Welcome to my Boeing747-400 Home Simulator

Hello All! My name is Marco. I have been a Flight-Simmer for over 20 years now, but it was about 10 years ago that I first started dreaming about building my very own 747-400 Simulator. The simulator, based in Calgary Canada, is 100% scale (in width) and the cockpit measures about 10ft wide x 10ft long and 8ft high. Although (for obvious reasons) compromises had to be made - it reproduces the 747-400 cockpit amazingly close, and when in the pilot's seat the "feeling" is quite real. As every simmer knows, a project of this magnitude is never quite finished, but it is now at a very "presentable" stage - and if I may say so myself, it is starting to look, sound and feel pretty darn amazing! Eventually, every switch and knob will be working, but it is a gradual process, for the time being only those controls that are essentials (plus some extra ones) are connected and functional. The sim runs on a highly customized MS-FS9 platform. It sports 4 monitors, a tablet to display airport maps and other useful EFB information, plus the projector(s) for the main out-view, which is rendered on a 180 degrees wrap-around screen. Stay Tuned for more news, and upgrades!

The Project

The idea of building my 747-400 Simulator started over 10 years ago. Similarly to most simmers, I started with a single 14 inch monitor, then a 19″, then a 24″, then 2 monitors, then 2 32″ TVs – but everything changed however the moment I put my hands on a projector! It became a whole different ball-game, for I could now envision the sim’s potential – and with some (a lot of) work, what it could look like. So about 5 years ago I decided to build my 747 simulator. Read more...

The Build

Here is a sequential history of the build. Not everything is here of course, the center pedestal was without a doubt the hardest piece to make. I built that in my office believe it or not, between building one computer and the next.

Videos and Pics

Here is where we will post new videos and pictures of the sim!

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