Building a 737 Home Cockpit

The Pedestal, CDU and Overhead Panels

The Pedestal

One of the most important things a pilot needs to do is communicate, not only with his crew but also with ATC to monitor the different ground navigation stations during the flight. All the specialised radio equipment is mounted between the two pilots in a box called the pedestal, which also houses the emergency engine fire handles that set off the individual extinguishers for each engine. The physical components of the pedestal will vary between airlines, depending on the type of flying and routes they cover.

The pedestal itself is basically not much more than a box on a plinth. So it’s back to my trusty 12mm MDF sheets, with drawings derived from members of the cockpit builders. com forum. In order to mount the radios, I fitted some aluminium angle pieces along the upper edges of the pedestal, which were drilled to suit the panel spacing.

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