Building a 737 Home Cockpit

The Main Instrument Panel

Continuing with the construction of our 737 simulator, in this instalment I discuss how I made the Main Instrument Panel (MIP). In a real 737 aircraft, the MIP houses 6x 8-inch TFT screens which display the pilot’s and first officer’s Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Navigation Display (ND). In addition, there are two other screens: the centre forward upper and lower TFT panels showing the engine and other system data. All of these screens are multi-function, meaning that they are capable of displaying different types of data determined by the information required by the pilots. This facility also provides a level of redundancy.

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