The Flight Simulator:
With many Jetstreams still in active service, BAe needed to retain the very
expensive cockpit instrumentation as spares for other aircraft. Rather than leave
gaping holes in the instrument panel, it was decided to convert the cockpit
into a simulator. This will also give visitors the chance to actually 'fly' JMAC.
The software of choice is X-Plane
by Laminar Research, a simulator package used by many leading aircraft companies around
the world for its accurate flight modelling and which has even gained FAA certification
status. Our sincerest thanks to Austin Meyer the author of X-Plane, for kindly donating
several copies for our project. Sincerest thanks also go to Brian Ford for creating
an excellent X-Plane model of our Jetstream.
For computer hardware, we need to thank Computer Plus Ltd
for donating several PC's on which the simulator software will run and to
Mark Nash at Aventi Distribution for the wonderful Neovo flat-screen monitors
used to create the instrument panels.
As the simulator project progresses, news and photographs will be posted
here, so please do check back from time to time.