:I'm glad they consulted the experts. (1)

cbope (130292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731763)

Well, I would say that the 737 nose is probably very easy to acquire, compared to a train cockpit (very heavy) or fighter jet cockpit.

It might sound obvious... (1)

Vylen (800165) | more than 2 years ago | (#39728947)

... but, if he mods it so it has motion, then it's not going to fit in his garage any more. It will need to be housed somewhere else.

Will that make it lose it's "prestige" of being a homebrew simulator once it's out of there?

Re:It might sound obvious... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39728981)

As someone who works on a similar device; if he can afford to mod it with motion, then he probably wouldn't be hurting to find another house with a suitable outbuilding.

Re:It might sound obvious... (2)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729289)

As someone who works on a similar device; if he can afford to mod it with motion, then he probably wouldn't be hurting to find another house with a suitable outbuilding.

the joke is that he could have gotten pretty good motion for 150 000$ if he had ditched wanting to fit it in an actual 737 cockpit.

a cessna with motion would be a looooot cooler. or a faux mig-21, thinking about it. would be definitely more "man cave".

anyways(but considering the guy wants to fly a jetliner I suppose it's kinda cool, a lot of effort went to it anyways and rigging it, since he has a lot of the instruments there too as real dials..).

Re:It might sound obvious... (1)

heathen_01 (1191043) | more than 2 years ago | (#39733293)

What can you buy for 150k that simulates negative and/or positive G forces?

Re:It might sound obvious... (1)

White Flame (1074973) | more than 2 years ago | (#39732987)

I'm surprised that he even bothered with his garage, shopping for a house specifically with one that size. I presume he's without kids now, so getting a giant house with a 3-car garage seems quite overkill compared to a decent 1-person house with a backyard big enough to throw up a good shed large enough to house the simulator.

What software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39729105)

n/t

Re:What software? (1)

toadlife (301863) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729451)

I found a link to his website. It mentions specialized software/joystick driver (for Windows 95!) that allows one to map the hundreds of buttons and switches so that the flight sim software can interface with it. The site also mentions ancient versions of MS Flight Simulator from the early 2000s.

Given that it's not 2002 anymore, I would hope he's using something more realistic today, like X-Plane.

Re:What software? (1)

wmac1 (2478314) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730743)

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is still more realistic and capable than X-Plane. besides it includes better scenery, more complete list of airports (with more details of each).

I use all major flight simulators (including open source Flightgear) and I still prefer FSX.

Re:What software? (1)

MiG82au (2594721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730837)

Yeah I don't understand the fuss over x-plane. A lot of the aircraft fly like shit (I got the F-22 to accelerate continuously vertically until I blacked out, WTF). I don't care that it uses damn blade element theory; it's a pretty much a crude real time CFD analysis and it shows. Empirical parameters for a model are usually better than a crappy analysis, yet x-plane insists it's the tits because it does crappy analysis in real-time.

Re:What software? (1)

toadlife (301863) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731509)

I haven't used a fight sim since X-Plane 5.4. At the time I was much more impressed with X-Plane than Flight Simulator despite X-Plane being behind in the eye candy department.

I figured since X-Plane is supposedly built to be more of a simulator than a game it would be best for a simulator, but then I'm not really a flight sim expert.

Re:What software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39732859)

Can't X-Plane flight time count towards simulation time for a real pilot license?

No Kidding (1)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729153)

>and one divorce later

Who could have seen this coming?

Re:No Kidding (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39729245)

I was just going to say, he traded his marriage for the opportunity to build his 737 simulator.
I don't think that would be my first choice of a trade, but then again I've never met his wife!

Re:No Kidding (5, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729379)

Life lesson: Find a wife who either shares your passion or has one of her own. The latter might be better. You won't end up fighting over the details of your shared project. Someone who has her own pursuits won't depend on you to keep her entertained. And she'll understand what drives people to want to accomplish stuff.

Re:No Kidding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39729817)

...unless it's "I gotta buy some more "

fabric for quilt making
stuff for scrapbooking
beanie babies or other similar "collectable" crap
shoes
earrings and other baubles ...

you get the picture.

Re:No Kidding (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734215)

Of course, she's got an income. Right?

The labor time invested in quilting and scrapbooking aside, it really isn't her accomplishment unless she had to work to acquire that stuff.*

* I do know a few people who have leveraged beanie babies and collectibles into viable businesses. Good for them.

Re:No Kidding (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729981)

well, we don't know what happened. Maybe he pulled the money from their kids college? Or spent all his free time at work or in the garage. Or they just didn't get along.

IF my wife decided to build a simulator in the garage, I would be fine with that, if she drove us into poverty and refused to do anything else, I would have a problem with that.

Re:No Kidding (1)

Guy Harris (3803) | more than 2 years ago | (#39764259)

Life lesson: Find a wife who either shares your passion or has one of her own.

To quote the Mercury News article:

The first few years the couple lived in the home, "We knew a handful of neighbors," said Debbie Price, a pilot and an air traffic manager at the Palo Alto Airport. "But the weekend we moved (the jet nose) into the garage, we met the entire neighborhood."

It sounds to me as if Debbie Price is his current wife, and, from the description, might at least understand his passion (they both work in air traffic control and are both pilots).

Wow! (4, Interesting)

SolitaryMan (538416) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729191)

Just WOW! This is really impressive.

(I can't believe that among ~15 posters so far nobody said the one thing this article truly deserves, so I have to be the first one)

Not the only one (3, Interesting)

slew (2918) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729353)

If you haven't read the article, they also point to a few more folks building realistic commercial aircraft simulators around the world...

For example,
this one http://web.me.com/mattford1/Site/Matts_Boeing_737_Flight_Sim.html [me.com]
or this one http://www.hyway.com.au/747/747.html [hyway.com.au]

Although it sounds like Mr. Price's is the first one with an actual nose from a real 737 (the some of the other ones merely use some fraction of the real cockpit equipment in a shell).

Boy I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39729265)

Boy I wish i had all the time and money in the world to do projects like this. I think a ton of people are capable of "feats" like this, but actually have to work for a living and then go home to spend time with family.

Re:Boy I wish... (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734297)

Boy I wish i had all the time and money in the world to do projects like this. I think a ton of people are capable of "feats" like this, but actually have to work for a living and then go home to spend time with family.

If you find your family that much of a burden on your valuable spare time, you're better off leaving them and living alone.

I'm surprised ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729287)

... he managed to scrape together that much authentic(?) instrumentation. Picking up the cockpit sheet metal is one thing. But they don't just toss these things in the boneyard with working instruments.

According to TFA, Price has been collecting these parts for quite some time. But that's no easy task either, as working instruments don't generally get tossed out.

Re:I'm surprised ... (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730005)

They may get tossed out. actually.
And most flight instrumentation only requires basic electronic skill to replace. If you have the book.

I used to repair aircraft instrumentation. Pretty boring and routine.

Re:I'm surprised ... (1)

cffrost (885375) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730551)

[T]hey don't just toss these things in the boneyard with working instruments.

But sometimes pilots do... Just need to beat NTSB to the scene.

I'm doing this too... (5, Interesting)

CompMD (522020) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729291)

...with a bunch of local high school students. Its a long running project that we recently started to build a simulator from a Beechcraft A90 cockpit. The students are doing pretty much all the work, while some of us at local engineering firms offer guidance and help. Right now, they are making their own switch panels and interfacing them with the simulator computers using Arduino boards. The whole simulator is driven by X-Plane. We have 3x55" 1920x1080 monitors wrapping around the windshield, and a real Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system. Check out our class page [bvcaps.org] to learn more about our progress.

Re:I'm doing this too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39729773)

Good on you. I really enjoyed flying the KingAir 90. Has Garmin been any help?

Re:I'm doing this too... (1)

CompMD (522020) | more than 2 years ago | (#39733673)

Thanks! Garmin provided the G1000 system for the simulator, as well as engineers to help with system integration, and mentor the students. At least once every week, there are Garmin engineers in class to supplement the teacher.

Re:I'm doing this too... (1)

theurge14 (820596) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730681)

Nice. I used to live in OPKS, my sister went to BVHS. Didn't know about CAPS. Good stuff!

Not as cool as this guy (5, Interesting)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729377)

this [dailymail.co.uk] guy, with a replica pan-am cabin in his garage. No word if he has stewardesses with 1970s-style bush.

Re:Not as cool as this guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39730701)

That's just interior decorating; the 737 simulator was engineering.

Re:Not as cool as this guy (1)

Rary (566291) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736087)

That's insane. I had never heard of passenger simulators.

+1 if he also builds ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39729747)

a simulation of the TSA security procedure people have to go through to see the simulated 737!

Pretty cool, and a warning (1)

yodleboy (982200) | more than 2 years ago | (#39729791)

Pretty cool project, I'd love to have one of those in the garage. I wonder if his projectors are projecting a distorted image that looks correct on the screen since they don't appear to be right in front of it.

As a warning, the article contains a link to his website under renovation. His new site has a link to his old one and when I went there I was getting a Java exploit alert from MSE. YMMV, but thought I'd mention it.

Getting to see it (5, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730251)

Before you get into the garage, you have to go through his TSA simulator. It's a rubber glove on an articulated arm.

Re:Getting to see it (1)

cbope (130292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39731765)

... and controlled by an uneducated high-school dropout who can't get a job at McD.

Is it wrong that this turned me on? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39732445)

Kinky! Can I watch?

Pretty cool, however... (3, Interesting)

fpp (614761) | more than 2 years ago | (#39730861)

I'd really like to see a Millennium Falcon simulator. Full sized cockpit, attacking Star Destroyers, rescuing amputees from weather vanes, the whole nine yards. That would be impressive. Most impressive.

The real trick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39731193)

The real trick is to "fly" it to a particular country, and then when you open the door have a party waiting for you with people and cuisine representing your destination. OK to cheat by starting your Europe trip in NYC even if you live in the middle of the country. The important thing is that you have say, real German beer on tap when you get out of the cockpit, or Hawaiin girls or something.

Need the whole aircraft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39732065)

have a look at this site, which has an entire aircraft as the simulator. http://www.jetstream-club.org/

Computer pilot magazine also ran several articles a few years ago, which had several similar projects, including parts of the passenger cabin, with simulated clouds

built built (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39732141)

"built built"

Good thing the mods are doing their jobs.

Bargain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39732203)

As someone who manages fixed and full-motion flight simulation systems for an international training organisation, I am impressed. $150,000 for a fixed system is competitive, shame it's not certified.

Arrest him at once.... (1)

Tanuki64 (989726) | more than 2 years ago | (#39732459)

... this certainly is a tool to train terrorists.

Media presentation means a lot (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734051)

1. quirky old white guy, pisses off wife, builds plane nose in his garage because it was a dream, we all get a laugh and are happy for him. He gets high-fives and we admire him. 2. quirky old brown/middle eastern guy builds a plane nose in his garage because it was a dream, he gets raided, confined, interrogated, accused of terrorist activity, loses house, and his $150k simulator. Congress moves to prevent security breaches like this, the outfit that sold him the nose comes under scrutiny, goes out of business.

Lack of sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737069)

This is what happens when you no longer have sex, you become fucking productive :)

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